Julia Bryant's novel captures the indomitable spirit of Portsmouth as the second world war shatters streets- and the lives of the women who live there.
With the threat of World War II hovering over Nelson Street, family and friendship have never been more important.
Rosie Forrest's grandmother always told her to 'live every minute' and that's exactly what she's doing. Rosie feels both excited at the opportunities before her and terrified of losing the people she loves. And when Blyth Vine walks back into her life, he complicates things even further.
Pearl Bunting has suffered months of abuse from her violent brother Kenny. Finally breaking free of his domination, Pearl makes a new life for herself. But Kenny is still out there, and has freedom has its price...
When the bombs start falling Rosie and all who live on Nelson Street are determined to preserve the Portsea way of life, no matter what the cost.