Muddy Boots & Silk Stockings
England, 1943. The country is at war.
With so many men away fighting, it is the women left behind who must keep the country going, and when Alice Todd is abandoned by her husband, she must find a means to provide for herself and her young son. She is offered the job of looking after the group of land girls at Lower Post Stone Farm and soon discovers they each have a story – and some have secrets they’d rather not reveal. The harsh times of war are tempered by the Saturday evening dances in the local hall, but as the hostilities continue, it is clear to Alice that there is more tragedy to follow closer to home.
Muddy Boots and Silk Stockings is the evocative and compelling story of the sacrifices made during wartime and the indomitable spirit of those left behind, from the author of the much-loved drama series The House of Eliot.
What The Critics Said
'Its a slice of wartime life written with great insight and subtlety'
Historical Novels Review
'This is a wonderful tale of courage, self-discovery and outstanding friendship in trying times, and you're sure to grow to love all of "Alice's girls"...'
‘Given that the author Julia Stoneham, who lives in Totnes, has drawn on her own wartime experiences when her mother ran a Land Army hostel in Devon, the novel’s refreshing realism is not surprising.’
Western Morning News