The Beantown Girls

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An Amazon Charts and Washington Post best seller

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.

©2019 Jane Healey (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
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Interesting history, just not my cup of tea

While I am a huge fan of historical fiction, especially pertaining to the exploits of women, this novel was more fabricated romance than historical fiction. Having said that, Beantown Girls was a wonderful presentation of women in the Red Cross and the era in which they served. The narration was fine, although the narrator had a lovely voice, she wasn't able to distinguish between male and female characters. For example, all men sounded the same.

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Nancy Drew joins the Red Cross

Predictable - I would
have enjoyed this at about 12 years old...this was a book club read, I am shocked at the high Audible rating.

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A bit “fluffy” for a book about WW2.

This book isn’t The Alice Network or The Lilac Girls. It concentrates on the romantic and social interactions of Red Cross workers who supported the groups with donuts and coffee. It was somewhat enjoyable, if predictable. The reader was good with voices, but mispronounced place names, which was annoying. A bit light for me.

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Absolutely wonderful!

Touching story of three girls from Boston that join the Red Cross Clubmobile girls, a little known piece of the history of WWII. I fell in love with these girls, their love interests and the soldiers they served in the last year of the war in Europe. This talented author weaves you into the story effortlessly, experiencing their initial trepidation turn into a selfless valor as they progress from girls to confident women.

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Flat Characters Flirting

The headline is a summary of the book so far. I honestly can't tell the female characters apart--they talk the same way and the narrator reads them similarly. The story is very shallow and I'm several hours into the reading. Mostly what's happened is that the female characters keep meeting new "dashing" men with "military haircuts." (Wouldn't that go without saying since they're all in the MILITARY?) They blush. They stutter. They overshare. Then the man disappears. The girl thinks for a little bit about how much she wants to help the war effort and how scared she is bombs. Then another man comes up. Same conversation ensues. Same description of the man. And so it goes...

The narrator's "Cockney" accent for one of the bit characters also kept me thinking the story was set in Australia.

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Good Book to Read

I loved this book, however I was disappointed in the ending. I think it would have been better if it told what happend to them some years later. the narrator's voice was a little bit annoying but I got used to it. Overall a good book to read.

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Red Cross and Doughnuts! Sign Me UP!!

This book is as beautiful as it is heartbreaking. There is so much that happens in the story that I was constantly on the edge of my seat waiting. I am so glad that I found this book and I know that it will be something that stays with me for a VERY long time.
The narrator was wonderful and was able to differentiate her voice enough that I could usually tell which character was talking before she said the names.
As for the history aspect. I loved it. I never know that this existed and I am obsessed with learning everything I can about the Red Cross Doughnut Girls now. What a wonderful example of strong women in WW2 that we NEVER hear about!

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Great job

I liked how the different perspective of the ww2 was put into this book. Both heartbreaking and joy in rough time. I hope there is another part to see how each finish out there future plans. Was a good read with great characters.

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Lovely

Felt like you were there but thank god we weren’t. Bless our troops and Red Cross.

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A little corny but so fun and sweet

The story is a fun one of friendship! It’s a little corny and kind of predictable but it’s still a really great story with wonderful characters.

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  • 04-16-20

BEST BOOK I'VE READ IN YEARS

I liked this story so much I didn't want it to end. It has everything, excitement, romance, fun, tension , poignancy and sadness. It also shows the futility of war. The strength of Character and warmth of the main characters and their strong friendships shone through. We need stories like this at the moment to give us hope. The narration was brilliant and very easy to listen to.

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  • 03-16-20

Loved it

What a lovely book covering a piece of history I never was aware of , I'll never look at a doughnut again without thinking about the remarkable ladies of the often not published history of the Red Cross