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London Belles [Kindle Edition]

Annie Groves
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Book Description

London Belles is a tale of four very different young women thrown together by war. Finding freedom and independence – as well as love, passion and heartbreak – for the very first time, a unique bond is formed as the hostilities take their toll on Britain.

United by chance, bound together in times of need

When tragedy strikes, Olive is forced to seek lodgers. Three girls come knocking at her door, each in need of a roof over their heads.

Sally has left Liverpool to work as a nurse in London and when she arrives she is a shell of her former self. Where once stood a vivacious, sociable girl, now stands one plagued by homesickness and a betrayal that is devastatingly fresh in her mind.

Dulcie is living the high life in the West End, a world away from her home in Stepney. Working at Selfridges gives her access to the most fashionable clothes and makeup, but at home she is the black sheep of the family; always second to her sister. So she decides it's time to make a bid for freedom.

Agnes grew up in an orphanage, having been left on the steps as a new-born baby. But with war looming, and the orphanage relocating to the country, she must now seek out a job and lodgings. But with change comes exciting new opportunities, worlds away from the life she's known…

As the women prepare for war, all of their futures hang in the balance. Soon their lives will change irrevocably and the home that binds the London Belles is no longer the sanctuary they once sought.

Editorial Reviews


Praise for Annie Groves:

‘An engrossing story’ My Weekly

‘A stirring and heartrending family saga…Against a backdrop of change when the suffragette movement was coming to the fore, the choices and dreams of a generation of women combine to create this passionate story’ Liverpool Daily Post

‘Heartwrenching and uplifting in equal measure – a tragic indictment of what can happen when you swap passion for duty. Roll on the sequel!’ Take a Break

‘Written from the heart’ My Weekly

About the Author

Annie Groves was born and lived in the north-west of England all of her life. She was the author of the Pride family series, Ellie Pride, Connie’s Courage and Hettie of Hope Street, for which she drew upon her own family’s history, picked up from listening to her grandmother’s stories when she was a child. Her next set of novels was the World War II series Goodnight Sweetheart, Some Sunny Day, The Grafton Girls and As Time Goes By. These were followed by the Campion series, Across the Mersey, Daughters of Liverpool, The Heart of the Family, Where the Heart Is and When the Lights Go on Again, which are also based on recollections from members of her family, who come from the city of Liverpool. My Sweet Valentine follows on from Home for Christmas and London Belles and is the third in this series, which introduces a set of glorious characters living in Article Row in Holborn.
Annie Groves, whose real name was Penny Halsall, also wrote under the name of Penny Jordan and was an international bestselling author of over 170 novels with sales of over 84 million copies.
Sadly, Penny Halsall died in 2011. She left a wonderful legacy of heart-warming novels for many more fans to discover and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
The final books in the Article Row series, Only a Mother Knows and A Christmas Promise, will be published posthumously in 2013.

Product Details

  • File Size: 447 KB
  • Print Length: 451 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007361505
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (March 31, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Q3RMOY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,665 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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With England on the cusp of a second war with Germany, Olive determines to take assure the future both herself and her daughter, Tilly, by opening her Article Row home to lodgers. Left widowed thanks to injuries her husband suffered in the Great War, and short on income with the recent passing of her father-in-law, to the chagrin of some her neighbors Olive advertises for respectable working girls in search of clean, reasonably priced room and board. The all-too-eager to grow up Tilly, working in the financial office of St. Bart's, London's oldest hospital, discovers their first lodger in the form of Sally, a nurse from Liverpool who fled to London to escape the pain of loss and betrayal, determined to hide from her past. Their second lodger, Agnes, receives a recommendation from the minister's wife -- raised in an orphanage, Agnes stayed with the only home she'd ever known until it was forced to relocate to the country, pending Hitler's potential attacks on London. Olive's carefully laid plans for respectable lodgers seems set until wires are crossed and a room is promised to the bold and brassy Dulcie, a clerk at Selfridges, seeking to escape her East End upbringing and determined to ruffle Olive's maternal reservations at every opportunity. The group's disparate personalities, secrets, and dreams threaten to bring more drama and heartache to her home than Olive bargained for -- but as the country edges closer to the brink of war, the women of No. 13 Article Row slowly find themselves united in an unexpectedly rewarding sisterhood that may just be the key to surviving the coming storm. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable March 4, 2014
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This is a good book. You become a part of life on Article Row and the lives of the women within Number 13.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!!! July 31, 2011
It started when widow Olive and her daughter Tilly decided to take in lodgers. First there was Sally from Liverpool who was escaping from her father's re-marriage. Dulcie,who need to get away from a mother who was more interested in sister that her. Finally Agnes, who after spending her whole life with the orphanage now has to make her own way in the world. With the coming war,these four young women will have to grow up quickly and face the future.
"London Belles" by Annie Grove is an excellent book and she should not be missed by anyone who is fan of war-time books. Once again, Ms. Groves give the reader rich and interesting characters that are able to hold the readers interest. I can't wait for the next book in this series to come out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars July 8, 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed the book June 29, 2014
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I really enjoyed the book. It got a little burdensome in parts of the story. I just wanted the author to move on...But in the end a very enjoyable story. I've just purchased the second in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solidarity in difficult times! June 28, 2014
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A lovely book on the relations between a group of women during difficult times. Thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all the ladies featured in this book. This was the first time I read a book by this author, and I' look forward to reading a lot more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars London Belles by Annie Groves June 9, 2014
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Enjoyed reading London Belles. Interesting following each of these girls through war time in England during the second world war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book June 8, 2014
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I read this book quickly because I couldn't put it down. it is one of those books that when you are finished you right away look to see if there are more by the same author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and romantic.
A good book about the friendship of women set in world war 2 London. The only downside for me was a couple of unresolved relationships that I would have liked to know what... Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Sherry V Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars heartwarming
Well developed storyline with well rounded characters who draw the reader in. Hard to let them go and hoping for a sequel.
Published 1 month ago by Kimberley Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Wartime
Interesting look at life in London during World War II. Everyone did their part for the war effort. Adversity brings people together.
Published 1 month ago by Judy Rimer
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read
Great book a love story with suspense and the characters are great I enjoyed this book so much. Look forward to reading more from this author
Published 1 month ago by BeckyD
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good but
Instead of "while", the author used "whilst" both in narration and in character quotes. Does anyone say "whilst"? I found it annoying. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Adelaide
3.0 out of 5 stars good summer read
This story left reader wanting to know more. Of what happens to the girls and if olive gets a life and if dulcie can stick to her moral guns.
Published 1 month ago by Janet Crabtree
4.0 out of 5 stars A twist of fate that creates a family in time of world tragedy.
This was a well written story of how historical events and a twist of fate joins five unlikely females together to create a family. Enjoyable read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Holly Andersen
4.0 out of 5 stars London belles
I loved the story,brought back memories of my own family.I will read more of her books.I did find the obsessive use of "whilst" distracting and rather annoying though..
Published 2 months ago by Paul S.
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