Stratford, 1943. World War Two is still raging across Europe. But for the Lavender Girls, the workers at the Yardley cosmetics factory in East London, there are even more challenges on the home front. Esther, newly married, is learning to juggle life as a working woman with her duties as a wife and homemaker. And she must find a way to help her adopted family on the Shoot, who are battling their own hidden demons . . . Headstrong Patsy, a new recruit at the Yardley factory, has a double life that takes her from the East End lipstick belt by day to the stage in the West End at night. But will she be able to keep her secrets hidden from her controlling mother, Queenie? For bubbly Lou, a forbidden love forces her to choose between family loyalty and a chance at true happiness. Can she be brave enough to forge her own path in the chaos of a war? One thing is certain: the Lavender Girls need one another more than ever if they are going to survive . . .
'A twisty plot, warm-hearted characters, laughter, secrets and heartbreak - and bursting with fascinating detail' - Annie Murray Stratford, 1943.
Author: Kate Thompson
Publisher: Hachette UK
A new series from bestselling author Kate Thompson. 'Kate Thompson's wartime novels always strike a chord and Secrets of the Homefront Girls is no exception. You can almost smell the Yardley violets drifting over the factory as the girls live lives complicated by the trials and tribulations of war' My Weekly 'Kate Thompson's put the lives of women working in the Yardley factory during the Blitz at the heart of her latest novel' Woman's Hour Stratford, 1939. Britain may be at war, but on the home front keeping up morale and keeping up appearances go hand in hand. For the young women working on the lipstick production line at Yardley's cosmetics factory, it's business as usual. Headstrong Renee Gunn is the queen of the lipstick belt - although her cheeky attitude means she's often in trouble. When Esther, an Austrian refugee, arrives at Yardley's, it's Renee who takes her under her wing and teaches her to be a true cockney. But outside of the factory, things are more complicated. Lily, Renee's older sister, has suddenly returned home after six years away, and is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile Esther is finding life in England more difficult than expected, and it's not long before Renee finds herself in trouble, with nowhere to turn. In the face of the Blitz, the Yardley girls are bound together by friendship and loyalty - but could the secrets they are hiding be the biggest danger of all? 'A compelling saga set around the tenacious women of the East End' Daisy Styles 'Kate Thompson is a skillful and humane storyteller who lights up the sooty face of the old East End with tales full of drama and human interest.' Annie Murray
Situated downwind of the West End, in an East London backwater known as 'Stink Bomb Alley', it was a huge employer of local women, who were known locally as the Lavender Girls. Their fragrant name masked the unsavoury reality of work in ...
Author: Kate Thompson
Publisher: Hachette UK
Secrets About Guys delivers the scoop—on modesty, inward and outward beauty, competition between guys and girls, possessiveness, what turns guys off, why they want to be heroes, and more—straight from guys.
(that Shouldn't be Secret) Grace Dove. It's much easier to know what to expect from a guy ... Friends When boys are very young , they don't care whether they play with boys or girls . ... lavender or sparkly just don't appeal to them .
Author: Grace Dove
Publisher: Standard Publishing
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
This powerful collection of three novellas follows the lives of compelling and diverse women who all face the challenges of self-discovery and overcoming hardship. From early 1900s farm life in Poland to wine country in British Columbia to the coal-mining towns of West Virginia, Restless Secrets takes you on three very different journeys that are all woven together with a common thread: the resilience of women in the face of adversity that threatens to destroy their lives and the lives of their loved ones. “The Angry Land” tells the story of Elena, who is forced into an arranged marriage with a poor crop share tenant’s son who shares her dream of one day leaving the Old Country to escape their life of poverty. In “Evangeline,” Angeline not only conceals that she’s pregnant on her wedding day, but that the baby she is carrying is her husband’s brother’s; a secret she is determined to keep so it doesn’t destroy the ones she cares about the most. In “Violet Eyes,” Amethyst Reynolds discovers she was adopted when she receives a letter informing her that her birth mother has left her a sizable inheritance. When she goes back to West Virginia to prove this was all a mistake, she learns the truth about her tangled past— and discovers her life could be in danger.
Hogan O'Niel had an infatuation with young girls, and she had unwittingly created an opportunity for him to take advantage ... Nigel's relationship with Lavender was soured the night he and Hogan O'Niel had come together at her parlour.
Author: Dorae Shae
I didn't want it to end.' Liz Trenow, author of Under a Wartime Sky 'Bewitching. Fascinating. Unforgettable. This is a riveting novel that twisted my stomach into tight knots as I raced through its pages. I absolutely loved it.
Author: GILL. PAUL
"This fascinating ethnography examines one segment of Vietnam's diverse sex industry. Between 2006 and 2010, author Kimberly Kay Hoang was employed at four exclusive Saigon hostess bars catering to high-end clientele: wealthy Asian businessmen, Western expatriates and tourists, local Vietnamese men, and Viet Kieus (ethnic Vietnamese living abroad). Using participant observation and in-depth interviews with the sex workers, bar owners, managers, and mostly rich clients at all four locations, Hoang argues that Vietnam's high-end sex industry is much more than a byproduct of globalization--it's an integral component of the country's free-market capitalism, including its emergence as a regional economic player. Major business deals in Vietnam often occur within hostess bars, which businessmen use to stage a display of power, forge relationships, and impress clients. Hostesses facilitate these transactions by socializing with clients, as well as fulfilling fantasies of the flesh and of the culture. The author reveals how recent changes in the political economy have shaped the social structure of sex work in the country, just as actors involved in the sex industry have actively shaped Vietnam's political economy. Multiple constructions of gender are emerging across local, national, and global socio-spaces from the bottom up and the top down"--Provided by publisher.
If everyone in town knows you as the girl who studies the sex industry, then any one of my guys who are out with you in ... Because Lavender, Secrets, and Naughty Girls operated in publicly visible sites, I could maintain a much more ...
Author: Kimberly Kay Hoang
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Category: Social Science
When a young woman returns to North Carolina after a thirty-year absence, she finds that the once grand tobacco plantation she called home holds more secrets than she ever imagined. Though Peak Plantation has been in her family for generations, Leslie Nichols can’t wait to rid herself of the farm left to her by her estranged grandmother Maggie—and with it the disturbing memories of her mother’s death, her father’s disgrace, and her unhappy childhood. But Leslie isn’t the only one with a claim to Peak. Jay Davenport, Peak’s reclusive caretaker, has his own reasons for holding onto the land bequeathed to him by Leslie’s grandmother. Before she died, Maggie hinted at a terrible secret surrounding Adele Laveau, a lady’s maid who came to Peak during the 1930s and died under mysterious circumstances. Jay is haunted by Maggie’s story, yet the truth eludes him—until Leslie uncovers a cryptically marked grave on the property. As they delve into the mystery of Adele’s death, Leslie and Jay discover shocking secrets that extend deep into the roots of Leslie’s family tree—secrets that have the power to alter her life forever.
... trying her best to look grand for me in her filmy lavender chiffon. It flutters about her white shoulders, clings to her calves like sea-foam. It's what the ladies back home call a to-do—a dress not suited to the occasion.
Author: Barbara Davis
Phryne Fisher - dangerous, passionate, kind, clever, and seductive. She drinks cocktails, dances the tango, is the companion of wharfies, and is expert at conducting an elegant dalliance. It's the 1920s in Melbourne and Phryne is asked to investigate the puzzling death of a famous author and illustrator of fairy stories. To do so, Phryne takes a job within the women's magazine that employed the victim and finds herself enmeshed in her colleagues' deceptions. But while Phryne is learning the ins and outs of magazine publishing first hand, her personal life is thrown into chaos. Impatient for her lover Lin Chung's imminent return from a silk-buying expedition to China, she instead receives an unusual summons from Lin Chung's family followed by a series of mysterious assaults and warnings.
The girls had elected to stay in the kitchen with Molly and Mrs Butler. ... Someone killed Miss Lavender carefully, with planning, on purpose. ... They all, it appears, have secrets and Miss Lavender liked secrets.
Author: Kerry Greenwood
Publisher: Hachette UK
Volumes six to ten in New York Times bestselling authors' series for girls ages eleven to fourteen combines contemporary themes with the charm and simplicity of Amish life.
Watching the girls scribble down their word lists, I wondered if I was doing the right thing, letting them in on mything with Jon. For the first time since Ashley and I had dreamed up this secret study session, I felt a twinge of regret ...
Author: Beverly Lewis
Publisher: Baker Books
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Though they carry an eternal curse, the Lords of the Underworld are irresistiblyseductive—and unimaginably powerful… Don't miss a single book in this stunning paranormalseries from New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter! Keeper of the demon of Secrets, Amun can manipulate the darkest thoughts of anyone nearby. But when the immortalwarrior is chained and isolated to protect those he loves, death is his only hope ofrelease—until he meets Haidee, a fellow prisoner whose beauty and hidden vulnerabilitydraw him into a reckless test of his loyalty…. Haidee is a demon-assassin, raised to despise Amun's kind. Yet how can she hate the man whose touch sets her aflame? But to savehim, she must give herself body and soul…and face the wrath of a powerful adversary swornto destroy her. Book 7 of Lords of the Underworld. Originally published in 2011.
Secrets purred in delight. ... The image suddenly shifted, day replaced by night in an instant, leaving only one of the girls. ... She wore a linen robe of lavender this time, flowers of the same color pinned through her hair.
Author: Gena Showalter
Publisher: HQN Books