The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey

The Beantown Girls

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 ...

Details The Beantown Girls

TitleThe Beantown Girls
Release DateFeb 5th, 2019
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II

Reviews The Beantown Girls

  • marilyn
    Thanks to this book, I plan to learn more about the early history of the Red Cross. In 1944, three 25 year old best friends apply for and meet the rigorous demands to become Red Cross Clubmobile girls, whose job it is to help raise morale of the men fighting in the war. Fiona wants to make it to France because her fiance was shot down over Germany months ago and is missing in action. Becoming a Clubmobile girl will get her closer to her fiance, i...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Sometimes a book just hits you at the right time...and blows you away with its warmth. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ The Beantown Girls is a doozy of a warm-hearted histfic read!Fiona Denning is a planner. She knows who she’ll marry, when, what she’ll do until then. But, in truth, her future is up in the air. It’s 1944, and the war is in full effect. The worst news comes when she finds out her fiancé has been shot down in Germany, and he’s MIA. Fi...
  • Tammy
    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 though...a box of tissues close by and a book hangover when finished! I highly recommend The Beantown Girls!
  • DJ Sakata
    Favorite Quotes:Ready or not, we’re on our way to England. We just went through six weeks of training for these jobs. I had to learn to play badminton, for the love of God. There’s no turning back now.I realized I was in a much better mood than when I arrived. I was supposed to be the one boosting their spirits, but instead that’s exactly what these men had done for me. Sometimes morale was a two-way street.…my heart was aching in ways th...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Leaving Boston and their jobs to become Red Cross Clubmobile Girls is where we meet Viv, Dottie, and Fiona.They all had different reasons for joining the Red Cross, but besides being a volunteer, Fiona's other reason was to find her missing fiance, Danny.When they arrive in London, a buzz bomb greets them and scares them to death.WE FOLLOW THE three friends through their seven-day training in all areas and share their fears and their fun during t...
  • Sherri Thacker
    This book kept me up awake at night into the wee hours. It was interesting to learn about the Red Cross Clubmobile girls and how much they helped during the WW2. I just loved Fiona the best and was rooting for her the whole way. Wow what a story!
  • ABookwormWithWine
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5 rounded upI don't read a whole lot of historical fiction, but man, The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey is a MUST read if you are a historical fiction fan and are interested in reading about World War II. What it's about: Based on the Red Cross Clubmobile girls, The Beantown Girls focuses on 3 friends that decide to join - Fiona, Viviana, and Dottie. Fiona's reason for wanting to join is different from her friends, her fiancé D...
  • Camille Maio
    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.
  • Aga Durka
    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 exception...I’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 rea...
  • Shari
    Barely historical fictionThis is 10 percent historical fiction and 90 percent fluff. More romance, with girls overly concerned with their makeup, who all happen to fall in love at first sight. And then neatly tied up with a bow type ending. 2 stars just for introducing red cross donut mobiles, a subject I had never heard of.
  • Kristie
    I thought this book was good, but it had a couple of issues: too much romance and too many coincidences. I thought this story was going to be about girlfriends and their experiences in the war. It was that, but it was also about women finding men. I was expecting something more like Code Name Verity and this was a lighter version with the women falling for different soldiers and discussing relationship issues. I didn't mind some of it because I d...
  • Kate Vocke
    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...
  • Aga Durka
    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 exception...I’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 rea...
  • Amy
    I've read my fair share of World War Two HF and I'm always eager to see a new spin on things, so when I read the description of this and realized I had never even heard of the Red Cross Clubmobile Girls I was excited! The idea of these young women volunteering to help out during such a scary and unsure time was fascinating to me and their bravery was so inspiring. Historical accuracy is so important to me, even when reading fiction and Healey did...
  • Susan Peterson
    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 wi...
  • Sarah
    I've written this review for Really Into ThisCheck out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.comHappy Reading, friends!THE BEANTOWN GIRLS BY JANE HEALEY BOOK REVIEWFiona’s fiance goes missing. Determined to find out the truth, Fiona applies to be a Red Cross Clubmobile girl. Along with her friends, Viv & Dottie, they head across the world. They will be serving coffee & doughnuts & bringing good cheer to the soldiers during World War II.A...
  • Emily
    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 themselve...
  • Lynda Loigman
    I loved this story of female ambition and friendship. Jane Healey has written a special story of some of the war's unsung heroines and the fascinating lives they led.
  • The Just-About-Cocky Ms M
    I almost passed on this book, but it was a Kindle Unlimited, so why not take a peek? To be brutally frank—which is my usual style, as y’all know—I was prepared to skim the book, find the mistakes, the historical errors, the dreaded anachronisms, and then cut loose in my review. But it didn’t work out that way.I will say that this type of book has now become terribly trite and overdone: bright, determined, beautiful girls from here, there,...
  • [[ Frankie ]]
    I love picking up a good historical fiction novel, especially those dealing with the Second World War. The Beantown Girls was a heart-wrenching, yet beautiful tale, with an amazing cast of strong female characters. The feelings this book gave me while reading it puts it pretty high up on my list of favorite WWII books. I’m literally at war with myself [no pun intended] trying to decide if I should bump this one up to five stars.I feel this tale...
  • Renee
    A rewarding sentimental journey! This book brought to mind all my favorite classic movies from & about this time period—Pearl Harbor, So Proudly We Hail, Since You Went Away—and the way they celebrate ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Loved the camaraderie among the girls, the vignettes of the soldiers (who knew a man saying farewell to a beloved dog could bo so touching), the sweet, quirky supporting characters, the descriptions of...
  • Laura//lauralovestoread Gelinas
    Another part of WWII history that I never even knew about! The Red Cross Clubmobile Girls helped raise morale during the war handing out coffee, making doughnuts, pitching in wherever help was needed in order to aid the soldiers. I loved The Beantown Girls so much! Fiona, Viviana, and Dottie were the three beauties who were friends since college, and decide to enter this next adventure together, to help the soldiers overseas. *Thank you to netgal...
  • Moonkiszt
    These were my grandmothers and great aunts!This story filled me with nostalgia and I read it with my veteran family members nudging me when their part of the war was featured . . .including a great aunt who really was a nurse that went to France where she ended up meeting her husband during emergencies in mobile hospitals. . . .it rang true to me. Romance is not my favorite. . And this is a very light read. . .But this had enough other credible s...
  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    This is another great story about the female, forgotten heroes of WWII. In this book we learn about the Red Cross Clubmobile Girls who were supposed to remain behind the lines and serve coffee and donuts to the soldiers in the camps. Fiona finds out her fiancé has been shot down in Germany and she doesn't want to sit back and wait. She convinces her two best friends, Dottie and Viviana to sign up with the Red Cross to head over to Europe. When t...
  • Carol (Reading Ladies)
    4.5 stars In Beantown Girls, three best friends conspire to serve their country during WW11 by joining the Red Cross as Clubmobile girls: Fiona is admired for her organizational and leadership skills; Viviana is adventuresome and outspoken; and Dottie is a shy music teacher. Healey uses a linear timeline to tell the story from Fiona’s point of view, and we soon discover that Fiona’s primary objective in this venture is to find more informatio...
  • Reading Badger
    If you are a fan of the historical novels, always eager to see a new spin on things, then “The Beantown Girls” is a great choice. Also, if you are looking for new interesting facts about World War II, then maybe you should find more about Red Cross Clubmobile Girls, which is the central topic of this impressive novel.The author, Jane Healey, has beautifully combined a romantic story during the war, with the adventure of 3 powerful women, who ...
  • Julie
    So good, I didn’t want it to end!
  • Linda Zagon
    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 authent...
  • Ella Carey
    I loved so much about Jane Healey's wonderful The Beantown Girls- the warm hearted characters, their good cheer and courage in the face of the devastation of war. I did not know much about these women who drove around the battlefields of Europe, supplying the troops with doughnuts and really, keeping their spirits up. I read that Jane Healey read these women's diaries as part of her research, and I think she's really captured the spirit of that g...
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