The Christmas season has me raking in all sorts of Amazon Prime no-rush digital rewards, and I am just on the prowl for good books like it’s my job. Number 52 did not disappoint. Not one bit. And also, I would have never thought that I’d be someone who would read 52 books in one year, but here we are.
The Beantown Girls
by Jane Healey
Synopsis According to Mandi:
Without spoilers, The Beantown Girls is about the Red Cross Clubmobile girls who served coffee and donuts overseas to soldiers in the second World War. For women wanting to do their part in the war, heading across the ocean just to be seen by and talk to soldiers was a simple yet obviously dangerous task. Beyond coffee and donuts, they brought the soldiers a level of familiarity and comfort they were missing being so far away from home, risking their lives for their country and living on next to nothing.
“How best to honor those we’ve lost? By not being afraid to live life and take risks, by daring to open your heart to possibility. By taking a chance to begin. Again.”– Jane Healey, The Beantown Girls
Awards (based upon my brief research):
My Overall Rating:
5 – Ok, so it has it’s sad parts – it’s a WWII book – BUT… this was a largely happy WWII book, and I really loved that. Previous to this book, I didn’t know the Clubmobilers even existed. They played such an interesting and necessary role in the war, and I’m really glad to know our country thought of such a thing in that time.
I also found the blend of historical accuracy and fiction to be just perfect. The characters’ stories were so heartfelt and the overall narrative shed a different light on life overseas, teaching me new things and showing the positive sides of serving your country amidst the many dark sides.