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Keep Smiling Through (The Cliffehaven Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
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|Length: 514 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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THE THIRD CLIFFEHAVEN NOVEL BY SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR ELLIE DEAN
June 1940. Rita Smith swore she would never lose heart . . . Despite losing her mother at a young age and her father away on important war work, seventeen-year-old Rita Smith has plenty of people to turn to in the close-knit community of Cliffehaven.
THE THIRD CLIFFEHAVEN NOVEL BY SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR ELLIE DEAN --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B008DTYLH8
- Publisher : Cornerstone Digital (2 August 2012)
- Language : English
- File size : 782 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 514 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0099574624
- Best Sellers Rank: 113,320 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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i know what people mean about Anne's so called forhcoming wedding which actually happened in Book 2, but so what......its just a little error and not detrimental to the book!
Here's hoping the next one is as good!
Great stotytelling Ellie!
The main character in this book is Rita and her father is off to war who she clearly adores, though Rita is not Italian she is brought up among the Italian families who are her neighbours and friends and this is where we meet the formidable Louise who treats Rita more like a possession rather than a neighbour's daughter. Internment has become compulsory and we see how this affects their loved ones and those they leave behind, Louise is married to an Italian and as her husband and son in interned she clings to Rita like someone drowning at sea but as Rita slowly gets used to life without her father she shows her true brave self at work though she still fears to stand up to Louise. As Rita continues to show bravery at her work it takes some time for her to show that same bravery within her home life. As the author showed the reader Rita as a character from the first page I knew she was going to be different from others, as she rode her motor cycle better than any man she showed men she could handle any engine they showed her and though rough was her exterior inside she was a beauty who just needed Peggy Reilly and her family to give her courage and faith in herself to show that beauty to the outside world.
As always Peggy has also her own problems to deal with and as always she does so with strength and the love of her family. Peggy continues to miss her boys as they are now living with Sally's aunt in the country away from the bombs. While the rationing causes havoc in her home Peggy still has the heart of Gold and she rushes around looking after everyone in her vicinity while taking no nonsense from anyone. But the war brings other pressures and more friends seeking refuge in Beach View Boarding House and with each new character we see how lives were so different to today but life was cherished more and new and old friends were treasured as no one knew what the next hour was going to bring before they had to think of tomorrow. As always Peggy's father-in-law Ron and his side kick Harvey his dog provides the laughs along with his son Jim aiding his minor crimes to provide those little extras which make life that bit easier on making those rations stretch a little further. Ellie Dean has developed Ron and Jim as characters and they play a good part in making this wonderful book that bit more special as along with bravery these two men never failed to entertain me at any time throughout this wonderful read even when Ron was a patient in the local hospital with the matron watching every move he makes.
As an author Ellie Dean has a great way of making sure the reader misses nothing of what is going on in front of them from the clothes the characters wear to the places they are based in but what makes this author different she researches not just the war but how it affected those which lived through this time and how they lived day to day. I always learn something new while reading this author's work and long may she continue as always I look forward to her next book as with each new book the author never lets her reader's down.