Steel Girls on the Home Front by Michelle Rawlins

Spring 1940
As the war rages on, Vickers steelworks is busier than ever which is proving tough for Nancy as she juggles working long hours and looking after two young children, all while waiting for her husband to return home safely.

Betty is determined to roll up her sleeves and joins the Women’s Voluntary Service to keep busy and stop from fretting about her fiancé.

But Patty is left worrying about someone closer to home. Sweetheart Archie has been keeping a secret from her, and one that puts him in great danger. Will it threaten to pull them apart for good?

And with life at war tougher than ever, can the factory sisters rally together to find a way through?

My thoughts:

Thank you to HQ Stories for the invitation to join the blog tour and a copy of the book to read and review. This is the first book I’ve read by Michelle Rawlins (although I do have a couple on my book shelf that have been recommended to me). Steel Girls on the Home Front is published today in the UK.

I was born in Sheffield and grew up nearby, so I enjoyed finding out more about what life was like in the city during the Second World War. Michelle has created characters at different ages and stages in their life, who have changed their lives to work at the steel works, to ensure that the British Armed Forces have the equipment they need to protect the UK.

I haven’t read the two previous books in the series, but I quickly picked up the story. Michelle has looked at how the women of Sheffield had to cope with loved ones being away in the forces, the different voluntary work carried out to help local people and the troops, and how the war impacted on all areas of their lives.

Nancy, Betty and Patty have become a strong team and help each other tackle the challenges they face. I loved the camaraderie between the friends and their other families/friends, and how the story flowed. I’m desperate to know what happens next but will need to wait another year (August 2023) for book 4, Steel Girls at War.

Happy to recommend this enjoyable historical fiction saga book and I look forward to reading more from Michelle Rawlins in the future.

My review copy
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By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum. Adopter of dogs.

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