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Love & Laughter

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The War is over at last and in Plymouth and Portsmouth, two of Britain's greatest seaports, the task of rebuilding must begin. But it is not only streets, businesses, and homes that have been laid waste. Lives, too, have been devastated. Marriages have been disrupted, family life shattered, and now the inhabitants must find their own way back to normality—if they can remem ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 19th 2004 by Orion (first published October 1st 1998)
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Jan 25, 2014 Betty rated it really liked it
A very touching story that gives you an insight to what the British went through before, during and after WW II.
Clare O'Beara
I liked this story of life in Plymouth and Portsmouth at the end of the Second World War.

A young housewife has managed to keep smiling somehow and now her husband returns from a prisoner of war camp, a sad and bitter man. They don't seem able to reconnect. At the time we did not have terms like post-traumatic stress so the soldiers and sailors with this condition got little or no help in a devastated country.

While there are many sad overtones to the story we see a gradual rebuilding of people'
Annie Brindle
Nov 17, 2014 Annie Brindle rated it it was amazing
Great read from start to finish. Everyones life intermingles as you watch the ups and downs, sadness and happiness and the changes of the family during the 2nd WW and afterwards.
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Nov 30, 2014 Debbie Lilley rated it liked it
Nice light reading
Jan 25, 2008 Sue rated it liked it
A war-time story about a family whose mother holds them together despite hardships and tragedies. Moving in places, occasionally shocking (though never gruesome). Took a while to get going, then quite gripping.
Katie Grainger
Aug 04, 2011 Katie Grainger rated it it was ok
Interesting book which really gives you a feel for the time, on another note the front cover of the book is awful.....very cheesy.
Jun 22, 2014 Pauline rated it liked it
Easy read about a family during World war 2 based in Plymouth.
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Donna Thomson was born in Gosport, near Portsmouth Harbour, England, UK. Growing up during the terrifying years of the Blitz in a two-up, two-down terraced house, the youngest of four, she aspired to be a writer from an early age.

As a young woman she worked in the Civil Service and moved to Devon to be near her sailor husband. They had a son and a daughter. When the mar
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