Thursday, 21 February 2013

Review: The Clippie Girls - Margaret Dickinson

Sisters in love. A family at war. A city in peril.
Rose and Myrtle Sylvester look up to their older sister, Peggy. She is the sensible, reliable one in the household of women headed by their grandmother, Grace Booth, and their mother, Mary Sylvester. When war is declared in 1939 they must face the hardships together and huge changes in their lives are inevitable. For Rose, there is the chance to fulfil her dream of becoming a clippie on Sheffield’s trams like Peggy. But for Myrtle, the studious, clever one in the family, war may shatter her ambitions.
When the tram on which Peggy is a conductress is caught in a bomb blast, she bravely helps to rescue her passengers. The shock waves that ripple through the family will affect each and every one of them and life will never be the same again.

My thoughts:
This was a family saga about 3 sisters, their mother and grandmother, in the time of WWII.

The war starts and sisters Peggy and Rose becomes clippies (conductresses). Peggy is the oldest, pretty levelheaded and careful. I liked her and understood why she was not over the heals in love with the man she was going out with. While Rose is the hellion (well almost) and who is in love with her sister's boyfriend. As you can see tension from the start.

Then we have a grandmother who says what she wants and has very firm opinions about things. A mother who stands in her own mother's shadow and the youngest sister who loves to study.

But it's mostly about Peggy and Rose. Their lives during the war as it changes everything. It's a book about friendship, love, family and heartache.

When the book reached a certain point I did not want to put it down. I needed to know what would happen to certain characters and I feared my heart would break.

Conclusion:
A good family saga.

Cover
meh, but at least it shows what it's about


Genre: Women's fiction
Pages: 438
Published: February 14th 2013 by Pan Publishing
Source: For review

45 comments:

Jenny said...

And did your heart break? You've got me all curious and nervous now!

Carole Rae said...

I love family sagas. I don't know, but I just do. I may have to check it out! Seems to be up my alley.

Melliane said...

Oh nice! I've just read a book during this period, it was so interesting too.

Darlene said...

I've never hadn't heard of this book but it sounds like something I'd really like. I've never heard of clippies either - what a cute name.

SQT said...

I haven't read a book like this in ages. Sometimes I forget to get out of the genre rut, so it's good to have new titles (like this) to look at.

Unknown said...

Some interesting stuff here. I don't really like the cover, too typical, i guess
But i love historical fiction so might give this one a try
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Soma
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brandileigh2003 said...

This sounds like a great family book and some romance thrown in! I love it when a book sucks me in and I don't want to put it down.

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

Yeah the cover isn't exactly a showstopper it looks like Hermione. However, I adore books set in WWII and I don't get to read much about what the women did on the homefront. I think I will really like the Grandma!

Nise' said...

The first sentence of your thoughts had me hooked!

Blodeuedd said...

I am not gonna tell you that now am I ;)

Blodeuedd said...

She seems to be a very prolific author

Blodeuedd said...

It's a good period to read about

Blodeuedd said...

Me neither, a totally new word for me, but it sure makes sense when I think of it

Blodeuedd said...

Totally. I can't stay in just one genre, even if I would love too

Anachronist said...

Sounds very nice!

Blodeuedd said...

good :D

Blodeuedd said...

Well that's why I said it was meh, but at the same time it's good cos it shows what it's about

Blodeuedd said...

So good towards the end cos I did not know what would happen!

Blodeuedd said...

She was actually more of a ...not nice, but then she got nice, and then now. Lol, it was a ride

Blodeuedd said...

:)

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

The cover almost looks like an older Hermione Granger. LOL

Oh I love a book that you can't put down and yet are worried to go on because it might tear your heart out. Good anxiety. Sounds like a good book!

Chris said...

Well, they didn't cut off her head on the cover at least. ;)

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

This would be neat with the generations there. :) Thank you.

Book of Secrets said...

I do love 20th century historical fiction.

Blodeuedd said...

Lol, I never saw that before now.

There was something and it sure tore me up. A war was going on so drama is obvious

Blodeuedd said...

HA, no they did not :)

Blodeuedd said...

And crazy ;)

Blodeuedd said...

Turbulent time in history

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I think I'd like this because of the historical era and the generational drama. Thanks for telling us about it because I hadn't heard of it before!

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

You can't hold back on whether or not your heart broke? That is cruel!!!!

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

I like books that span a family and this does sound good.

Aurian said...

I usually don't read books labeled women's fiction, but this is one I actually would enjoy.

Anna said...

I'm not a fan of the cover either, but it does sound like a book I'd enjoy!

Blodeuedd said...

I think it would work for you too :)

Blodeuedd said...

Mouwahahahahahahahahahahah
;)

Blodeuedd said...

The more the merrier

Blodeuedd said...

I do not know if that is the right label, I just put it there ;)

Blodeuedd said...

WWII fic too :) So yes I knew you might be interested ;) I can't believe how much I have read in the last year, when I was supposed to read WWI

Staci said...

I'm with you on the BORING cover...I would not look twice at it that's for sure and the title isn't great either, but knowing that you didn't want to put it down will have me looking at it again if I happen to come across it.

Jenny Girl said...

The cover is meh but the female family saga sounds interesting. didn't want to put it down, sold me. Thanks :)

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

this sounds really cool! I'm wondering if it's available in the us.

Blodeuedd said...

There was just something that happened and I had to know, I just had to know

Blodeuedd said...

Yes meh indeed :(

Blodeuedd said...

I am sure it can be found somewhere

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

I'm not feeling the cover either.

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