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Publisher's Summary

London Belles is a tale of four very different young women thrown together by war. Finding freedom and independence – as well as love, passion and heartbreak – for the very first time, a unique bond is formed as the hostilities take their toll on Britain.

United by chance, bound together in times of need.... When tragedy strikes, Olive is forced to seek lodgers. Three girls come knocking at her door, each in need of a roof over their heads.

Sally has left Liverpool to work as a nurse in London and when she arrives she is a shell of her former self. Where once stood a vivacious, sociable girl, now stands one plagued by homesickness and a betrayal that is devastatingly fresh in her mind.

Dulcie is living the high life in the West End, a world away from her home in Stepney. Working at Selfridges gives her access to the most fashionable clothes and makeup, but at home she is the black sheep of the family; always second to her sister. So she decides it's time to make a bid for freedom.

Agnes grew up in an orphanage, having been left on the steps as a new-born baby. But with war looming, and the orphanage relocating to the country, she must now seek out a job and lodgings. But with change comes exciting new opportunities, worlds away from the life she's known…As the women prepare for war, all of their futures hang in the balance. Soon their lives will change irrevocably and the home that binds the London Belles is no longer the sanctuary they once sought.

©2010 Annie Groves (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Heart wrenching and uplifting in equal measure – a tragic indictment of what can happen when you swap passion for duty. Roll on the sequel!" ( Take a Break)

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London Belles

Another great WW2 storybook Annie Groves. I really love her heart warming stories. Each character is beautifully portrayed and even though the stories are fictitious, they are strongly based on fact.
I do have to warn any NZ or Australian listeners that Anna Baatz’s attempt at a Kiwi accent is not the best (sounds Australian!) but it doesn’t detract from the story as a whole. Can’t wait to start the next in this series 😊

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  • Carmen
  • 13-01-2012

Nice, Enjoyable Listen!

What did you love best about London Belles?

Enjoyable tale of women bonding together to face life's challenges in WWII London. Interesting characters and a realistic portrayal of the times. Nothing earth-shattering, just a pleasant tale about female and family relationships. A bit of romance without explicit sex scenes, and a refreshing change from the non-stop vampire/werewolf/time traveler fiction so pervasive these days.

What did you like best about this story?

Well drawn characters and relationships.

What about Anna Baatz’s performance did you like?

Excellent narration for both female and male characters, and a nice variety of various British accents.

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  • annette bickley
  • 27-06-2016

nearly perfect

I loved the story narrator just wasn't right for this book. great narrator but Annie Aldington fits this book better.

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  • Linden
  • 20-06-2016

Sorry did not enjoy the narration at all

What disappointed you about London Belles?

The narrator spoke much too fast and too much contrast between loud and soft, spoiled the story, I can't follow the story even though I've read all the books in this series with enjoyment.

Would you be willing to try another one of Anna Baatz’s performances?

No, sorry, I will avoid this narrator in future. She's really difficult to listen to, very harsh on the eardrums.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from London Belles?

I wouldn't have bought the book if it had been abridged. I only buy audible books that I've read.

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  • Animal lover
  • 06-06-2017

Gripping story

A lovely story, somewhat spoilt by the rushed narration, shame it would have had 5 stars but for that.

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