Margo, Dottie, Lucy and Penelope become friends during the height of World War II. Each faces a private battle, though not all of them trust in God.

One is tormented by a guilt-ridden past; another harbors a life-changing secret. The other fights the temptations of loneliness, and the fourth battles bitterness and disillusionment. As they wait for news of loved ones in harm's way, the women start a Victory Club. Maybe if they pour themselves into helping others worse off than themselves, they can hold their fears at bay.

Emotionally wrenching characters and situations drench the pages of this story of bittersweet victory and hope in spite of human failure. Hatcher proves herself among the leading ladies of women's fiction. (Jun., 350 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson