Victory for the East End Angels

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 25 Jul 2019

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Such a great ending to what has been a fabulous series!

As World War II enters it's final year, there are still bombs falling, wounded to be rescued, and loved ones overseas to fret about. Frankie worries about her fiance, and hopes that, as a doctor, he is still safe. Winnie, now wed to Mac, is afraid that he's in the path of more danger than ever, despite his pacifist views, whilst Bella still hasn't moved on since the death of James. However, their work continues as usual at Station 75; add in volunteering war work and queuing for food and their days are full - and even rewarding. They are all just wanting peace to be declared and their loved ones to be safe, but in the meantime there are the usual domestic troubles to deal with along the way.

This is a fitting end to what has been a remarkable series. Well researched and beautifully written, it portrays British life during wartime in a realistic manner showing the importance of friendship and teamwork. Life was hard, no doubt about it but everyone pulled together and supported each other in bleak times to get through. The characters all have troubles in their lives as well as the potential for wonderful futures and author Rosie Hendry spins a wonderful yarn, encompassing the happiness and misery of the war years. It's no secret that I love stories which are properly finished off, and this one leaves no stone unturned. Such fabulous reads! This is a wartime series to savour and enjoy, and the finale is absolutely worth a full five stars.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy and to Rachel's Random Resources for my spot in this tour. As always, all opinions are honest and entirely my own.
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I’ve been a huge fan of this author and this series so was delighted to have the chance to read this, the last book in the series. It’s another absolutely corker of a book but it was also quite a bittersweet read as I just didn’t want it to end.

This book describes the last few moments of the second world war but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s getting easier. The introduction of V1 and V2 bombs brought another level to the blitz as there was no warning that they were coming. The level of detail the author used to describe the bomb sites and the general atmosphere during the blitz was truly exceptional. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that describes the situation so well that the reader feels like they are actually there experiencing everything alongside the characters.

I felt incredibly sad that this series was ending and I had to say goodbye to the fabulous characters that I had grown incredibly fond of. The fact that they were also having to say goodbye to each other was heartbreaking and I found myself tearing up as I remembered everything they had been through together. I found myself hoping that they would remain friends and still see each other.

This was a very absorbing book and I soon felt drawn back into their lives. There is lots of interesting things going on which completely kept my attention. I so enjoyed following the characters as they went about their lives.

Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random resources for inviting me onto the blog tour and to the publishers for my copy of this book via Netgalley.
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An authentic and captivating wartime drama
This is the final book in the series 
This is a compelling and heartwarming tale of pure friendship, strength, courage and family dramas 
The characters are likeable and easy to relate to
I adored the emotion and history that was weaved through the pages
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I previously read a book in this series, Christmas With The East End Angels  ,and really enjoyed it, so I couldn’t wait to see what was in store for Frankie, Winnie and Bella this time.
The girls worked together throughout the blitz in the East End of London as ambulance workers.  Their work is heartbreaking yet so essential and it has meant that the girls now have a tight, unbreakable bond. The people of the East End have seen families destroyed and homes are gone forever. Many still yearn for loved ones to return, the women show incredible strength but also the losses really take there toll.
As I said in the previous book, Rosie Hendry has researched this time in history so well that you feel it could be a factual story. It is a pleasure to read about the friendship of the girls but also get a real insight into their lives separately too.
There are so many wonderful characters, especially the other stationhouse staff. If you like WWII sagas, you will love reading about the girls of Station 75 (London Auxiliary Ambulance Service). It is heartwarming, insightful and authentic. I feel sad that this lovely series had to come to an end.
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The girls of Station 75 are back with Victory for the East End Angels, another warm-hearted, engaging and wonderfully feel-good installment of Rosie Hendry’s fantastic wartime series.

Frankie, Winnie and Bella are three girls who work for the London Auxiliary Ambulance Service. Like everybody else, this war has seen the girls having to face all manner of challenges, trails and tribulations. The war has left its mark on all of them, but although they’ve known great sorrow, heartache and anguish, the friendship and support which they’ve given one another has seen them through the good times and bad. Difficulties have abounded during the war for the three girls, but with the end of the war in sight, could happiness finally be within reach? Or will the girls see the joy and contentment that they’ve waited for for so long be snatched away at the eleventh hour?

Frankie cannot wait until she can embrace her beloved doctor fiance again. Duty has called him away from her and Frankie is anxious to see him again and to start to build a life with the man which she loves with all of her heart. However, she cannot help but be torn apart by worry that she will never see the love of her life again. Will Frankie’s heart’s desire be fulfilled? Or is she destined for more sadness and disappointment? Winnie has a secret, but for once it is one that gladdens the heart and lifts the spirit. As a mother to be, Winnie simply cannot wait to hold her child in her arms, however, will having a baby mean having to give up the job she loves so much? On the other hand, Bella is intrigued by her new friend, a Polish airman who seems to be keeping something from her. Can Bella get to the bottom of her enigmatic new acquaintance and perhaps, look to the future as well?

With victory being so close the girls can almost taste it, what does the future hold for the East End Angels? Will they finally start living their lives without the dark clouds of war hovering over them? Or will there be a final twist of fate that scuppers and destroys all their hopes for the future?

It’s always a delight to catch up with the East End Angels and in the last installment of the series, Rosie Hendry has outdone herself and penned a winning saga that will have readers laughing and crying. Uplifting, emotional and beautifully told, Victory for the East End Angels is a gorgeous saga to lose oneself in that touches the heart and moves the soul.

Winnie, Frankie and Bella are on top form as always and as heart-wrenching as it is to say goodbye to them, readers will be cheering them on to get the happy ending they deserve.

A first class tale of friendship, loyalty and love, put the kettle on, find a comfy chair and fall in love again with the wonderful world Rosie Hendry creates in Victory for the East End Angels.
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Victory for the East End Angels is the final book in the East End Angels series by Rosie Hendry. It can be read as a standalone but I think you will appreciate the characters a lot more if you have read the other books first.

Bella, Winnie, and Frankie are the East End Angels. The series has followed their lives and loves during the second world war. 

The women work at Station 75 as ambulance drivers/attendants. The war is finally coming to an end and yet the danger is in some ways worse. With the introduction of the V1 and V2 rockets by the Germans, there is little or no warning of a strike and the disaster they cause is heartbreaking. Bella, Winnie and Frankie and the myriad of fabulous characters that work with them help to deal with the fall out despite the danger it puts themselves in. 

In this final instalment of the series, there are deaths, marriages, fun times and horrific times all of which had me running the gamut of emotions, including plenty of tears. Even when the war finally ended it was very bittersweet because the lives of the women would never be the same. They had to go their separate ways, but that special friendship forged working on the ambulances, that routine, spending every day together were over. Apart from that bit of sadness, I loved that the women were determined to stay in touch and that they all had a happy ending after all that they had endured.

I was very moved by this book knowing that despite the women being fictional, in reality, life was like that during the war. The descriptions of the bomb sites, the atmosphere in the bomb raid shelters, especially the underground stations were exceptional. This book ticked all the boxes for me and despite the tears, I appreciated every part of this story and the series. I absolutely recommend it.  There was a note at the end of the story saying that we might just hear more about Bella, Winnie and Frankie in the new series in the works so that leaves me with a smile on my face.
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Today I am sharing my review for Victory for the East End Angels by Rosie Hendry, which has just been released and is the last book in the East End Angels series. I read this as a standalone book and really enjoyed the brilliant characters and the glimpse into how life was for the ladies driving the ambulances during World War 2.

I love historical fiction and really enjoyed the insight during this story as to what the women at home endured whilst their men were away fighting. I instantly loved Winnie and the friendship she had with Frankie & Bella, which was so important to help them remain strong and still look for the good things in life. The final instalment is the girls starting to consider how their lives are going to change once the war is over and contemplate if they can go back to their previous lives before they were thrown into turmoil. 

I loved this story and feel invested in the characters and want to know what these brilliant ladies go on to do and achieve now the war is over. I can't wait to see what Rosie Hendry writes next as this book was brilliant!
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A wonderful English saga love this group of women each with their own story own life’s drama.I was totally caught up in the drama.A book that I hated to see end.#netgalley #littlebrownuk
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This is book #4 of the East End Angels series.  It can be read as a standalone, but for continuity of the story I would recommend the series be read in order.  We are back with the East End Angels, Winnie, Bella and Frankie, who are the workers of Station 75’s ambulance crew.  The end of the war is near but although the dangers of the bombs still remain the girls can also see peace in all their futures.  I loved the relationship that these characters have, they have been with each other through all the harrowing times of early war and the Blitz, working well with each other, yet most of all they are best friends.

This story will bring tears to your eyes with the tales of loved ones still abroad fighting, the hardships of war and the loss of lives through the endless bombing raids.  It will however also bring joy in your heart with the camaraderie of the women left back at home, the dance hall days and the support and friendship of not just the main characters, but of the majority of women in London during this time.

The author takes you on a journey through time putting you in the heart of the East End.  You can hear the doodlebugs and feel the heat from the fires following the bombing raids.  Historically factual, it is obvious the author has done a huge amount of research for this book and it feels like you were reading true life stories from the women who were actually there.  Being the last book of the series, the author has also tied up all the loose ends and given a satisfying ending to the Angels stories just as war is finally coming to an end.

A great book and series, showing what lives of the women left behind in the war were really like.  Full of heartache, loss and tragedy, there is also equal amounts of love, families and most of all, friendships.  A story which makes you realise how the women of the East End suffered, and yet with the support of their friends and loved ones they came through the war stronger than before.  I’m sad that this series has ended, but happy that we was introduced to the women of Station 75’s ambulance crew – the East End Angels.  A fitting tribute to all the female ambulance workers during the war.  Would definitely recommend!
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The war is not quite over yet for the East End Angels so there is lots of drama and problems for all the girls to resolve. It was fascinating to discover how life pans out for them all - perhaps not the way that they would necessarily have envisioned but as the war draws to a close, they all have to think about the next path they will take. I don't want to say any more and spoil it so you'll just have to read to the end. A lovely conclusion to the series, full of warmth and camaraderie that captures the real East End atmosphere.
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As per usual, I'm late to the party having jumped into this war-time series with the final book! Nonetheless, this was still such a great read, the author made it very easy to follow. I only wish I'd got involved sooner to experience the lives of Winnie, Frankie and Bella from the very beginning. I may just have to go back to the start just to satisfy my own curiosity.

It's clear, as I meet these ladies for the first time, that they have formed an incredible bond, having faced many challenges together through their work at ambulance station 75. As peace beckons, there is - naturally - concern for their loved ones who are serving overseas; yet, there is also time to consider their future when the war finally ends. 

Together, these young women have overcome the blitz, only for another wave of even greater terror to hit London in the form of the doodlebugs and the V2 rockets. And while they continue to help others, their own personal stories are told. These tales enrich the book since they reflect the very human aspect of real life, whether there's a war going on or not. Clearly, their lives are in danger, their loved ones abroad are in constant peril, yet life has to go on. 

Frankie still has to put up with her odious step-grandmother, Ivy, and never stops thinking of the day when evacuated Stanley can return home. Winnie continues to ignore her own parents - and for good reason - and bears a secret that she worries will force her to give up her job at the station. And Bella's writing goes from strength to strength as she builds barrier to prevent being hurt again. For Rose, a later addition to the group (or so I gather), the search for her family carries on, but news is thin on the ground while she hopes for the best but fears the worst. 

Meanwhile, back at station 75, there are a myriad of wonderful characters: the strict - yet understanding - Station Officer Violet Steele; Sparky, the news junkie and the wonderful Mrs Connelly who serves up such fantastic meals to the appreciate crew. 

It'd be remiss of me not to mention Trixie, Winnie's little pooch, who travels in the ambulance with her and who has been as much a member of the team as her human counterparts. 

This is a heartwarming story, with the perfect mixture of joy and sadness, yet it is never without hope. I loved how at the end, each of their lives - despite having changed so dramatically - had been enriched by their experience. It was good to see Winnie telling her overbearing mother that she would make her own decisions about the birth of her child. For Frankie and her husband to go on to further help others who had lost everything was a lovely touch, and so very typical of them both. To see Bella get swept off her feet by her Polish airman and embrace love again was the best Happy Ever After we as readers could wish for her. 

Rosie Hendry has created a fabulous WWII saga, with friendship and love at its core. Despite conflicts on the home front with errant family members, and conflicts caused by the war itself, these ladies showed the true spirit of the blitz - they weren't always calm, but they certainly carried on with their job, with their lives and with their commitment to each other.
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This was my first introduction to the work of Rosie Henry.  Even though Victory for the East End Angels is Book Four in the series the author managed to captivate me with her characters and I was fascinated with how the social dynamics had changed in wartime with many women taking on the roles that were formerly destined for men.  Although the book can be read as a standalone, as I have proved, there were moments that I wished I knew the history more of the characters and storyline so I would whole-heartedly recommend reading all the books in the series in order to get the full enjoyment and overall reading experience.  The books in the series are:
East End Angels
Secrets of the East End Angels
Christmas with the East End Angels
Victory for the East End Angels
Winnie, Rose, Frankie and Bella are four friends that for the last few years have been working as ambulance crew for the London Auxiliary Ambulance Service - Station 75 in the heart of London.  During their time they have experience many traumatic scenes first-hand but the valiant work that these brave men and women volunteers do has unfortunately been a necessity of war.
Victory for the East End Angels is a story of friendship and love.  It's also a story of survival in a world of uncertainty.  There's a real sense of camaraderie during wartime periods and you can appreciate and acknowledge that the 'make do and mend' and 'keep calm and carry on' attitudes helped tremendously and are a perspective in life that we need to remember and replicate.
Rosie Hendry has written a wonderful family saga set in WWII, there were some highs and lows of life during conflict and our hearts were battered with the separations of our loved ones but the warmth spread within the community helped those in need at the time.  I felt a gentleness with the authors writing but I was conscious of the authentic atmosphere of the times.  A lovely heart-warming, honest and tender read.
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Based on real events, where women had to step up during times of war and take on nontraditional jobs, and food and other supplies were rationed, the East End Angels are a group of ambulance staff, who do their part to support additional aspects of the war effort. They are loyal and brave, and have to overcome their own fears and put personal relationships on hold while the unknown threatens daily. If you have read one or more of the previous books in this series you will already be fans of the author's writing and the characters as we watch friendships grow closer than those of blood relatives.
The women face danger both on and off the job as they share real fears and raw emotions. From missing family members to loved ones deployed to unknown locations, and not heard from for months, to happier times including a wedding dress that is refitted to several brides, and a sweet dog who is part of this growing family, and a baby who grows into a delightful toddler whose love fills the heats of those who were there at her birth, and declaration that war is over, even though that does not mean all the work is done, this is a series to get lost in. If you were not a history fan before, your interest will be piqued. I am sure your eyes will also be opened.

It is always sad when a book is designated as the final installment. This author has given us not only a satisfying ending but the potential for running into these dear friends again somewhere in time.
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I like this type of historical fiction and I liked this book.
It's well written, engrossing, and full of emotions.
The cast of characters is fleshed out and you cannot help rooting for them. I love how the plot mixes historical facts with the fictional life of the characters.
I look forward to reading other books by this author.
Recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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“To always being friends, no matter where we are or what we do.”

Winnie, Frankie, and Bella’s journey as East End Angels ends in this fourth book of the East End Angels series. Their time together began in 1939. Together, they faced many challenges through the years as part of an ambulance station crew as the bombs rained down in London. What happens to them as the end of World War II finally nears? The long-awaited peace brings joy, and also changes.

Author Rosie Hendry has once again given us a sweet and intimate picture of these young women who chose to volunteer and serve their country. I enjoyed reading about their everyday lives, as they dealt with family, relationships shattered by the war, and food shortages. The girls shared happy times at the cinema or dance halls, and they also supported each other during heroic moments as they faced the danger of bombs, “doodlebugs” and V2 rockets.

There are many other wonderful and familiar characters in this book, Station Officer Violet Steele, Rose, Sparky, Mrs. Connelly the stationhouse cook, and of course, the little dog Trixie. The author does a wonderful job of writing short chapters that deftly flow from one character to another. We worry with the girls when they receive bad news and we rejoice when they share happy moments, such as at weddings or celebrating a New Year that will hopefully ring in peace.

We learn that the war had brought horrible moments, but good had come to the Angels, too. One of the best things to happen at Station 75 was the mixing of society as varied people came to work together, from East End factory girls to debutantes. Everyone had to learn to work together. And now Winnie, Frankie and Bella grew up and must decide what to do next as a new era begins. 

I enjoyed this series. I loved that the author fixed a spotlight on an interesting and unsung part of the war. My only small quibble with book 4 is that except for Poland, very little mention is given to the other Allies who fought to free Fortress Europe. 

Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK and Sphere publishing for an ARC. This is my honest review.
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From the first book to the last in this series i have loved meeting Frankie,Bella,Winnie,Connie and Rose along with their families and friends and of course Officer Steele their boss.As the years pass station 75 still do an excellent job on all their call-outs some harder than others but the crews always give a first rate care to those they help.As time passes Winnie and Mac are now married and so happy,Frankie is worried about her fiance who is in europe tending those injured as she hasn't heard from him in a while.Winnie recieves some news that could put an end to her job but decides to keep it secret for as long as she can.Rose is still so worried about her family and after seeing a news reel she is so shocked and deeply concerned for their survival.I have to say that Rosie Hendry has given us such lovely stories about the girls during the war and i have loved them all and i am so glad that the girls have come through with a few scars but their friendships will last for ever.Worthy of more than 5* in my book.The last in the series is EXCELLENT.
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I really enjoyed this book.  I adored the story line and loved the main characters.  I read this book in one sitting and would highly recommend this book.
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