The Reading Chain is a book review group at Library Services at Home. We are a tailored library service delivering reading materials to those who find it difficult to visit their local library. Each month our members send in a review of their favourite book which they rate as ‘Just my cup of tea’ along with a biscuit dunking rating out of five!
Love and Laughter- Lilian Harry This is a super book starting with World War Two in the South Atlantic. Lucy Pengelly is married to a regular about to retire but has to stay on when the war starts. He is sent to the Pacific and ends up a prisoner of the Japanese. When he comes home he’s a changed man unable to overcome the hardships he has endured. But the war has changed Lucy too. Will the devastation to marriages and family life be too much to ever let them find their way back to normality? It brings it all back for elderly readers who will remember the bombing of the UK, and the black outs in Birmingham due to all of the war work.
Biscuit Rating 5 out of 5
Jill - Bournville
After Auschwitz - Eva Schloss
I don’t think I could call it a favourite but I think everyone should read this. Eva was sent to Auschwitz on her fifteenth birthday and survived on luck and the protection of her mother Fritzi. I am ninety four and lived in this period. I served in the women’s army the ATS. It takes a book like this to make you realise just some of the horrors that happened to others, and from that viewpoint it is certainly unforgettable.
Biscuit rating 5 out of 5
Mary - Harborne A Hopscotch Summer – Annie Murray Emma Brown loves to play hopscotch outside her home with her friends, but when her mother, Cynthia, has another baby and can’t cope, Emma also feels the pressure. Cynthia goes to stay with her sister, while husband Bob stays out drinking till late. Em can’t keep up with all the washing and cleaning and starts missing school. She decides to travel across the city and bring her mother home.
The author has written many books about Birmingham, but I particularly enjoyed this one because it is centred around Nechells, where I grew up during the Second World War. I remember it being a very happy and caring community.