Shameful Secrets On Coronation Close by Lizzie Lane is a delightful book and the second one in the series. It can be read as a stand-alone but I recommend reading book one first to see both story and character progression.
The year is 1937 and the residents of Coronation Close are very much looking forward to the King’s coronation in May, much like we are today. The reader is caught up in the excitement and preparations as the residents celebrate together. They are a close-knit bunch, offering help where it is needed. They share lives but some are hiding secrets.
We see the dreadful effects of shell shock from World War I which still persisted. “Looking at the mud brought back fragments of memories that still haunted him.” Shell shock or PTSD was not understood. It never goes away. We see a character who has hidden his identity since deserting in World War I. He hides behind more than just curtains, as the reader’s heart breaks for this gentle soul.
Other characters have secrets too. Some are kept because to let them out would put lives at risk. Others are kept through guilt and shame although they have nothing to be ashamed of, having been caught up in unwanted action.
There is a shadowy presence hanging over a resident. We fear for the resident as we are unwilling participants in following her. Tensions rise in us as we fear what might be. Dark nights mirror our fears.
We see the effects of poverty on families as an extra mouth to feed, is seen as a source of anxiety and not happiness.
All the residents of Coronation Close are community minded. When new families move in, they are welcomed, even if they do seem rather feral.
I absolutely love this series. There are some wonderful characters with huge hearts that are warm and welcoming. I am looking forward to the subsequent books.
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.
Shameful Secrets on Coronation Close
There are no secrets that time does not reveal…
The year is 1937 and the country is still reeling from the abdication of King Edward the Eighth the year before.
His brother, the Duke of York has become King George the Sixth and will be crowned in May.
The country is on a high. Union Jacks are being dusted off and bunting is being made. Thelma, Jenny and residents of Coronation Close are all a buzz with planning the street parties and celebrations for the great day.
But behind every door shameful secrets and sins linger on Coronation Close, just bubbling to expose themselves…
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Lizzie Lane is the author of over 50 books, a number of which have been bestsellers. She was born and bred in Bristol where many of her family worked in the cigarette and cigar factories. This has inspired her saga series for Boldwood The Tobacco Girls.
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