The Beantown GIrls by Jane Healy, 361 pp
One of the most rewarding reasons for enjoying a book is the way it relates to you on a personal level. On the surface and at first glance, I thought Beantown Girls would be a gentler read for the popular WWII genre. And it was. However, the push into a five-star rating didn’t come from learning about the Red Cross Club Mobile girls, it came from my personal connection. As I read the story of three friends from Boston, all I could picture was my Mom (from Boston) who was the same age as the characters in 1944. Her fiance was in the US Navy in the South Pacific and her brother was in the Army Air Force in Europe. I know she leaned on her best friends to get through the darkest days of the war as part of the home front efforts charged with keeping up morale through their loving, lively letters to their men overseas. Their efforts were as important as the work done by Fiona, Dottie, and Viviana traveling through England, France and Belgium serving coffee and doughnuts with a smile and a wink.
Real Life Beantown Girls, circa 1943
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