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Christmas Hope for the Steel Girls, the second book in Michelle Rawlins’ Sheffield-set WWII saga series, is published by HQ today. Following the women who kept the fires burning at Sheffield’s steel factories during the war, this series combines history with a host of brilliant characters. The first book in the series, The Steel Girls, was published in April 2021.
‘A heart-warming story perfect for saga lovers’, Nancy Revell, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Shipyard Girls series
‘Hardship, courage and hope on the home front’, Kate Thompson, Sunday Times bestselling author
As December draws nearer and with her family facing their first Christmas without Bert, Nancy is desperately trying to keep up her children’s spirits and her own.
Young Patty should be excited to be spending her first festive season with sweetheart Archie, but why does she worry he’s keeping something from her?
Betty is missing her beloved William as he continues his RAF training but she’s determined not to sit around wallowing. In the midst of the coldest winter on record and with the introduction of rationing, times are tougher than ever but Betty has an idea to make sure nobody goes without this winter.
And with our Steel Girls rallying around each other, can there still be hope this Christmas?