Hello, today I am sharing my review on a WWI saga that I really enjoyed. Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources and the author for allowing me to be a part of the tour.
- Title: Wartime with the Tram Girls
- Author: Lynn Johnson
- Publisher: Hera Books on March 3, 2021
- Genre: Historical Fiction/WWI Saga
- Pages: 348
- Formats Available: Digital
- Rating: 4/5
Trigger Warnings: Violence, Talk of War/PTSD
Wartime with the Tram Girls Blurb
July 1914: Britain is in turmoil as WW1 begins to change the world. While the young men disappear off to foreign battlefields, the women left at home throw themselves into jobs meant for the boys.
Hiding her privileged background and her suffragette past, Constance Copeland signs up to be a Clippie – collecting money and giving out tickets – on the trams, despite her parents’ disapproval.
Constance, now known as Connie, soon finds there is more to life than the wealth she was born into and she soon makes fast friends with lively fellow Clippies, Betty and Jean, as well as growing closer to the charming, gentle Inspector Robert Caldwell.
But Connie is haunted by another secret; and if it comes out, it could destroy her new life.
After war ends and the men return to take back their roles, will Connie find that she can return to her previous existence? Or has she been changed forever by seeing a new world through the tram windows?
I fell in love with the cover and title of this book. It is not my normal genre, but I wanted to give it a try. Lynn Johnson has created a superb WWI saga I think many people will enjoy. Connie and Ginnie are great characters. I loved reading all about them, and it was interesting to learn Ginnie had been in another book.
Connie is a suffragette who wants more from life. She is tired of her father and living the same way. She wants to make her own way in the world, and she decides she is going to get a job usually only given to me. But since this is war, women are working so the men can fight.
I thought Connie was a good character, but she could be inside of her own head too much. I know she wanted women to have the same rights, and she fought for her beliefs. But I had a hard time understanding her emotions. She seemed to just fall in and out of love quickly and she did not really appreciate her mother who was doing a lot too. I just think Connie sometimes needed a reality check.
I did like this book, but it did feel like a saga. Some parts were slow, and I was wondering when more was going to happen. I think some things could have been shorter or combined to make the book drag less at some points.
Still, a solid four star read. I think it will go over well with those who love the genre or want to get lost in a new type of book. The writing is well done, and I would read other works from this author.
Meet The Author – LYNN JOHNSON
Lynn Johnson was born in the Staffordshire Potteries and went to school in Burslem, where the novel is set. She left school with no qualifications and got a job as a dental nurse (and lasted a day), a nursery assistant, and a library assistant before her ambition grew and she enrolled at the Elms Technical College, Stoke-on-Trent and obtained six O’levels. She obtained a Diploma in Management Studies and a BA Hons in Humanities with Literature from the Open University while working full-time.
Most of her working life was spent in Local Government in England and Scotland, and ultimately became a Human Resources Manager with a large county council.
She started to write after taking early retirement and moving to the north of Scotland with her husband where she did relief work in the famous Orkney Library and Archives, and voluntary work with Orkney’s Learning Link. Voluntary work with Cats Protection resulted in them sharing their home with six cats.
She joined Stromness Writing Group and, three months after moving to Orkney, wrote a short story which would become the Prologue to The Girl From the Workhouse.