Blog Tour - The Married Girls by Diney Costeloe

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

The Married Girls
By Diney Costeloe
Publication Date: 4th May 2017
Publisher: Head Of Zeus
Pages: 472
Genre: Historical, Fiction
Format: Hardback 
Source: Publisher

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Wynsdown, 1949. In the small Somerset village of Wynsdown, Charlotte Shepherd is happily married to farmer Billy. She arrived from Germany on the Kindertransport as a child during the war and now feels settled in her adopted home. 
Meanwhile, the squire’s fighter pilot son, Felix, has returned to the village with a fiancĂ©e in tow. Daphne is beautiful, charming… and harbouring secrets. After meeting during the war, Felix knows some of Daphne’s past, but she has worked hard to conceal that which could unravel her carefully built life. 
For Charlotte, too, a dangerous past is coming back in the shape of fellow refugee, bad boy Harry Black. Forever bound by their childhoods, Charlotte will always care for him, but Harry’s return disrupts the village quiet and it’s not long before gossip spreads.
The war may have ended, but for these girls, trouble is only just beginning. 
My Review

Ever since I read The Lost Soldier I have been a fan of Diney's books, her writing is brilliant and always makes me want to keep reading, even when it is 2am and I should be asleep! I have read The Girl With No Name although it was quite a while ago, so it took me a few chapters to remember the characters and the story. 
Like many of her other book, The Married Girls is filled with drama, secrets and unexpected twists and turns. Charlotte and Daphne are both very different from each other but they both have something in common...a past which they would like to forget. Although life doesn't work like that. 
With Harry's return to town, Charlotte is drawn to him. With old history and a caring nature, Charlotte can't help but what to make sure Harry is ok but it come at a price. Felix knew that Daphne had a past one that could ruin the perfect life they had built together, so it was easier and simpler to just forget about it. Although it doesn't take long before the secrets come to the surface and put the wheels in motion of the events which could make or break their perfect world. 
I don't think I could choose a favourite character, I normally do but in this case I am unable too. All the characters hold a different meaning to me. Whether is the one who care to much, the one who's past is catching up so quick they are unable to process it. Or it is the one who needs someone to make them feel grounded after the awful war, or it could be the one is knows the past could change everything they hold dear. Each one of the characters holds something which people can relate to in one way or another, to me that is important as it shows this book holds a lot more that just the pages that are in it. 
The Married Girls is a lovely sequel to The Girl With No Name, it has depth and character that make it one of the best sequels I have read. Each character has a voice and due to this you are able to know their lives and the struggles that they have faced or are still facing, following the end of the war. Yet it is their response and reaction that makes you see that they are willing to fight for their future and the life they have built as it is worth it in the end. 
Three Words 
Wonderful, Captivating and Enthralling. 
My Rating 
Diney Costeloe is the bestselling author of THE THROWAWAY CHILDREN, THE RUNAWAY FAMILY, THE LOST SOLDIER, THE SISTERS OF ST CROIX and THE GIRL WITH NO NAME. She divides her time between Somerset and West Cork.     

Another day, another book, 

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