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Land Girls

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  973 Ratings  ·  118 Reviews
Soon after the Battle of Britain, three young women - Prue, an apprentice hairdresser, Stella, giddily in love, and Agatha, a Cambridge graduate - are catapulted from their contrasting worlds and find themselves sharing a dormitory together in the depths of the West Country as land girls.
Paperback, 378 pages
Published April 13th 1995 by Little Brown and Company (first published 1994)
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Lyn I only finished it because it was on my book club's book list for this year. The plot is weak and if there wasn't an epilogue I would have given this…moreI only finished it because it was on my book club's book list for this year. The plot is weak and if there wasn't an epilogue I would have given this book a one start. Not interested in seeing the movie.(less)

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Lanette
Jun 02, 2014 Lanette rated it liked it
Picked this one up at the thrift store, excited because I am obsessed with BBC's "War Time Farm" show. This was a good (if somewhat long) read about the girls in England who went to work the farms while the men were at war. Entirely too much 'shagging' for my tastes, though.
Alana/MiaTheReader
I thought I'd love this book. I hated it. I give it zero stars. The overall tone of the book was totally inaccurate. Huth imposed a college co-ed dormitory lifestyle of today onto characters and situations from the 1940s. The amount of "shagging" going on was ridiculous. And the fact that there was actually a farmer's son around was also ridiculous. Yes, he had asthma, but if he was fit to be in the fields and birthing lambs, he would have been more than fit to serve in the armed forces. Beyond ...more
Kyla
An enjoyable but odd book... two of the characters felt like they were sprinkled in at the last minute and the romance aspect often seemed quite forced - I think the story would have flowed more naturally without - but I put down the book feeling like I really got to know the characters and that's always a positive experience.
Mmars
Apr 28, 2012 Mmars rated it liked it
Historically, the story's premise is intriguing. Otherwise, the book was rather average. The personalities of the girls and their actions were not unusual or unpredictable, as was the romance. Fast and easy read. Definitely needed more depth for my tastes.
Bunny
Mar 07, 2010 Bunny rated it liked it
I didn't realize this was a romance until about midway through the book, when I suddenly thought, "This hero, Joe, is absolutely perfect at all times":) Then I knew I was in the land of the unreal, but I enjoyed it in any case. Sentimental, everyone always doing the right thing . . . still it was an interesting look at life on a farm in wartime England where this odd event of sending untrained girls to fill in for the help were sent, an event I'd never heard of before.

I didn't like the ending a
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Emjy
Jul 24, 2010 Emjy rated it it was amazing
Un des romans les plus attachants que j'ai lus de ma vie. Il occupera à coup sûr une place toute particulière dans ma bibliothèque :)
Joanna
Feb 24, 2014 Joanna rated it liked it
I'd seen a little bit of the TV series on Netflix so I had an idea of what the Land Girls were. Not my favorite book but informative in some ways.
Lori Moon
Feb 02, 2011 Lori Moon rated it it was amazing
I never knew about this program in WW2 England, where they replaced the farm workers who had been called up with girls from the cities. It's very interesting and a great read!
Linda Rowland
Jun 17, 2016 Linda Rowland rated it really liked it
Movie was better for me. I do not remember so much romance, but it has been some time since I saw it. That said, I read this in one day and left things undone to finish it.
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Gail Amendt
Dec 26, 2016 Gail Amendt rated it really liked it
I'm always intrigued by books that explore the various roles that women played during WWII. This one deals with a little known and somewhat less glamorous form of women's service, the Women's Land Army that trained women to work as farm laborers while the men were away fighting. It follows three young women from very different backgrounds who are sent to work on the Lawrence family farm. The characters are wonderfully complex and flawed, and I enjoyed the way they grew and changed as the story p ...more
Nora
Feb 03, 2016 Nora rated it really liked it
This was another of the books I read in connection with the 2016 Read Harder Challenge -- in this case, read a book that was turned into a movie, see the movie, and debate which is better. The movie version of Land Girls is a favorite of mine, and after having seen the very different television series with the same name, I was curious about the original story and found the book.

It is a good old fashioned kind of read, and I don't mean that in a disparaging way. The book is about a year spent on
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Sarah
Nov 01, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A tale of unwavering friendship:

‘The Land Girls’ is a heart-warming story that shows how friendship can endure over time and destruction. Following the lives of three land girls in the second World War, Angela Huth looks at what it must have been like for them in terms of love, life, work and friendship.

The three land girls have such contrasting personalities that readers will find one who they can relate to and I think the author has deliberately done this to allow readers to immerse themselves
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nettebuecherkiste
Deutscher Titel: Brombeertage

Während des Zweiten Weltkrieges wurden viele junge Frauen für den Landeinsatz auf Bauernhöfen rekrutiert. So auch Ag, Stella und Prue auf einer Farm in Südwestengland. Während Friseurlehrling Prue gleich nach geeignetem männlichen Material zwecks amouröser Abenteuer umsieht, haben Ag und Stella ihr Herz schon verloren. Eigentlich. Klar, dass Farmerssohn Joe sich den drei jungen Damen nicht wirlich entziehen kann.

Irgendwie hab ich es gerade mit Geschichten aus den ers
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Amy
Apr 05, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book takes place in one of my most favorite time/place combinations - England in WWII. I don't know why I love that time and place so much, I really do. I guess because it was, in some ways, a simpler time; but also, women were starting to be able to become so much more than "just" a wife or mother. I also love the self-sufficiency and make-do attitude that everyone (at least in books) seems to have had.

In Land Girls, three girls are sent to a farm in the country to work. It was a plan the
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Lyn
May 27, 2016 Lyn rated it it was ok
"Thank Goodness for an Epilogue"

Would you try another book from Angela Huth and/or Caroline Lennon?
No.

Would you ever listen to anything by Angela Huth again?
I was not impressed with her writing style.

Did Caroline Lennon do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
I was not impressed with the narration and do not think Lennon did a good job in differentiating the characters. Huth on the other hand did an okay job in using character voice in writing to let the reader distinguish the Land
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Victoria Hill
Jan 04, 2014 Victoria Hill rated it really liked it
This book is a captivating tale of life as a land girl during the second world war. Prue, Ag and Stella have very different personalities, opinions and interests, but as they work together on Hallows Farm they become close friends.

The characters are well-rounded and clearly delineated. Each has their positive points and their flaws and it is a strength of the writing that one character (particularly among the three land girls) is not given greater prominence than the other two.

The story, while
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penelopewanders
I took this along on a school trip to Dachau, wanting to read something related to WWII. A year ago, on a similar trip I read A Woman in Berlin. This was far more light-hearted, about the Land Girl Army in the UK. Up until the very end I found it an entertaining read, although the war plays a relatively small role in the story, beyond the initial premise of causing three very different young women to come work on a farm. I was a bit surprised by the women's casual approach to sex, given the lack ...more
Liz
Feb 29, 2012 Liz rated it liked it
Shelves: classy-stuff
This book was an enjoyable read. Three land girls are assigned to a farm in Dorset where they help the family with the work. The viewpoint moves betweeen the rural farmers, who are well-rounded characters and far from stereotypes, and the three girls. The description of their tasks and routines engaged me to such an extent that I began to share their exhaustion at one point.

The one criticism is that the book begins with a flash forward to when the girls are in their seventies and having one of t
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Beth
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I had not known about the Women's Land Army until I read this book. I Britain in WWII, the WLA was an organization that trained women to take agricultural jobs while the men were at war. In this book, three very different women (one upper-class, one working-class, and one intellectual) all find themselves working on the same farm. It was quite a shock to all of them. I really sympathized with Stella over her choice of men, and whether to stand by her fiance when h ...more
Sara
Mar 19, 2015 Sara rated it liked it
Shelves: pleasure-reading
Huth follows three girls who are sent to a farm as part of the war effort in Great Britain. Prue is flighty and promiscuous (in a casual and thoughtless way that seems to me to be unrealistic for the time period in question), Ag is studious and serious, and Stella is searching for what it means to be in love. Through their interactions with one another, the farmer and his wife, and the farmer's son, Joe, who has been given a medical deferment because of his asthma, the girls develop from soft an ...more
Kate Millin
Sep 25, 2011 Kate Millin rated it it was amazing
An excellent book with a cast of characters that I engaged with from the start. The description of the work and hardship for those who were feeding the country during the Second World War really made me realise how lucky I am to live when I do. The 3 different characters of the land girls juxtaposed against the Lawrence family and the others who were already living on the farm made them seem very real. I do wonder how often the relationships of land girls and farmers were as good as they are her ...more
Kathy Vossler
Feb 05, 2014 Kathy Vossler rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and looked forward to reading it every night. During WWII, British men who normally helped on the family farm had gone off to fight in the war. To make up for their loss, the government trained Land Girls to help families out while the men were away. Three very different girls are sent to the Lawrence farm to help out Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence and their grown son, Joe, who can't fight because of asthma. The girls all find their individual niche on the farm, and it doesn't take lo ...more
Mary
Jan 20, 2014 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2014
I think I might have read this before. I've definitely seen the film. But that was many years ago so it was like coming to a new book.
And I was pleasantly surprised. I decided to read it as "research" for my role as a non-speaking, all-singing-and-dancing Land Girl in a musical (yes, I get to do kick steps in wellies and dungarees - it's a thing). But my hopes for this weren't high. Yet it's much better written and interesting than I'd thought it would be. And it's not nearly so twee and cliche
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Biddy
Sep 04, 2011 Biddy rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
You don't come across this book very often in the US - I grab every copy I find and pass it on. I'm usually asked for other titles by Huth because the readers have loved "Land Girls". Another WWII novel which I love.
The Land Army was formed during WWII. It was made up of young women who were sent all over Britain to work on farms because all the young men were fighting the war. Huth has created a wonderfully diverse cast of characters - women from all sorts of different backgrounds who bond whil
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Maureen
Sep 16, 2014 Maureen rated it really liked it
Historical Fiction I had tried to watch a series by the same name on my Acorn TV account (BBC series), but couldn't follow the many accents. The book was terrific. Land Girls were primarily young British women who volunteered for farm labor during WWII. The book is the kind that when you are reading, you don't realize you're reading! The characters were very well drawn, setting described but not overly so, multilayered plot... I was held back from giving it a "5" because I didn't find the ending ...more
Holly Morey
Jun 12, 2016 Holly Morey rated it liked it
We in the US all know about Rosie the Riveter, so the Land Girls were England's version of Rosie. Three very different young women are assigned to work on a farm out in the country. They each have their own strengths and weaknesses and I found it interesting how they worked their way through the farm work. I liked all of the characters and enjoyed the book, until the epilogue. There were no surprises in the decisions made by the characters and it felt like the author just got tired of writing an ...more
Karen Engel
Jun 08, 2015 Karen Engel rated it really liked it
The more historical fiction and non fiction that I read about WW II, the more interesting things I learn about that time in our history. These Land Girls really served an important purpose and service to the farmers of England after so many of the young men who worked on the farms were called to serve in the armed forces. The three girls in this novel were as different as could be, yet the strong bond that developed between them was life long. Thus, the beginning and epilogue cemented the whole ...more
Jenie
Sep 19, 2008 Jenie rated it it was ok
While it was fun and interesting to read about the Land Girl effort in England during WWII, I felt that the book lacked literary value and I often felt like I was reading a romance novel. The prologue and epilogue felt rushed and I wished the author had sacrificed some of the tedious passages about Ratty in order to further expand upon the girls return to society after their time at Hallow's Farm. I would recommend it to a friend if she were looking for a light beach read, but I don't think it d ...more
Nicki
Jul 25, 2012 Nicki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a gentle read that kept my attention without being overly engaging.

I wasn't a huge fan of Angela Huth's writing style and her dialogue is rather stilted at times. In places, the book reads like a novel-by-numbers, but it did a reasonable job of depicting the life of a land girl during the war years.

The ending was somewhat disappointing, with Huth telling us what happens to her characters rather than showing us. It feels a bit like she was bored with her story and couldn't really be bo
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Daughter of actor Harold Huth, english novelist Angela Huth married journalist and travel writer Quentin Crewe in the 1960s and with him had a daughter. She presented programmes on the BBC, including How It Is and Why and Man Alive.

She also writes plays for radio, television and stage, and is a well-known freelance journalist, critic and broadcaster. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literat
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