The Girl in the Pink Raincoat by Alrene Hughes

I’m so happy to be part of the blog tour for this book, my first to read by this author. Thanks so much to Head of Zeus for the invite and advance copy of the book.


When a factory girl and a Jewish businessman fall in love it seems that the whole world is against them.

Manchester, 1939. On the eve of war Gracie Earnshaw is working in Rosenberg’s Raincoat factory – a job she hates – but her life is about to be turned upside down when she falls in love with Jacob, the boss’s charismatic nephew.

Through Jacob, with his ambitions to be a writer, Gracie glimpses another world: theatre, music and prejudice. But their forbidden romance is cut short when Jacob is arrested and tragedy unfolds.

Gracie struggles with heartbreak, danger and old family secrets, but the love of her first sweetheart comes back to her in an unexpected way giving her the chance of a new life and happiness.


This is an amazing book. As soon as I started reading it I got so caught up in the lives of the characters.

I liked Gracie, and really wanted the best for her. The story of her love for Jacob is so heart-breaking, but at the same time heart-warming.

As her story progresses, we see Gracie’s strength of character, and her warmth and personality.

A totally captivating story of wartime Manchester, with wonderful characters and an engrossing plot, so wonderfully written. Highly recommended.

MY RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Alrene Hughes was born in Enniskillen, grew up in Belfast and now lives in Manchester. She was an English teacher for twenty years and now writes full time.
Her first novel ‘Martha’s Girls’ was inspired by a family scrapbook of concert programmes and newspaper cuttings about The Golden Sisters – her mother and aunts. Her second book ‘The Golden Sisters’ was published in March 2015 and launched at the Northern Ireland War Memorial museum in Belfast. The final book in the WW2 trilogy ‘A Song in my Heart’ was published in June 2016.
Twitter: @alrenehughes
Facebook: @alrenehugheswriter


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