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A Woman's Place | [Lynn Austin]

A Woman's Place

While their men fight, America's women produce what's necessary for victory. In a Michigan shipyard, four female co-workers forge a strong bond of friendship that, combined with faith, helps them to overcome oppression, despair, and tragedy - and find love in unlikely places.
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Publisher's Summary

While their men fight, America's women produce what's necessary for victory. In a Michigan shipyard, four female co-workers forge a strong bond of friendship that, combined with faith, helps them to overcome oppression, despair, and tragedy - and find love in unlikely places.

Written from four diverse viewpoints, A Woman's Place is an emotionally rich glimpse of life in World Ware II America.

Lynn Austin's three Christy Awards include one for Hidden Places, which was made into a popular Hallmark film.

©2006 Lynne Austin; (P)2007 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"An engrossing read...a very enjoyable journey." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Sara USA 09-17-13
    Sara USA 09-17-13 Member Since 2008

    I work to keep my reviews free of plot spoilers. I hate reviews that tell you the whole story. That said, I do love reading reviews!

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    "Complex insights on personal perspective."
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    I am new to Lynn Austin books and took a chance because I was interested in the home front during WWII. The story telling is excellent. The characters are developed masterfully--subtly drawing the reader into a tale of strength, change in adversity and the importance of finding friendship in unlikely places. Austin repeatedly shows how things are not always as they seem on first glance. Ideas of roles, expectations and preconceived notions are examined through the daily lives of the characters. It was a positive, redemptive story that was honestly told and completely engaging until the end. A pleasure.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Leah Paradise, CA, USA 03-30-10
    Leah Paradise, CA, USA 03-30-10
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    "First Rate Austin"

    Austin's work here is deep, thoughtful, and very well crafted. An absolute pleasure to listen to. Once you start, you don't want to stop. The characters are engaging, and each one is a favorite with a compelling story of their own. I think this is one of Austin's best. The narrator did a fabulous job as well; really capturing the qualities the of characters.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carla LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY, United States 10-02-13
    Carla LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY, United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Didn't want this book to end!"

    Lynn Austin is just sooo good! She has a way of really getting the reader involved in the time period in which her stories are set. She also truly brings life to her characters...it makes you want to know them personally. And of the course the cherry on the top is the spiritual inspiration for those of us looking for Christian novels. Awesome book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gertrude Saratoga Springs, NY, USA 05-05-08
    Gertrude Saratoga Springs, NY, USA 05-05-08
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    "Great"

    I loved it. I wanted more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 03-04-13
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 03-04-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Austin at her best"
    Would you listen to A Woman's Place again? Why?

    Absolutely! This book captures the changing attitudes toward women's roles in the workplace and in the home, depicting four very different friends' actions realistically but not without hope. Christina Moore does an excellent job with the emotions, the characters... all-round great narrator at the top of her game.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Woman's Place?

    When Rosa had her baby... the woman who had no mothering growing up had a second chance at a mother-child relationship


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are quite a few... but the funniest was the missionary society meeting


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Each woman had a moving scene... Ginny's accident, Rosa's baby, Helen coming to grips with the Germans, and Jean spending time with ehr large family...


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic inspirational read! This book, while primarily from a Christian viewpoint, neither demeans women by insisting that they should only be in the home nor feeds them the lie that they can have it all. Great work, Lynn Austin... and fantastic narration, Christina Moore!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Meridian, MS, United States 12-19-09
    Scott Meridian, MS, United States 12-19-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Book!"

    Lynn Austin does it again! She creates meaningful characters with depth and a story line of historical interest. An intriguing view into the lives of four women during World War II.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    George Pontiac, IL, USA 07-09-08
    George Pontiac, IL, USA 07-09-08
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    "Enjoyed this story"

    I wasn't sure how I would like this story of women's rights, but I did end up enjoying it. It pulled me in and I couldn't wait to hear more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    GeGe Bliss 04-17-14
    GeGe Bliss 04-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    What did you love best about A Woman's Place?

    I love that I actually feel like I know the ladies in the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Rosa, she was so open about how she thought about things and when she finally let Christ take control of her life it was a beautiful experience. I love her, and at the end I cried for happiness for her.


    What does Christina Moore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is amazing if I didn't know better I would think it was a dozen different people reading.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could hardly stop!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I will probably listen to this again with my daughters!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa United States 01-09-14
    Teresa United States 01-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    Narrator did a fantastic job of distinguishing between all the characters. I would have rated the story five stars if it had not been for the author ending the story very abruptly and left you wondering if there is going to be a sequel - some unanswered questions. Very much enjoyed the story line.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Becka Indpls, IN 03-21-13
    Becka Indpls, IN 03-21-13 Member Since 2006

    Book junkie

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    "Surprisingly carried away..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! This story took me on an unexpected journey that touched so many parts of my book lover's soul.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ability of this author to entertwine these 4 women's varied lives into a rich friendship despite their many obstacles.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I felt like the sneaky "bug on the wall" when Rosa's vodka laced peach juice was included in the punch ingredients by her unknowing mother-in-law for her Ladies Missionary Society meeting at her house. I so wanted to join in the rollicking fun as these ladies loosened and giggled their way through the meeting. I'm sure it was touted as the best meeting ever!

    2ndly...actually another 1st fave. The scene where Meinhard Kesler, a German POW working next to Jean (who harbors a deep hatred and resentment for Germans) humbles himself and asks her forgiveness for "whatever it is I have done to make you hate me". Kesler recognizes her bitterness as he was once the same...he lost his wife and son to the same war. Jean is unable to accept his plea for forgiveness. The mix of conflictive emotions this interaction brings about has powerful affects. It is dealt more with later in the book. Wow!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My emotions were all over the map on this one...in a good way!


    Any additional comments?

    My first Lynn Austin book has given me an exciting new favorite Chritian fiction author with many adventures to look forward to! Love when that happens!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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