Book: 'The Girls of Victory Street'
Author: Pam Howes
Rating: 3.5/5
Publication Date: 27th July 2020

“Oh, I know we’re ridiculously young and there’s a war looming and we don’t know what’s going to happen next, but yes, I really do love you. What about you? How do you feel about me?”-Bobby to Bella

Bella Rogers is a professional singer with optimistic views on the future. Her sister’s death brings her family and friends closer but the threat of war seems to weigh down. After being heartbroken by her first love, Bobby aka Robert, Bella decides to focus on her music career and gains recognition. She gets an opportunity to sing for the ENSA organization with her best friends, Fran, and Edie. She also meets Earl, a charming African-American who sings with her. Bella finally finds happiness, but will it last?

The entire setting of ‘The Girls of Victory Street’ was excellently developed, the book illustration too. This book felt thoughtful and well-researched. There was a lot of depth to the information the author provided considering how short the book is. The author did not shy away from any of the gritty details; financial struggle, the harsh reality of love... All the characters were so relatable and realistic. I could feel all the emotions the author conveyed through them. This story is written in the third person with different perspectives but mostly Bella’s. The author added tiny details that portrayed gender and racial discrimination, family struggles, and hospitality; the notions people had. 

“... nothing had been said and it wasn’t up to her to ask him, like nice girls just didn’t do that sort of thing.”

Some of the scenarios of performances of ‘Bryant sisters’ and the connection to Betty’s death were poignantly written. The friendships Bella had pulled her through her darkest times in life. In conclusion, ‘The Girls of Victory Street’ was a tear-jerking historical family saga. This book is recommended to all historical fiction genre readers and I specifically suggest it to people involved in music. I enjoyed ‘The Girls of Victory Street’ because it related to me, quite a lot. I’m interested in reading other books by 'Pam Howes’. ARC provided by NetGalley and Bookouture. Thank you. 

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