When We Danced at the End of the Pier: A heartbreaking novel of family tragedy and wartime romance (Brighton Girls Trilogy Book 1) by Sandy Taylor


Book Description:

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?

My Thoughts:

Maureen is quite head strong even from being a child. She knows as soon as she sets eyes on Jack, the boy next door, that they are destined to be together. A friendship starts up between herself, Jack, Jack’s friend Nelson and Maureen’s friend, Monica. The friendship between these four was so heart warming to read.

Nelson is a character that won my heart right from the start. I totally loved him. He doesn’t have the best of lives to start with due to his mother, but the friendship his friends give him is something that goes above and beyond. I don’t think I will ever forget the image I had in my mind of him with his brown jumper that he literally lived in.

The only way I can describe this story is that it is very bitter sweet. There is so many nice and lovely friendships as well as moments that made me smile and warmed my heart. On the other hand though, there are a few events that had me heart broken along with the characters and had me reaching for a tissue. It is certainly an emotional roller coaster of a read.

When We Danced At The End Of The Pier is simply a beautiful and emotional read. I don’t think I can remember the last time a book moved me to tears so many times whilst reading it. I shed tears of happiness as well as sadness. This is one author who creates characters that will totally capture the readers hearts and I know that them and their story will remain with me for a very long time to come.

My thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

When We Danced At The End Of The Pier is out today and available to purchase from Amazon.

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