An Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestseller. 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.
Narrator: Sarah Moll-Christensen
What a delightful surprise!
I was in the mood for some WWII fiction and that title kept popping up in my Scribd recommendations.
At the beginning, on the boat when Fiona, Viviana and Dottie left Boston, headed to England to be part of the Red Cross Clubmobile, I thought I would get a “light” story.
But soon enough, I was truly impressed by the depth of the characters, the research the author obviously did about these Clubmobile girls I had no idea existed. And finally, I was amazed by the progression of the story going slowly but steadily into heavy and dangerous territory!
The Beantown Girls is not only about three friends deciding to do their part in WWII, leaving the comfort of their families in the US but it’s also about these “Clubmobile girls”.
I had no idea these girls existed!
Why don’t people write more about them?
Maybe because the perception of women making donut, serving coffee, cigarettes and chewing gum to soldiers all while smiling and looking pretty is that they must be airy and superficial??
Serving donut is easy compared to fighting with a gun or nursing soldiers back to health right?
Because what people might not understand, it’s the importance of morale when fighting evil. All these girls worked long hours, going from camp to camp, hiding their pain when soldiers they got to know died, just to offer their best smiles and boost their spirit.
Even more, when they followed the troops to France, they were in danger all along! And they had no weapons to defend themselves.
Our three friends and their “band of sisters” will witness the horrors of the war. They’ll know grief and they’ll show courage, saving lives.
I honestly adored that story.
Every main character is distinct Fiona, Viviana and Dottie. Their friendship is amazing, withstanding danger, grief and stress. They all support each other and their bond will allow them to shine through everything. They’ll grow so much!
There is also romance and other friendships.
I never felt bored and I flew through that book, wanting to know if Fiona would find Dany, if all our three heroines would survive the war.
I also loved being immersed in that time, learning lots of new information I didn’t know yet about WWII and especially these Clubmobile women.
If you love WWII fiction with great characters, friendship and a dash of romance, go for it!
Thanks for reading.