Narrated By: Becky Wright
Duration: 7 hours and 58 minutes
What to expect
Summer 1942. Despite grim reports on the wireless and rationing hitting hard, Lily Collins and her fellow shop girls from Marlow’s department store are determined to put out the bunting for a family party.
But Beryl’s husband Les returns from North Africa a changed man, and Gladys worries for her own fiancé’s safety. The store is losing staff to the war effort and Lily’s young man, Jim, is torn over where his duty lies.
Then comes the knock on the door that everyone dreads. Lily’s family, always the heart of her world, is rocked to the core. The small Midlands town – and Lily’s beloved Marlow’s – must face their greatest challenge yet.
Generational sagas, Historical fiction
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Acclaim for Joanna Toye:
‘The sense of wartime community is strong…this evocative novel may be just the balm our souls need’ Women’s Weekly
'Jo writes with a sure hand and a light touch…a real page-turner with a spirited heroine who will worm her way into readers' hearts. A sparkling new voice in fiction.' Veronica Henry
‘Cheerful and uplifting…I thoroughly enjoyed it’ Katie Fforde
‘Highly recommended – an engrossing story with a charmingly forthright heroine’ Anna Jacobs
‘Captivating…a triumphant debut novel’ Women’s Weekly