I love to read novels that are set in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s. I marvel at how those caught up in the war and before managed…those fighting and those left at home. Rosie Clarke has written a wonderful series called The Workshop Girls. This series is set in London right before and during the war. “Lizzie’s Secret” is about Lizzie Larch, a twenty-year-old hat maker in London. She is well liked and has acquired a good job at a shop where her designs are selling well. Unbeknownst to Lizzie, she has a secret. This secret has been kept from her by her aunt and uncle with whom she has stayed since her parents’ passing. When she is finally told of this nightmare, consequences of this secret occur which are tragic for Lizzie. The story is one of triumph in the face of adversity and the unflagging spirit of one girl, determined to better her life.
I love the way Ms. Clarke brings her characters to life. I also am enamored by the British way of life and their resourcefulness in the face of wartime deprivation. I will be reading all the books in this series. This is my favorite genre and Ms. Clarke’s writing truly fits my interest.