For my second post of the day I’m thrilled to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for V For Victory by Lissa Evans. Thank you to Anne Cater and Doubleday Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this fantastic book.
About the book:
It’s late 1944. Allied victory is on its way, but it’s ruddy well dragging its feet. Hitler’s rockets are slamming down on London with vicious regularity and it’s the coldest winter in living memory.
In a large house next to Hampstead Heath, Vera Sedge is just about scraping by, with a household of lodgers to feed, and her young ward Noel (almost fifteen) to clothe and educate. When she witnesses a road accident and finds herself in court, the effects are both unexpectedly marvellous, and potentially deadly, because Vee is not actually the person she’s pretending to be, and neither is Noel.
The end of the war won’t just mean peace, but discovery, and not in the way any of them could ever expect.
About the author:
Lissa Evans has written books for both adults and children, including Their Finest Hour and a Half, longlisted for the Orange (now Women’s) Prize, Small Change for Stuart, shortlisted for many awards including the Carnegie Medal and the Costa Book Awards and Crooked Heart, longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.
OLD BAGGAGE was a sell-out Waterstone’s Book of the Month; THEIR FINEST HOUR AND A HALF was adapted into a star-studded film with Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy.
V For Victory by Lissa Evans is a fabulously entertaining book that had me captivated from beginning to end. Although part of a series, I thought it read very well as a standalone and didn’t feel as though I was missing out on anything by reading this book first. Having said that, though, I enjoyed V For Victory so much I will definitely go back to the beginning and read the previous books in the series!
Set during World War 2 V For Victory is very much a character driven story, with the author bringing Vera Sedge and her young ward, Noel, vividly to life as we follow them on their journey through the horrors and hardships of war torn London. When Vee witnesses a road accident and finds herself in court, there are unexpected consequences due to the fact that neither Vee or Noel are actually the people they are pretending to be…
Life in the large house full of lodgers that Vee runs isn’t easy, with never a dull moment to be had. And her relationship with her young charge, Noel, is a delight, melting my heart as she does everything she can to keep him safe. With a cast of characters you can’t help but warm to, V For Victory is a book that I did not want to end. It’s a beautifully written story, filled with poignant moments that bring out all sorts of emotions, making you laugh one minute and then cry the next as you begin to lose your heart to these characters who very quickly become like real people to you.
V For Victory is a thoroughly entertaining tale that’s rich in atmosphere and history, with Lissa Evans writing so captivating that I can’t wait to go back to the beginning to see how Vee and Noel’s story started!
V For Victory by Lissa Evans is available to purchase now: Amazon UK
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