Historical fiction

The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey


Sarah Mollo-Christensen (Narrator)

I was a little torn about how to talk about this tale, so much so that I delayed the writing of this review to get my thoughts straight. I saw a few very nice reviews of this book in the blogging world and was looking forward to the story. I had it on my Kindle unlimited list and pushed it up the queue in order to listen to it first. I have to say that the narrator made this a great book. I enjoyed the nuances that she used to narrate the characters as written by the author. The writing therefore was good and it was based on a part of the world war effort on the part of the Red Cross that I had not known or read about before.

This is the story of three friends who sign up to be a Red Cross Clubmobile girls and Fiona is like their ring leader. She has an ulterior motive to wanting to be in the field, closer to the war. The three women are intelligent and interesting,a combination that always makes a good read. I unfortunately was uncomfortable with the subject matter. The women were there more as eye candy and emotional support system than anything else, they did not seem to have been trained even in basic first aid and only had to put up a good front to boost morale and let the men flirt with them. This rubbed me the wrong way, I know times were different and this was the best way they knew how to make the best of a terrible situation. The last few chapters with regards to the end of the war did have me in tears even though I was travelling in public transport at the time and that was probably why I liked it as much as I did. Fiona, Viv and Dottie all have personal lives throughout the book and large chunks of it felt too convenient. I know books with feel-good romances have to have happily ever afters but given the background and why they were all there, it seemed superfluous to me.

To summarize: I loved the character building, the uniqueness of the situation and the whole new insight into activities performed during the war but I had to constantly shush my mind not to rebel against certain parts of the book and that put me off my pace. Once again though I have to mention that the narration was awesome, and I wish I could have liked this more than I did!

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My Kindle Unlimited list now looks like this (the last review was: The Road Beyond Ruin by Gemma Liviero)

42409735      36318991 36044873 38314066   29806086 Deranged (Jessie Cole, #3) 31184479 10155 41437390 40546106



2 thoughts on “The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey”

  1. The superficial role that women were put into bothered me too….but sadly I think it’s reflective of the times. Overall an engaging read! I loved learning about the clubmobile.

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