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The Beantown Girls

The Beantown Girls

Written by Jane Healey

Narrated by Sarah Mollo-Christensen


The Beantown Girls

Written by Jane Healey

Narrated by Sarah Mollo-Christensen

ratings:
4.5/5 (197 ratings)
Length:
11 hours
Released:
Feb 5, 2019
ISBN:
9781721349203
Format:
Audiobook

Description

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.

Released:
Feb 5, 2019
ISBN:
9781721349203
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

JANE HEALEY studied writing in the MFA program at CUNY Brooklyn College. Her short fiction has been short-listed for the Bristol Short Story Prize, the Costa Short Story Award, and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. The Animals at Lockwood Manor is her debut novel. She lives in Edinburgh.



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  • (5/5)
    I needed something light , but good. Something that would take me away to another time. This book was exactly what I needed. I had been feeling a little depressed so I didn’t want something to intense, just enough to grab me and keep me. Thank you so much for this book. It was the perfect medicine
  • (5/5)
    I was not sure at first if this book was going to be for me but kept with it and I am so glad I did!!! The story of the war from the Red Cross Club Mobile girls side was just gorgeous!!! As this book grew on me, I could not stop listening!!
  • (5/5)
    This is one of my all time favorite books! I have read/listened to it a few times. So believe me when I say.. you need to treat yourself and read this book because it is so worth the read ❤️
  • (4/5)
    I was challenged to read a historical fiction book for the Month of January and this one had been sitting on my TBR pile for over a year. A wonderful step back in the past with Dottie, Vivian, and Fiona aboard the Red Cross Club Mobile Cheyenne. During WW2, these girls leave their homes in Boston in order to find answers to missing soldiers and do something to help with the war effort.

    Along the way, they meet characters like a farmers widow with 3 sons in the war, Liz Anderson their commander and even a few famous officers.

    Their lives are forever changed during their time on the front lines but they never lose sight of their purpose. I found myself crying as they described the devastation they witnessed and I cheered when they are reunited with the servicemen they met.

    All in all, I give this book a 4/5. I would love to
  • (4/5)
    There are lots of fiction books about WWII and sometimes it seems like they tell the same story with different characters. The Beantown Girls looked at the war from the perspective of women who were part of the Red Cross Clubmobile Girls. I have never read a book about this group of brave women who went to Europe during the war to help the morale of the soldiers by providing doughnuts, coffee, cigarettes and mostly a pretty American girl to talk to. This is a story about bravery during war time, friendship and love.Fiona, Dotty and Viviana were best friends in Boston. They decided to join the Red Cross group for different reasons but they joined together and were able to stay together. Fiona's fiance was missing in action and she wanted to try to find him, Viviana wanted more out of her life and Dotty went to be with her friends. They were chosen for their strength and their beauty but were soon faced with unexpected challenges from how to drive the truck to the process of making doughnuts. They encountered lots of problems but were able to help so many soldiers and make so many new friends that they all felt they had made the right decision. As the three friends begin to understand the real reasons they all came to the front, their courage and friendship will see them through some of the best and worst times of their lives.This was a wonderful well written and well-researched books based on a real women who joined the Red Cross and went to Europe during WWII. The book made me laugh and it made me cry and had three main characters who I won't soon forget.Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.
  • (5/5)
    Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Beantown Girls” by Jane Healey, Lake Union Publishing, February 5, 2019Jane Healey, Author of “The Beantown Girls” has written an intriguing, intense, heart-breaking, emotional, enthralling and captivating novel. The Genres are a marriage between Fiction and History of World War Two, and the role of the Red Cross Clubmobile Girls. Kudos to Jane Healey for the hours of research, interviews, and authentication of the time period and the Red Cross ClubMobile Girls. The author vividly captures through her amazing writing skills and descriptions the destruction of the War and morale of the soldiers, and the hard task and danger of the women from the Red Cross bringing some comfort, donuts, coffee and conversation.When Fionna Denning learns that are fiancee is missing when his plane is shot down in Germany, she is determined to find out what happened. Fiona and her two friends Viviana, and Dottie leave Boston and volunteer with the RedCross ClubMobile Girls, in Europe to bring comfort to the soldiers at the frontline of the war. The girls would make donuts, coffee, and have candy for the men. I don’t think I will ever think of a donut in the same way after reading this book. It was dangerous and difficult work.I appreciate that Jane Healey discusses the importance of sisterhood and friendship. I learned how courageous and brave these women were. Music, dancing, singing, and entertainment were important to cheer everyone up at this devastating time. Be warned, keep your Kleenex close at hand. This is also a story of love and hope. I would highly recommend this amazing novel to those readers who look forward to reading about World War Two. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.