Monday, January 25, 2016

The Girls from See Saw Lane by Sandy Taylor

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…
The Girls from See Saw Lane by Sandy Taylor is a novel set in 1960 England. It is a coming of age novel between two best friends - Mary Pickles and Dottie Perks. The two have been close since they were young children. 
As they graduate from high school, they enter the working world. Dottie dreams of staying home and raising a family, while Mary dreams of pursuing her dreams of art in Paris. Written in the first person narrative of Dottie and diary entries by Mary, I could easily understand each individual's motivations and aspirations. As the two women meet their young men, their friendship is shaken. One mistake leads to devastating results. Can the friendship endure? Heartbreaking yet there is redemption and understanding. It is a story that tested my emotions with totally believable characters that lit up the pages and defines what true friendship really is! I loved this story and how it ended. One of my very favourite books!
Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.