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The Land Girls

Narrated by: Jennifer Vuletic
Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
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A moving story of love, loss, and survival against the odds by best-selling author of The Last of the Bonegilla Girls, Victoria Purman. 

It was never just a man's war....

Melbourne, 1942 

War has engulfed Europe and now the Pacific, and Australia is fighting for its future. For spinster Flora Atkins, however, nothing much has changed. Tending her dull office job and beloved brother and father, as well as knitting socks for the troops, leaves her relatively content. Then one day, a stranger gives her brother a white feather, and Flora's anger propels her out of her safe life and into the vineyards of the idyllic Mildura countryside, a member of the Australian Women's Land Army. 

There, she meets Betty, a 17-year-old former shopgirl keen to do her bit for the war effort and support her beloved, and the unlikely Lilian, a well-to-do Adelaide girl fleeing her overbearing family and the world's expectations for her. As the Land Girls embrace their new world of close-knit community and backbreaking work, they begin to find pride in their roles. More than that, they start to find a kind of liberation. For Flora, new friendships and the singular joy derived from working the land offer new meaning to her life and even the possibility of love.

But as the clouds of war darken the horizon and their fears for loved ones - brothers, husbands, lovers - fighting at the front grow, the Land Girls' hold on their world and their newfound freedoms is fragile. Even if they make it through unscathed, they will not come through unchanged....

©2019 Victoria Purman (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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A beautiful insight

I loved everything about this story. An insight into War times in Australia and a beautiful story about the woman who served their country. Lest We Forget

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Strong Women

Interesting, fascinating and honest characters whom are easily relatable from a range of backgrounds. These women remind us of a time where choices for woman were restricted and the Land Army Girls were truly brave to step outside of their comfort zone. Each character faces emotional struggles with fear of death of their beloved men always close by. Recommend this especially to remind us of how tough life was for women and how brave the Land Army Girls were.