Historical Fiction

Book Review – The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey

Goodreads Synopsis:

1944: Fiona Denning has her entire future planned out. She’ll work in city hall, marry her fiancé when he returns from the war, and settle down in the Boston suburbs. But when her fiancé is reported missing after being shot down in Germany, Fiona’s long-held plans are shattered.

Determined to learn her fiancé’s fate, Fiona leaves Boston to volunteer overseas as a Red Cross Clubmobile girl, recruiting her two best friends to come along. There’s the outspoken Viviana, who is more than happy to quit her secretarial job for a taste of adventure. Then there’s Dottie, a shy music teacher whose melodious talents are sure to bring heart and hope to the boys on the front lines.

Chosen for their inner strength and outer charm, the trio isn’t prepared for the daunting challenges of war. But through it all come new friendships and romances, unforeseen dangers, and unexpected dreams. As the three friends begin to understand the real reasons they all came to the front, their courage and camaraderie will see them through some of the best and worst times of their lives.

My Opinion:

Oh my stars I love this book!

I have a weakness for WWII novels. There are times when I feel that there is nothing new, in this time period, that I have not read. Then a book like this comes along shedding light on something that I had not heard of – the Red Cross Clubmobile girls.

Fiona, Dottie, and Viv, dubbed The Beantown Girls, join the Red Cross Clubmobile girls during WWII. They travel daily giving troops a little comfort from home through coffee, donuts, music, and reminding them that their family and friends back home love and miss them.

This is a story of friendship, determination, and courage. Jane Healey used humor from time to time while never forgetting that there is a war going on and countess lives were being lost. There was romance, heart-break, and many intense moments for all these characters. They all experienced tremendous growth and self-discoverey while putting their lives at risk in order to bring joy to others.

I didn’t want this story to end, it stole my heart! I couldn’t believe how attached I got to these three characters and even many of the other characters that they forged friendships with along the way.

*Thank you NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing, and Jane Healey for the opportunity to read and review this book for my honest opinion.

Book Details:

My Rating: 5/5
Genre: Historical Fiction
Series: None
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: 2/5/2019
Pages: 361 (eBook)

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