Brilliant news for Home Fires fans! We’re finally going to find out what happened next after that shocking cliffhanger.
The British period drama series launched in 2015 and explored the lives of Women’s Institute members on the Home Front during the Second World War in a rural Cheshire community.
Sadly, it was confirmed in May 2016 that Home Fires wouldn’t be returning for a third season, despite the last episode ending with a fighter plane crashing into the roof a house in the village.
However, Home Fires creator Simon Block has written three brand new novels set in 1940, the first of which picks up exactly where we left the show at the end of Season 2 last year.
Block commented: “When ITV chose not to re-commission the series I was all set to take my characters through the next few months of their lives on the homefront. Their stories were all planned, yet I was left with little choice but to accept the channel’s decision.
“But suddenly I saw the remarkable and totally unexpected reaction of fans of the show on social media. It was as extraordinary as it was moving. They began tweeting furiously. Within a few days 20,000 people had signed a petition asking for the decision to be reversed. It rose by thousands every day, despite the fact that the news wasn’t widely known.”
The first novel in the series is titled Keep the Home Fires Burning and is available now as a four-part e-book serial. Part One: Spitfire Down! is available to download on Kindle now.
The complete novel will be published as a paperback and e-book next year, and is available to pre-order.
The author explained: “If it couldn’t continue on television, why not in book form? Novels are adapted for the screen all the time, why not the other way round? The stories I’d been ready to write leant themselves perfectly.
“The aim is that those familiar with the TV show will be able to seamlessly continue with the books; while those new to the world of Home Fires will swiftly find themselves brought up to speed and immersed in the stories of the women of Great Paxford.”