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From the Author
I wanted to show how local people were affected by events in the wider world, in particular how the old social structures changed and how women suddenly and unexpectedly found themselves facing new challenges and opportunities. But my overriding aim was to make the books engaging and fun to read and for that I needed lively, compelling characters.
One of the key characters in Lavender Road is Jen Carter who came to me after an interview with the wonderful actress and singer, Mary Morland, already well in her eighties, who had blazed a trail on the London variety stage all through the war and for many years afterwards too. I wanted Jen's fantasy of becoming an actress, as a means of escaping from the family she despises, to make a nice contrast with the desperate efforts of her careworn mother to keep food on the family table. In the end Joyce, Jen's mother, actually became one of my favourite characters, I so much enjoyed creating her tentative relationship with the 'rich' Mrs Rutherford in the large house overlooking the common, and best of all is when she finally gives the ghastly Stanley (her violent, feckless husband) his come-uppance - but you have to wait for Some Sunny Day for that ...
- Publication date : November 19, 2013
- File size : 867 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 490 pages
- Publisher : TSAP Books; 1st edition (November 19, 2013)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0066DLQGM
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #65,416 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Pam Nelson lived on Lavender Road with her husband, Alan, and their boarder Sean Byrne, an Irishman. Alan worked for the Rutherfords (the wealthy family in town) while Pam stayed home. However, Pam was restless and wanted to go to work doing something for the war effort. Sean was gone all day working but he was a rogue with the women. He was attracted to almost any woman he met, even Pam. However, he was hooked up with Jen Carter at the time.
Jen lived with her Mother and one brother. The three younger siblings had been evacuated and were in the country. Her Father was a drunkard and a bully as well as a thief. He ended up spending his time in jail. Her younger brother Mikey was fourteen but also a bully. He ran away from the country home and came back to town. He was a thief as well as a bully and seemed to be headed for jail like his Father and older brother. Jen wanted to be an actress and was working very hard at trying to get a break. She was in love with Sean; but didn’t quite trust him. Joyce, their Mother, worked for the Rutherfords as a maid. She liked her job and she worried about her children.
Katy Parsons was a young girl down the street who had asthma and allergies which kept her inside. Her Mother hovered over her. She was very compassionate and a good listener. She watched the town from her window and knew much more than she told. She became a good friend of Jen’s as well as Lisa Rutherford.
The Rutherfords were the wealthy people in town. Mr. Rutherford thought himself to be almost royalty. He was a bully and his home ran as he wanted it to. No one wanted to cross him. Mrs. Rutherford was a grand lady; but she wasn’t beyond coming down to a lover level to make friends. She was concerned about her staff although she didn’t always show it. Lisa was their daughter who was a spoiled princess. She thought herself better than others; but at the same time, she was insecure among her peers. She thought herself in love with the Taylor sister’s nephew or with the Polish count who visited Helen.
As the war began and people began to come and go on the street, the girls began to take their place in the world of work and romance. As times were changing, they had to change with it despite what their parents wanted. How they change and grow is fun to read about. It called for laughter as well as tears as you read. The book is excellent.
Romance, friendship, hope, women’s rolls in an era that felt women belong at home under the control of men. The strength and passion of the females in this book shows female resilience and passion to forge ahead and be accepted.
Love love loved the book.
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her mother a hard working women trying to make ends meet, while the father is in & out of Prison, & her brother Michael is always into trouble. It is the start of WW11, & children are being evacuated to the the country side, & at the same time there are troubles in Ireland with the I R A.
Jenny becomes very friendly with Sean Byrne who can charm anyone. Then there is the Handsome Ward Frazer, nephew of the Miss Taylor's, who says he is in the R A F. or is there more to that then he is willing to say? A great story, a different aspect of the things that went on during The second world war.
From the Carters to the Rutherford's and the many residents in-between, the author has shown what life was really like during the Second World War and no-one was immune to the pain and anguish which Hitler dealt upon London. The book first opens in 1939 when war has been declared and the residents are slowly becoming accustomed to the restrictions which war has forced upon them. The main characters of this book are Joyce Carter dealing with her husband being in prison for robbery, not that she minds as when he is in prison she does not have to fear his fist, her daughter Jen we follow her as she slowly realises her dream of being on stage but it will not be the easy road she first dreamed of. My favourite was Katy Parsons, an asthmatic who has been protected by her parents all her life to such a degree she feels stifled by all their constant attention as they are so terrified of losing her to illness but she has growing up to do and only she can do that if she ever wants to realise her own dream of being a nurse. Louise Rutherford was a spoiled madam and as she experiences heartache for the first time in her life she will learn to realise that not everyone has her best interests at heart and her naivety will be her own downfall when she falls for the words of an older man who clearly does not have her best interests at heart. There are so many other characters which as a reader you will be introduced to and as I got to know each of the characters the book became a read which I could not put down as I once again got involved in the many lives of each of them while their lives will change forever in the most unexpected ways.
I loved this book from start to finish as it was really interesting how the author brought the many lives together and we watched how friendships developed even including women who would never have passed the time of day until war was declared and then it was truly the case of helping each other out in times of need.
Lavender Road by Helen Carey is a brilliant read which I would recommend to anyone who likes a good read which will not only transport you to another era through great writing and a brilliant storyline which had me captivated from page one.
I am straight unto number two in the series Some Sunny Day (Lavender Road) . The third book in this terrific series is On a Wing and a Prayer (Lavender Road)
It more than lived up to my hopes, and brought back vivid memories of Clapham Common, Clapham Junction, Arding and Hobbs, all landmarks of my childhood.
Most of all it was the characters that I really enjoyed, and the way that war changed them and their lives. Social barriers fell, new friendships were born and kindness and support came from unlikely people as the people of south London united against the common enemy - Hitler.
There's tragedy, humour, romance, fear, pride, lessons in life to be learned.
A thoroughly good read, which needs to carry a warning: once you finish it, you'll want to read the sequels straight away. I'm going to!