The Deptford Girls by Patricia A McBride: gripping wartime atmosphere

A country at war. Friends in trouble. A fascist traitor. Stepping up can only lead Lily to danger.

Rescuing friends or spotting spies; Private Lily Baker always gets involved.

While London burns she looks out for workmates and girlfriends but also uncovers a web of deception at the Depot where she works.

When the ruthless suspect knows she’s closing in, she must act fast to unmask the traitor and save her friends, herself, and the brave soldiers overseas whose lives are at risk.

The Deptford Girls is the fourth in the Lily Baker wartime series. This heart-wrenching story features courage, friendship, betrayal, compelling characters, and a captivating plot.

If you like vivid stories that take you right into the world of the characters, you’ll love The Deptford Girls. Cuddle up with a cuppa and enjoy this exciting, warm-hearted read.


My review

I wasn’t born so very long after the Second World War at the tail end of the Baby Boom period, and my father, uncles and grandfathers all fought as soldiers. One aunt was in the WAAF so I heard plenty of wartime stories growing up and I think the atmosphere of this book captures that time perfectly. The constant worry and fear in the background, but always immense and amazing courage and determination upfront. There was the bad element  too, with profiteers and spies, but generally people were united and brave.

This book is energetic and inspiring, and also very sad and moving. War is a truly terrible thing that destroys lives, so any book about it has to keep that in mind whilst simultaneously reflecting how it brought out the best in people. There’s a lot of detail in the settings and events, and clearly the author has done a lot of research.

Our Deptford Girls are a wonderful group, very different personality wise, all with strengths and flaws, but forming a tight-knit group, all looking out for each other.

The book is number four in the series, but works as a standalone. However, there is an extra depth to be had if you’ve read the other books. Never too late to start!

Now is a particularly good time to read the novel, with Remembrance Day not far away. It’s a national holiday here in France, with commemoration services in every city, town and village at its war memorial. The UK has its Remembrance Sunday occasion. Such events are so important. We must never, ever forget the sacrifice of those who died fighting for their country. Books such as this help to keep the memories of them alive. Fiction gives life and approachability to fact.

Thank you Patricia.



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Author bio

Patricia lives in Cambridge, England with her husband Rick. She first wrote non-fiction, mainly self-help books, but became inspired to try her hand at fiction. In addition to writing she volunteers for a local museum and Addenbrookes Hospital.


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