We’re delighted to be sharing Alice-Jane’s thoughts for Come Rain or Shine by Pam Weaver.
1946. The war is over, but a bereft Sheila Hodges is left parentless and alone in London. With nowhere else to go, she heads to Worthing to reconnect with her grandmother and cousin Veronica, known as Ronnie.
Ronnie and Sheila are given the opportunity to run their grandfather’s business, a local garage. Ronnie’s ne’er-do-well brother Leslie is furious – as the man of the family, he believes the business is rightfully his. But their grandmother is adamant that Leslie is not to be trusted.
After serving in the ATS in the war, Sheila is a trained mechanic, while Ronnie discovers she has a talent for numbers and a shrewd business head. Despite the garage’s derelict state, the girls are determined to turn it into a prospering business.
Bright and lively, the girls quickly make themselves at home in the welcoming community, a source of comfort after the horrors of war. But when the girls stumble across a shocking family secret, they will have to depend on each other to uncover the truth . . .
Come Rain or Shine by Pam Weaver is published by Pan Macmillan and is available to purchase in digital, paperback and audiobook formats.
For characters Ronnie and cousin Sheila, the challenges of living in a war zone have finally passed however the difficulties of life in the aftermath are equally a hardship.
After being given their grandmothers garage, the girls embrace the trials of generating a new business in the climate of a depleted and broken Britain with enthusiasm and gusto.
Their ‘stiff upper lip’ attitudes that they were forced to adopt during the war has meant that they endure the apparent arson and attempts at destroying all they have achieved with the garage. Poor Ronnie though has to also fight her internal battles of her own war experiences as a POW and how this deeply affects her abilities to trust and socialise with people. This is tempered with Sheila’s cheery attitude which leads to the attentions of quite a few men, some of which are not as good as one would hope.
A cheery and empowering read, really emphasising how each person has their own war to battle through, not just until 1945 but also beyond, in the attempt to re-gain happiness and strength.
A hugely enjoyable book!
Pam Weaver is a bestselling author of saga novels set in Worthing, including There’s Always Tomorrow, Better Days Will Come, Pack Up Your Troubles, For Better For Worse, Blue Moon and Love Walked Right In. Pam’s inspiration comes from her love of people and their stories and her passion for the town where her novels are set. She is married with two grown-up daughters and lives in Worthing. Connect with Pam via her website or Facebook page.