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Pam Howes comes an emotional and uplifting saga about the power of family and a
community trying to rebuild their lives after the terrible war that nearly
1956, Liverpool. With the shadow of the war looming over them and bomb craters littering the surrounding streets, hope feels far away for the residents of Victory Street. When they learn that the Queen has chosen to visit them on a tour of Liverpool, the delighted neighbors bring back the wartime spirit. Can they possibly get the street ready in time?
Even a royal visit cannot take away Bella Harrison’s worries. Her son, fourteen-year-old Levi, has just told her he wants to move to America to join the rest of his father’s family. The news has so shocked Bella that she’s not sure she’ll be able to sing for the Queen, jeopardizing all their plans for the big day.
Life has been hard for Levi, growing up as a mixed-race boy in Liverpool, but he’s the light of Bella’s life. The thought of losing him brings back the terrible memories of her father and sister dying during the war. If everyone pulls together to make the Queen’s visit an unforgettable celebration, perhaps she can persuade Levi that Victory Street is where he belongs.
But when Levi receives heartbreaking news from America and his move becomes uncertain, Bella starts to wonder if all her efforts to keep him in Liverpool have been for the right reasons. Can Bella find it in herself to sing for the big celebration, and make the right choice for her beloved son?
A totally unputdownable, heart-wrenching historical novel, packed with family secrets, perfect for fans of Dilly Court, Diney Costeloe and Nancy Revell.
Pam Howes is a retired interior designer, mum to three daughters, grandma to seven assorted grandchildren and roadie to her musician partner.
The inspiration for Pam’s first novel came from her teenage years, working in a record store, and hanging around with musicians who frequented the business. The first novel evolved into a series about a fictional band, The Raiders. She is a fan of sixties music and it’s this love that compelled her to begin writing.
A Royal Visit to Victory Street by Pam Howes is the fifth book in The Bryant Sisters series. I recommend reading this heartwarming series in order. It will allow you to get to know the characters and their stories. I enjoyed returning to Victory Street. We get to catch up with the characters. We follow Bella, Edie, Fran, and their extended families as they go about their daily tasks and adjust to postwar Liverpool. It took time for things to return to normal in England after the war. Some items were still being rationed in the latter half of the 1950s. I like how the author included the latest music groups and/or performers. Elvis Presley was making a name for himself, and teens wanted to imitate his look. Victory Street is chosen to receive a royal visit from Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Phillip. The Wavetree WI goes into action to make sure everything is perfect for the visit. Well, everyone except their leader who prefers to delegate. I like Pam Howes writing style. It is casual and friendly which makes the story easy to read. The characters are realistic and relatable. They continue to grow as the series progresses. I like that the characters are not perfect. They have flaws just like real people. We get to see them overcome challenges that are put in their way. There is nothing they cannot do as long as they have each other. The ending had me smiling. I was sorry when my visit to Victory Street came to an end. A Royal Visit to Victory Street is a heartfelt tale with unforeseen news, party planning, cleaning crews, pots of tea, a singing sensation, regal royals, a startling surprise, and a new venture.
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