September, 1941: Mary arrives in war-torn London nursing a broken heart and a painful secret.
When she is offered her dream post as an assistant in the fabric department at Liberty store, she knows this is the fresh start she needs. Amid the store’s vibrant prints and sumptuous interiors, Mary finds a new family who can help her to heal.
But not everyone will give Mary such a warm welcome, and the trauma of her past will soon catch up with her.
Christmas At Liberty's
by Fiona Ford
Amazon UK - Kindle / Paperback / Audio
Waterstones - Paperback
Christmas books always leave me feeling warm and fuzzy so when I was approached to check out the latest release from Fiona Ford I couldn't say yes quick enough. Christmas At Liberty's is the first instalment of Ford's new saga series which, if book one has anything to go by, is going to be fantastic reading.
Before reading Christmas At Liberty's I never knew much about the store apart from the name. It rang a bell but it's never been a necessity to find out more. However, after closing the final page I feel like I have a good basic knowledge of the store and the sentiments which run behind the scenes.
I only began reading saga books a matter of months ago and really enjoy the plots set in the duration of the second world war. In a way it makes me feel connected to the event even though I wasn't born until 40 years later. Christmas At Liberty's has definitely given me another connective element which I can only describe as curiosity mixed with heartache.
Secrets were a huge issue throughout the war and this is truly reflected in the book. Throughout the pages there are so many moments which hit home and it makes me think how hard it must have been to keep mouths closed about issues which tear you apart inside. Leading character Mary has such a predicament and I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed reading about it and how she dealt with it.
However, on the flip side to the traumatic past which haunts Mary, a brand new family of lovable characters come on set and helps to mask over some of the heartache of war. I find it very difficult to talk about Christmas At Liberty's without giving away any spoilers so I'll end by saying that this is a book which should be given pride of place to your saga collection.
An easy five stars!
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