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The Daughter of Victory Lights

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  165 ratings  ·  79 reviews
An enthralling story of one woman's determined grab for freedom after WW2 from a talented new Australian voice.



1945: After the thrill and danger of volunteering in an all-female searchlight regiment protecting Londoners from Ger
ebook, 384 pages
Published February 1st 2020 by HQ Fiction (first published January 20th 2020)
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Kylie D
After spending the war years as a searchlight operator in an all-female crew, Evelyn Bell finds the post war years dull. Her sisters want her to find a husband and be a perfect wife, but to Evelyn being cooped up in an unfulfilling life is just not for her, and she longs for escape. Enter the Victory, a boat that offers risque shows to any who want to come and watch. Evelyn soon becomes part of the rag tag crew, and adventure awaits.

Years later an unwanted and unloved young girl is taken from he
Evelyn Bell was part of the all-female searchlight regiment – the Auxiliary Territorial Service - where they spotted the enemy bombers, allowing the British planes to take them out; keeping their fellow Londoners as safe as they could. Evelyn was passionate about her job; fascinated in the different and varying brightnesses of the searchlights she controlled and after four years, in 1945, was exhilarated along with the rest of London at the ending of war, but also slightly sad to be going back t ...more
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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A catchy title and an attractive cover brought this book to my attention. I do not usually choose my books by their covers but in this case it certainly contributed.

Luckily the contents were as good as the wrapping. The story begins during WW2 and follows the experiences of a young woman called Evelyn whose role in the war effort was to operate the flash lights which were used to illuminate planes flying over England. When the war finishes she is unable to settle back to normal life and she joi
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
So Kerri Turner you have a new fan! The Daughter of Victory Lights is a beautiful historical fiction story and I loved it ❤️ When I started reading this I was immediately transported back in time to WW2 London. I really did feel like I was there with the wonderful descriptions of the time.

I loved the main character Evelyn Bell. She is a very smart woman before her time and never satisfied with what is considered the appropriate thing to do. She speaks her mind and goes looking for a challenge.
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

**4.5 stars**

The Daughter of Victory Lights by Kerri Turner. (2020).

**Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free advance reading copy of this novel; due to be published 20 January 2020**

It's 1945 and Evelyn Bell is secretly dismayed to return to her rigid domestic life after the thrill and danger of volunteering in an all-female searchlight regiment. Then she comes across a secret night-time risqué show that takes place on
Gloria Arthur
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Daughter of Victory Lights by Kerri Turner

A intriguing historical mystery story.

Part 1
Daughter of Victory Lights takes you to London during World War II where Evelyn Bell is volunteering as part of the 93rd Searchlight Regiment sisters and their lights. These women are using the searchlights to protect Londoners from the German bombers in the sky at night. It’s dangerous yet thrilling work for Evelyn who is passionate about it despite protests from her sister Cynthia.

After the war Evelyn is
Look at the gorgeous cover 😍 and I've always been a sucker for a WWII story plus it is written by an Australian woman writer... Sold! And it was sooo worth it!

"That's the one thing about humanity you can always rely on: we'll forever judge the secrets and faults of others while desperately trying to make sure our own stay hidden."

The Daughter of Victory Lights opens with the one tragic incident that leaves a lifetime worth of scars on many.  Then, we are taken back in time... to the past decade
Veronica ⭐️
Told in two parts, Turner weaves a tragic and heartfelt story. She first brings the reader right into the midst of the war when Evelyn Bell, wishing to do her part for the war effort, signs up to an all-female search light regiment, a job that needs precision and nerves of steel as the lights search out enemy planes. The story moves on to post war dramas of PTSD, disconnection and unemployment. After the war Evelyn feels she could never settle for a life
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
The Daughter of Victory Lights is a captivating historical fiction novel from Kerri Turner.

When World War II ends, Evelyn Bell is reluctant to return to civilian life having served in the country’s only all- female searchlight regiment protecting London from German bombers. A chance encounter at a fair introduces her to Victory, a unique floating cabaret show, and she accepts the owner’s invitation to join them to work with the performance lights, despite the vehement protests of her family.
Renee Hermansen
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kerri Turner has excelled with this book. It will not be the last book I read of hers.

This book had me at the gorgeous cover and I had heard many great things about it. It was better than I imagined.I could not put this down. It made me smile and also had tears in my eyes as it was so emotionally moving.

Evelyn had a tough time at home with her two sisters who treated her with such disdain for being unmarried and then choosing to volunteer in an all female searchlight regiment during the war. Whe
Kerri Turner
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I hope you all love reading about these characters and their story as much as I loved writing it.
Escape into a Booksite
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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*3.5 - 4 Stars*

ARC kindly received from Harlequin Australia in exchange for an honest review.

This was an interesting historical fiction, set in the time of WWII, and back when women were still only just learning to stand up for what they wanted to say and do with their lives, rather than what society told them they should.

The heroine Evie, is a complex character in away, but I suppose she is also quite simple. She's just trying to find her place in the world after the war. A war which helped
Jeanette Lewis
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kerri Turner

This is a fabulous read. A little historical background, struggle and discrimination, jealousy and abandonedment, valued friendship and a happy ending. 

{The contribution of the women of the searchlight teams of WW2 has been given a well deserved acknowledgement with the author broadening this aspect into the plot of the book bringing this experience for the main female character, Evelyn (Evie) into her after war life. 

Flynn, Evie's love interest on the V
Lauren Chater
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it.
Maya Linnell
Jun 03, 2020 added it
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I've just closed the back cover of this gorgeous book and I was very sad to say goodbye to the characters. Kerri Turner has again done a fabulous job of weaving so many pieces of history together. Until I picked up Kerri's novel, I had never heard of the wartime Graves Registry effort (though in retrospect of course there had to be something similar), nor had I heard of the women who manned the huge lights to illuminate enemy aircraft so they could be more accurately targeted. Their important ro ...more
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

‘All she could do was be there with her light, a beacon for people who needed it.’

Australian author Kerri Turner proves she is force to be reckoned within the historical fiction genre, with the release of her powerful second novel. The Daughter of Victory Lights is a rich and vibrant story, comprising of a double narrative. Kerri Turner’s latest charts the lives of an enterprising mother and her daughter, ten years later. A story of passion, love, friendshi
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Daughter of Victory Lights is a wonderfully feminist exploration of life after the Second World War, and the path independent women blazed. With a plot that cracks along, combined with excellent character development and emotional richness, this is the perfect novel to pull you out of a reading slump. It also includes Turner's trademark link to the theatrical, which will always be a winner for me. Readers should note triggers, including reasonably graphic descriptions of bodies on battlefiel ...more
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a compelling and poignant read that had me turning the pages, it starts off with part one during World War 2 England and then part two England 1963, such a moving story about people and what they do during and after the war, how their lives change and looks into their feelings, I thoroughly enjoyed this one, it is emotional so some tissues will be needed.

Evelyn Bell is living with her married sister during the war and volunteers to do her bit against her sisters wishes she ends up worki
Leanne Lovegrove
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
During the war, Evelyn Bell signed up to be part of an all-female search light regiment to protect London from German bombers. Post war she’s expected to return to her usual, and expected domestic life, but she cannot bear the thought. Serendipity saves her and she’s invited to use the skills she learned during the war and embark upon The Victory, a show on water with it’s interesting and risqué performers and crew. She gains her freedom and lives an unconventional life but a good one and she’s ...more
Brooklyn Tayla
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Easily one of the best historical fiction novels that I've read :) full review to come soon & thank you Harlequin Australia/HarperCollins Australia for sending me an ARC of this beautiful book :) ...more
Ike Levick
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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October 2019, book 29:
What I thought would be quite a light and romantic story turned out to be a bit of an emotional rollercoaster - in a good way. I truly cared for the characters, even worried about one overnight, thanks to Kerri’s excellent characterisation. Without giving away spoilers, I loved Bee the most. Slightly broken, she’s a vivacious rough diamond who is fiercely loyal to those she loves. I loved how she follows her heart, even when it gets her into trouble. This story is very wel
Chapter Ichi
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you @harlequinaus and Kerri Turner for sending me a proof copy of The Daughter of Victory Lights in exchange for my honest review.

The Daughter of Victory Lights is a unique view of post war experience from very different perspectives. Flynn, who has witnessed the horrors of war, having to retrieve and identify bodies, must live his life with these horrific images. Evelyn feels disconnected from her life in London upon her return from volunteering in the women's searchlight regiment.

Flynn a
Anna Loder
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved it. Not at all the story I was expecting. It was so much more!! Not just about women’s rights, PTSD, world war 2, adventure, family, dreams and was fantastic. The characters were all so believable and so well done. I thought I was a Kerri Turner fan with the Last Days; now I know it!!!
This was slightly slow to pull me in, but once it did I was hooked. I really enjoyed both timelines, but Lucy’s timeline pulled at my heartstrings. I thought Evie was exceptionally brave to go with her heart and do what made her happy despite her families complete lack of support or understanding. Her older sister was a truly horrible person to Evie. Learning about the Graves regiment, which I’ve only heard of once or twice, was eye opening and heartbreaking, what a traumatic job to have. I thor ...more
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

This was really well written and I thought Evie was an incredibly relatable heroine. As for Flynn - well, it took a while for me to warm to him but the more you learned about why his POV was so restrained the more I appreciated it. I also enjoyed learning more about aspects of World War II I didn’t know much about - it was really clear that the author had done her research on anti-aircraft searchlights.

I do wish the two halves had been a bit more balanced - Lucy’s story was well writt
★★★★★ 4.5 stars rounded up

An historical fiction novel with a difference, THE DAUGHTER OF VICTORY LIGHTS by Australian author Kerri Turner is not at all the kind of story I was expecting. Taking us on a journey through WW2 and the post war era, we are given a completely different perspective of a very different tale that is both shocking and exciting for its time.

Evelyn Bell spends the war years as a trained searchlight operator of an all-female crew for the Auxilliary Territory Service, where th
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Daughter of Victory Lights was a book I found myself getting completely lost in. From the first page I just wanted to keep reading. This story was so full of heart, the characters so lively and colourful. An unexpected turn left me shocked and almost disappointed, but the story evolved so graciously I found it anything but disappointing. I felt this was a story about freedom, and belonging in a world where it wasn't acceptable to stand out. It was a real celebration of life and passion and t ...more
Claudine Tinellis
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant! A unique and heartbreaking tale. I didn’t want it to end. Loved chatting with the super talented Kerri Turner about this book: her inspiration, research, writing process and much more.

See link to my podcast chat with Kerri below:
Karen Brooks
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Daughter of Victory Lights by Kerri Turner

This second book by Kerri Turner, Daughter of Victory Lights (her first was The Last Days of the Romanov Dancers), is an exquisite, heart-aching tale of love, loss, rejection and connection all set against the backdrop of firstly, London during the Blitz and, later, the post war years and early sixties.
Evelyn Bell is a young woman who rejects the roles and path society and her times insist upon for her. Determined to carve her own future and contribute t
Bree T
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another WWII and post-WWII book but this one is also from a perspective that is entirely new to me. Evelyn is unmarried at the beginning of the war and she feels a need to help, to be involved on a level of making a real difference and so she tries out for and is accepted into an all-female searchlight regiment. It’s their job to guide planes home, some of which may be damaged and also spotlight enemy planes so that the gunners might take them out before they can drop their bombs on London. The ...more
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Author of The Last Days of the Romanov Dancers (2019) and The Daughter of Victory Lights (2020).

​In 2017 I signed with literary agent Haylee Nash of The Nash Agency. In prior years, my short stories have been published by Reflex Fiction, Boolarong Press, Catchfire Press, Stringybark, Underground Writers, and as part of the Dangerous Women Project.

My author influences include (but are not limited t

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