‘There was no denying it, being cheerful was a challenge. You just had to be grateful for small mercies: a sunny day, a night without an air raid, an extra rasher of bacon from the butcher.’
England, 1942: 23-year-old Betty runs away from Bristol to make a new life for herself. Betrayed by her husband, Betty flees to the seaside town of Bournemouth, where she has fond memories of childhood holidays. There, she finds a small family bakery, in desperate need of a new shop girl…
At the Barton Bakery, Betty finds a sanctuary with shopkeeper Audrey Barton, but Audrey is fighting battles of her own. Her husband is at war and in grave danger, she is heavily pregnant, and her customers are horrified by the demands imposed by rationing.
Audrey’s stepsister Lily receives a letter from a man she once loved very much, a man she thought was lost to her forever. He offers her a new future with him, but one that will mean sacrificing so many of her hopes and dreams…
As Winston Churchill tells the country to ‘never give in’, the women of the Barton Bakery struggle on to keep their families, homes and loved ones safe in a time of turmoil.
This is the third book in the wartime bakery saga. I’m not sure if this is a trilogy or not but I’m really hoping not, as there is still so much more potential with the characters in these books and I don’t think I am ready to say goodbye to the characters just yet. Would advise reading in order as these really are fabulous books but I thought it did work well as a stand alone as the author does give enough background so you don’t feel like you’re missing out.
How I had missed life and the people in the bakery. We are introduced to a new character, Betty, who brings a bit of intrigue as to why she has run away. It was also good to catch up with the familiar characters, whose lives I have become totally invested in. Audrey still remains as one of my favourites as her inner strength was just breath taking.
Even though the story is fiction, the story really hits home with the reader as to what life was like back in the war. It really does make for emotional reading in parts and I had to keep wiping the tears away that kept appearing.
What I love more than anything though is that this story is not all heartache and sadness. It made me smile how everyone pulls together in their time of need and there were plenty of happy moments to counter act the not so happy bits. The love between some of the characters had me literally fit to burst. I couldn’t stop grinning at the happiness that would radiate from the pages. It was infectious and am so glad people couldn’t see me while I was reading it.
Telegrams and Teacakes is a truly wonderful story that totally enveloped me. With so many lovely characters, they really do capture your heart making this an emotional roller coaster of a read. An endearing read that can be read and enjoyed, again and again.
My thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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