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A novel of love, courage, and danger unfolds as World War II’s brightest heroines - the best of friends - take on the front lines.
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.
The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey is EXTRAORDINARY! It is the type of book that envelopes you, takes you captive and holds on to your heart and soul long after you’ve read the final word. Healey boldly takes readers on an unforgettable journey with Fiona Denning and her two best friends, Viviana and Dottie, as they volunteer as Red Cross Clubmobile girls to serve overseas during WWII. The three have very different motivations. Fiona’s plan is to get to the Continent and discover her fiancé’s fate. Viviana just wants a to leave the ordinary and experience adventure. Dottie wants to be able to use her musical talents to bring cheer and hope to the guys on the front lines.
In reality, what they find are three women they never knew existed. Women who learned quickly, who had no time for pettiness, who learned to live with little and appreciate the smallest things, who learned to appreciate the skill sets of others, who were bonded together for life after all they endured together and women who looked death straight in the eye on more than one occasion and still didn’t crack under pressure.The three women do obtain their original goals. But, oh the LIVING that it took to obtain them!
The Beantown Girls is one of the most captivating books I’ve read in a long time. When I finished, I felt as though I had been on the Clubmobile with those girls! I had lived their story and it was exhausting but it was also exhilarating! I couldn’t help but think about all the characters in this book and reflect on the REAL heroes who fought for our freedom. They truly were The Greatest Generation. Where would we be without them?
I was provided an ARC of this book by Lake Union Publishers. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.