The Beantown Girls (by Jane Healey) … delightful and moving story of the Red Cross Clubmobile girls

I really enjoyed this delightful story of three girls who serve as part of the Red Cross Clubmobile crew during WWII.  The cover caught my attention and then the book pulled me in.  I learned so much.  The characters are so well developed.  You really feel like you know each girl and you feel their joy, fear, sorrow, and anxiety as you travel with them through the pages.  While the girls have fun, their experiences are amazing.  They endure bombs being dropped around them, seeing the trauma the war has on the soldiers, the lack of food, having to live in tents, etc.  But they are so strong and resilient and you love their ability to grin and offer positive comments to the men with whom they interact.  I am so glad I was given the opportunity to read this wonderful book.  What an inspirational story that will have you laughing and crying … cheering and booing … sitting on the edge of your seat to find out how the story will end.  It’s worth the journey and I hope you put this at the top of your to-be-read list.

Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for my advanced review copy.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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