Aug 12

The Married Girls reviewed by Milly Adams

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I chaired a panel of historical fiction authors last year at the lovely Yeovil  Literary Festival (Diney Costeloe was one of the speakers) and met up with Diney for lunch first. Great fun was had but what about the books?

The Married Girls  is the sequel to A Girl With No Name.and those readers who love Diney Costeloe’s novels, and there are many,  will love this follow on. And those who haven’t yet read them, do so. There are lots of twists and turns in The Married Girls, which is well researched and evocative of the period, just what we have come to expect from this author.

Set in the small Somerset village of Wynsdown in 1949. Charlotte Shepherd is happily married and settled into her adopted home having arrived from Germany on the Kindertransport as a child during the war.

However, the squire’s son, Felix, returns to the village with a fiancee in tow. Daphne is beautiful, charming but, much  the same as Charlotte, has secrets. But secrets as we all know have a habit of being unearthed. Characters enter, disruption occurs, how will it all end?

I have no intention of telling you. Read it, immerse yourself, and then, if you haven’t already read all of Dyney’s novels, do so. They’re belters.


Best to read The Girl with No Name first.

The Married Girls by Diney Costeloe. pb £7.99