The Girls from See Saw Lane: A novel of friendship, love and tragedy in 1960s Brighton (Brighton Girls Trilogy) - Sandy Taylor

Dottie Perks is a "chubby" introvert who is happy with the simpler things in life while Mary Pickles is a confident little extrovert who cannot wait to travel the world and become an artist. Although they are both completely different people they have been best friends since the first time they met when they were eight-years-old. The simplicity of their childhood of penny candies and carefree playing dissolves into a more complicated time of family, first loves, betrayal and forgiveness.

The characters and setting are vivid and wonderful. It started off as such a cozy read. I loved it. But I began to lose interest as things began to change.