The Foyles Bookshop Girls at War by Elaine Roberts

I’m so delighted to be part of the blog tour for this wonderful book today. Thanks to Aria Fiction for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the blog tour.


‘A delightful story of friendship, love and hope during the dark days of WW1. Elaine Roberts is a bright new star in the world of sagas’ Elaine Everest.

Swapping books for the bomb factory takes courage – and could be dangerous.
Working at the Foyles bookshop was Molly Cooper’s dream job. But with the country at war she’s determined to do her bit. So Molly gathers her courage, and sets off for the East End and her first day working at Silvertown munitions factory…
It’s hard manual labour, and Molly must face the trials and tribulations of being the ‘new girl’ at the munitions factory, as well as the relentless physical work.
The happy-ever-afters Molly read about in the pages of her beloved books have been lost to the war. And yet the munitions girls unite through their sense of duty and friendships that blossom in the most unlikely of settings…
Perfect for fans of Elaine Everest, Daisy Styles and Rosie Hendry.
Look out for the next in the Elaine Roberts’ heartwarming series The Foyles Girls series, Christmas at the Foyles Bookshop, coming soon!


I love a good series of books and this is the second in this fantastic series. It can be read as a standalone, but it’s a shame not to get to know all the girls by reading the series.

This time the focus is mainly on Molly, who has left Foyles to work in a munitions factory. The work is tough, a long 12 hour shift where she is one of the “canaries”, a woman who packs TNT into shells. They’re on their feet all day, get only one break in their shift, and the work is dangerous.

I knew nothing about these women known as “canaries” until I read this book, and when I looked into it it’s quite shocking. The TNT turned their skin and hair yellow, hence the nickname, and there could be health issues longer term, such as toxic jaundice. There was also the risk of detonation as they packed the case closed with a detonator.

It’s difficult for Molly at the beginning, the long commute, the hard day, and being the new girl and having to make new friends. But she still keeps up her friendship with Victoria and Alice, and they meet up for their favourite tea and chocolate cake.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. I can’t wait to read the next one in the series. A wonderful tale of the heroism and heart-break of war.

MY RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Elaine Roberts had a dream to write for a living. She completed her first novel in her twenties and received her first very nice rejection. Life then got in the way until she picked up her dream again in 2010 and shortly afterwards had her first short story published. Elaine and her patient husband, Dave, have five children who have flown the nest. Home is in Dartford, Kent and is always busy with their children, grandchildren, grand dogs and cats visiting.

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Facebook: @ElaineRobertsAuthor


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