This is the first of Helen Carey's books that I read - and it will certainly not be the last. The story is absolutely rivetting, the characters are strongly drawn, believable and you really care about them and their futures. The Second World War was obviously awful for soldiers and their families but this novel vividly reconstructs the privations and challenges to citizens as the war began to dominate their lives. Great read!
this, the third of the Lavender Road series is, for me, the best. It follows through on the lives and welfare of the key characters, who I have grown to love through the course of the first 2 books, but it also takes the reader into (literally) new territoies as one of the principle characters becomes involved with the SOE and is flown clandestinely into France to work with the Resistance. Gripping stuff - roll on the next instalment please!
Some Sunny Day picks up where Lavender Road left off, and I was entranced to catch up with the lives and stories of Katy Parsons (the scenses where she joins the nursing team are brilliant, and really very funny) Jen Carter and her family, Mr Lorenz, all these people are so well written they feel real! The Canadian Airforce hero Ward Frazer is captivating , a role model for all us men, and the pub scenes evoke an era that I think many of us would like to return to (without the war bit though!)This is a great book.
Slick Deals represents quite a departure for Helen Carey (I have read - and loved - her WW2 series Lavender Road et al)but for me it is a welcome departure - this book kicks off in Monaco, moves to London and ends up in a beautiful part of Wales (I know because I live there!)If you lke Dick Francis, Ben Elton and Kate Atkinson then I think you will find some of the characterisitics of these writers, but written in the author's own unique voice. Oil, environmental issues, the threat to marine life all figure in an exciting, suspenseful and witty combination of adventure and intrigue.
I have just read the review by Michelle Wilson and I really don't have anything much to add, as Michelle has captured the essence of this excellent novel really well.I can only agree with her that this is a compelling and utterly charming love story, but with a dash of humour and an eye for detail that set this writer apart as being rather special. I have read all of Helen Carey's books and loved them all equally, she is a versatile and gifted writer. More please!