The Beantown Girls

The Beantown Girls

Jane Healey / Sep 19, 2019

The Beantown Girls A novel of love courage and danger unfolds as World War II s brightest heroines the best of friends take on the front lines Fiona Denning has her entire future planned out She ll wor

  • Title: The Beantown Girls
  • Author: Jane Healey
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  • 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 fianc when he returns from the war, and settle down in the Boston suburbs But when her fianc is reported missing after being shot down in Germany, Fiona

    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 fianc when he returns from the war, and settle down in the Boston suburbs But when her fianc is reported missing after being shot down in Germany, Fiona s long held plans are shattered.

    Determined to learn her fianc 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 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.

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right away flag 15 likesLike see review Jan 27, 2019 Elizabeth of Silvers Reviews rated it it was amazing FULL REVIEW WILL BE IN FEBRUARY.Leaving Boston and their jobs to become Red Cross Clubmobile Girls is where we meet Viv, Dottie, and Fiona.I enjoyed learning about these women and this program and how these women helped during the war Despite the main story line about war, THE BEANTOWN GIRLS was an enjoyable read filled with friendship, caring, love, and of course tears and sadness Historical fiction fans and women s fiction fans will love this book.You will definitely need tissues, and we all FULL REVIEW WILL BE IN FEBRUARY.Leaving Boston and their jobs to become Red Cross Clubmobile Girls is where we meet Viv, Dottie, and Fiona.I enjoyed learning about these women and this program and how these women helped during the war Despite the main story line about war, THE BEANTOWN GIRLS was an enjoyable read filled with friendship, caring, love, and of course tears and sadness Historical fiction fans and women s fiction fans will love this book.You will definitely need tissues, and we all should be thankful for the men and women who suffered and died so we could have our freedom.A beautiful tribute and history lessonthanks for sharing and for your marvelous research, Ms Healey 5 5This book was given to me by the publisher via NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review flag 12 likesLike see review Dec 04, 2018 Kate Vocke rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves arc, favorites, netgalley It s 1944, and there is a war, and those topics alone typically stop me from reading certain books SO MANY TIMES I ve started reviews with, I m not a historical fiction fan but BUT, THIS BOOK This has officially turned me into a HUGE historical fiction fan I adored every character, I looked forward to reading it every night and rushed to get back to it And I am SO MAD that it had to end The emotions in this one are so easy to feel I found myself laughing out loud, and my husband ke It s 1944, and there is a war, and those topics alone typically stop me from reading certain books SO MANY TIMES I ve started reviews with, I m not a historical fiction fan but BUT, THIS BOOK This has officially turned me into a HUGE historical fiction fan I adored every character, I looked forward to reading it every night and rushed to get back to it And I am SO MAD that it had to end The emotions in this one are so easy to feel I found myself laughing out loud, and my husband kept asking if I was getting sick Oh the sniffles I NEVER cry at books What is happening to me Oh, AND my all time most favorite thing on the planet Food Trucks Yes, my friends, World War II food trucks I loved Band of Brothers, I will drop everything to read watch talk about it It s not often I get really into war stories, but when you flat out fall in love with the characters it s easy And this book, a sort of Band of Sisters, but Red Cross girls, is something I really got into and although I might have teared up during some really tight spots in the story, I flat out bawled when this book was over It s real, it s gritty, it s relatable, it s full of all the feelings A new favorite for sure Fiona Denning is the captain of The Beantown Girls, a group of Red Cross Clubmobile girls that drive a yes food truck throughout the war bringing doughnuts, coffee, candy and cigarettes, but most of all much needed morale to the soldiers on the front lines of the war Fiona thought her life was all put together and headed in a pretty secure direction, when her fianc Danny heads off to war and soon becomes missing in action In the blink of an eye her entire life plan has changed Along with her two best friends, Dottie, as shy musician, and Viv, an outspoken diva of sorts, the three Boston girls join the Clubmobile program and their entire lives change For Fiona, she wants answers What happened to Danny and where is he And is he still alive For the other girls, it s about finding themselves, a little adventure, and wanting to do something for those who are sacrificing so much What they find is all of that and love, danger, friendship and just learning to live in the moment.I cannot even stress how great of a story this is It s easily my favorite historical fiction book to date The girls and the soldiers are forever embedded in my list of favorite casts of book characters The story is at times terrifying and heartbreaking, but also so much fun as the girls are so easily lovable The writing is fresh, and enticing and I devoured every word and wish there were Bravo Jane Healey flag 6 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 31, 2019 Jamie rated it really liked it Shelves arcs 4.5 Stars to Jane Healey s novel of love, loss and extreme courage in World War II Fiona Denning s life is uprooted when she learns her fianc Danny has gone missing in Germany Determined to get answers, Fiona and her girlfriends Dottie and Viv sign up to become Red Cross Clubmobile girls and head overseas themselves There is so much heart in this story from the friendships to the romance and the family and Healey s writing really makes these women come alive From learning how to make donuts 4.5 Stars to Jane Healey s novel of love, loss and extreme courage in World War II Fiona Denning s life is uprooted when she learns her fianc Danny has gone missing in Germany Determined to get answers, Fiona and her girlfriends Dottie and Viv sign up to become Red Cross Clubmobile girls and head overseas themselves There is so much heart in this story from the friendships to the romance and the family and Healey s writing really makes these women come alive From learning how to make donuts to serve the soldiers as well as driving lessons, there are moments where you will burst out laughing and others where you will be fighting back tears I loved getting to know The Beantown Girls and I m sure you will, too.I received an advance copy All opinions are my own flag 8 likesLike see review Jan 12, 2019 Susan Peterson rated it it was amazing This book was wonderful The author really captured the essence of these women, as well as the servicemen, who served their country during WWII The story was heartfelt and poignant, leaving me in tears at times, but also making my heart happy in other moments It was wonderful to watch these women as the evolved, losing their naivety along the way, but gaining strength and courage The Beantown Girls is compelling and well paced, a book which will keep readers involved emotionally from the firs This book was wonderful The author really captured the essence of these women, as well as the servicemen, who served their country during WWII The story was heartfelt and poignant, leaving me in tears at times, but also making my heart happy in other moments It was wonderful to watch these women as the evolved, losing their naivety along the way, but gaining strength and courage The Beantown Girls is compelling and well paced, a book which will keep readers involved emotionally from the first page until the very end flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 27, 2019 Linda Zagon rated it it was amazing Linda s Book Obsession Reviews The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey, Lake Union Publishing, February 5, 2019Jane Healey, Author of The Beantown Girls has written an intriguing, intense, heart breaking, emotional, enthralling and captivating novel The Genres are a marriage between Fiction and History of World War Two, and the role of the Red Cross Clubmobile Girls Kudos to Jane Healey for the hours of research, interviews, and authentication of the time period and the Red Cross ClubMobile Girl Linda s Book Obsession Reviews The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey, Lake Union Publishing, February 5, 2019Jane Healey, Author of The Beantown Girls has written an intriguing, intense, heart breaking, emotional, enthralling and captivating novel The Genres are a marriage between Fiction and History of World War Two, and the role of the Red Cross Clubmobile Girls Kudos to Jane Healey for the hours of research, interviews, and authentication of the time period and the Red Cross ClubMobile Girls The author vividly captures through her amazing writing skills and descriptions the destruction of the War and morale of the soldiers, and the hard task and danger of the women from the Red Cross bringing some comfort, donuts, coffee and conversation.When Fionna Denning learns that are fiancee is missing when his plane is shot down in Germany, she is determined to find out what happened Fiona and her two friends Viviana, and Dottie leave Boston and volunteer with the RedCross ClubMobile Girls, in Europe to bring comfort to the soldiers at the frontline of the war The girls would make donuts, coffee, and have candy for the men I don t think I will ever think of a donut in the same way after reading this book It was dangerous and difficult work.I appreciate that Jane Healey discusses the importance of sisterhood and friendship I learned how courageous and brave these women were Music, dancing, singing, and entertainment were important to cheer everyone up at this devastating time Be warned, keep your Kleenex close at hand This is also a story of love and hope I would highly recommend this amazing novel to those readers who look forward to reading about World War Two I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 16, 2018 Patricia Sands rated it it was amazing From the beginning of this inspiring novel, the reader is swept into a riveting story that combines the realities of WW II with the bond of true friendship and dedication to the highest cause Told from the little known perspective of Red Cross Clubmobile Girls, Jane Healey s extensive research and fine story telling skills offer a page turner that goes straight to the heart Historical fiction at its best I loved it flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Betty rated it it was amazing review of another edition I read Jane Healey s first book THE SATURDAY EVENING GIRLS CLUB and really enjoyed it gave it a 4 star rating But THE BEANTOWN GIRLS I absolutely LOVED 5 star review and if I could I was torn between wanting to know how things turned out for each of the girls and not wanting to leave their world These girls were my friends for a few days and today had to let them go.This is a compelling read that takes the reader to the European Theatre of Operations in the last days of WWII And I read Jane Healey s first book THE SATURDAY EVENING GIRLS CLUB and really enjoyed it gave it a 4 star rating But THE BEANTOWN GIRLS I absolutely LOVED 5 star review and if I could I was torn between wanting to know how things turned out for each of the girls and not wanting to leave their world These girls were my friends for a few days and today had to let them go.This is a compelling read that takes the reader to the European Theatre of Operations in the last days of WWII And for those who do not like alternating times and or perspectives, you will like this one straight timeline 1944 and one perspective Fiona s Healey tells the story of Fiona Denning whose life is running smoothly until her fianc is reported missing after having been shot down in Germany She can t just accept not knowing his fate so she, along with her friends Viv and Dottie, volunteer overseas as a Red Cross Clubmobile girl Viv is outgoing, beautiful, and a talented artist Dottie is a very shy music teacher and astonishes everyone with her beautiful singing voice Healey takes the reader through the training and deployment of these young women Fascinating read These charming girls never imagined what their deployment would really be like They make new friends, they lose friends There is romance, there is heartbreak Celebration, devastation They learn their own strengths and the value of friendship None of them will go unchanged by their experiences I had never heard of the Red Cross Clubmobile girls Jane Healey did extensive research of these little known heroines of WWII How had we never heard of them I loved the story even though it was somewhat predictable But while reading it, I felt the emotions the characters were feeling I rejoiced with them and cried with them A beautifully written page turning read flag 2 likesLike see review Bev Taylor i don t think many people would have heard of this group look forward to reading it bev Jan 30, 2019 07 10AM Dec 28, 2018 Sue rated it it was amazing Shelves historical fiction, wwii There are lots of fiction books about WWII and sometimes it seems like they tell the same story with different characters The Beantown Girls looked at the war from the perspective of women who were part of the Red Cross Clubmobile Girls I have never read a book about this group of brave women who went to Europe during the war to help the morale of the soldiers by providing doughnuts, coffee, cigarettes and mostly a pretty American girl to talk to This is a story about bravery during war time, There are lots of fiction books about WWII and sometimes it seems like they tell the same story with different characters The Beantown Girls looked at the war from the perspective of women who were part of the Red Cross Clubmobile Girls I have never read a book about this group of brave women who went to Europe during the war to help the morale of the soldiers by providing doughnuts, coffee, cigarettes and mostly a pretty American girl to talk to This is a story about bravery during war time, friendship and love.Fiona, Dotty and Viviana were best friends in Boston They decided to join the Red Cross group for different reasons but they joined together and were able to stay together Fiona s fiance was missing in action and she wanted to try to find him, Viviana wanted out of her life and Dotty went to be with her friends They were chosen for their strength and their beauty but were soon faced with unexpected challenges from how to drive the truck to the process of making doughnuts They encountered lots of problems but were able to help so many soldiers and make so many new friends that they all felt they had made the right decision As the three friends begin to understand the real reasons they all came to the front, their courage and friendship will see them through some of the best and worst times of their lives.This was a wonderful well written and well researched books based on a real women who joined the Red Cross and went to Europe during WWII The book made me laugh and it made me cry and had three main characters who I won t soon forget.Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review All opinions are my own flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 27, 2019 Linda Zagon rated it it was amazing review of another edition Linda s Book Obsession Reviews The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey, Lake Union Publishing, February 5, 2019Jane Healey, Author of The Beantown Girls has written an intriguing, intense, heart breaking, emotional, enthralling and captivating novel The Genres are a marriage between Fiction and History of World War Two, and the role of the Red Cross Clubmobile Girls Kudos to Jane Healey for the hours of research, interviews, and authentication of the time period and the Red Cross ClubMobile Girl Linda s Book Obsession Reviews The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey, Lake Union Publishing, February 5, 2019Jane Healey, Author of The Beantown Girls has written an intriguing, intense, heart breaking, emotional, enthralling and captivating novel The Genres are a marriage between Fiction and History of World War Two, and the role of the Red Cross Clubmobile Girls Kudos to Jane Healey for the hours of research, interviews, and authentication of the time period and the Red Cross ClubMobile Girls The author vividly captures through her amazing writing skills and descriptions the destruction of the War and morale of the soldiers, and the hard task and danger of the women from the Red Cross bringing some comfort, donuts, coffee and conversation.When Fionna Denning learns that are fiancee is missing when his plane is shot down in Germany, she is determined to find out what happened Fiona and her two friends Viviana, and Dottie leave Boston and volunteer with the RedCross ClubMobile Girls, in Europe to bring comfort to the soldiers at the frontline of the war The girls would make donuts, coffee, and have candy for the men I don t think I will ever think of a donut in the same way after reading this book It was dangerous and difficult work.I appreciate that Jane Healey discusses the importance of sisterhood and friendship I learned how courageous and brave these women were Music, dancing, singing, and entertainment were important to cheer everyone up at this devastating time Be warned, keep your Kleenex close at hand This is also a story of love and hope I would highly recommend this amazing novel to those readers who look forward to reading about World War Two I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Agnieszka Durka rated it it was amazing review of another edition Historical fiction is my favorite genre I have read quite a lot of books in this category, especially WWII books, which makes it a little hard for me to be surprised and intrigued with the content of another book in this genre Beantown Girls was an exceptionI ve actually learned quite a lot about Red Cross Clubmobile Girls I ve never heard of them before gasp and their role in WWII This book was a refreshing and surprising read about friendship, bravery, companionship, and love Fion Historical fiction is my favorite genre I have read quite a lot of books in this category, especially WWII books, which makes it a little hard for me to be surprised and intrigued with the content of another book in this genre Beantown Girls was an exceptionI ve actually learned quite a lot about Red Cross Clubmobile Girls I ve never heard of them before gasp and their role in WWII This book was a refreshing and surprising read about friendship, bravery, companionship, and love Fiona, Viv, Dottie, Blanch, Frankie, and Martha touched my heart, and I felt like I was one of them, sitting in the Clubmobile, making doughnuts, while having some girl talk The witty conversations and captivating descriptions of Europe s landscape during WWII made this novel a real treat to read Yes, I shed few tears and felt a little beaten down by some of the events in the story, but the beautiful writing, engaging characters, and a history lesson for me in this novel made this book very enjoyable read I would like to read books from this author soon And I hope it is another Historical Fiction Thank you NetGalley, Jane Healey, and Lake Union Publishing for a chance to read this great novel I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 27, 2019 Kaleena Zagrzebski rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2019 reads It s 1944, Fiona Denning has her whole life planned out As soon as her fiance returns from the war, they are going to get married and settle down But when Fiona hears her fiance s plane has been shot down in Germany with no sign of her husband, she can t just sit around in the states and do nothing, so Fiona decides to volunteer for the Red Cross Clubmobile girls with her best friends Viv and Dottie.The Beantown Girls is a story of friendship and love during World War II Fiona is determined t It s 1944, Fiona Denning has her whole life planned out As soon as her fiance returns from the war, they are going to get married and settle down But when Fiona hears her fiance s plane has been shot down in Germany with no sign of her husband, she can t just sit around in the states and do nothing, so Fiona decides to volunteer for the Red Cross Clubmobile girls with her best friends Viv and Dottie.The Beantown Girls is a story of friendship and love during World War II Fiona is determined to find out what happened to her fiance, and her friends are determined to help her Throughout many challenges in their journey to the truth, the girls become closer and make many new friends and find new lovers along the way I loved the story of friendship and love in this book with the World Word II story woven in between Each of the characters were unique and well developed that I thought I could be best friends with all of them One of my favorite historical fiction books I have read 5 stars from me flag 2 likesLike see review Feb 01, 2019 Jamie rated it it was amazing review of another edition 4.5 Stars to Jane Healey s novel of love, loss and extreme courage in World War II Fiona Denning s life is uprooted when she learns her fianc Danny has gone missing in Germany Determined to get answers, Fiona and her girlfriends Dottie and Viv sign up to become Red Cross Clubmobile girls and head overseas themselves There is so much heart in this story from the friendships to the romance and the family and Healey s writing really makes these women come alive From learning how to make donuts 4.5 Stars to Jane Healey s novel of love, loss and extreme courage in World War II Fiona Denning s life is uprooted when she learns her fianc Danny has gone missing in Germany Determined to get answers, Fiona and her girlfriends Dottie and Viv sign up to become Red Cross Clubmobile girls and head overseas themselves There is so much heart in this story from the friendships to the romance and the family and Healey s writing really makes these women come alive From learning how to make donuts to serve the soldiers as well as driving lessons, there are moments where you will burst out laughing and others where you will be fighting back tears I loved getting to know The Beantown Girls and I m sure you will, too.I received an advance copy All opinions are my own flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 26, 2018 Ann Creel rated it it was amazing Lovely and PoignantIn this beautifully written novel, Jane Healey puts us in the shoes of three unsung heroes of World War II Each has her own reasons for becoming a Red Cross Clubmobile girl, and each girl will touch you, but it is Fiona s story that broke my heart and put it back together again A life affirming treat, the novel takes you through all the steps and turns along the journey and makes you feel as if you are there Moving story with a message highly recommended flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 28, 2019 Jennifer rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019, netgalley, netgalley 2019 I loved this book Honestly, I never heard of the Red Cross Clubmobiles before reading this book I found it so interesting What an adventure these women had serving coffee and doughnuts to the soldiers I loved the Historical Note section at the end explaining which parts were based on facts Much of what happened to Fiona, Dottie and Viv happened in real life Hopefully, Unsolved Mysteries helped the German boy find the soldiers The book centers around Fiona, Viv and Dottie Fiona s fianc I loved this book Honestly, I never heard of the Red Cross Clubmobiles before reading this book I found it so interesting What an adventure these women had serving coffee and doughnuts to the soldiers I loved the Historical Note section at the end explaining which parts were based on facts Much of what happened to Fiona, Dottie and Viv happened in real life Hopefully, Unsolved Mysteries helped the German boy find the soldiers The book centers around Fiona, Viv and Dottie Fiona s fianc is declared missing in action after being shot down over Germany Fiona wants to find out what happen to him She volunteers to be a Red Cross Clubmobile girl, along with her best friends, Viv and Dottie The girls do than just serve coffee and doughnuts They make new friendships, find themselves close to the front lines and even fall in love.I loved the characters, story and writing style Who knew doughnut making could be so hard I m surprised of the doughnut makers didn t explode I loved Jimmy English and his cat Vera Lynn Then there was Mrs Tibbetts and all her animals roaming the house I loved getting to know all the girls and the reasons that brought them to volunteer I was sad the book was over and wanted to keep reading about the girls.I definitely recommend the book, especially if you are a fan of historical fiction I look forward to reading books by the author Thanks to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and the author, Jane Healey, for a free electronic ARC of this novel flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 19, 2019 Melanie rated it it was amazing review of another edition What a unique perspective about WWII that I hadn t heard of before Of all of the books I have read on WWII, this was the first time hearing about the Clubmobile I love the concept of it and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the Beantown Girls, especially since I am from, and still live in, the Boston area myself Their personalities were spot on, as were the references to the area Those girls were feisty, charismatic and strong minded and strong willed Though it did touch upon the depressin What a unique perspective about WWII that I hadn t heard of before Of all of the books I have read on WWII, this was the first time hearing about the Clubmobile I love the concept of it and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the Beantown Girls, especially since I am from, and still live in, the Boston area myself Their personalities were spot on, as were the references to the area Those girls were feisty, charismatic and strong minded and strong willed Though it did touch upon the depressing and tragic times, and there were certainly sad and heart breaking scenes, the overall tone was upbeat as the author focused on the liveliness of the characters and their role during the war The soldiers loved these girls and it is easy to see why, they are simply delightful and lovable This is one of my most favorite books ever, I devoured every page and wish it didn t end I would love to read about these girls and see what happens next in their lives Love, love, love Beantown Girls flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 28, 2018 Leanna Mattea rated it it was amazing Well, I am totally in love with this story I smiled and shed a few tears, as I got to know Fiona, Viv and Dottie Then Blanche, Frankie and Martha join the group and it s off to London and training for the donut dollies of the Red Cross Clubmobiles, during WWII Jane Healey, developed beautiful, likable women, that volunteered and served the American troops in Europe, millions of donuts, coffee, cigarettes, gum and lifesavers, while also helping them write letters home, dance with them at ser Well, I am totally in love with this story I smiled and shed a few tears, as I got to know Fiona, Viv and Dottie Then Blanche, Frankie and Martha join the group and it s off to London and training for the donut dollies of the Red Cross Clubmobiles, during WWII Jane Healey, developed beautiful, likable women, that volunteered and served the American troops in Europe, millions of donuts, coffee, cigarettes, gum and lifesavers, while also helping them write letters home, dance with them at service clubs and bring some enjoyment into their lives, during war time I never knew they existed, until I read their stories, in this very well researched novel This one will stay with me for awhile I also enjoyed the references to the big bands and music of those years, music that brought thoughts of home to these young GI s in far away countries.I want to thank the author, Lake Union Publishing and Net Galley, for my ARC I hope my review does justice to this wonderful novel flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 22, 2019 Emily rated it it was ok Shelves historical fiction, netgalley Thank you to NetGalley for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.2 5 stars, with 1 star added for the idea and research I wanted so badly to love this book The description was fantastic, all the ideas were there, but the execution was lacking The writing seemed stilted and forced from the beginning, and although the characters DID grow throughout the war, they all particularly Fiona were shallow and repeated themselves endlessly throughout the book The exceptions to Thank you to NetGalley for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.2 5 stars, with 1 star added for the idea and research I wanted so badly to love this book The description was fantastic, all the ideas were there, but the execution was lacking The writing seemed stilted and forced from the beginning, and although the characters DID grow throughout the war, they all particularly Fiona were shallow and repeated themselves endlessly throughout the book The exceptions to this were Jimmy and Mrs Tibbetts who had real backstories and motivations Several of the plot points, too, seemed forced, as though the author had several ideas she wanted to string together before wrapping up the novel almost too neatly Overall, I loved the idea and I did learn about the Doughnut Dollies and the involvement of the American Red Cross in WWII, but the book itself was unsatisfying flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 08, 2018 Sharlene rated it it was amazing review of another edition A novel of love, courage, and danger unfolds as World War II s brightest heroines the best of friends take on the front lines.Wow, this book is full of feels Laughter, suspense and tears I really knew nothing about the Red Cross Clubmobile girls until I saw them mentioned on The Great British Baking Show and was fascinated by the story When I saw this book was being published I was immediately interested The author does a great job of explaining all the training and requirements of these wo A novel of love, courage, and danger unfolds as World War II s brightest heroines the best of friends take on the front lines.Wow, this book is full of feels Laughter, suspense and tears I really knew nothing about the Red Cross Clubmobile girls until I saw them mentioned on The Great British Baking Show and was fascinated by the story When I saw this book was being published I was immediately interested The author does a great job of explaining all the training and requirements of these women It is certainly much than doughnuts I felt the book did an excellent job of making you feel how it felt to be in the middle of a war and find love Highly recommend this to all that love WWII, historical fiction genre and to all that love a great story flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 28, 2018 Jodie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Fantastic story I ve read a lot of books that took place during WWII, but never one that focused on the Red Cross Clubmobile girls I admire the fact that these women voluntarily left the safety and comfort of their homes to travel to a war zone to bring some comfort and joy to the soldiers I thought the author did a wonderful job with the characters especially the 3 main characters, Fiona, Viviana, and Dottie Their friendship and dedication to each other and to the Red Cross was admirable Fantastic story I ve read a lot of books that took place during WWII, but never one that focused on the Red Cross Clubmobile girls I admire the fact that these women voluntarily left the safety and comfort of their homes to travel to a war zone to bring some comfort and joy to the soldiers I thought the author did a wonderful job with the characters especially the 3 main characters, Fiona, Viviana, and Dottie Their friendship and dedication to each other and to the Red Cross was admirable While there were many serious parts that addressed the stresses of war, there was also humor in the story I especially enjoyed the driving lessons that the women had to pass so they could drive the clubmobile I highly recommend this book it was a wonderful read Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for providing a copy for review flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 22, 2019 abdulia ortiz perez rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019 reads I received this book for honest Review.The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey healeyjane beantowngirls historicalfiction ww2fictionThank you getredpr lorijill321 lakeunionauthors for the free copy.This story had me going crazy What a great hangover What a great Rollercoaster Love the characters, the storyline was well written and well put together It had me interested threw the hole book I couldn t put it down for one minute The emotion I had was up and down Got me mad and happy This i I received this book for honest Review.The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey healeyjane beantowngirls historicalfiction ww2fictionThank you getredpr lorijill321 lakeunionauthors for the free copy.This story had me going crazy What a great hangover What a great Rollercoaster Love the characters, the storyline was well written and well put together It had me interested threw the hole book I couldn t put it down for one minute The emotion I had was up and down Got me mad and happy This is the type of story that you will never forget It the type that you will always carry with you and always remember What a delight to read I really enjoy the hole story I highly recommend everybody read It will have you hook from every page, from every chapter It will feel like you right in the book yourself flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 09, 2019 Christine Moore rated it it was amazing review of another edition I read a lot of WW2 books and this was one of the best I have read I had never heard of the Red Cross Clubmobile girl volunteers Fiona and her two very best friends join the Red Cross Clubmobile and go to Europe They encounter many obstacles but also they realize how very brace they are I loved the characters in this book From Fiona trying to find out what happened to her fiancee, Viviana who wants adventure, and Dotty who goes to be with her friends All three girls find themselves while b I read a lot of WW2 books and this was one of the best I have read I had never heard of the Red Cross Clubmobile girl volunteers Fiona and her two very best friends join the Red Cross Clubmobile and go to Europe They encounter many obstacles but also they realize how very brace they are I loved the characters in this book From Fiona trying to find out what happened to her fiancee, Viviana who wants adventure, and Dotty who goes to be with her friends All three girls find themselves while being a Red Cross Clubmobile girl I thoroughly enjoyed this book and its wonderful characters I received an advanced readers copy from NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing All opinions are my own flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Mystica rated it really liked it review of another edition It amazes me that each time I read a book with the setting of the world wars, it always shows me another aspect of the wars which was unknown to me.Most times poignant and emotional, it also shows human beings at their best and worst The Beantown Girls depicts a group of young women fresh out of college, no experience of life or the world thrust into the grim reality of war on a scale that would be unimaginable to them from the homes they came from and the country they came from The storie It amazes me that each time I read a book with the setting of the world wars, it always shows me another aspect of the wars which was unknown to me.Most times poignant and emotional, it also shows human beings at their best and worst The Beantown Girls depicts a group of young women fresh out of college, no experience of life or the world thrust into the grim reality of war on a scale that would be unimaginable to them from the homes they came from and the country they came from The stories of Fiona, Viv and Dottie who volunteered for the Red Cross, joined the Clubmobile group all with the idea of bringing cheer and support to the American troops on the ground are inspiring Never faced with hardships, never having made to go without they led comfortable lives and now find themselves in an atmosphere of hard work, uncomfortable living conditions and still expected to be bright and cheery I loved how the stories panned out, each finding love it had to be with the shortage of girls on the ground in comparison to the men but it also brought out the way each of them met their obligations of their jobs, not shirking from what was expected of them The characterizations were spot on, the settings were descriptive and the story was a good one flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Jan 30, 2019 Christina Bookwormmommyof3 rated it it was amazing Very beautifully written Will post full review for publication date flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 18, 2018 Lisa Hudson rated it it was amazing EXTRAORDINARY The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey is EXTRAORDINARY It is the type of book that envelopes you, takes you captive and holds on to your heart and soul long after you ve read the final word Healey boldly takes readers on an unforgettable journey with Fiona Denning and her two best friends, Viviana and Dottie, as they volunteer as Red Cross Clubmobile girls to serve overseas during WWII The three have very different motivations Fiona s plan is to get to the Continent and discover he EXTRAORDINARY The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey is EXTRAORDINARY It is the type of book that envelopes you, takes you captive and holds on to your heart and soul long after you ve read the final word Healey boldly takes readers on an unforgettable journey with Fiona Denning and her two best friends, Viviana and Dottie, as they volunteer as Red Cross Clubmobile girls to serve overseas during WWII The three have very different motivations Fiona s plan is to get to the Continent and discover her fianc s fate Viviana just wants a to leave the ordinary and experience adventure Dottie wants to be able to use her musical talents to bring cheer and hope to the guys on the front lines In reality, what they find are three women they never knew existed Women who learned quickly, who had no time for pettiness, who learned to live with little and appreciate the smallest things, who learned to appreciate the skill sets of others, who were bonded together for life after all they endured together and women who looked death straight in the eye on than one occasion and still didn t crack under pressure.The three women do obtain their original goals But, oh the LIVING that it took to obtain them The Beantown Girls is one of the most captivating books I ve read in a long time When I finished, I felt as though I had been on the Clubmobile with those girls I had lived their story and it was exhausting but it was also exhilarating I couldn t help but think about all the characters in this book and reflect on the REAL heroes who fought for our freedom They truly were The Greatest Generation Where would we be without them I was provided an ARC of this book by Lake Union Publishers The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 25, 2018 Sunni rated it it was amazing I received an Advanced Reader s Copy of this book from it s author Jane Healy This novel is a wonderful piece of historical fiction, that takes place during WW2 Ms Healy beautifully combines the horrors of war, with the hope and faith in the power of love and friendship The main character Fiona, is very real, very loveable and very brave It s very easy to imagine yourself in her shoes The bond between her and her friends will resonate with most women, and the relationships they build with I received an Advanced Reader s Copy of this book from it s author Jane Healy This novel is a wonderful piece of historical fiction, that takes place during WW2 Ms Healy beautifully combines the horrors of war, with the hope and faith in the power of love and friendship The main character Fiona, is very real, very loveable and very brave It s very easy to imagine yourself in her shoes The bond between her and her friends will resonate with most women, and the relationships they build with the servicemen they are there to serve will bring you to an emotional level that you might not expect Ms Healy brings you to the front lines, and doesn t shy away from showing the horrors of war, the sacrifices made, but also manages to convey the power of human kindness, and how the simple act of a cup of coffee and a donut can bring such comfort I highly recommend this book It s a wonderful story flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 25, 2018 Kristen Cook A Book Ninja rated it it was amazing Shelves ninja review team This is the first book of Healey s that I have read and this will not be my last The book started out a little slow for me and then picked up to the point that I accomplished nothing else today but reading this book I have read plenty of WW2 books and had never heard of this group of women with The Red Cross I found this story fascinating and amazing that The Red Cross would send in civilians to do the job that they did This story is a great story of friendship, service to country, bravery a This is the first book of Healey s that I have read and this will not be my last The book started out a little slow for me and then picked up to the point that I accomplished nothing else today but reading this book I have read plenty of WW2 books and had never heard of this group of women with The Red Cross I found this story fascinating and amazing that The Red Cross would send in civilians to do the job that they did This story is a great story of friendship, service to country, bravery and so much The interaction with the POWs brought tears to my eyes as did the story many other times I loved that the author disclosed what parts of the story were true events and where she embellished the story This is a story that you won t want to miss I received an ARC of this book All thoughts opinions are my own flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 23, 2018 Laurie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Living in the midst of war was its own reality And all of us that were living in it longed for intimacy and connection, however fleeting, because it reminded us of what mattered most Historical fiction based on real events during World War II is the setting as Fiona, Dottie and Viviana from Boston decide to join the Red Cross Clubmobile with other women to provide coffee, donuts and friendship for the troops in battle Along with being on the front line and seeing things nobody would ever wan Living in the midst of war was its own reality And all of us that were living in it longed for intimacy and connection, however fleeting, because it reminded us of what mattered most Historical fiction based on real events during World War II is the setting as Fiona, Dottie and Viviana from Boston decide to join the Red Cross Clubmobile with other women to provide coffee, donuts and friendship for the troops in battle Along with being on the front line and seeing things nobody would ever want to see these ladies find allies, heartbreak, truth and a strength that cannot ever be imagined Yet they moved forward each day in deplorable conditions to assist these men fighting to defeat the enemy.It is well written, and definitely well researched I found myself crying many times throughout this novel The words pulled me right in to 1944, grateful and rooting for each person that was present during this war flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 27, 2019 Christina G rated it it was amazing The Beantown Girls has a combination of friendship, love, humor and the realities of war is both heart warming and heart wrenching.Fiona Denning and her two best friends, Dottie and Viv, volunteer for the Red Cross to become Clubmobile girls and help in the war effort during WWII Fiona s reason for willingly entering a war zone to serve donuts, coffee to help lighten the hearts of the soldiers is different than the other Clubmobile volunteers Nearly a year before volunteering Fiona s fianc e, The Beantown Girls has a combination of friendship, love, humor and the realities of war is both heart warming and heart wrenching.Fiona Denning and her two best friends, Dottie and Viv, volunteer for the Red Cross to become Clubmobile girls and help in the war effort during WWII Fiona s reason for willingly entering a war zone to serve donuts, coffee to help lighten the hearts of the soldiers is different than the other Clubmobile volunteers Nearly a year before volunteering Fiona s fianc e, Danny, disappeared when he was shot down in battle There is no indication whether he is alive or dead and living in a state of limbo is tearing Fiona apart She hopes that being closer to the action she ll be able to discover his fate and move forward one way or another While she holds onto the hope that he ll return to her there are times when she is overcome with the reality that he may already be gone Dottie and Viv understand why Fiona chose to volunteer and decided to accompany her in support of their friend, but they each have their own reasons for joining the frontlines as well Viv isn t appreciated at work and wants to do something that matters to her while Dottie wants to push herself past the shyness that at times paralyzes her and holds her back.The girls arrive in London for training and learn that being a Clubmobile girl is complicated than just serving coffee and donuts They have to learn to make donuts using a potentially dangerous machine if not used properly, drive a massive Clubmobile vehicle which is than difficult for city girls who have never driven in their lives, and find ways to lighten the soldiers moods when they are being faced with the shocking realities of war themselves The trio find themselves overwhelmed and struggling to impress the field director who will determine whether they can move to the frontlines and allow Fiona to a reach her ultimate goal of finding Danny.This book was intriguing from the start I hadn t heard of the Red Cross Clubmobile Girls before reading the description for this story and was fascinated by the idea of women volunteering to go to a war zone to serve coffee and donuts to soldiers so they could provide hope during the devastation of war It was amazing to read about how these woman put themselves in danger to help in even the smallest of ways which ultimately had a large impact Jane Healey created characters who were real, relatable and made me want to know them I felt for Fiona and her struggles I love how she grew throughout the story She had an inner strength and determination that is commendable Viv and Dottie were different in how they handled the emotions of war and it was interesting to read how they each dealt with the stress It was also wonderful to read a story that was so focused on the friendships of these women The interactions felt believable and these are girls I would love to spend some time with I honestly tend to avoid historical fiction that takes place during WWII because many of the stories I ve read in the past tend to be difficult for me to read given the heavy subject matter However, while this story dealt with the terror of war in a way that felt realistic and respectful it also had a lightness to it and was filled with enough humor that I really enjoyed this story I am rarely moved to tears by a book but this story had me choked up on multiple occasions as well as laughing out loud than a few times If you re looking for a story that takes you on an emotional roller coaster, is filled with love and friendship, and shares a unique look of women in history then I d highly recommend The Beantown Girls flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        Jane Healey shares a home north of Boston with her husband, two daughters, and two cats When she s not writing historical fiction, she enjoys running, reading, cooking and going to the beach For information on the author, her work and upcoming events Website janehealey Facebook facebook JaneHealeyBooks Twitter and Instagram healeyjane


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    1. I read a lot of historical fiction and had never heard of the Red Cross Clubmobile The Beantown Girls is a heartbreaking yet inspiring glimpse into World War Two and those who served Jane Healey s beautiful and descriptive writing made me feel as if the girls were my besties and I was right there with them Be prepared when you read thougha box of tissues close by and a book hangover when finished I highly recommend The Beantown Girls


    2. Fantastic story of friendship, love, and bravery Historical fiction at its finest, inviting the reader into little known parts of our past and bringing it to bloom with characters we love right away.


    3. FULL REVIEW WILL BE IN FEBRUARY.Leaving Boston and their jobs to become Red Cross Clubmobile Girls is where we meet Viv, Dottie, and Fiona.I enjoyed learning about these women and this program and how these women helped during the war Despite the main story line about war, THE BEANTOWN GIRLS was an enjoyable read filled with friendship, caring, love, and of course tears and sadness Historical fiction fans and women s fiction fans will love this book.You will definitely need tissues, and we all F [...]


    4. It s 1944, and there is a war, and those topics alone typically stop me from reading certain books SO MANY TIMES I ve started reviews with, I m not a historical fiction fan but. BUT, THIS BOOK This has officially turned me into a HUGE historical fiction fan I adored every character, I looked forward to reading it every night and rushed to get back to it And I am SO MAD that it had to end The emotions in this one are so easy to feel I found myself laughing out loud, and my husband ke It s 1944, a [...]


    5. 4.5 Stars to Jane Healey s novel of love, loss and extreme courage in World War II Fiona Denning s life is uprooted when she learns her fianc Danny has gone missing in Germany Determined to get answers, Fiona and her girlfriends Dottie and Viv sign up to become Red Cross Clubmobile girls and head overseas themselves There is so much heart in this story from the friendships to the romance and the family and Healey s writing really makes these women come alive From learning how to make donuts 4.5 [...]


    6. This book was wonderful The author really captured the essence of these women, as well as the servicemen, who served their country during WWII The story was heartfelt and poignant, leaving me in tears at times, but also making my heart happy in other moments It was wonderful to watch these women as the evolved, losing their naivety along the way, but gaining strength and courage The Beantown Girls is compelling and well paced, a book which will keep readers involved emotionally from the firs Thi [...]


    7. Linda s Book Obsession Reviews The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey, Lake Union Publishing, February 5, 2019Jane Healey, Author of The Beantown Girls has written an intriguing, intense, heart breaking, emotional, enthralling and captivating novel The Genres are a marriage between Fiction and History of World War Two, and the role of the Red Cross Clubmobile Girls Kudos to Jane Healey for the hours of research, interviews, and authentication of the time period and the Red Cross ClubMobile Girl Linda [...]


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