BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – The Aro Street Girls by Lyndsay Campbell

Lyndsay, Junction Publishing and I would like to say a very big THANK YOU to the brilliant bloggers who helped with this Blog Tour. At such a busy time of year we really appreciate you taking the time to read, blog and share the book love. xx

Black Books Blog

Overall this was a very well written book, which kept me hooked and made me realise how hard it was for the women left behind all the way on the other side of the world as they waited for news from their loved ones. Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

Lyndsay Campbell writes a really good story and I will look out for more of her books in the future.  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

In short, I loved reading this atmospheric tale set mostly during the First World War and I certainly feel as though I have learned something from it. I would definitely recommend it to other readers. Read more here

Beth in a Box

This book really tugged at my heart strings and the fact that we’ve just observed the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One was really poignant for me. Read more here

Jen Meds Book Reviews

If you love historical fiction then you really should pick up this book and find out for yourself what life was like for families in times of war. Read more here

The Haphazardous Hippo

Lyndsay Campbell took me on an emotional roller coaster with this book and I’ll be keeping a watchful eye out for more books from her. Read more here

Mystery Thriller Week

MotherGeek

Life in Rose Tinted Glasses


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.


My Review

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.


Author Bio

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.

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