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Publisher's Summary

They call them the custard tarts - the girls who work at Pearce Duff's custard powder factory in Bermondsey before the First World War. Conditions are hard but nothing can quench the spirit of humour and friendship. But the shadow of the coming war looms over them; it will pull London's East End together as never before - even while it tears the world apart.
©2014 Mary Gibson (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd
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"A fabulous, fascinating read." (Vanessa Feltz)
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By Christopher on 05-09-14

Thoroughly enjoyable ..

What did you like most about Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts?

I just liked everything about this book. . .the characters were great & you could almost imagine yourself in there with them. . .

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nellie & Maggie . . . down to earth eastenders...

What three words best describe Anne Dover’s voice?

I dont really like Anne Dover's narrarations, but as the story was good,it took my mind of her a little !

Any additional comments?

I lived for years in the area that this book is set, so I knew all the roads that they were talking about.... made it much more real for me....

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By Mouse2560 on 02-16-15

oh boy, what a cracker!!!

Would you listen to Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts again? Why?

The storyline caught my heart as it reminded me so much of my gran who was a bermondsey lass and worked for bird's custard. And her elder sister Nell brought her up after their mum had died.,however tthe storyline was most enjoyable with a variety of strong, and weak characters,one of the best books i have read this year.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts?

Nell being taken to the police station and meeting Sam afterward.

Which character – as performed by Anne Dover – was your favourite?

Nell was my favourite character and performed brilliantly by Anne especially when Nell lost her rag and had something to say

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Sam told Nell of his experiences during the war

Any additional comments?

Hope Mary Gibson has plenty more to write of the different families in Bermonsey, as i am already looking forward to her next book. I also please that her books are decent length, can't wait for more

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By Karyn W on 05-17-15

Pre-war Chick lit

I discovered this book as it was on offer through Amazon and noticed it had a Whispersync option and thought I would give it a go. I found it to be a fantastic story & loved the fact was set in pre-war London. I ended up buying Jam and Roses too, set in the 1920's, as I enjoyed the authors way of storytelling and Anne Dover's reading style, will be looking out for more books from both.

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By Amazon Customer on 08-07-16

A tale of life's growth experiences.

A truly absorbing story. The characters were so very real. The climax of the story was quite tumultuous. I wept.

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