I honestly have no idea how I can even begin to write a review worthy of this book; I waited so long to hold a copy and the wait was totally worth it.
Archie McIndoe was an incredible man, but one I had never heard of before reading this book; which is a crime. This man deserves to be ingrained in the memories of everyone.
Archie McIndoe wasn’t just a doctor, he was a miracle worker; who gave life back to men who thought their lives were over. He did a job that was frowned upon because it wasn’t understood, and undertook methods that many didn’t think would work – but they did, and wow, did they work well.
I don’t know nearly enough about the First and Second World Wars, and I’m finding that learning through fiction is really helping to give me a real understanding of what went on during those awful years. Suzy Henderson has written a book that is beautifully heartbreaking and inspiring, as well as deeply educational, and books like this are incredibly important right now. The Beauty Shop isn’t just a book or a story; it’s a piece of art that has been stitched together so delicately, entwining both history and passion into one. Never before have I cried so early into a book (before I’d even finished page 5!), and never has a book made me cry so many times (6!). I genuinely do not have the words to write a review like I normally would, because this book has left me in a state of shock. This book stole, crushed and healed my heart over and over, and I do not have a single criticism.
Suzy is genuinely an exceptionally talented woman, who made me feel like I was back in the 1940s. She writes beautifully and passionately, and you just know that she cares about what she’s writing about. I cannot wait to read more of her work (but next time I’ll make sure I have the tissues ready).
Thank you for teaching me so much Suzy, writers like yourself are a vital part of trying to stop history repeating itself.