Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for THE ARO STREET GIRLS by Lyndsay Campbell. This is a new release to the Historical Fiction Genre and is set in New Zealand.
The Aro Street Girls by Lyndsay Campbell
Available from AMAZON
Kathy’s world is torn apart when her fiancé, Freddie enlists with NZ Forces to fight in World War One. When their father dies. she and her siblings, Belle and Walter, are forced to grow up fast and Kathy’s dream to become a teacher is thrown into question by family needs.
Kathy and Freddie’s romance continues via touching letters to and from the Front, but her devotion is challenged when Pacifist Lay Pastor, Arthur Tremaine appears on the scene.
This charming tale is set against the harsh realities of life in a small British colony a century ago. Feminist ideals are woven throughout as the cast of strong women and engaging men meet the challenges and tragedies they are faced with.
The reader is taken across the globe to Europe and post-war Britain where the Spanish flu has taken hold. The disease follows returning New Zealand soldiers’ with devastating consequences.
Will Freddie survive the war to claim his love?
Will Kathy fulfil her dream to become a teacher, or has the war changed everything they once knew to be true?
The Aro Street Girls is awash with romance, mystery and excitement; a vivid portrayal of wartime life in New Zealand.
I have recently rediscovered my love of Historical Fiction and recently read a few books set in WWI Britain. So I was very interested in reading The Aro Street Girls as it is set in the same era but in New Zealand.
This is a steadily moving story that I love. It follows a family from the start to the end of the War, and covers all the issues encountered during that difficult time.
Love, laughter and tears all combine together to make a brilliant read with well rounded, realistic characters. The family members are all completely different but the family dynamics work perfectly.
I won’t spoil the enjoyment by going into any details, but I will say I really enjoyed reading this and look forward to more from this author.
Writing has always been an integral part of my life. From factual articles for newspapers and news stories for a local radio station, interviewing offenders as a probation officer and writing their pre-sentence court reports for New Zealand’s District Courts, as well as amassing a small collection of poetry.
My historical fiction is inspired by the stories of my Scottish and Irish ancestors who crossed the seas in sailing ships in the mid 1800s to find a new life in Aotearoa New Zealand. This, combined with years spent working in the field of counselling and social work after my family had grown, has given me an interest in the lives of our ancestors more than a century ago and in writing about what makes people act the way they do. I love to create believable characters who find themselves in challenging situations.
I am a natural gypsy and while I love to travel internationally, more recently my husband and I have enjoyed motor homing around New Zealand. Walking the beaches and bush tracks and meeting people who also enjoy the mobile life is lots of fun. The wonderful thing about writing is its portability. I am happy with my laptop on my knee in our mobile home, or at a proper desk. Living on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua where steaming mud and thermally heated pools are the norm is quite a blessing and I am sometimes to be found writing in one of Rotorua’s lovely cafes.