This is the third in the Goodwill House series and as I have read the previous two, I was looking forward to this next installment. The books are set in England during WWII with Lady Joanna Harcourt, the owner of Goodwill House, doing her bit for the war by housing the WAAF girls. Each novel tells a standalone story of a set of girls who stay with her.
This one begins in July 1940 and tells the tale of WAAF Diane Forsyth and her budding romance with Squadron Leader Freddie Hanover of the RAF. Millie and Di were in the previous book when they stayed in Goodwill House, but moved to the air base. Millie is married to Flying Officer Ted Thorrington. I really enjoy following these characters. Millie and Di are very inspirational and I love their friendship.
The regular inhabitants of Goodwill House are back – Lady Joanna Harcourt herself, of course, plus her mother-in-law Elizabeth, Baxter (now known as Jean) and the fourteen-year-old twins Liza and Joe – not forgetting the dog Lazzy, who was found in the previous book. Betty has more help around the place this time, with Joan and Val joining the staff.
I love Fenella’s writing, it has some warmth in it. The scenes come straight to life and the characters are so believable, that you soon feel you know them. I love the idea of returning to a familiar setting but meeting new characters each time. There’s both a continuity and a freshness using this format and I really enjoy it. I’m now looking forward to Book 4!
Duty Calls at Goodwill House
With Hitler’s bombs getting closer, WAAF Diane Forsyth is determined to face the oncoming danger and do her duty to support the brave RAF pilots who risk their lives as they take to the skies.
And there’s one pilot in particular Di hopes remains safe – Squadron Leader Freddie Hanover. But with a romance between them growing, Di and Freddie know their duty must always come first. How can they dream of a future together whilst this terrible war continues?
Lady Joanna Harcourt understands Di’s vow of duty – she’s taken one herself. But Joanna also knows that life is terribly precious and that one must make the most of every single day…before it’s too late.
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Fenella J. Miller is the bestselling writer of over 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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