Review of The Beauty Shop by Suzy Henderson, 2016, WW2 Fiction

Stella is an British girl who falls for an American Pilot (John “Mac” Mackenzie). During a mission Mac’s plane has some problems and ends up crash landing causing a fire to break out. Mac survives, a hero, but is severely burned in the process. He ends up in Dr Archibald “Archie” McIndoe’s hospital which is nicknamed the Beauty Shop, where Archie performs groundbreaking plastic surgery to help these young heroes recover.
This book is a wonderful, heartwarming romance set in the exciting, yet terrifying times of WW2.

Stella is a strong, independent young lady, who thinks of everyone’s interests before her own, which leads to some misunderstandings. Mac is a traditional patriotic American solider, who came over here to help win this war and it is always top most on his mind that doing his duty is most important.

The Characters were well written and easy to relate to, they have a good depth and history to them which helps you understand why they do what they do.

I have never read a WW2 story before, but I certainly will be after this, especially if Ms Henderson writes any others around Stella and Mac or perhaps another Beauty Shop solider. What I liked most was that the Beauty Shop and Dr Archie did actually exist and did help these injured young men in WW2.

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others, whether they are fans of WW2 fiction or not.

I give this book a 5/5, it kept me reading all the way through, I didn’t struggle through any parts of it and really enjoyed the storyline and the characters.

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*note: I received this book free in exchange for a review, all words and opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links.

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  1. Hello! Thank you so much for the fantastic review. I’m so thrilled you enjoyed reading my book, and I’m very grateful to you for taking the time in writing this wonderful review. Hope you’re both having a lovely weekend.
    All best wishes,
    Suzy Henderson

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