Let the Bells Ring
Let the Bells Ring is a hefty read in the tradition of the gentle, romantic saga, and the chapters are a perfect length for reading night by night. Anne Baker is a popular and prolific writer of sagas set on her home territory of Merseyside, and Let the Bells Ring is one of these.
In 1941, two days before her eighteenth birthday, Hannah Ashe and her mother, Esme, are bombed out of their home and have to take refuge with a difficult relative, Aunt Philomena. Still there are compensations for Hannah, like the family next door, lively Gina Goodwin and her interesting brothers. But Esme and Aunt Philomena object to the Goodwins; indeed there seems to be some mystery about her mother and the Goodwins. Hannah has to sort it all out as she grows up, falls in love and copes with the privations of wartime life.
This is a pleasant, easy read, a trip down memory lane for those who can remember the struggles of wartime living, and a good introduction to what life was like for those too young to remember.