#BlogTour #Review ~ The Lido Girls by @Allie_Burns1 @NeverlandBT #Giveaway @HQDigitalUK

Escape to the inter-war years in this emotional story where opportunity can be found at the pool-side in your local lido… Perfect for fans of Pam Evans and Gill Paul Change is in the air… London, 1930s: Natalie Flacker is tempted by the glamour of the new keep fit movement, but when she is dismissed from her prestigious job in PE she loses the life she so carefully built. Echoes of the war’s destruction still reverberate through her life, and now she is homeless, jobless and without prospects. But connections made on a summer holiday, with her best friend Delphi, create opportunities. When Natalie is offered a summer job at a lido at the seaside, she jumps at the chance. But is she up to the challenge of taking on a group of unfit women in need of her help? Set against the backdrop of the beginnings of the pioneering keep fit movement; this is a feel-good reminder of just what’s possible when you find the courage to follow your heart. Spend a very British summer with The Lido Girls!

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About the Author

Allie lives in Kent with her family and two tortoises. When she’s not writing for business or penning her Women’s Historical Fiction, Allie enjoys swimming and yoga. She has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and The Lido Girls is her debut novel. She is currently working on a second interwar years novel, which is due for publication in the summer of 2018.

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My Review

I’m quite into my historical sagas/women’s fiction at the moment and this is another cover that caught my eye. Set between the wars this covers a lot of what happened to the women and which direction they took. Without a husband or any sense of real purpose in life, Natalie takes up a job offer from Jack the brother of her friend Delphi. Her mission is to work at The Lido during a busy summer season gearing the holiday makers up to join in with a fitness regime.

I like the exploration of women’s feelings at that time, how things have changed! It touches on spinsterhood and disability and the struggle of sexism to a degree, you wouldn’t think motivating a group of women to exercise would be a challenge.

Jack was an interesting character with a certain amount of charm, Delphi has her own issues and Natalie was a person who you could either love and encourage or take an instant dislike to … she had all the right ideas but possibly didn’t portray them very well or with much consideration. She was a bit tepid for my liking.

I did enjoy the historical aspect, I had no prior knowledge of ‘The Women’s League of Health and Beauty’ so that was fascinating. The interactions between the women gave a sense of determination. The descriptive setting was charming.

All in all The Lido Girls filled me with a warm sense of belonging and achievement. Great for fans of historical stories.

Thanks to the author, publisher and Neverland Blog Tours .. I read and reviewed voluntarily.

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