Bookmark has chosen The Munitions Girls by Rosie Archer at its book of the week.
Set in Hampshire in 1943, Rosie Archer’s latest novel, The Munitions Girl, is a story of how friends will get you through the darkest days.
Pixie Saunders is 19 and works in the local armaments factory near Portsmouth.
Her mother has run off yet again with a dodgy-looking bloke, leaving Pixie to pay the rent and fend for herself.
Pixie and her friends are making the most of the war while trying to stay alive.
The work is dangerous and the hours are long, but in the evenings they take off their overalls and go dancing.
Then Pixie meets American serviceman Cal and falls in love; she couldn’t be happier.
When Pixie falls pregnant, her life changes dramatically.
Alone and unable to work, she has to rely on the kindness of friends to help her survive. Happiness seems a thing of the past.
Little does she know that there are good surprises in store and love may be closer than she thinks.
The book retails for £6.99 but there is a 20 per cent discount with the voucher in the Spalding Guardian of March 26.