In the early 1920s, the Maitland family are still coming to terms with the aftermath of the Great War. After her courageous work as an ambulance driver and nurse close to the Front, Pips is now restless and without purpose in her life. She seeks excitement in the frenetic world of endless parties and balls in London during the ‘Roaring Twenties’, but finds that only the thrill of driving on the Brooklands race-track can blot out her horrific memories of the trenches and help her to forget her broken love affair.
Her beloved brother, Robert, has his own demons to battle. Although happily married to Alice and with a daughter, Daisy, on whom the whole family dotes – none more so than Pips – Robert believes that the loss of his right arm in the war has ended his career as a doctor. As he, too, struggles to find purpose in his life, the reappearance of faces from the past poses a dilemma for Pips.
Can she ever trust a man’s promises and allow herself to love again?
The Brooklands Girls is the heartfelt sequel to The Poppy Girls, by bestselling author Margaret Dickinson.