Secrets of the Sewing Bee
Secrets of the Sewing Bee tells the story of the defiant and courageous women on the home front, from Kate Thompson, author of Secrets of the Singer Girls.
Orphan Flossy Brown arrives at Trout's garment factory in Bethnal Green amidst the uncertainty of the Second World War. In 1940s London, each cobbled street is strewn with ghosts of soldiers past, all struggling to make
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"Secrets of the Sewing Bee" describes the East Enders' united spirit in Bethnal Green during WWII, when everyone stood together against ‘itler’s bleedin' bombers. Based on real events, it had me entertained at first... The main characters were colourful and endearing: a factory of feisty working-class women, wonderfully ...more
Last year I had the pleasure of reading Kate Thompson's debut, Secret of the Singer Girls, which I thoroughly enjoyed. So I was over the moon to get a review copy of her new one. As soon as I started reading Secrets of the Sewing Bee, something sounded familiar and I soon realised that this story is set in the same textile factory as the previous book, Trout's. The difference is that The Sewing Bee takes place some years before, when ...more
Engrosed from page 1 the war on the home front was spell binding as Kate says the women were soldiers fighting for there family and there life's the characters were all individuals from flossy to peggy and to pat and ivy they all had a background and they all had support of dolly a must read for everyone definitely worth 5 stars
Flossy finds friendship and support in the close knit community of Trouts and Bethnal Green whilst Peggy has a more difficult start.
As the full f ...more
Dolly Doolaney is the factory’s tea-lady and was just brimming with love for all her girls. She was the perfect mother hen figure helping many of the girls out with various problems. She seemed to b ...more
It was full of drama, friendship, romance, heartache, heartbreak and history from the onset and throughout.
It gripped me from the very beginning and I got straight into the story which I love and I feel it really does make a good book.
I loved how the author set each scene throughout the story of how life was, not only for the men during the Second ...more
I loved the characters in this book, they were so real and I would love to know what happened to them in the future.
Can't wait to read more from this author.
Kate Thompson was born in London in 1974, and worked as a journalist for twenty years on women's magazines and national newspapers. She now lives in Sunbury with her husband, two young sons and a soppy Jack Russell called Twinkle. After ghost writing five memoirs, Kate move ...more