Advance Readers Copy · Australian Author · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2019

The Daughter of Victory Lights by Kerri Turner. (2020).

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The Daughter of Victory Lights by Kerri Turner. (2020).

**4.5 out of 5 stars**

**Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free advance reading copy of this novel; due to be published 20 January 2020**

It’s 1945 and Evelyn Bell is secretly dismayed to return to her rigid domestic life after the thrill and danger of volunteering in an all-female searchlight regiment. Then she comes across a secret night-time risqué show that takes place on the Victory boat, and ends up joining the crew. The performances get bigger as do the risks, while there are growing emotional complications. Then a tragic night occurs…
It’s 1963 and ten year old Lucy is an unloved and unwanted little girl. She is rescued by a mysterious stranger who knows her mother; the stranger takes her to an island where she is showered with kindness and love. But they still keep secrets from her about her mother…

Wow. I really enjoyed this author’s last book but I honestly feel like she has taken it to the next level with this one! A very interesting narrative that is broken into two parts, Evelyn (aka Evie) and Lucy. When I hit part two I was a bit disappointed because I got quite attached to Evie and didn’t want to leave her viewpoint but then I fell for little Evie. Can I just say that the show aboard the Victory sounded amazing?! The descriptions made me really want to actually see it (hello any TV/film people, make this into a media adaption please?)! I also really liked the spotlight this book shone on the women that took up jobs during the war only to be expected to just drop it after; I can only imagine the effect this would have had on a lot of women. Keep an eye out for Bee, what a fabulous character! Highly recommend this historical fiction novel to those that enjoy the genre, but also those readers looking for a tale that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming.

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