The novel begins at Goodwill House in Stodham, Kent in January 1940. Lady Joanna Harcourt and her seventeen-year-old daughter Sarah live there, while Lord Harcourt is away due to the War. They are struggling financially and Sarah is having to do more of the work the servants would have covered previously.
Then they are asked to billet six WAAF girls who have been assigned to the nearby RAF base at Marston, as the base has no facilities to accommodate women. Goodwill House is huge and has many rooms that are never used, so the Harcourts happily take in the girls, especially as they are paid for doing so.
Sarah Harcourt is a great character! While the 1940s setting is beautifully done, Sarah is quite a modern woman, while still being very realistic and believable. She is feisty and determined to be independent. It is also interesting to see the contrast between Sarah and her mother and how the changes to their life help them evolve.
I was much more interested in the story of the Harcourts and the WAAF girls and visitors rather than the men at the RAF base. Some of the details about the military ranks and the way the planes worked were beyond me, but it didn’t detract from the overall story and I am sure some readers would love those details.
I did though absolutely love the relationship between Flight Lieutenant Angus Trent and Sarah. The pacing of the novel was perfect, there was enough drama to hold my interest throughout and the characters were beautifully written so I cared about them and wanted to know what was going to happen.
9 out of 10
The War Girls of Goodwill House
Lady Joanna Harcourt and her daughter Sarah discover their life of luxury at Goodwill House is over. Because with Lord Harcourt away fighting, the Harcourt girls are facing financial ruin.
Lady Joanna is terrified of losing their home, but for Sarah, this means her dreams of becoming a doctor are over. Headstrong Sarah isn’t one to quit! War or not, she’s determined to find a way to save her home and follow her dreams– whatever it takes!
Dashing RAF officer Angus Trent might just save the day. The new RAF base at Marston will soon be full of young women all hoping to serve their country, and Goodwill House will make the perfect home for them. But can Sarah convince Lady Joanna to agree to her plan?
Angus has never met a woman quite like Sarah – courageous, brave, unwavering. She has a huge task ahead of her, but if anyone can do it, his war girl can.
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Author Bio –
Fenella J. Miller is the bestselling writer of eighteen historical sagas. She also has a passion for Regency romantic adventures and has published over fifty to great acclaim. Her father was a Yorkshireman and her mother the daughter of a Rajah. She lives in a small village in Essex with her British Shorthair cat.
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