Hello to Rosie Hendry. Today is publication day for Victory for the East End Angels, the last novel in the East End Angels series.
The war is almost over – and it’s up to the East End Angels to keep the home fires burning!
Frankie’s fiance, a doctor, is away looking after the troops in Europe – will he return safely home?
Winnie has a happy secret – but can she carry on at Station 75 when she’s going to have a baby?
Bella is intrigued by her new friend, a Polish airman.
As the war ends and victory is in sight, what next for the girls of Station 75?
Happy publication day, Rosie.
It is now 1944. The war is almost over but London and Station 75 are not out of danger yet.
Bella is still grieving over the loss of James but the promise of a new love means that she may finally be able to move on.
Frankie is worried about Alistair and what will happen to him once he heads back over to mainland Europe.
Winnie is in the same situation to Frankie. Mac is also due for deployment but something unexpected takes them both by surprise.
It was lovely to catch up with the inhabitants of Station 75. It’s like catching up with old friends. I found that I could identify with each of the four women (Bella, Franke, Winnie and Rose,) and I think that’s what makes them such wonderful, endearing characters.
Rosie is so good at pulling the reader into the setting. I could feel the atmosphere (good and bad.) At certain points in the story, I wanted to step into the pages and hang out with the characters for a while. The friendship these women share is the one everyone aspires to have.
The plot is paced out nicely. There are some truly heartbreaking moments. The author is not afraid to shy away from the not so comfortable moments of World War II, not that there were many comfortable moments, and the attacks on London. I have to admit, I had to fight the tears a little.
Although there are parts that are very sad, there is also a message of hope, endurance, love and promise and even though I knew that the war was going to be over by the end of the book, there are some twists and turns along the way. This can be read as a standalone if this is the one you wanted to start with but it’s even better to read them all in order.
I did really enjoy this series. I can’t believe that it’s now over (I am really hoping that we see these girls again at some point.) This series is perfect to binge on in the sun on the beach, in the garden… wherever. The one thing I recommend is wine or tea, and a packet of tissues. By the end of reading these novels, you might need them.
Rosie Hendry lives by the sea in Norfolk with her husband, two children, chickens and a snake. She’s worked in a variety of jobs from fruit picking, waitressing, teaching and as a research scientist but has always loving reading and writing. Starting off writing short stories for women’s magazines, her stories have gradually become longer as her children have grown bigger.
Listening to her father’s tales of life during the Second World War sparked Rosie’s interest in this period and she’s especially intrigued by how women’s lives changed during the war years. She loves researching further, searching out gems of real-life events which inspire her writing.
When she’s not working, Rosie enjoys walking along the beach, reading and is grateful for the fact that her husband is a much better cook than her.
For for information, visit www.rosiehendry.com
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