The year is 1943 and World War 2 grips the world. With their loved ones away in far off countries fighting for freedom, four women decided to do something extra to help matters at home. So begins the Victory Club.
Lucy, Margo, Dottie, and Penelope come together to pray and seek ways to help those that are struggling during this time of war. But they too face struggles, ones they don't always openly share with each other.
Loneliness plagues Lucy as she waits on word from her husband, drawing her into a friendship that could destroy all she cherishes. Margo's hurt and bitterness from the past has built a shield of coldness and legalism around her, a shield that ultimately blocks God's unending mercy. Margo's daughter, Dottie, finds herself facing the consequences of temptation and sin. As Dottie finds God's forgiveness, her mother's shield of legalism blocks the love Dottie seeks as she awaits news from her boyfriend overseas. Bitterness consumes Penelope. When her younger sister sets off to war, Penelope selfishly desires to escape the mundane life before her.
Each woman deals with issues of fear and death as they eagerly await V-Mail from their loved ones on the battlefield. Months can go by without word from overseas, and sometimes when word does get through, it isn't what they would like to hear.
THE VICTORY CLUB tells the compelling story of these four women as they face issues of loneliness, temptation, sin, selfishness, and legalism. Through this heart-wrenching tale, we follow the women as they find mercy and trust in the one true God, and ultimately learn that God is in control.
The clever use of V-mail correspondence inserts, exchanged between those waiting at home and those in the throes of war, drew us into the emotions and struggles of each woman. Telegrams and snippets of newspaper reports also helped bring this story to life.
I read this book in two sittings, a very rare thing for me. Drawn into the era of 1943, with its high emotions and uncertainty, I found it difficult to put this book down once I started.
THE VICTORY CLUB is a story I won't soon forget.