The Married Girls by Diney Costeloe

IMG_9113.PNGI am delighted to be part of the blog tour for Diney Costelo’s new book “The Married Girls”.


Diney Costeloe is the bestselling author of THE THROWAWAY CHILDREN, THE RUNAWAY FAMILY, THE LOST SOLDIER, THE SISTERS OF ST CROIX and THE GIRL WITH NO NAME. She divides her time between Somerset and West Cork.


The war is over, but trouble is brewing…

Wynsdown, 1949. In the small Somerset village of Wynsdown, Charlotte Shepherd is happily married to farmer Billy. She arrived from Germany on the Kindertransport as a child during the war and now feels settled in her adopted home.

Meanwhile, the squire’s fighter pilot son, Felix, has returned to the village with a fiancée in tow. Daphne is beautiful, charming… and harbouring secrets. After meeting during the war, Felix knows some of Daphne’s past, but she has worked hard to conceal that which could unravel her carefully built life.


I loved the previous book “The Girl with No Name”, where we first met Lisa, and followed her story as she is evacuated from Nazi Germany and comes to England. I was delighted to be given the opportunity to review this sequel and be part of the blog tour.

In this book we are back with Lisa, now known as Charlotte, and married to Billy and living in Wynsdown.

She appears to have an idyllic life, living in the countryside with her husband and two children.  Wynsdown is like many other small country villages, a lovely place to live, with many interesting people, and of course, the inevitable village gossip.

Felix, the squire’s son, has a new fiancé, Daphne.  She is from London, and there is more to her than meets the eye.  I found their story facinating, with many twists and turns. Felix is a very likeable and gentlemanly character.

The depiction of village life is so readable.  It’s both fascinating and heart-warming.  But there is a darker side to the story.  Harry Black is back on the scene, and still involved in the dark underbelly of the seedy criminal world.  He wants to find his old friend, Lisa, and it makes for good tension in the novel, as we wonder if he will find her, and if so, what will happen.

This is a wonderful,evocative novel, full of very interesting characters, with many twists and turns.  It’s so much more than just a pleasant tale about village life, though it is definitely a book that will make the reader feel good.  It’s such a good depiction of a different era and the reader will be transported back to another time, when the world was so different to today.

Its a book that I was sorry to finish. I had got so caught up in the lives of the characters that I didn’t want to be finished with them.  I really hope that there’s another sequel, as I feel there’s so much more to this story and I’d love to know what happens next.

I’ll certainly be reading more books by this author.

MY RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Many thanks to Blake at Head of Zeus for the advance copy and an opportunity to review this book.




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