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'Unputdownable!' Western Telegraph
'A sparkling bit of storytelling.' Evening Standard

From the Author

When I was asked to write a novel set in the second world war, the publishers (Orion) originally wanted it set in the East End of London, but I had just moved to Clapham and I asked if I could set the story there. I had already noticed the number of newish houses built into the old Victorian terraced streets - a sign of the relentless bombing, and I wanted to try to recreate the atmosphere of wartime Clapham as a kind of tribute to the 'ordinary' people who lived and died during through those eventful, traumatic years.
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 ...

Product Details

  • File Size: 1096 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: TSAP Books; 1 edition (November 19, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 19, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0066DLQGM
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The characters in Lavender Road are very well developed and I quickly felt as though I knew them all. Some I liked and some I did not like but I cared very much what happened to each of them. While familiar with WW2 history, I had never really considered the effect that the bombing must have had on daily life in London. Lavender Road made me think about the people that lived through the experience and how it must have turned their reality upside down. I was very thankful that the story continued and was downloading the 2nd book in the series (Some Sunny Day) seconds after turning the last page of Lavender Road.

A real and human story of a very unreal time in London's history.
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Stumbled onto this book after I read War Brides and wanted something similar--thankfully I found the Lavender Road series! Even better than War Brides--full of wondefull characters, well written with witty humor and touching moments, this book and all the others in this series are impossible to put down.
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Helen Carey takes us back to WWII London, and then keeps us there with her realistic depictions of the inhabitants and visitors to Lavender Road. I was caught up in the bombings, the fights for survival, wartime deprivations, romances and even espionage. I did not want to leave, and I am grateful to Ms. Carey for continuing this journey back in time in the two sequels to this book. All three are truly great reads!
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Most war stories hit on a major love story and major battle scenes. Helen Carey has tapped into the very fiber of English life in the days preceding the bombing of England during WWII and during the actual bombing. The story centers on several families who have all the ups and downs of real life but who forge on with that gritty, strong English attitude. They appear together but bleed internally like every human being.

We begin with Jen Carter who wants to be an actress but has no training, just a high school drama at which the audience clearly connected to her very special acting and singing skills. Plus she's a great mimic. But home life is far from serene and she spends most of her time at home fighting with her mother, that is until she meets an Irish hunk of guy, Sean. Jen needs to be needed so does anything to make Sean happy, including sleeping with him anywhere and everywhere. But after numerous rejections and one very dangerous scene, opportunities open for Jen and she begins to find herself and think more of others unlike before. The hardships of war and pulling together in everyone's need cannot help but change Jen! And her mother breaks out of a very narrow world to become an actually very pleasant and interesting woman!

There's a rich girl who wants to meet a guy and be loved but finds only teases or nice guys who don't want to mar her "virgin" status. Or her father, who is so stuck in tradition that he drives away everyone he encounters. Perhaps you'd better like the man who can't fight in the war because of a weak physical condition but who does something so heroic it makes others look like cowards. There are also two elderly sisters who have trained and costumed famous actors and are far from stereotypical "little ol' ladies.
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since it is the 70th anniversary of ww!! ,I found this story of the impact of the the war on individual lives a very interesting perspective of how people tried to get on with every day life. There are several views of the constant threat of invasion , while also coping with daily bombing that had devastating effects in loss of life, constant worry about loved ones , at home & abroad. There are also accounts of loss of innocence in this , adjusting to being deprived of every day necessities ( food , rationing ,clothing , etc. ) The story also talks about how children had to be sent from the dangers in London to remote country homes where strangers took the children into their homes , Families were separated for a few years , with little contact. .I think that it is important to remember these times & the impact of world events on individual lives .We must be informed of international events.
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A country at war can make for strange bedfellows. As depicted in Lavender Road class distinction can fly out the window. Helen Carey did a great job of evolving her characters and allowing the reader to see them grow and change. Just because you live on the same street does not mean you know your neighbor. The people on Lavender Road made discoveries about themselves and others in their character and desire to aid in their country at war, can't wait to read the next two books
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This book is set in world war 2, giving and insight on the different families living on Lavender Road, and their daily struggles with every day life with the war raging over Europe and their homeland. When first starting to read this book found it a bit slow but then after a couple of chapters couldn't put it down. Really interesting characters, and stories lines that draw you into the book and not wanting to put the book down. Very enjoyable read.
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When reading Lavender Road, by Helen Carey, I was drawn into London during the beginning of WWII. With the backdrop of the threat of war with Hitler looming, we meet a cast of characters who could have lived and loved in any era, but particularly in the late 1930’s – early 1940’s. Although, it takes place before I was born, I was able to fully visualize the fear, angst, heartache, and determination of both her characters and the era.

It is a rare book that can draw one so completely into a period in the history of our world and hold us as in it. Ms. Carey has a rare ability to create a story so full of history, yet in no way does it become dry or carry the dust of a history book. Instead, it’s full of vibrant life of its own.

I have since bought the rest of the series and am sure I will not be disappointed.
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