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Courage for the Cornish Girls

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I liked this book very much.  It’s the 3rd book in the Cornish Girls series. It’s set during WWII, and there are refugee and local women who are signing up for nursing, fire brigades and more.  Some of them have lost or injured boyfriends while others are falling in love. I like reading about their lives and the difficulties they face like rationing and German bombers. They manage to keep their composure and humor against all odds. 4 stars.

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed as in this review are completely my own.
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Another in this wonderful series and we meet new characters along with the old. Plenty of emotions. I hope there will be more to come with these well written novels. 5 stars.

Thanks to Netgalley and publisher for this ARC
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War changes people and in Courage for the Cornish Girls readers catch up with the changes coming to Cornwall, England in 1942.  Betty Walker keeps readers up to date on the charming characters from books # 1 & #2 while providing ample backstory of past happenings in Porthcurno for new readers.  Aunt Violet, her nieces Lily and Alice and new chum, Demelza, are each being called to serve “king and country” while now living in Penzance. Personal relationships build but the war heats up, air raids increase, and Aunt Violet, Lily, and Demelza each must “do their bit." Will their hearts be broken in the midst of war? The mystery of Lily and Alice’s father, sibling evacuees to protect and raise, and possible weddings to plan will keep readers anxiously waiting for Betty Walker’s continuation of the Cornish Girls series.
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It's nice to start a new book and fall straight in with the characters as if you've never left them. I enjoyed the previous two books so much that the characters have stayed with me. I have especially enjoyed seeing Lily grow in her role as a nurse, she is so passionate and shows such courage which you will see when she tends to a man on a beach in Penzance.
Tragedy strikes when Lily is on a family day out, but it also brings around new friendships and hope and stability for three evacuee children from London.
Lily is thrown in at the deep end, quite a change from her usual role in the Convalescent home at St. Ives.
Violet, Lily's Aunt, is a housekeeper at Eastern House in Porthcurno and I really felt for her and the devastating situation she found herself in. I wondered what I would do if I was placed in Violet's position? I felt that she didn't deserve it and I felt anger towards the character who led to her demise. Violet is a lovely, strong character who loves Lily and Alice as if they were her own children and throughout this series she has been a constant support and to see what happened, well, I didn't like it one little bit.
This author really brings her characters to life and when I'm reading I feel as though I'm a part of their lives, living their ups and downs with them, and it couldn't have played out in a more perfect setting. Obviously the only downside is the threat of invasion and whether loved ones would return home to them - it is totally believable and the author writes with such feeling towards her characters.
There is blossoming love and also a forbidden love, new friendships and then fresh anguish for Lily and Alice - it's an emotional read, compelling, and I didn't want to put it down. 
I just love this series and without a doubt, this is my favourite read of the year so far.
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Another fabulous installment of the Cornish Girls series.

Demelza works on her father's farm, but is desperate to get away from his tyranny. When she finds herself caught up in a German attack on the beach, she decides to volunteer for the war effort.

Violet is struggling with her new position as housekeeper at a secret military base. Can she keep her head, and look after the three new evacuees that she finds herself responsible for?

Lily is also caught up in the German beach attack, and finds herself brought to the attention of a local doctor who is in need of nurses at the hospital. Will she transfer, and can she come to terms with the events of the past?

I loved how all the character stories intertwined, and how those from previous books appeared now and then. A heart warming book, that has left me keen to read the next part!
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Another excellent outing for the Dagenham girls now loving in Cornwall.   Very evocative of the time, and their struggles and exploits during the war.

Love the characters, and the storyline which expands to bring in some new characters without sacrificing the existing characters we have come to know and love. 

Eagerly awaking the next instalment
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Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for an early review copy. 

It was nice catching up with the Cornish girls and finding out what they were doing. 

In the book, we meet Demelza and her brother, catch up with Lily and her family, as well as two brothers and a sister who are sent somewhere safe as there’s a war on. 

Both Demelza and Lilly meet as they both hurry to help someone shot by a plane, Lilly who is training to be a nurse, takes care of what’s happened until an ambulance turns up and takes the injured to hospital. But, his sister is looking after the evacuees and also pregnant, goes into labour, leaving demelza to look after the children

For Lilly, her life is set to change, in more than one way, when, visiting the pregnant lady, a doctor catches her attention. 

Changes are also afoot for Demelza, she notices a sign for a fire warden as she’s sorting out where to take the evacuees. 

It was nice to meet the old characters and new ones and read about the changes happening in their lives.
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I have become obsessed with World War 2 historical fiction. After reading a few books; I quickly learned that I need to broaden my locations. It was not completely the same everywhere.

Although all of the books I have read have similarities, geography is a major factor. Some areas were hit harder by the bombers. Some areas had more military installations, secret and regular. Some areas were able to survive better for many reasons. I did not know what to expect from a book taking place in Cornwall.

I soon discovered Cornwall wasn't just a holiday destination during the war. In Courage for the Cornish Girls, there is a secret facility bringing jobs and risk to the region. Eastern House employed many people, but not all were good. There always seems to be that one person that has to stir things up, and not in a good way.

This person actually helped the story by forcing Aunt Vi and family to find a place to live after being sacked. Where they end up lends a lot to the story. After all living on a farm and producing for the war effort was a very important endeavor.

Farming isn't the only thing needed in wartime. The Fire Guards were important to the safety of those living in the villages. As an all women team, they risked their lives on a daily basis. (I hadn't heard much about them before this book. I look forward to learning more.)

What I enjoyed most about this story is that it seemed real. The struggles and conflicts were believable. I could picture the dangers the Fire Guards put themselves in. I could see the never ending working the nurses did for hours on end. They were short equipments. The were low on beds. Yet they made it work.
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Heartwarming read.    Good old family values help out in difficult times.
It’s 1942 Demelza is helping her brother on the family farm while trying to work out how she can get away from her overbearing father when she sees a poster for fire wardens. Could it be the making of her?
Violet is living with her mother and young nieces Alice and Lily having relocated from Dagenham to Cornwall to keep them safe from the continual bombing only to come under attack while on the beach. This draws attention to Lily’s  nursing skills, earning her a job offer which could have a life changing effect for her!      Janice, Eustace and Timothy are left homeless after the attack and Violet suddenly finds herself in charge of them, however help comes from an unlikely source which could prove beneficial to Violet.
I really liked the family spirit running through the book.  Violet’s mum was a bit of a character, think everybody can think of one in their family.
I loved and recommend it. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait too long for book 4.
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I am a huge fan of Betty’s books and the Courage for the Cornish Girls certainly did not disappoint. I loved it!

It was lovely to catch up with the characters again. 

Beautifully written, easy reading and totally draws you in from the beginning.

I can’t wait to read the next in the series.

Highly recommend.
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Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and Betty Walker for the chance to read this ARC in return for my own honest opinion.

I have read all the books in the series and looked forward to renewing acquaintances with the characters from the series.

And I was not disappointed - we met new characters from Cornwall, new evacuee children rescued after the Germans strafed the beach and injured a member of their new original family and of course there was love stories abounding. I personally dislike reviews that provide storyline spoilers so I won't spoil the story now

This episode dealt more with people living in Penzance and Porthcurno rather than those at the secret listening post that featured in the previous books but it was great to read about the lives of ordinary Cornish folk and how the war might have impacted on their lives.
There were sad by-stories, and heartwarming new relationships. 

I really hope (and think there might be) another episode to look out for - it will be on my 'to read' list.

Although this is part of a series it is possible to read and enjoy it as a standalone book. 

Thank you again for my chance to read this book
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would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this lovely book

its nice to be back in the cornish girls lives again to see where they are.... 

in this book we meet demelza and her brother, we also meet up with lily and her family and two brothers and a sister who are evacuated from their homes to someplace safe during the war

lily and demelza meet under very strained circumstances as they both rush to assist a man who has been shot by a german plane, as lily is training to be a nurse she takes control of the situation and its not long before a ambulance comes and takes the wounded man to hospital unfortunately for his sister who is in charge of the evacuees she is also heavily pregnant and goes into labour...leaving poor demelza to take charge of the children

lily finds her life is about to change after the hospital visit with the pregnant lady in more ways than one as she comes to the attention of one of the doctors there

demelza life is also going to change drastically when she sees a sign for a fire warden whilst trying to sort out where the evacuees are going to go...

i love this series, it was lovely to catch up with everyone and see how their lives are progressing and also to meet new characters who just fit in 

cant wait for the next book in this wonderful series
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An endearing story of life in Cornwall during World War Two. Although this book is part of a series it is the first one that I have read, I enjoyed the description of the lives of the evacuees and the war work which was essential to keep the country going and keep Hitler from invading. One of the characters is a conscientious objector and this was explained in detail as to why they weren't cowards but brave in many ways. All in all a great read and I can highly recommend it to anyone who likes this type of  book
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my thanks to Netgalley for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review, which I freely give.

Back in Cornwall we meet the girls again - this follows on from 'Christmas with them' We meet up with old friends and make new ones. A lovely 5* read and look forward to the next one. I can well recommend.
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I did not finish this book. I like the author's writing style but I felt lost trying to figure out who was whom and I think that because this is book 3 in a series (and I did not read the first 2 books). I feel like this is a series of books that should be read in order. I gave it a few chapters then gave up.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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Demelza Minear works for her father at Hill View Farm near Penzance in West Cornwall, he isn’t an easy man to live with, and in 1942 most women her age are in uniform. Demelza and her brother Tristan haven’t been called up, because food production is needed, and when she’s in town Demelza looks enviously at the women working as fire wardens.

Lily Fisher is enjoying a much needed break from nursing with her family at the beach at Penzance, when a German plane starts strafing and shooting civilians. Lily starts administering first aid, one man is badly wounded and his sister goes into labor. Stranded on the beach are three evacuees Janice, Eustace and Timothy, Lily’s Aunt Violet offers to help, and she takes them home with them on the bus to Porthcurno. The children turn out to be a real handful, with everyone all squeezed into a tiny cottage, Violet doesn’t know how she will cope, and farmer Joe Postbridge comes to her rescue. 

Lily is transferred to work at the understaffed hospital at Penzance, she’s reacquainted with Demelza who’s now working for the Fire Guard Service, and ambulance officer Robert Day. Lily and Demelza are both facing challenges preforming their jobs, every night the Germans bomb Penzance, Lily is busy tending the never ending stream of wounded and Demelza is checking the safety of bomb damaged houses and putting out spot fires. 

Lily finds herself distracted by her friend’s brother Tristan and Demelza has feelings for Robert Day. Both Lily and Demelza face criticism and prejudice, Lily’s deceased father is half German and Robert is a conscientious objector. At the time when they should be able to have some fun in their free time, dancing, dating and taking their minds off the terrible war!

I received a copy of Courage for the Cornish Girls by Betty Walker from NetGalley and Avon Books UK in exchange for an honest review. The story highlights the struggles young women faced during WW II, wearing a uniform wasn’t as glamorous as the advertising posters made it appear, they worked long shifts with very little sleep, rescuing and repairing broken bodies, helping families whose lives have been torn apart by the war and with no idea when it will end.

 I highly recommend reading all three books in The Cornish Girls series, starting with Wartime with the Cornish Girls, followed by Christmas with the Cornish Girls, and lastly Courage for the Cornish Girls. Included in the trilogy are familiar and much loved characters, they will stay with you, due to their courage, determination and patriotic spirit and five stars from me.
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4.5...but I'll round up to 5.

Another absolutely fabulous read in the Cornish Girls series. I read it in two days, just couldn't put it down. It was great to catch up with characters from the previous books as well as being introduced to new ones. I absolutely loved Demelza.  Her determination and compassion were admirable.  I can't wait to read more about her in the future. I'm looking forward to the fourth installment already.
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Another delightful book in the Cornish Girls series of books.  Wonderful characters that you will love and quickly associate with in a rural wartime setting.  Each girl/woman in the book has a unique background and their own issues to overcome.  I love how supportive they are to each other and how each individual story entwines with the others.  

You will feel their emotions and share in their heartbreak and joy.  While it isn’t necessary to read all the other books it would make for a better experience.  I feel like I know these ladies like a friend. 

A poignant and all round heartwarming saga.  You won’t regret reading this book.
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I am a fan of historical fiction that set in England. I always love reading about Cornwall. This particular novel is set in 1940s and tells a delightful story of childhood friends.
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This is book 3 in the cornish girls series by Betty Walker and it didn't disappoint in the slightest. In fact I read it in one day and was quickly drawn into the lives of Demelza, Lily and Aunt Violet.
It's an easy read style and has romance and tragedy  and at its centre is Family.
 It didn't disappoint..
Thanks to#NetGalley for the advance copy in return for an honest review
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