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Publisher's Summary

In 1940s London, each cobbled street is strewn with ghosts of soldiers past. And for the women, their battles are on the home front.

Flossy is embraced by the colourful mix of characters working at Trout's, who have turned their sewing expertise to war work. Dolly Doolaney, darling of the East End, helps Flossy settle into wartime life.

All of the sewing bees play their part in defending the front line, but as the Blitz hits London, can Dolly manage to contain the secret that binds them all?

©2016 Kate Thompson (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A poignant and moving story of the friendship of women during wartime Britain." (Val Wood on Secrets of the Singer Girls)
"Marvellous, full of gutsy characters I immediately empathised with." (Mararey Pemberton on Secrets of the Singer Girls)

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  • 05-03-2018

wonderful !

I loved this story and Anne Dover reads it wonderfully. you get lost in the story and feel you are really there xx

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  • Debbie
  • 20-07-2019

A heart warming East End WW2 story

For anyone who enjoys a happy ever after story based in wartime England, would certainly enjoy this East End fiction of women working in the rag trade during the Blitz and all that entails. A centre character of Flossie Brown who’s journey from shy foundling to young adult leads the way, along with her new friends and Dolly the tea lady who’s secrets tantalise the reader ‘til the end of the book. Anne Dover does a great narration of the various characters which draw you totally into the story. There are plenty of twists & turns along the way and several different angles of what went on during the earlier part of the war in the East End. Anyone with a knowledge of Bethnal Green may well find this book interesting too. I was hooked from the prologue and loved listening to it all. A great book to read either on a holiday or cosied up by the fire on a cold winter eve!

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  • Karen Hubbard
  • 15-10-2016

Loved this book

I love learning about what happened in the ww2 .. This book is full of love sorrow and history would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good story

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  • 06-05-2021

Great Escapism

I was a bit dubious when I saw another review commenting on the bad language.
Totally unjustified, minimal and entirely in keeping with the plot a feel.good wartime story

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  • V. Davy
  • 31-07-2016

Lovely story

Another great story by Kate Thompson I hope audible continue to have any of her future titles.
I liked the little connections to the other title by her that I had previously read. As some of the characters on the fringes of this book had featured before.

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  • Malin Jarbo
  • 14-07-2016

Wonderful read.

Where does Secrets of the Sewing Bee rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 5.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I actually really liked Peggy. She was able to get over her bitterness.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Would have loved to.

Any additional comments?

Wonderful story about the people who fought on the homefront.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-2021

Brilliant

Full of emotion made you laugh and cry.Wonderfully read by Anne Dover.Such strong women in the Eastend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-05-2021

Enjoyable read

It started off very slowly but then I was gripped. I felt as though I was there with them on their journey in those war years. Very well thought out an explained.

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  • 13-04-2021

Secrets of the Sewing bee

Lovely warm story of war time nothing nasty happening all just a natural story. it makes a nice change from the drama of some stories. Camaraderie of women pulling together and young love.

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  • Mr S G Moule
  • 31-03-2021

a fabulous story.

helpful to listen to during the Covid crisis. Really puts things in perspective. Great characters and well read. sad to have finished it.

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