Virginia Coles receives a letter from a solicitor informing her that there is "Something To Her Advantage" in her late grandfather's will. After arriving home from the solicitor, she makes a truly shocking discovery. Using the 'advantage' she has just been given Virginia flees her home and starts to rebuild a new life for herself in post war London (1949).
This is a wonderfully written book, set in a time when people were rebuilding their lives after the war and when friendships were strong and meaningful. There's a beautiful love affair that unfolds through this story though it's matched with twists of unbearable sadness and tragedy. I really enjoyed reading this lovely family style saga even though it was an emotional rollercoaster of a ride. The characters were very engaging, I particularly liked Kath and Jimmy, the loving surrogate parents that helped Virginia throughout the story and I so loved the perfect ending that the writer created for them.
The author Mabel McCarthy has the dialogue and narrative perfect for post war Britain, keeping the plot clean of bad language and unnecessary intimate scenes, therefore reaching a huge audience of readers who would appreciate this story.
I would highly recommend this interesting and captivating book filled with so many real life events, and although sad at times it's a great 'feel good' book that will definitely have you smiling at the end.