The Highland Girls At War by Helen Yendall is a simply marvellous historical novel that gripped me from the start.
The action surrounds the lumberjills who were very much a part of the war effort during World War II. These are hard working young women who cut down and suppled the timber needed.
There is an eclectic mix of women – from a debutante to a widow to a married woman. These women from very different backgrounds all have to learn to work together as they face new challenges. There is a healthy rivalry with the Women’s Land Army.
We also meet a Canadian regiment of troops working the land but who have to be prepared to be mobilised.
The reader is treated to the fresh air in the Scottish forests. With comprehensive descriptions from Helen Yendall, we can practically smell the pine.
Family is important. A family was fractured decades earlier – now is the time to try to build bridges as tomorrow is uncertain.
Alliances are made in times of war that would not usually happen. Tomorrow is not guaranteed but the choices we make today will have consequences.
Tissues were definitely needed at one point in the novel. Helen Yendall perfectly captured the atmosphere and it really did feel as if heaven was touching earth.
I always love Helen Yendall’s novels and The Highland Girls At War was absolutely splendid. I cannot wait for more from Helen Yendall.
I received a free copy from Rachel’s Random Resources for a blog tour. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.
The Highland Girls at War
The Lumberjills, the newest recruits in the Women’s Timber Corps, arrive in the Scottish Highlands to a hostile reception from doubtful locals. The young women are determined to prove them wrong and serve their country – but they’re also all looking for something more…
Lady Persephone signed up to show everyone she’s more than just a pretty face – but it’ll take more than some charm and her noble credentials to win handsome Sergeant Fraser over.
Tall, strong Grace has led a lonely life working on a croft, with just her mother for company. All she wants is to find her place in the world – even if that’s a thousand miles from home.
And Irene misses her husband terribly, so until he returns home from the frontline, she’s distracting herself with war work. But one distraction too far leads to devastating consequences…
Can the Lumberjills get through their struggles together – even when tragedy strikes?
Author Bio – Helen Yendall has had dozens of short stories and a serial published in women’s magazines over the past twenty years and now writes female-focused WW2 novels. She’s a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
She studied English and German at Leeds University and has worked in a variety of roles: for a literary festival, a university, a camping club, a children’s charity and in marketing and export sales. But her favourite job is the one she still has: teaching creative writing to adults.
Although a proud Brummie by birth, Helen now lives in the North Cotswolds with her husband and cocker spaniel, Bonnie. When she’s not teaching or writing, she likes reading, swimming, tennis and walking in the beautiful countryside where she lives.
Social Media Links –
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https://blogaboutwriting.wordpress.com/ – my blog
https://www.facebook.com/helen.yendall/ – Facebook
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