I am thrilled to be joining in with Sandy Taylor’s When We Danced At The End Of The Pier blog tour! 🙂
When We Danced At The End Of The Pier is a beautiful story, set before and during the second world war.
I bloody loved Maureen (read it and you’ll understand!) and her little sister Brenda. They have a relatively happy early childhood, in Brighton, with loving parents. They don’t have much money, but their home is full of love. They spend a lot of time with their Dad, who they love dearly despite not really understanding him or why he can’t work. He had served in the first world war and had never been the same since. His love for his daughter’s was heart-warming, but his struggles heart-breaking. Their Mum worked, cleaning the homes of the rich, to pay the rent and put food on the table.
It was lovely to read of a time before the distractions of the internet and social media, etc. Maureen and her family didn’t have a lot, but they made the best of everything and truly cherished each other and their friends.
Maureen is in love with Jack, from the very first time she saw him over her garden fence. She knows she will marry him one day and as she grows up she becomes more and more convinced that they are destined to be together. Jack is going to be a doctor and she can’t wait to be a doctor’s wife. They spend most days together, along with their best friends Monica and Nelson. Awwww, I loved Nelson. He’s such a sweet character. They are happy with each others company.
When World War 2 breaks out it changes everyone’s lives forever. I can only imagine living through such a frightening and uncertain time.
I don’t want to say much more for fear of spoiling it for anyone, but I was totally immersed in Maureen’s story as she grows into a young woman. She made me laugh out loud at times and I have had a tear in my eye on more than one occasion.
This story is full of love, family, true friendship, grief and finding happiness after heart-break. I have loved every page!
Many thanks, as always, to Bookouture for my auto-approval status on Netgalley and to Kim Nash for inviting to be a part of the blog tour for this wonderful book.
Publisher: Bookouture (31st March 2017)
Brighton 1930: Maureen O’Connell is a carefree girl, but her family is on the brink of tragedy, war is looming and life will never be the same again.
Jack and Nelson have always been dear friends to Maureen. Despite their different backgrounds, they’ve seen each other through thick and thin.
As Maureen blossoms from a little girl into a young woman, the candle she’s always held for Jack burns bright. But just as she’s found love, war wrenches them apart. The man she cherishes with all her heart is leaving.
When the bombs start to fall, Maureen and her family find themselves living in the most dangerous of times. With Jack no longer by her side and Nelson at war, Maureen has never felt more alone. Can she look to a brighter future? And will she find the true happiness she’s dreamt of?
An utterly gripping and heart-wrenching story about the enduring power of love, hope and friendship during the darkest of days. Perfect for fans of Pam Jenoff, Nadine Dorries and Diney Costeloe.
About the author…..
Sandy Taylor grew up on a council estate near Brighton. There were no books in the house, so Sandy’s love of the written word was nurtured in the little local library. Leaving school at fifteen, Sandy worked in a series of factories before landing a job at Butlins in Minehead. This career change led her to becoming a singer, a stand up comic and eventually a playwright and novelist.