Bringing the Keep Fit movement vividly to life in 1940s' London, Pam Evans' family saga will inspire and enthral anyone who has ever dared to dream of a better life.
In the middle of a party to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of King George V, in 1935, Mollie Fisher's good-for-nothing husband walks out on his wife and baby girl. Luckily, Mollie has a loving family to turn to for help. Mollie's mother, Marge, is delighted to look after baby Esme while Mollie goes out to work.
Meanwhile, her nan, Nora, encourages Mollie to join a local keep fit class, which opens her eyes to a whole new world. Determined to better herself, Mollie qualifies as a fitness instructor and starts to run her own classes for the local community, where she befriends a group of women she would never have known existed. But with the outbreak of the Second World War and the ever-present danger of losing her loved ones in the London bombings, it takes courage for Mollie to stand on her own two feet....
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Definitely the audio version. Penelope Freeman is a magnificent narrator and there are so many people I counted 12or 13 and each one has a different voice. I felt like I knew them all and was taking it back loads of times because I wanted to hear bits again. I was sad to see them go.' (or that the story ended).
Cora was my favourite character with her funny ways and her snooty voice, at 1st I felt like Mollie, I didn't like her at 1st, then It was if I became her friend because the narrator was such a professional she made you feel like they were your neighbours or something.
Well like I said only a professional could make you feel like you know the people and that is what she is and did, so much so that at the end of the story I knew just what some of them were going to say and how they would speak when someone came back after a long time. I won't say who or what so it does not spoil it for you. It definitely was not predictable.
yes, lots. I laughed, cried, was happy and sad, was shocked and surprised.
The story was absolutely brilliant. I will definitely be buying another Pam Evans book again.
- Michelle Dixon