A Christmas Baby At Goodwill House by Fenella J Miller is a marvellous historical novel. It is the seventh book in the Goodwill House series but can be read as a stand-alone. I recommend reading the previous books first in order to see character progression and development.
The action is set during 1941 as we rejoin the residents of Goodwill House. It is the start of a new era. “I now make my decision on acquaintances based on who they are, not where they come from.” War is a great leveler. The old class system is crumbling. People earn their reputations and not by the circumstances of their birth.
All the residents of Goodwill House have kind hearts, helping where they can. As Christmas approaches, they are determined to ensure all the children of the village receive gifts. They truly do ‘make do and mend’ as they repurpose old toys found in the attic.
We also follow RAF pilots. We see the responsibility and the heartache. Also there are conflicting emotions when one is congratulated for shooting down the enemy. “He was uncomfortable celebrating the death of anyone, even an enemy.” Every pilot will have a mother somewhere.
We learn the value of family. Family is not always blood related but those who love and care for us.
Budding, Blossoming & Blooming
Wedding Bells At Goodwill House by Fenella J Miller is the next book in the fabulous Goodwill House series. It can be read as a stand-alone but I recommend reading the previous books first to enable you to track character progression and development. I loved catching up with the characters. It is like greeting old friends.
We join Goodwill House in early 1941 with World War II in full swing. There are continual air raids as well as the winter weather to contend with.
Familiar faces are battling trauma from the past. They feel stuck in a moment in time and need love, care and patience to heal.
Once more Fenella J Miller writes with care, compassion and an eye for detail, painting the scenes with her words. She has a marvellous sense of humor, presenting the reader with several hilarious situations which had me snorting with laughter – possibly not a book to read in public!
The Indomitable Bulldog Spirit
A Wartime Reunion At Goodwill House by Fenella J Miller is the fifth book in a marvelous wartime series.
This book can be read as a stand-alone but I enjoyed meeting up with many familiar faces as we rejoin the action in 1940. We see the stoicism of the characters as the war comes a little too close to Goodwill House.
Dog fights overhead interrupt the lives of those on the ground. It takes much courage to continue with day-to-day lives whilst being ever vigilant for the enemy.
A chance encounter sets hearts a racing as there is a search for the truth of their roots.
Once more we follow the land girls billeted at Goodwill House, as well as the family. There are no airs and graces as all are welcomed and treated as family.
Keep Calm, Carry On & Drink Tea
The Land Girls Of Goodwill House by Fenella J Miller is a marvelous historical novel that I thoroughly enjoyed. It is part of the Goodwill House series and can be read as a stand-alone. For maximum enjoyment and character progression, I recommend reading the books in order.
I loved meeting up with old friends as once more the doors of Goodwill House are thrown open. This time it is to accommodate land girls who enter as strangers but soon become friends. Lady Harcourt hands out hospitality and care with love.
The action is set in 1940 at the height of the Blitz. Goodwill House is in the Kent countryside, near an airfield and on the flight path to London. The German bombers create an atmosphere of terror at times, and are seen as an inconvenience at others, disturbing well needed sleep. Fenella J Miller has perfectly captured the fear and also the stoicism as Britons keep calm and carry on. The humble cup of tea revives many a wilting soul.
Morality is skewed in times of war. Love and liaisons are grabbed today as tomorrow is not guaranteed.