Blurb; There was no denying it, being cheerful was a challenge. You just had to be grateful for small mercies: a sunny day, a night without an air raid, an extra rasher of bacon from the butcher.’
England, 1942: 23-year-old Betty runs away from Bristol to make a new life for herself. Betrayed by her husband, Betty flees to the seaside town of Bournemouth, where she has fond memories of childhood holidays. There, she finds a small family bakery, in desperate need of a new shop girl…
At the Barton Bakery, Betty finds a sanctuary with shopkeeper Audrey Barton, but Audrey is fighting battles of her own. Her husband is at war and in grave danger, she is heavily pregnant, and her customers are horrified by the demands imposed by rationing.
Audrey’s stepsister Lily receives a letter from a man she once loved very much, a man she thought was lost to her forever. He offers her a new future with him, but one that will mean sacrificing so many of her hopes and dreams…
As Winston Churchill tells the country to ‘never give in’, the women of the Barton Bakery struggle on to keep their families, homes and loved ones safe in a time of turmoil.
My Review; BRILLIANT! I am loving this series. This is book three in the Wartime Bakery series. It takes you right back to the olden days. Those times have always fascinated me and how everyone pulls together to cope and survive. This story is just that, but also heart-breaking in parts.
Telegrams & Teacakes is easy to read, beautifully written and I loved it. Audrey and the bakery just feel like family and home in these books! I also enjoyed the introduction of the new character Betty but will she be able to move on and continue with her life within the bakery?
A series best read in order but all read well as a standalone. A well deserved five stars. Highly recommend. I look forward to book four… Fingers crossed.