I've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Victory Girls onto my Kindle. I have loved the other books in Helen Carey's Lavender Road series and am delighted to say that this book is once again an amazing read. It has all the elements of the other books, wonderful characters, a gripping story line and great wartime detail. But it also has something else, a real sense of women rising to the occasion, showing courage and resilience in difficult and dangerous circumstances which I found both exciting and uplifting. There are lots of humorous touches too, and funny moments. I laughed, cried and once again I found I just couldn't stop reading. I devoured Victory Girls in one long night! Helen Carey really is a wonderful writer. The whole Lavender Road series is a tour de force.
I I have just finished the final book in the Lavender Road series,and silly though it may sound I felt quite sad as though I was saying goodbye to really close friends. Helen has an amazing ability to make fictional characters appear as real people,and I am sure she could write about them into their old age and still we would want more. Her research is so good it brings authenticity to the characters which in a small way I can relate to as I was a child of the war and went through the 3 night blitz on Swansea.My parents took in a few folk who trecked from Swansea to Mumbles out of the bombing,and those folk spoke as Helens characters and they were real,full of courage and the stiff upper lip of the British. These books are a series I know I will read every year and still be touched by the stories and their honesty.. Thsnk you Helen.
I thoroughly enjoyed the six Lavender Road novels and they kept me engrossed for many happy hours. I have re-read the all more than once Helen's research is impeccable particularly that relating to the activities of SOE In France. All the characters we finely drawn and it was interesting to follow them on their various journeys. The books made me realise how lucky we are and how much we owe to the bravery of men and women between 1939 - 1945.
Helen is a brilliant writer and I look forward very much indeed to her next book. I like many other people who have left reviews would love there to be a sequel to the six books. It would be interesting to find out what happened to everyone in the aftermath of war and the period of austerity that followed it. Did Helen and Andre move to France. What about Molly's ambition to become a doctor and did George get into a better school?
I thoroughly enjoyed the much anticipated last in the series and it more than lived up to expectations. The interwoven lives of all the characters are so cleverly drawn and the story lines are really gripping right up to the final pages. The girls' lives are embedded in fascinating historical detail and I almost felt I was a Lavender Road resident watching events unfold. I am now planning to start reading the whole series over again!
Yet again another wonderful book in the series. I have read all the issues so far and really enjoyed each one, they are all really good, with great follow on stories. I highly recommend this book and all the others in the series.
I am so sad that I have finished the final book of the people in Lavender Road. From the first one I was immersed into the goings on and could not wait to get to the next. Thank you so much for writing this absorbing series.
I have read everyone of the Lavender road series. I so enjoy following family life set in this time period. It makes me realise how lucky we are. I have loved laughed and cried with the characters in these books and was sad when the story ended. I would love to know what happens to them all.