A Store at War



A Store at WarCheerful And Uplifting I Enjoyed It Immensely Sunday Times Bestseller Katie FfordeReaders Love Marlow S Department Store Excellent Book, Want Reviewer Such A Good Read Goodreads Reviewer It S And Young Lily Collins Is Starting Work In Midlands Department Store Marlow S, Whose Gleaming Facade Has Fascinated Her Since ChildhoodAs The Air Raid Sirens Blare, Lily Learns The Ropes From Her Sophisticated Boss Miss Frobisher Alongside Shy Fellow Junior Gladys But Her Burgeoning Friendship With Young Salesman Jim Draws Her Into A Swirl Of Secrets Within The Store And With The War Progressing To Crisis Point, Cedric Marlow And His Staff Must Battle Nightly Bombings And The Absence Of Loved Ones To Keep GoingFrom A Former Writer Of The Archers Comes A Novel That Weaves Together A Powerful Sense Of Community And A Vivid Evocation Of A Time When Every Man, Woman And Child Was Doing Their Bit Jo Writes With A Sure Hand And A Light Touch It S A Real Page Turner With A Spirited Heroine Who Will Worm Her Way Into Readers Hearts A Sparkling New Voice In Fiction Sunday Times Bestseller Veronica Henry

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 400 pages
  • A Store at War
  • Joanna Toye
  • 13 May 2019

10 thoughts on “A Store at War

  1. Stephen says:

    Thanks to the publishers and netgalley for a free copy in return for an open and honest review.The book itself set in a small town in warwickshire during the second world war and follows the lifes of different characters in a provencial department store and this is an easy going read but felt however the ending was all too rosy and neatly wrapped up

  2. Tracey says:

    I enjoyed this first book of a series and first by this author Lily Collins gets her first job at 14, in a large department store in her hometown of Hinton It s a bit slow at first but then as Lily makes friends and enemies, we learn that not everyone is how they first appear We get to know the characters, the writing is excellent and although this story is set during world war two it s very different to other books set in the same era How I would love a wander around Marlow s department sto I enjoyed this first book of a series and first by this author Lily Collins gets her first job at 14, in a large department store in her hometown of Hinton It s a bit slow at first but then as Lily makes friends and enemies, we learn that not everyone is how they first appear We get to know the characters, the writing is excellent and although this story is set during world war two it s very different to other books set in the same era How I would love a wander around Marlow s department store.I would recommend and I m looking forward to the next book in this series, Secrets in Store

  3. booklover BEV says:

    Loved itThe year is 1941 Lily Collins starts work at Marlows the biggest department store in the Midlands as a junior There s a war on, a relaxing witty feel good book, I found so uplifting, you find yourself drawn into the characters as you read All the bombing going on around and the store keeps going Looking forward to reading the next book called Secrets in store to continue lilys story

  4. Ali Bookworm says:

    A nice little wartime saga set in a department store, a bit Mr Selfridge. Flowed easy and nice likeable characters. Glad to see there will bein the series.

  5. Kristina says:

    A Store at War is a charming historical novel Lily Collins is fortunate to secure a position as a junior at Marlow s, but it is a different type of environment for her She needs to think before she acts that is going to be a challenge Lily also tends to speak her mind and is headstrong She makes friends with Gladys and Jim Jim stumbles upon a scheme and confides in Lily They want to find a way to stop the enterprise before it ruins Marlow s I liked the various characters in the story, a A Store at War is a charming historical novel Lily Collins is fortunate to secure a position as a junior at Marlow s, but it is a different type of environment for her She needs to think before she acts that is going to be a challenge Lily also tends to speak her mind and is headstrong She makes friends with Gladys and Jim Jim stumbles upon a scheme and confides in Lily They want to find a way to stop the enterprise before it ruins Marlow s I liked the various characters in the story, and we see that people put on appearances We do not know what is going on in their lives until we take the time to get to know an individual I thought A Store at War was nicely written and it proceeded at a gentle pace It was interesting to learn what happened when an air raid siren went off while one is shopping in a department store There were also a number of rules for shop assistants to follow including appearance and proper etiquette They had to know their merchandise and where it was located We get a glimpse of what life was like during World War II in England rationing, air raids, blackouts, bombings During and after the war, they had to make do and mend new and used clothing were hard to come by We see at the end of the book that there isto come I wonder what will happen in Wartime for the Shop Girls

  6. Marjorie says:

    2.5 StarsRightly or wrongly, from the title I was expecting something a littleMr Selfridge from this book The setting of Marlow s Department Store is really just a device to bring together Lily with Grace, Jim and Betsy and there was sadly little about the store within the book I was hoping for tales of internecine warfare between departments and spiteful spinsters enforcing strict regimens on the junior staff It is fargentle than that, and, probably less interesting because of it 2.5 StarsRightly or wrongly, from the title I was expecting something a littleMr Selfridge from this book The setting of Marlow s Department Store is really just a device to bring together Lily with Grace, Jim and Betsy and there was sadly little about the store within the book I was hoping for tales of internecine warfare between departments and spiteful spinsters enforcing strict regimens on the junior staff It is fargentle than that, and, probably less interesting because of it.Even worse I got really confused about Lily The point is heavily stressed that she just left school in order to start work because her widowed mother needs the income This means she is 14 let that settle for a minute Lily, our heroine is 14 years old Now, I know there is a war on and the teenager hadn t been invented yet but 14 is 14 and from the tales my Grandmother told me nothing really ever changes So, she is hormonal and irrational and to be quite frank a child No, our Lily has a poised self assurance and is a stalwart to her new friends and family Honestly, she readslike a worldly mid twenties than a mere slip of thing of 14.That then leads to my second big issue with it Just how old is Jim It is clear from early on that there is flirting going on between him and Lily but he certainly seems to be much older than her The only thing that perhaps belies this is that he is clearly hale and hearty and hasn t been called up yet so he is likely under 20 yes, I did just google conscription age However, he reads much older and even the thought that he could well be 18 ormakes the flirtation seem a little off.The book does deal with some issues that were relevant to the times How to deal with the privations of war, how to organise a celebration under rationing, the part the Black Market plays in every day life, unmarried mothers One unusual topic that wasor less just tossed in there was the treatment of disabled people at the time I did like the little bits we found out about Susan and her family Nothing that hasn t been covered before or will be covered again sort of unavoidable in this time period.It was just all kind of underwhelming, which is a shame as there are some interesting themes explored Robert and Cedric s relationship was outlined in sketchy detail but I felt that muchcould have been made of this certainly the motherless son and grieving older father angle was interesting The bending of Government Legislation to make a fast buck and give the gentry the service they still felt entitled to was also only lightly touched on, again this could have been explored further In fact, the whole Black Market that was flourishing is mentioned and everyone seems to universally accept it as a good thing for the housewife this is not what I have been led to believe from family members who lived through it Mixed messages there really as the scam at the store is vilified whilst the desire for some tinned salmon off ration seems to be okay.The characters were also rather difficult to pin down It doesn t help that they fit very distinct formats So you have Grace frumpy and rather downtrodden, wouldn t say boo to a goose and desperate to get a boyfriend so much so she fixates first on Lily s brother and then on one of his service mates Betsy blowsy and thinks she is so much better than she, determined to climb socially but turns out to come from a tragic background and really has a heart of gold Dora tough Matriarch, can turn her hand to anything, loves her children dearly but never shows it in traditional ways I don t think I really need to go on Rathermiss than hit I m sad to say and I will readily admit toor less scan reading the last half of the book as it all felt like a bunch of stereotypes thrust together, none of whom really gel It doesn t help that although there is a plot it was very loose and seemed to have been allowed to wander wherever it felt like going

  7. Grace J Reviewerlady says:

    Such a good read I do enjoy domestic tales set at the time of WWII, and this is right up there with the best of them and there sto come Lily Collins, at fourteen, is now old enough to leave school and we first encounter her in a very nervous state on her way to interview for a prestigious local department store Gaining the job brings with it her mother s warnings to watch what she says and does and make sure she does nothing to jeopardise her position But will friendly Lily, with her Such a good read I do enjoy domestic tales set at the time of WWII, and this is right up there with the best of them and there sto come Lily Collins, at fourteen, is now old enough to leave school and we first encounter her in a very nervous state on her way to interview for a prestigious local department store Gaining the job brings with it her mother s warnings to watch what she says and does and make sure she does nothing to jeopardise her position But will friendly Lily, with her strong moral compass, manage that This is a lovely, heartwarming story which gives a real flavour of the frugality of war and the strain on the ordinary family With well drawn characters and a good solid storyline, the author s experience shines through in this, her debut novel The best news is that it s the first in a series of four books, and I for one am really looking forward to catching up with the lives of the Collins family in future A superb read, and one I highly recommend

  8. Grace says:

    An enjoyable read set in World War 2 London This is such an easy read, the sort of thing you could easily consume on the sofa on a sunday afternoon with a cuppa Due to the festive season I ve been reading it on and off for a month now but it s such a sweet and lovely story you really can pick it up and put it down and not get confused.Lily Collins is the main character She is a young girl just trying to make the best of things during war time This book really showed the sacrifices people had An enjoyable read set in World War 2 London This is such an easy read, the sort of thing you could easily consume on the sofa on a sunday afternoon with a cuppa Due to the festive season I ve been reading it on and off for a month now but it s such a sweet and lovely story you really can pick it up and put it down and not get confused.Lily Collins is the main character She is a young girl just trying to make the best of things during war time This book really showed the sacrifices people had to make in terms of rationing etc.The only downside for me is that nothing bad ever really happened to any of the characters and in war time London you would at least expect a little bit of destruction and death Nevertheless its a firm 4 out of 5 stars for me Thank Netgalley for letting me read this book

  9. Diane says:

    I really enjoyed this book Set in WW2 it s the story of Lily Collins and her family and friends Lily has to leave school at 14 as unfortunately her family can t afford her to carry on her education One of her teachers puts in a good word for her so that she manages to get a job in a large local department store Marlow s From day one things seem to happen to Lily that bring her attention to her bosses Will Lily lose her job before it s even begun There are lots of ups and downs for the fami I really enjoyed this book Set in WW2 it s the story of Lily Collins and her family and friends Lily has to leave school at 14 as unfortunately her family can t afford her to carry on her education One of her teachers puts in a good word for her so that she manages to get a job in a large local department store Marlow s From day one things seem to happen to Lily that bring her attention to her bosses Will Lily lose her job before it s even begun There are lots of ups and downs for the family in this book I look forward to the next book to see how the Collins family are surviving this difficult time

  10. Maggie says:

    Stories from WW2 are my escape from psychological thrillers police procedurals This one, centred around a large department store during the war is a slightly different take on it, but it does provide some interesting characters with their stories.I really liked Lily with her headstrong nature her desire to do the right thing even if it did get her into a few scrapes Her whole family came across as real salt of the earth folk put into a situation they couldn t have imagined.I m already l Stories from WW2 are my escape from psychological thrillers police procedurals This one, centred around a large department store during the war is a slightly different take on it, but it does provide some interesting characters with their stories.I really liked Lily with her headstrong nature her desire to do the right thing even if it did get her into a few scrapes Her whole family came across as real salt of the earth folk put into a situation they couldn t have imagined.I m already looking forward to the next one in the series Thanks to Netgalley the publisher for letting me red review this book

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