When Edie marries young to escape her unhappy family home, she thinks that life can only get better. At the age of nineteen, she is widowed, and after losing her child from the marriage she faces the Second World War grieving and lonely. Then one night during the Birmingham Blitz an infant, mysteriously abandoned during the bombing, is handed into her care. Her lively friend Ruby, meanwhile, doesn't want to be left behind in the wedding stakes and settles for marriage with Frank, a man much changed by war. Finally there's Janet, intelligent, kind-hearted and susceptible to male charm, who is hurt desperately by an affair with a married man, and who assumes she will never love again.
David, the child who steals Edie's heart as she brings him up through a time none of them will ever forget, is the centre of all their lives. And when David is old enough to wonder who he really is, he leads Edie through struggle and heartache to a life and love she would never have dreamed of...
A spellbinding saga of three very different women whose lives become entwined by war and their work at the Cadbury's chocolate factory in Bournville - and their love for a child.
Original title: Chocolate Girls
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Food