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June 1944. Eighteen-year-old Ginnie Travis works in her father's furniture shop in the suburbs of East London when the continued bombing raids and her sister Shirley's untimely pregnancy force the two girls to go and stay with their aunt in Shropshire.Here Ginnie falls in love with an American, Lieutenant Nick Miller, stationed nearby. But she discovers that Nick has a fiaJune 1944. Eighteen-year-old Ginnie Travis works in her father's furniture shop in the suburbs of East London when the continued bombing raids and her sister Shirley's untimely pregnancy force the two girls to go and stay with their aunt in Shropshire.Here Ginnie falls in love with an American, Lieutenant Nick Miller, stationed nearby. But she discovers that Nick has a fianc�e back home and a heartbroken Ginnie ends the relationship. Then news of their father's death in an air raid reaches them. Hurrying back to London, Ginnie finds herself in sole charge of the shop.With the family left almost penniless and Shirley and her child to provide for, Ginnie is responsible for them all. And when the shop comes under threat, she is even more determined to make it succeed and build a life for herself and her family....

Title : The Shopkeeper’s Daughter
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ISBN : 9781780890586
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 464 Pages
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The Shopkeeper’s Daughter Reviews

  • Margitte
    2019-06-09 12:43

    I won't be reading or rating this book. I started, but won't finish it. Thought it was historical fiction, but it's war romance. So to be fair, no rating.Off to another book.

  • poppie
    2019-06-04 08:54

    This is a good novel about a young girl who after her father's death, struggles hard to keep the business going despite many obstacles. There is also a bit of romance too and I felt sorry for Ginnie but being the strong and determined woman she was, everything turned out well in the end.

  • Kristine
    2019-06-06 07:01

    Original review can be found at received an advanced readers copy from Avon Impulse via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!I had a lot of issues with this book. Some of them were minor but there was one major issue with the story that I just couldn't get past.Let me start off by saying that I love historical fiction and books that take place during war time. I have read hundreds of them and perhaps that is the reason that this one didn't live up to my expectations. There are so many outstanding books about war in the genre that I have rated very high as well as one that I consider the greatest love story I have come across to date. This one is not it.My biggest issue with this book (and it was a really big one) was the relationship between Ginnie and Nick. What relationship? There lies my issue. On one page it mentioned she had a crush on him and by the time you flip the page they were going on their one and only date and breaking up on that same date. It then went on and on throughout the entire book about how heartbroken Ginnie was and how she would never love again. What??? There was zero development or chemistry where their relationship was concerned so the reader did not get an opportunity to care about it or feel it. Honestly, I couldn't have cared less about it and thought it weakened Ginnie's character to the point that she wasn't the strong independent woman that I think she was meant to be in the story. There was more chemistry between her and Laurence and Steven for that matter. Who cared about Nick? I certainly didn't. This leads me into another issue with the book for me. The characters for the most part were all a little weak and lacked depth. Shirley was probably one of the most annoying and unlikeable characters I have come across. I know times were different but come on. She changed who she loved almost as much as people change socks and was so incredibly selfish. Ginnie catered to her and was a strong enabler to her annoying personality which made it hard to like Ginnie.The final thing that I will mention (although there are other things) was the extreme overuse of the word "honey." Every single American character in this book from the Army doctors to civilians said honey all the time and it drove me crazy. I get that some people are "honey/sweety" type people and I try not to take offence but every American character in this book said honey a lot. The rest of the characters did not. Was this intentional? Was it to be implied that it is an American thing? It may seem silly but it annoyed me to no end.I hate to write an unfavourable review but I have to be completely honest. As I stated above, this is my favourite genre to read and I have read a lot from it. This book just does not compare to the many amazing books out there in the historical fiction genre.

  • Kathleen
    2019-05-28 11:55

    I enjoyed this book as it was easy to follow and had a very good storyline

  • Sherrill
    2019-06-07 10:54

    This was a pleasant read about the impact on the lives of the people of London when the American military arrived in their little part of the world during WW11. Ginny was a sweet girl who gave up a lot to support her family and for a while it seemed like nothing was going her way. Her sister was not that nice and I was somewhat disappointed to see she ended up OK. There was a lot of language which way typical of the times and remembrances of girls putting beet juice on their lips and drawing a line down their legs to look like the seams of nylons. Things in England were a lot worse than the USA but I still have a ration book saved from those days.

  • Andrea
    2019-05-24 14:00

    Good book about a woman trying to keep her family afloat and how she kept her fathers shop opened.

  • Leigh
    2019-05-26 07:05

    Like all books by Lily Baxter I found this to be a wonderful engaging story. The pages flew by as did the time and I was finished reading before I knew it. This book takes place in the closing months of the war and afterward. Though the blitz is over there are still dangers lurking in the skies namely V-1's and V-2's that cause horrific damage to cities already devastated by the blitz. In this story we meet the Travis family, father the owner of a successful furniture shop, mother stays at home and cares for her family, older daughter Shirley with the reputation of a party girl and Ginnie the serious younger daughter who helps her father. Shirley gets pregnant and the girls are shipped off to the country where they both fall in love with American doctors from a nearby hospital. Both relationships are doomed. Their father is killed in V-2 attack and the girls return home, Ginnie to run the family's story determined to make her family proud. Ginnie is a very likeable enduring character. She is very strong and stubborn and doesn't shy away from anything, far from the damsel in distress type and with grit and determination she begins to modernize the shop. Shirley marries the man who could be the father of her baby son, though his family is dead set against it. This is where the story really begins to take off. So incensed are Shirley's new in laws about the marriage they soon begin to think of ways to get back at the Travis family who they see as having ruined them by stealing their son away. During this, Ginnie attempts to rekindle her doomed war time romance and fails. Ginnie vows to live for her business and to make it into a successful department store like Selfridges. To ensure that her family will never go hungry, or be tossed onto the street. But Shirley's in laws are determined to destroy the Travis family and everything that they worked for forcing Ginnie into the fight for her family's very survival. The book jacket does very little to give an outline to the whole story, most of it takes place after the war is over and frankly the love story is secondary, and I have to say that while the whole story was very well written and enjoyable, the ending felt kind of thrown together. After rooting for and getting to know Ginnie throughout the book I just find it hard to believe she would've put aside all her fears about falling in love with that particular character and rushed into his arms as she did all forgiven with a snap of the fingers. But who knows? While I loved Ginnie I have to say that I think Shirley was my favourite character of all. So well written, one minute you hated her or felt annoyed by her and the next she would say or do something and you would see why Ginnie and everyone else loved her so much. So except for one minor complaint about the ending and it is minor, I truly enjoyed this book, found it difficult to put down and look forward to reading more from this author.

  • Gaele
    2019-06-03 05:56

    By all accounts – this is a title I should have loved: the synopsis of a WWII era story told from the POV of a young woman in England doing her all to survive and bring her family through unscathed had plenty of promise. I love my historic romances, and have truly enjoyed the several titles I have read dealing with WWI and WWII Europe, with perspectives imagined and real throughout the conflicts. I had hoped that Lily Baxter would create a character that, despite her relocation to the countryside for safety would have more to say about her own destiny. Sadly, what emerged was a writer getting in the way of her story: to everyone’s detriment. Too much tell, little show, overuse of clichés and a wholly passive voice with little character development had me unconvinced and uninterested in the story early on. But I kept reading, hoping that Ginnie would start to be more proactive rather than wholly reactive, lacking in any real evidence of determination. It was harder still to believe the relationship as her passivity made her as appealing as milquetoast, with few to little traits to engender emotional reactions: good or bad. Truly, this was not the book for me, and I gave up at about 70% with no significant events encouraging me to read on. I’m usually not one to not complete a book, but it was impossible to not want to question choices of word use, red-pen the multitude of clichés and highlight large swathes of text with a SHOW not tell note. Frustrated and more than a bit disappointed, I put the title aside without finishing or rating. The author, however, shows some promise in her ability to describe a scene and build the visual imagery, I just felt the disconnect between the author and character that left the development of them in the realm of “this is the character and she has this, this and that trait’, rather than proving her traits and giving a more emotionally available active character rather than the reactive one that is here. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review for The Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

  • Amy
    2019-06-19 10:40

    2 stars (Below Average). This story premise had a lot of potential, but the writing left much to be desired. The author's voice was shallow, telling and passive, with frequent use of cliches; the characters were undeveloped and unrelatable; and the action of the story was driven solely by the heroine reacting to external events or obstacles caused by others. Just technically not an enjoyable read.

  • Mjenney21
    2019-06-11 13:52

    I liked this book. It was an interesting read, and I really like the realistic historical world that the characters were in. I loved Avril, she was such a breeze of fresh air that never failed to make me laugh. I think that towards the end, the plot was good, but with regards to her romantic life, I feel like it was obviously held back in order to be the ending. Still, overall it was a great book and Lily Baxter's writing was excellent. A good book to try if you're new to historical fiction.

  • allbooksnoheart
    2019-06-05 10:03

    An engrossing, very quick-paced story that envoked some very clear images and encouraged the reader's imagination. I personally would have liked a bit more depth to some of the characters- I felt what we saw of them was more tv-drama snapshots than giving us in-depth investment in their progression at times. Otherwise very readable prose with a good sense of place.

  • Desak Made
    2019-06-10 10:38

    This is great!!! the best romance fiction I've ever read so far. it's all about the hard-working and hard to knock off girl, even she's only in twentieth. and twist with romance so it makes me flushing whrn the men character appear, then made me serious when it comes to businesses problem. good job Mrs. Lily Baxter

  • Joanna Warrens
    2019-06-14 11:42

    This book is a ww2 homefront British novel. I have read other books by the author and enjoyed them. Ginnie is a wonderful character. She is strong and takes care of her family after her father dies despite being very young. She is one of those people who is remarkable but doesn't know it. I loved her strength!

  • Melony
    2019-06-06 14:06

    It was good. I liked most of the story and the setting, WW II in London. Loved the main character's determination and integrity. Was disappointed in some of the other characters. Was worth reading especially if you like this time period.

  • Charlie-Dee
    2019-06-02 14:05

    Ordered this from the library last week and my mum read it before I did. Neither of us were a huge fan. Thought the story was missing parts at times and seemed to create parts to fill in the gaps. Okay for a quick read but wasn't my favourite war saga x

  • Xondra Day
    2019-06-14 11:40

    The constant drama got on my nerves a little. It seemed like Ginnie could not get a break no matter how hard she tried to better her life and that of her families. But all in all it was still a nice read.

  • Kathleen Eaton
    2019-06-20 11:58

    It was OK, if you like that sort of thing. Romantic stuff, predictable story. All came right in the end.

  • Suzanne
    2019-05-22 06:03

    A great book

  • Bonnie
    2019-05-27 12:48

    This is an engrossing tale of the life of a young woman during and after World War II in England.

  • Beverley hopper
    2019-06-20 12:48

    heartwarming story that touched my heart and didnt realise this author goes by the name dilly courts who i have read loads of her books well writing story enjoyed it

  • Zoe
    2019-06-19 07:43

    I registered a book at!

  • Whitney
    2019-05-24 07:43

    Easy read - cute story.

  • Sharron
    2019-06-20 08:42

    A lovely easy read about a shopkeeper, s daughter who struggles to support her family during the 2nd world war, this is a charming sweet book.

  • Tracy Wainwright
    2019-06-04 12:39

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book.

  • Wendy Harris
    2019-06-20 11:04

    This was an easy read that didn't cause too much effort to finish. I did feel there were some historical inaccuracies, that spoiled it a bit. However, it was a good holiday/ vacation book.

  • Crissy
    2019-05-23 13:58

    This was a lovely read with lots of love, loss and laughter

  • Rachel
    2019-06-15 11:00

    First Lily Baxter book I have read and I will certainly be reading more of her work! Xx

  • Mary Christian Payne
    2019-06-12 10:48

    AN EASY READThis book was a bit too contrived for me. I felt it was written for teenage girls. There was very little history, or detail about World War II England.

  • Jess Draper
    2019-06-09 08:55

    Really good, and quite cute at certain points!:3