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The Beantown Girls

door Jane Healey

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An Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestseller. 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.… (meer)

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The story opens with Fiona, Dottie, and Viv on board the Queen Elizabeth heading to England as part of the Red Cross Clubmobile girls in the summer of 1944. You quickly find out why Fiona wanted to volunteer. Her fiancée, Danny is missing in action. She volunteered to try and find out what happened to him. Her two best friends also volunteered because they weren’t going to leave her alone. I had never heard of the Clubmobile during the war and reading this book sent me down a Google rabbit hole. The story itself is engaging and interesting. There are details on the training and inner workings of the Red Cross Clubmobile. You went from England to the front lines and felt that you were with the girls every step of the way. I both laughed and cried during the book. It was well written and even though part of it was hard to read I was sad when the book ended. ( )
  i.should.b.reading | Oct 29, 2020 |
A group of naïve, pretty, American girls leaving home for the first time in order to bring a touch of cheer (as well as coffee and donuts) to battle-weary US troops fighting in Europe in World War 11. That's the Red Cross Clubmobile girls - a little known and potentially interesting side-bar to the war. A great scenario with bags of opportunity for nail-biting danger, constant tension and an emotional roller-coaster ride. All lost in pages of insipid description, uninspiring dialog and tossed-off tragedies. I'm sorry to be so negative, but I guess when others reviewed this book so favorably, I expected a lot more. ( )
  Miribooks | Jul 14, 2020 |
I'm a sucker for World War II genre fiction and this one was fairly well written with a well-plotted story. It tells the story of three girls from Boston who join the Red Cross after one of them, Fiona Denning, learns that her fiance has been shot down over Germany and is missing in action. Fiona thinks, somewhat unrealistically, that she will be sent immediately to France and from there can find her missing boy friend.

However, things don't go quite like she plans. The girls' training turns out to be one disastrous mistake after another. So they are initially assigned to work at the air fields in England. There, however, they prove their mettle and finally are sent to France and then follow the troops into the midst of the Battle of the Bulge where the tale of their escape from Bastogne kept even cynical me enthralled.

Like all good fiction of this sort, this one has a happy ending - just not the happy ending you anticipate. ( )
  etxgardener | Aug 28, 2019 |
During the last year of WWII, Fiona, Viviana, and Dottie volunteer with the Red Cross as Clubmobile girls. Fiona's fiancé has been missing in action for over a year and she is determined to find out more. Viviana is an outspoken vivacious girl while Dottie is shy and reluctant to share her musical talents. As Clubmobile girls, they travel from fort to station, delivering donuts, coffee, and supplies to boost troop morale.

This was a quick read. It featured strong female characters, which I loved. I've read a lot of WWII books, and this is the first time I've heard of the Red Cross Clubmobile girls. Overall, well worth picking up! ( )
  JanaRose1 | Apr 29, 2019 |
Enjoyed the book. Did not know about the Red Cross girls. At least it was based on real events. The people in the book were interesting and different. Nice love story. ( )
  shazjhb | Apr 7, 2019 |
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An Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestseller. 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.

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