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Historical Fiction | Victory for the Shipyard Girls | Nancy Revell

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We’re delighted to be taking part in the tour sharing Alice-Jane’s thoughts for Victory for the Shipyard Girls by Nancy Revell, the fifth book in the Shipyard Girls series.

The series is inspired by Nancy Revell’s own close family links to the Sunderland shipyards and her campaign to get the brave women who worked there during WWII recognised for their service.

Victory for the Shipyard Girls Nancy Revell

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (6 Sept. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1787460223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1787460225

Sunderland, 1942

With the war showing no sign of abating, Helen is thriving in her role as shipyard manager. But at home the return of her father brings a shocking discovery that tears her family apart.

Gloria is shouldering the burden of a terrible secret. If the truth comes out there could be dire consequences, and it will take all her resolve to resist the pressure around her.

Meanwhile Rosie is throwing herself into her work, taking on as many shifts as she can. Anything to keep her mind off the fact that she hasn’t heard from her sweetheart in months…

With life in the shipyards tougher than ever, will the strength of their friendship see them through to victory?

Available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.




A thoroughly enjoyable read! ‘Victory for the Shipyard Girls,’ is an enticing book, focusing on the struggles of war time and the emotional and physical turmoil of the era.

Nancy Revell writes with a flowing style making it easy to pick and up and put down when life interrupts, but also makes sure you are completely absorbed into the story.

Although World War Two is the main theme of the book, Nancy Revell encompasses family issues of relationships, children and illegitimacy that can be relevant to all times and generations. For the main characters such as Isabelle and Helen, the issues of fathers plays an immense role- reminding us that this can shape who we are and how we see ourselves.

The love and strength of community that the women have for one another and their loved ones overseas, is inspiring and extremely admirable. Though as always throughout the book, we are reminded that it is the trials of life and relationships are still consistent, no matter whether there is a war on or not.

I cannot wait to read some more of the ‘Shipyard Girls’ series!

Alice-Jane guest reviewer on Jera's Jamboree

Nancy RevellNancy Revell is the pen name of writer and journalist Amanda Revell Walton, who has worked for the national press for the past 25 years, providing them with hard-hitting news stories and in-depth features. She has also worked for just about every woman’s magazine, writing amazing and inspirational true life stories.

When she first started writing The Shipyard Girls series, Nancy relocated back to her hometown of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, along with her husband, Paul, and their English Bull Mastiff, Rosie. They now live just a short walk away from the beautiful award-winning beaches of Roker and Seaburn, within a mile of where the books are set.

Connect with Nancy Revell

Twitter @arevellwalton

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