Monday, 23 April 2018

Book Review | Secrets Of The East End Angels by Rosie Hendry

Paperback book of Secrets Of The East End Angels by Rosie Hendry

London, 1941. The East End Angels - Frankie, Bella and Winnie - are settled into life as ambulance crew members at LAAS Station Seventy-Five. The threat of air raids and other atrocities are a constant worry, but life continues regardless and the weight of responsibility weighs heavy on each of them.
Frankie's grandfather is unwell and she promised him she would always look after Ivy, her step-grandmother, but things between the two women are becoming increasingly strained. And then Frankie discovers something that turns everything she thought she knew about herself on its head.
Winnie's natural leadership puts her at the forefront at the station and she's soon making the difficult decisions on call-outs. As she is exposed to a higher level of war and destruction, she begins to wonder how much more London can take - and how much more can she take?
Bella is beginning to drive the ambulances, she is growing closer to James and her love for writing is opening up new doors for her. Then she receives devastating news about someone close to her and things begin to unravel.
Life and war may keep testing the angels but love will always find a way to shine and the strength of their friendship will see them through the darkest of times.

Book cover of Secrets Of The East End Angels by Rosie HendrySecrets Of The East End Angels
by Rosie Hendry

  • Publisher: Sphere (19 April 2018)
  • ISBN-10: 0751566845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751566840

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Waterstones - Paperback / Hardback


Part two of the East End Angel series, Secrets Of The East End Angels revisits the three main characters from the first instalment and continues further into the second world war.

Now in 1941, the three friends Winnie, Frankie and Bella are all progressing in different ways to grow in themselves as people and for the war effort. 

Frankie's grandfather is in hospital in the safer county of Kent after being caught in an air raid. After missing the visiting hours she escapes the clutches of the dragon matron and her gives her a request. 

Bella's driving test is a nerve racking experience for her but being thrown in the deep end during an air raid is enough proof that she is capable of driving ambulances.

Winnie's natural leadership qualities throw her to the forefront of the station and she has to face decisions which would make anyone's toes curl. She doesn't her capability so much but whether she can take much more of the dreadful decisions and sights she is now more exposed to.

Every individual sub plot in Secrets Of East End Angels is spot on and never wavers from the harsh realities of war and those that get left behind. Reading wartime fiction always leaves me feeling sombre and reminiscent, as although I wasn't around at the time, I get a touch of the feeling of loss, heartache and tragedy which touched the lives of millions. 

Rosie Hendry has once again opened my eyes to the world and I'm looking forward to reading part three of the East End Angels series to once again meet up with the girls to see them grow further and maybe win their long term goals. A great read for anyone who loves historical fiction or wartime romance. 



  1. So happy you enjoyed finding out what happens next to Winnie, Frankie and Bella. Thank you for reviewing it.

    1. I've loved it Rosie xx Looking forward to reading more ;)


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