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SHE WAS MADE IN THE EAST END . . .

For young Queenie, life in the backstreets of Whitechapel was a lesson in survival – Hitler’s bombs hit those with nothing the hardest. When danger strikes close to home, Queenie finds an ally in Mrs O’Leary, whose two sons are the kingpins of the East End. But while

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Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published January 23rd 2020 by HarperCollins
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Maureen
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley


I find it particularly difficult to write a review for a book and an author that I absolutely love - there’s always the nagging doubt that I won’t be able to do it justice - but here goes anyway.

For fans of Kimberly Chambers Butler family, we discover how Queenie became the woman she is today - the experiences that moulded her thoughts and actions, and most importantly, how she ended up being matriarch of this much feared (though respected) gangland family.

We join 12 year old Queenie in 1939,
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Mo
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I will just say that I am glad I started this over the weekend because I have done nothing but "sat on me arse" all day long to finish this. I know it says that the book can be read as a stand-alone but, honestly, I think you are doing yourself a disservice if you don't read the other books by this author, especially the Butler and Mitchell books (where we are first introduced to Queenie).


Not as gritty as the previous books, I thought.
Queenie was definitely wearing blinkers when it came to her
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Louise Wilson
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this prequel, we learn about Queenie and her sister, Vivian and his their childhood affected how they led their adult life. It's set just before the outbreak of World War II and takes us through to the early sixties. Queenie, Viv and their parents lived in the East End of London. Their father fought in the war but was medically discharged. Queenie and Viv were sent away to the country once the bombings started. But a traumatic event brought them back home. Queenie makes a new friend in the ...more
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The Queen of gangland thrillers Kimberley Chambers is back! With one of my most anticipated reads of 2020 Queenie. Once again the author has delivered on every level, it’s gritty, wickedly entertaining, and brilliantly written. I’m delighted to say ‘Queenie is one of the best books I’ve had the pleasure to read this year’. For fans of the Butlers series, Queenie takes the reader back to the very beginning, all our favourite characters are here, Queenie, Viv, Albie, Vinnie, Roy and Michael and so ...more
Book Addict Shaun
I am a huge Kimberley Chambers fan and I have been so excited to read Queenie ever since Kim first said she was writing a prequel to the Butler series. And what a prequel this is, the tag line of the Queen of Gangland Crime has never been truer. I don’t want to speak too soon and say this is Kim’s best book yet, but it’s certainly one of them.

I was excited for the future of Kim’s books after the end of the Mitchell series and the Butler series with the incredible finale she delivered with
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Louise Wilson
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this prequel, we learn about Queenie and her sister, Vivian nd how their childhood affected how they led their adult life. It's set just before the outbreak of World War II and takes us through to the early sixties. Queenie, Viv and their parents lived in the East Ens if London. Their father fought in the war but was medically discharged. Queenie and Viv were sent away to the country once the bombings started. Ut a traumatic event brought them back home. Queenie makes a new friend in the ...more
Mark
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Fans of KC have been waiting for this book, in previous books Queenie is the matriarch Mum/Nan/Sister/Friend in the Butler series and this book charts her life from the beginning right up to the first Butler book

Queenie is a legend in the other books and so it was good to see how she started life and what she did to make sure her boys succeeded, often amoral and even more often hypocritical she moved anything and anyone that stood in her boys way and equally anyone who got in her way with her
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Elaine
5 Stars ….……

You are my sunshine my only sunshine
you make me happy when skies are grey, your never know dear how much I love you so don't take my sunshine away


The Butlers ….. it was the first series I read from this author. I was gripped from start to finish.
So when Kimberley Chambers decided to give us Queenie's story I just knew it was going to be a blinder of a read.
Set just before the Second World War it follows Queenie as a young girl growing up in the East End London.
It takes us up to
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Julie Lacey
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and would give it more than five stars if I could.
It was great to get to know Queenie and everything she’s been through - and what a life she’s had!
Something terrible happened to her whilst she was sent away during the war but I think this made her stronger when she eventually spoke to Mary about it. This then shaped how she dealt with life and those she came into contact with.
When she had her sons she encouraged them to be the best they could be and whilst Albie criticises
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Sandra
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well what can i say except that in my own opinion Kimberley Chambers has given us her BEST book yet.I have been a massive fan of hers and have read all her books,the Butler books have given us so much entertainment and so when i read the blurb for Queenie i knew i had to have it.Queenie and Viv have a troublesome childhood but when they are evacuated Queenies life is never the same again.When they return home both girls settle back in but a shadow hovers over Queenie and Mary bides her time but ...more
michelle  Simons
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Queenie and was pretty sure I would love the prequel just as much but wow I think this could well be my favourite book.

Kimberley brings the story vividly to life on the page and I was transfixed with the book all weekend.

I would give more than 5 stars if it was possible.
Shirley
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing book Queenie was, one minute I really liked her and the next I didn't!! I was utterly hooked from Chapter one, and a highly recommended read.
Lainy
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Time taken to read - Every second able over 3 days

Pages - 400

Publisher - Harper Collins

Source - Review copy

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SHE WAS MADE IN THE EAST END . . .

For young Queenie, life in the backstreets of Whitechapel was a lesson in survival – Hitler’s bombs hit those with nothing the hardest. When danger strikes close to home, Queenie finds an ally in Mrs O’Leary, whose two sons are the kingpins of the East End. But while the O’Learys are the light in Queenie’s life, fate has a different
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Sue Plant
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this amazing book

the backstory to queenie and her sister and how their childhood had a profound effect on the way they lived their adult lives...

queenies dad was lovely when he was sober but a vicious violent drunk when he had had a few, though queenie and her sister never knew this side of him until he came back from war injured and couldnt keep a job...

also during the war queenie and her sister were sent away as every child
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Michelle
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow where do I start with Queenie. This is the prequel of the Butler series and you can read it as a standalone. As I have not read the Butler series yet, but I will make sure I will do after reading this. This is another brilliant book from Kimberley Chambers.
Queenie Wade and her sister Vivian live in the East End with their parents. When the war starts, they are both evacuated but, something happens to Queenie that changes her life forever. When she returns home, she is a more a grown-up
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booklover BEV
Oh where do I start? A big fan of this author's work, i have read all fourteen of her book's, so have been so looking forward to her fifteenth novel Queenie, as we go back in time to the beginning of her earlier life. my passion for wartime sagas and east end crime fictions all rolled into one book that has been a big challenge for this author but she has delivered to me once again. so lets meet Queenie Wade, born in Whitechapel, Parents Molly and Eric and Sister Vivian the year is 1939 when war ...more
Bren
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I heard the author being interviewed on BBC Radio 2. I hadn't heard of Kimberley Chambers, so I pre-ordered her latest novel, soon to be released. What a disappointment.
I was born and raised in the east end of London in the 1950s and early 60s. OK, my parents worked, but we were not well off at all. Yet, there was none of the behaviour described in the book locally whatsoever. I recognised some of the descriptions and references, those which were true to the times, such as rationing, queues in
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Angie
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes only a Kimberley Chambers book will do and this weekend I feel so privileged to have gotten my hands on an early copy of her latest work. "Queenie" is an engaging read from the very first page. Chambers evokes wartime London with skill and aplomb. Her characters are vividly drawn and you can't help but love them all, even the rogues. I've been a fan of her writing for many years now, yet each book always feel fresh and makes for an exciting and compulsive read. "Queenie" is yet another ...more
Tracy Robinson
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
you can see why this author is queen of crime I think this her best story yet but all other books are a brilliant read so recommend at last we have got a look at queenie s story and what a story it is always thought she was a hard cow but after reading this understand why .she not have a good life and I no longer think Albie was hard done buy . I don't want to give story away but it has it all love loss and I cried my eyes out praise for this author oh and its going on tv Yipee
Melanie Hodges
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say about this marvellous book? For years now we've been reading about Queenie and her family's exploits, so to go back in time to see how Queenie became the matriarch she is today was wonderful and explained so much, especially how she's raised her sons.
This is an absolute must read for anyone to loves gritty drama. Whether you've read the Butler series or not, you need to read this!
deborah fanning
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kimberley Chambers queen of crime. To me she is the best I’ve read all her books and love the Butler and Mitchell family.
Queenie the prequel was well written and kept me engaged and enthralled through out.
I loved the o Leary link and the sadness Queenie endured whilst Evacuated during the war. I literally read this book in a couple of days.
I may have to re read all her other books.
One of my favorite crime writers.
Gillian
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well what can I say it was well worth the year wait great story if you have read the previous Butler books then it ties everything together lots of twists and turns and some OMG moments to would reccommend you read the rest of Butler books first as this will make more sense.

Can't wait for Kimberley's next book
Diane
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve absolutely loved reading about the Butlers lives and have waited a long time to find out Queenie’s story. It was definitely worth the wait. To find out more about Queenie’s life as a young girl before raising her family and to learn what made her become the strong matriarchal character she became was fab. I would highly recommend this whole series to anyone who likes this genre.
Sophie The Small
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved The Butler series, they're gritty brutal page turners. I've always loved Queenie as a character, I disagree with her decisions and morals at times but I was so excited when I heard about this and finished it in just over twenty four hours.

I want to read the series again now and want to hear about the Kelly brothers next.
Miss D T Whitechurch
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant book... that’s all I can say your heart will go out to Queenie
Pamela Boyle
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second book iv read of Kimberley and loved definitely gonna read more of her books
Emma Millward
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely amazing. Couldn’t put it down.
Lynsey Farmer
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Amazing read. Queenie is a very strong woman glad to hear her story that mad her the woman she is
Angela
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful book
It was rich in laughter and it was nasty in parts
Vinny was a strange boy and he was a killer with a mean streak
But it was a brilliant book about Queenie
Thank you
Hazel
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kimberley Chambers isn't known as the "Queen of Gangland Crime Fiction" for nothing and here we have yet another masterpiece of story-telling ... the saga that is "Queenie".

This book tells the story of Queenie from her life as a young girl during World War II right up to the early 60's and what a life she leads! She is one heck of a character; one minute you absolutely adore her, the next she disappoints you, then she'll surprise you and then shock ... I felt like I was
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