Wedding Bells for the Victory Girls by Joanna Toye

Thank you to Anne of Random Things Tours and Harper Collins for the invitation to read and review this gorgeous book.


Summer 1945. After victory in Europe, best friends Lily, Gladys and Beryl are looking to the future. But even with this happy news, their lives are far from simple…

Despite Lily’s joyful summer wedding, she has doubts over what her heart wants now. As she adjusts to her role as young wife, could this signal the end of her position at Marlows?

The return of Gladys’s husband Bill raises questions of their family life as he struggles to find work after the Navy, and for Beryl big changes at her bridal shop are afoot.

As the girls start to move on with their lives, they have never needed to stick together more…

Mr Selfridge meets Call the MidwifeThe Victory Girls is about the power of female friendship, about kindness and courage in family and community, and about hope and humour in hard times against the backdrop of a department store during WW2.

My thoughts:

I enjoy reading books set in this era and I’m not sure why I had missed out on reading the first five books in the series, something I now need to rectify.

However, it was easy to understand what had happened in the past and didn’t spoil my enjoyment of this book. I loved finding out how life changed (or didn’t) after the war in Europe ended for the staff of Marlows Department Store, their friends and family.

The book looks at how communities had to adapt after the war, to make more changes and to start to plan for their future. Lily, Gladys, Beryl and Dora were all facing challenges and needed to continue to be strong. I loved all the period details entwined with the relationship stories, in an era when my grandparents were becoming adults.

Thank you to Joanna Toye for sharing information at the end of her book about her inspiration for the series – I always love hearing about where ideas start. Happy to recommend this book.

Author Bio:

Joanna Toye joined the production team of THE ARCHERS after reading English at Cambridge University, and became a scriptwriter for the programme for over twenty years. She has also written a number of spin-off books about the long-running radio drama. On television, she has written for CROSSROADS, DOCTORS and EASTENDERS.

By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum of teenagers. Adopter of dogs.

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