The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey

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. 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...


Details The Beantown Girls

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

  • marilyn
    2019-02-07
    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...
  • Tammy
    2019-01-28
    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
    2019-02-04
    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
    2019-01-27
    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...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    2019-02-11
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 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
    2018-08-12
    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.
  • Sherri Thacker
    2019-02-25
    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!
  • Aga Durka
    2019-01-31
    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...
  • Kate Vocke
    2018-12-04
    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...
  • Susan Peterson
    2019-01-12
    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...
  • Amy
    2019-02-04
    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...
  • Jamie
    2019-01-31
    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 fiancé 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...
  • Lynda Loigman
    2019-02-14
    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.
  • Laura Gelinas
    2019-02-04
    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...
  • The Just-About-Cocky Ms M
    2019-02-15
    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,...
  • Linda Zagon
    2019-01-27
    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...
  • Julie
    2019-02-19
    So good, I didn’t want it to end!
  • Aga Durka
    2019-02-02
    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...
  • Barbara
    2019-01-14
    I love reading about little known parts of history and The Beantown Girls delivers on that. The story centers on Red Cross Clubmobile girls in WWII. Three friends from Boston join up and get sent off to Europe to boost morale of the troops while delivering coffee and donuts. Fiona has an ulterior motive for joining, she hopes to find out what happened to her fiance who is listed as MIA. The characters were all so well written and realistic. I lov...
  • Patricia Sands
    2018-11-16
    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.
  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    2019-02-09
    3.5 STARS - Even as an avid reader of WWII Historical Fiction I was surprised that I had never heard of the Red Cross Clubmobile girls and their influence on the war effort. This was a group of young, educated American women who were sent overseas to bring a little bit of home to the men on the front lines. While their main duties included serving donuts and coffee to the men, their morale boosting presence was what benefitted the soldiers the mo...
  • Rhonda Ruff
    2019-02-10
    Great story of the beantown girls during ww2. They were sent to help our soldiers to help and build moral. Founding the story very good and heartwarming. I am going to a little research on my own about these girls!
  • Soraya Lane
    2019-02-18
    I don't even know where to start! This is a fantastic novel that hooked me from the very beginning. If you enjoy reading about women during WWII, then you will love this story of bravery, dedication and friendship. I enjoyed the entire book, but the last third was just so addictive - loved it! And let's not forget how incredible these girls were who volunteered to head to the front to serve coffee and doughnuts to the troops!
  • Betty
    2019-01-29
    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 more 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 Eu...
  • Sue
    2018-12-28
    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 ...
  • Linda Zagon
    2019-01-27
    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...
  • Meaghan
    2019-02-19
    4 1/2 stars rounded up Thank you to the publisher for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review!Typically I stay away from historical fiction but recently I have tried to read genres outside of my norm. Boyyyy am I glad I did because The Beantown Girls was superb! I grew up North of Boston so immediately I felt a connection to the story. There were tidbits about local places and our sports teams that pulled me right in. I also truly ap...
  • Jen
    2019-02-07
    I adore historical fiction. I think it’s so important to put faces and stories to the many who suffered during the dark times of war. I particularly enjoy stories of light and hope in the midst of such darkness. This wonderful novel was no exception and I absolutely loved it! ****Fiona has her whole life mapped out with her fiancé until life derails and her fiancé is declared missing in action. Determined to help the war efforts and find out ...
  • [[ Frankie ]]
    2019-02-26
    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...
  • Jennifer
    2019-01-28
    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 cen...