Print Length: 326 pages
Publication Date: December 4, 2015
Brighton 1963. Mary Pickles and I walked along the street with our arms linked, looking in shop windows. We were best friends and together we were invincible.
Dottie and Mary forged a friendship over a bag of penny sweets when they were eight years old. They’ve shared everything together since then – the highs and lows of school, family dramas, hopes and dreams and now, at seventeen, they’re both shop girls, working at Woolworths.
As they go out in the world in pursuit of love and happiness, the simplicity of their childhood dissolves as life becomes more complicated. The heady excitement of first love will consume them both, but the pain of unintentional betrayal will test their friendship in ways neither of them could ever imagine…
My Thoughts:In her debut novel, The Girls From See Saw Lane, Sandy Taylor has proven herself to be a very talented and gifted storyteller with an immense insight into family, friendship, love, and forgiveness. Dottie Perks and Mary Pickles, living in the seaside resort village of Brighton in East Sussex, England, develop a friendship in childhood that carries them well into early adulthood. They share their hopes and childhood dreams and become ever more inseparable as the years pass. But can this friendship endure an unintentional betrayal and the resulting heart-ache that follows? Is forgiveness possible while they still have the time together to do so? This is one of the most endearing, yet heart-breaking, novels that I have encountered in quite some time and will certainly not soon forget. Taylor's writing style is a treasure to behold with her ability to draw a reader into the story in a very intimate manner. I felt as though Dottie's and Mary's characters were so well-developed and quickly felt as though I were visiting with old friends. Witty and humorous dialogue written with such ease truly brought this story to life and swept me away between the pages. Filled with unexpected twists and turns, you'll want to keep the box of tissue nearby! This is the first installment in the Brighton Girls Trilogy and the second novel, Counting Chimneys, is scheduled to be release in the Spring of 2016...and I can't wait for this next installment! FIVE stars...easily!
This title is scheduled for release on December 4, 2015 in e-book format. However, it is currently available to pre-order for only 99 cents (For US readers)! At this price, it's more than worth it and if your a fan of historical fiction or women's fiction, I'm sure you won't be disappointed!