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Book review: The Kitchen Front

Summary from the publisher: From the bestselling author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir comes an unforgettable novel of a BBC-sponsored wartime cooking competition and the four women who enter for a chance to better their lives.

Two years into World War II, Britain is feeling her losses: The Nazis have won battles, the Blitz has destroyed cities, and U-boats have cut off the supply of food. In an effort to help housewives with food rationing, a BBC radio program called The Kitchen Front is holding a cooking contest—and the grand prize is a job as the program’s first-ever female co-host. For four very different women, winning the competition would present a crucial chance to change their lives.

For a young widow, it’s a chance to pay off her husband’s debts and keep a roof over her children’s heads. For a kitchen maid, it’s a chance to leave servitude and find freedom. For a lady of the manor, it’s a chance to escape her wealthy husband’s increasingly hostile behavior. And for a trained chef, it’s a chance to challenge the men at the top of her profession.

These four women are giving the competition their all—even if that sometimes means bending the rules. But with so much at stake, will the contest that aims to bring the community together only serve to break it apart?

The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan celebrates resilient women from various walks of life during the difficult years of WWII in England, when women were expected to do all the familiar female roles plus take over for the men that were involved in the war effort. This book honors these hard-working women and acknowledges the sacrifices that were made, even for years after the war, as food rationing in England began in 1940 and went until 1954, nine years after the war ended. I was not able to put The Kitchen Front down, and gave it my very first 5 star rating on Goodreads, plus it can be used for categories #6,7,10,13,and 29 if you are doing our 2021 Reading Challenge!

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Book Review: Poisoned

Poisoned is Jennifer Donnelly’s latest fairytale retelling, a new YA interpretation of Snow White.

Too kind to be a ruler, Princess Sophie has lived her life pretending to be cruel, like her stepmother. When Sophie has her heart cut-out by the huntsman, she is saved by seven brothers who give her a clockwork heart instead. But the clock won’t last forever. Now Sophie must find a way to save herself so she can save her kingdom from the cruelty of her stepmother.

With a swift writing style and entertaining plot, Donnelly has produced yet another exciting book. Filled with colorful characters, magical creatures, and friendship, Donnelly takes you across her fantastical kingdom and into the heart of social problems and disputes. Strung-through with morals and life lessons, Poisoned is a great read for everyone looking for a little hope in bleak times. Fans of fairy tales and adventure will adore this book and all of Donnelly’s works.