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The Beantown Girls

The Beantown Girls

Escrito por Jane Healey

Narrado por Sarah Mollo-Christensen


The Beantown Girls

Escrito por Jane Healey

Narrado por Sarah Mollo-Christensen

valoraciones:
4.5/5 (178 valoraciones)
Longitud:
11 horas
Publicado:
Feb 5, 2019
ISBN:
9781721349203
Formato:
Audiolibro

Descripción

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.

Publicado:
Feb 5, 2019
ISBN:
9781721349203
Formato:
Audiolibro


Sobre el autor

Jane Healey studied English Literature at Warwick University. She has been shortlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize 2013, the Costa Short Story Award 2014, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2016 and the Penguin Random House WriteNow mentoring programme 2017. The Animals at Lockwood Manor is her first novel. She lives in Edinburgh.

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  • (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.
  • (5/5)
    I read Jane Healey’s first book THE SATURDAY EVENING GIRLS CLUB and really enjoyed it – gave it a 4-star rating. But THE BEANTOWN GIRLS I absolutely LOVED – 5-star review (and more if I could). I was torn between wanting to know how things turned out for each of the girls and not wanting to leave their world. These girls were my friends for a few days – and today had to let them go.This is a compelling read that takes the reader to the European Theatre of Operations in the last days of WWII. And for those who do not like alternating times and/or perspectives, you will like this one – straight timeline (1944) and one perspective (Fiona’s). Healey tells the story of Fiona Denning whose life is running smoothly until her fiancé is reported missing after having been shot down in Germany. She can’t just accept not knowing his fate so she, along with her friends Viv and Dottie, volunteer overseas as a Red Cross Clubmobile girl. Viv is outgoing, beautiful, and a talented artist. Dottie is a very shy music teacher and astonishes everyone with her beautiful singing voice. Healey takes the reader through the training and deployment of these young women. Fascinating read!These charming girls never imagined what their deployment would really be like. They make new friends, they lose friends. There is romance, there is heartbreak. Celebration, devastation. They learn their own strengths and the value of friendship. None of them will go unchanged by their experiences. I had never heard of the Red Cross Clubmobile girls. Jane Healey did extensive research of these little known heroines of WWII. How had we never heard of them! I loved the story even though it was somewhat predictable. But while reading it, I felt the emotions the characters were feeling. I rejoiced with them and cried with them. A beautifully written page-turning read.
  • (4/5)
    Melrose author Jane Healey's fine touch with historical novels (Saturday Evening Girl's Club, 2017) expands in this story of Red Cross volunteers serving in both liberated and combat areas in Europe in 1944-45. Her three heroines, Fiona, Dottie, and Viv, are all college pals from Boston who bake donuts, brew coffee, jitterbug, and drive and maintain enormous trucks through bombed-out regions of England, France, and Germany. Fiona's fiancé, a pilot, has been missing since his plane was shot down, and she strives to get near him and to find out his fate and ultimately, her own. There's a larger cast of well-drawn characters - other "Donut Dollies", soldiers, romantic interests, and a particularly touching encounter with the ill-fated bandleader Glenn Miller. The reader is not spared the horror and misery of war and loss, and the plot is surprisingly suspenseful.
  • (5/5)
    Leaving Boston and their jobs to become Red Cross Clubmobile Girls is where we meet Viv, Dottie, and Fiona.They all had different reasons for joining the Red Cross, but besides being a volunteer, Fiona's other reason was to find her missing fiance, Danny.When they arrive in London, a buzz bomb greets them and scares them to death.WE FOLLOW THE three friends through their seven-day training in all areas and share their fears and their fun during the training and in their jobs as Red Cross Clubmobile Girls as they moved from one place to the other.The women seemed like a lot of fun and made the best of their time even though they were in dangerous war zones and some of the men weren’t too happy to have women to worry about along with everyone else. But....the men were also happy to have some pretty women to remind them of home and their mothers, sisters, daughters, or girlfriends.Ms. Healey brought you into the story with her light-hearted writing and wonderful research.Her descriptions of the dresses the characters wore was swoon worthy, and the landscape descriptions were equally as good.I enjoyed learning about these women and this program and how these women helped during the war. You will laugh and cry along with them and laugh and cry at their bravery and sweet demeanor.Despite the main story line about war, THE BEANTOWN GIRLS was an enjoyable read filled with friendship, caring, love, and of course tears and sadness. Historical fiction fans and women's fiction fans will love this book.You will definitely need tissues, and we all should be thankful for the men and women who suffered and died so we could have our freedom.A beautiful tribute and history lesson...thanks for sharing and for your marvelous research, Ms. Healey. 5/5This book was given to me by the publisher via NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.
  • (4/5)
    Thank you NetGalley for sharing this heartwarming title with me.Jane Healey has a hit on her hands.The Beantown trio will make you laugh, cry and sometimes get angry. Follow the girls along on their journey to find a lost fiancé, while driving the club mobile, serving coffee and donuts to those who are fighting for our freedom. War changes everyone. This was will change the girls of the Red Cross as they find themselves while helping those around them. The comradely that blooms throughout the the journey will run the emotional roller coaster, pushing you to read to the end to see what happens next.
  • (5/5)
    Enjoyed the book. Did not know about the Red Cross girls. At least it was based on real events. The people in the book were interesting and different. Nice love story.
  • (4/5)
    During the last year of WWII, Fiona, Viviana, and Dottie volunteer with the Red Cross as Clubmobile girls. Fiona's fiancé has been missing in action for over a year and she is determined to find out more. Viviana is an outspoken vivacious girl while Dottie is shy and reluctant to share her musical talents. As Clubmobile girls, they travel from fort to station, delivering donuts, coffee, and supplies to boost troop morale.This was a quick read. It featured strong female characters, which I loved. I've read a lot of WWII books, and this is the first time I've heard of the Red Cross Clubmobile girls. Overall, well worth picking up!
  • (4/5)

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    For historical fiction lovers this is a story following three best friends and clubmobile girls during WWII. To be honest I knew almost nothing about the clubmobile girls and I was really intrigued to follow them and feel like a part of their unit. I enjoyed reading it even though the plot was a bit predictable. However that did not annoy me that much as it was exactly what I needed at that time!

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  • (1/5)
    All fluff and no substance. Very immature tale of women getting dropped into the frontlines and just all falling madly in love like WWII wasn’t that bad. So weird.
  • (4/5)

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    I'm a sucker for World War II genre fiction and this one was fairly well written with a well-plotted story. It tells the story of three girls from Boston who join the Red Cross after one of them, Fiona Denning, learns that her fiance has been shot down over Germany and is missing in action. Fiona thinks, somewhat unrealistically, that she will be sent immediately to France and from there can find her missing boy friend.However, things don't go quite like she plans. The girls' training turns out to be one disastrous mistake after another. So they are initially assigned to work at the air fields in England. There, however, they prove their mettle and finally are sent to France and then follow the troops into the midst of the Battle of the Bulge where the tale of their escape from Bastogne kept even cynical me enthralled. Like all good fiction of this sort, this one has a happy ending - just not the happy ending you anticipate.

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