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Comforts for the Troops: A novel inspired by women workers at Cadbury in World War One
One war. Three women. 1000 knitted vests.
After marrying Bill, housewife Jessie thought she’d left the Cadbury chocolate factory at Bournville for good. But money problems force her to return to work to make ends meet. Before long, her marriage is tested to breaking point.
Senior worker Leonora secretly longs for the forewoman’s job. When war starts in 1914, she seizes the chance to display her leadership qualities by rallying the girls to pack ‘Comforts’ for the soldiers. But her plan to impress the Cadbury directors unexpectedly – and tragically – backfires.
Meanwhile, vivacious Cadbury girl Mary doesn’t have a care in the world – or so it seems. Despite trying to protect her beloved Daniel, he ends up in grave danger. Mary enlists the help of a Friends Ambulance Unit volunteer. But will it be enough to save Daniel?
A heartwarming yet gritty tale of love, work and friendship set in Birmingham’s best-loved chocolate factory during The Great War.
Publisher: Foxwell Press
Category: First World War Fiction
REVIEWS AND READER COMMENTS
See full review at: HeavenAli Book Reviewer
See full review from the Historical Novel Society
Natalie Rowe on Goodreads 5*
Ros Fitton, Olton Creative Writers Group
Dr Mike Ashburner C.Eng
Reviewed by S. Brice on Amazon.co.uk *****
Fred Ritchie, Author of ‘The Solihull Manor House and its People 1900 to 2000’ and ‘A Hair-Raising Tale’.
About the Author
Fiona Joseph is a Birmingham-based author of fiction and non-fiction. Her best known book is the acclaimed biography, BEATRICE The Cadbury Heiress Who Gave Away Her Fortune. She is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), The Society of Authors and an associate of Tindal Street Fiction Group. Fiona is a popular public speaker in the West Midlands area and beyond.