*BLOG TOUR* Victory Bells for the Harper Girls by Rosie Clarke

Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of Victory Bells for the Harpers Girls by Rosie Clarke.

Can the Harpers Girls look forward to some happy times as a new dawn rises over London?

Sally Harper is busy juggling running London’s Oxford Street Store Harpers and looking after her beautiful new-born daughter, whilst husband Ben is overseas on another dangerous mission, this time to rescue a friend in need.

Young Becky Stockbridge finds herself in a difficult situation which could bring shame to her and her family. Will Becky, with the help of her friends find her happy ever after and keep her secret?

Marion Jackson is blessed with a son as she eagerly awaits the return of her husband Reggie. But all is not right when Reggie returns. Is Marion strong enough to save her family from yet another crisis?

As the war clouds retreat and the victory bells ring, tears and joy mingle with those of sadness as the world counts the true toll of war and celebrates peace.

Victory Bells for the Harpers Girls is the sixth book in the Welcome to Harpers Emporium series, and is set towards the end of World War One. Rosie Clarke knows how to write wartime fiction, so I knew I’d be in for a treat! Sally Harper, Becky Stockbridge and Marion Jackson are the main characters of our story, all of whom have men fighting in the Great War. With the war finally coming to a close and all families rocked by its effects, these women from Harpers Emporium lean on each other for support as they learn to live with the aftermath of such a devastating time in history. Sally Harper runs Harpers Emporium alongside her husband Ben. With Ben being required to carry out important war work, Sally finds herself caring for her newborn daughter, supporting her friends whilst also seeking stock to ensure Harpers Emporium can continue on as the successful store it is known to be, despite the war causing significant issues. With Harpers Emporium being such a lifeline for so many people, she knows how important it is to ensure it’s future beyond the war.

Victory Bells for the Harpers Girls is yet another excellent example of Rosie Clarke’s ability to create wonderful female friendships during times of hardship. I love her Mulberry Lane series, and the Welcome to Harpers Emporium series is no different. The love and support these women have for each other is admirable, and it really highlights how women together were able to keep the country running in the absence of their beloved men who were away for fighting for their freedom. It also really highlights the strength of these women as they fought for their families as their men began to return home, or in the worst cases, never returned home.

I am more than happy to recommend this novel to you all. It is a lovely example of historical fiction, and really shows womens efforts both during and after the war.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thank you to Rosie Clarke and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour, and for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

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Rosie Clarke is a #1 bestselling saga writer whose most recent books include The Shop Girls of Harpers and The Mulberry Lane series. She has written over 100 novels under different pseudonyms and is a RNA Award winner. She lives in Cambridgeshire.

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