I’m back! This time it’s the turn of a historical fiction saga. New Neighbours For Coronation Close by Lizzie Lane. Tha k you to Rachel’s Random Resources and Boldwood Books for the ARC of the book to take part in the book tour.
Jenny Crawford has resigned herself to a loveless marriage living hand to mouth with their two children. Like many others, husband Roy struggles to find work at the docks but a chance encounter turns his outlook and the family’s fortunes around.
Not only does he get regular work but they are also allocated a council house on Coronation Close on the outskirts of the city. Jenny and the children are overjoyed, this is the fresh start she could only ever dream of.
But trouble feels never too far away. With Roy spending more time away with Sir Oswald Molesey bullying black shirts, Jenny is left to her own devices and eager to fit in begins to make new friends.
Thankful of peace, Jenny has her head turned firstly by an old love and then by her knight in shining armour.
Does she allow herself to fall in love with either of these?
Whatever happens the consequences could be dire if Roy ever finds out.
I love Lizzie Lane’s historical fiction, every single book. This is the beginning of a brand new series so I was eager to start reading. I just knew it would be a cracker of a read!
Set in Bristol in the 1930s we meet Jenny, her husband, and their two daughters. They live in the Pithay in the tenements. Life is nothing but a struggle for Jenny. Her husband is abusive, physically and mentally towards her. Their fortune turns around when they are given a council house on Coronation Close. Jenny is so happy to be out of the tenements and with her abusive husband working away with the British Union of Fascists, she finds a new lease of life. With her freedom comes the shadow of when her husband arrives back home to spoil everything she has built.
Again I was taken back to the time of my grandparents and I enjoyed every second. Lizzie Lane always writes a tale that immerses me in the period and place she sets it in. Her research is always painstaking. I always learn something new about the period or the area when I read one of her books.
Another story with characters I took to my heart. Jenny, my heart went out to her and her children. Her husband less so! I loved the change in her after their arrival in Coronation Close. Although missing her old friends from the tenement, Isaac and Ruth, she does begin to make new ones. Thelma and Cathy are two of them. I enjoyed Thelma helping Jenny live her life as she should. I felt so happy to see this. I felt like I was a part of this community alongside Jenny. This is a skill Lizzie Lane has mastered superbly. She can draw the reader in so easily. That’s why I love her books.
New Neighbours For Coronation Close is a highly entertaining read, with well fleshed out characters that are very believable. From the darker moments to the humorous times this laptop me turning the pages until way after my bedtime. Roll on the second book!
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Lizzie Lane is the author of over 50 books, a number of which have been bestsellers. She was born and bred in Bristol where many of her family worked in the cigarette and cigar factories. This has inspired her saga series for Boldwood The Tobacco Girls.
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