The Bletchley Girls by Anna Stuart

So Brave, So Skillful

The Bletchley Girls by Anna Stuart is a marvellous historical novel that I just could not put down.

Whilst World War II was undoubtedly absolutely awful, it did provide opportunities for woman. Previously expected to marry and reproduce, now women could have positions of responsibility and really make a difference to the war effort, and even the outcome of the war.

Bletchley Park was a place of brilliant minds and unique skill sets. The reader follows three young women with varying talents, all of whom are heading to Bletchley Park. As they become firm friends their lives go in different directions as the BP girls are sent where they are most needed.

The reader sees the war at home, in Malta and in Egypt. All are fighting the same war. There are some truly terrifying moments.

We witness the skill and bravery of the girls as they adapt to their situations and fight the war using their brains.

The characters are all well drawn, likable and realistic. As Anna Stuart led them through the war, the reader can ‘see’ the situations through their eyes.

Love is important. Whatever else we may lose is replaceable but family and friends aren’t. We need to tell those we love that we love them through actions and words.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Bletchley Girls. It was an exciting, powerful read. I always enjoy Anna Stuart’s novels and look forward to reading much more by her.

I received a free copy via Net Galley. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.

JULIA WILSON

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