‘Unputdownable!’ Western Telegraph
This compelling novel by hugely popular British author, Helen Carey, creates a rich tapestry of life which depicts in all its vivid detail the compelling story of London during the Second World War.
Opening in September 1939 as war is declared, LAVENDER ROAD follows the lives of a number of people who live in one South London street through the first year of hostilities.
Lavender Road boasts a typically English pub, two rows of terraced working class homes, and overlooking Clapham Common at the top end of the road, a big house owned by the local brewer.
Times are difficult. Everyone in the road suspects that their courage will be tested and that the war will change their lives, perhaps for ever. Mostly they are right.
For Joyce Carter, the outbreak of war means a struggle to keep food on the family table. For her daughter, Jen, it may mean an end of her dream to become an actress. For shy asthmatic Katy Parsons, it offers a chance to break free from the life of an invalid if only she can summon the courage to defy her parents and enrol as a nurse. For Pam Nelson, a sickening see-saw of emotions as she fights attraction to her handsome Irish lodger and a growing distance from her husband who is judged not fit to enlist.
‘A sparkling bit of storytelling.’ London Evening Standard
‘Written with a lightness of touch, an emotional integrity and an historical accuracy which has brought her respect from critics and readers alike.’ Louis de Bernières
‘Helen Carey’s characters are so real that they live on with you beyond the page. Warm, lively and enriching. Storytelling at its best.’ Western Telegraph
‘Simply the best author I’ve ever read!’ Amazon review
‘Superb London wartime saga. Will keep you turning pages long into the night.’ Natalie Meg Evans
‘Captures the atmosphere of life in London in the second world war.’ Amazon review
‘What a great storyteller. Reading this story was an unforgettable pleasure.’ Amazon review
‘So good I had to read it twice.’ Amazon review
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Helen Carey is a bestselling British author, known particularly for her highly acclaimed wartime Lavender Road series, which is now becoming increasingly popular in the USA. The difficult times depicted in Helen’s wartime novels seem to strike a chord with readers all over the world, and perhaps they gain some kind of reassurance from the strength and resilience of her characters.
LAVENDER ROAD is the first book in the series.
Helen’s fifth Lavender Road book, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET, has just been published. Its predecessor, LONDON CALLING, was shortlisted for the RoNA Award for best Historical Romance. Helen also writes travel articles and short stories.
Having lived in various different parts of the world, including a couple of years on a boat in the Caribbean, Helen now spends much of her time in Pembrokeshire in West Wales, where she and her husband run their small coastal farm as a conservation project. Her office window looks out over the Irish Sea and when she is writing she often has to close the curtains so as not to be distracted by the spectacular view!