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Reseña: Shipyard Girls at War ( Shipyard Girls #2)

+Digital copy gently provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review+

Shipyard Girls at War (Shipyard Girls #2)


Nancy Revell

464 pages
Published March 23rd 2017 by Arrow
ISBN:1784754641 (ISBN13: 9781784754648)
Edition Language:English
Series:Shipyard Girls #2
BLURB: 1941: It takes strength to work on the docks, but the war demands all hands on deck and the women are doing their best to fill the gap.
Rosie is flourishing in her role as head-welder while still keeping her double life a secret. But a dashing detective is forcing Rosie to choose between love and her duty.
Gloria is hiding her own little secret – one that if found out, could not only threaten her job, but her life.
And the shipyards are proving tougher than Polly ever imagined, while she waits for her man to return home safely.
Join the shipyard girls as they journey through the hardships of life, love and war.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 Shelves cute-cover, historical-fiction, melodrama, netgalley, rromance, situ-1940s, w_welder, world-war-2

Sunderland, UK, shipbuilding is vital during WW2 and the shipyard have a team of female welders. Seven very different women have constructed a very close friendship. Rosie is the boss, tough, and scarred from her past in more than one way, she is trying to balance a double life. Gloria is older , hoping to be free at last from an abusive husband but now is pregnant. Polly , have really bad news at home, and hope to see again her fiance. Dorothy and Angie are friends, love to go to flicks and have fun, and maybe forget everyday horrors. Martha is a big and shy woman, and just started to have more confidence. Hannah is Czech, fragile and small didn't seem to have really what is needed for this job. All their lives tangled among bombings, overwork, and living in pins and needles waiting for news of their love ones.

imagen by Cecil Beaton

This is the second book of the serie, but can be read like a stand-alone with no problem. Though there is no cliffhanger, with seven major female characters we still have some things - and relationships - to resolve.

The present volume is centered in the conflicts around the death of Polly's brother, Teddy (who leave a wife and little daughter) ; and the return of Teddy's twin brother: Joe. Bel is the widow, and I like how her loss and grief are portrayed. However, I did not like the resolution of the main couple in the story. /SPOILER>-->I mean, I understand that she could feel something for her brother in law, but ... pursuing a relationship with the twin brother? More than doubtful conflicted things going on here... because identical twin brothers? there is no shadow of replacement here? (and a bit of ick factor, too) No. Didn't work for me at all. I would prefer that Joe choose other woman and forget his sister in law, nevermind that there are lliterally tons of women out there in those times, and take care of her didn't automatic traslate as forget her and his niece if he married other woman, come on. <--SPOILER/

In another hand, I love Rosie and her story, and how she goes in life. She know what she wants, and I hope that all can be resolved happily for her. I feel totally invested in her story, and the ups and downs in the shipyard.

*The no-so-good in the book: -need a bit of more editing. There are some repetitive information.

-Also, personally, it bothered me the reference of 'Evil' around the enemy. And the concept of Light against Dark

they could win this war. That they had right on their side. Light could overcome darkness.

-Aaand some romantic talking involving 'perfect profile' and 'petite womanly' that made me roll my eyes, but that it's just me, probably.

Anyway, I would like to read the next book.

[In a totally different note - did you know that women that women also worked in factories during WW1? I didn't know, but looking for pictures I found out. Wow.)

... and later...

*Popsugar challenge 2017: (28) Libro que transcurre en tiempos de guerra.

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