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A Woman's Place: A Novel Paperback – November 1, 2006
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"A Woman's Place is a thought-provoking, eye-opening and worthwhile piece of World War II Americana." -- Violet Nesdoly, blogcritics.org
"A Woman's Place is a tribute to all women who sacrificed so much... during the World War II era." -- Rel Mollet, relzreviews.blogspot.com
"A very compelling story, A Woman's Place has found a place on my 'keeper' shelves." -- RomanceDesigns.com
"I found this book extremely well-written and it draws you into the lives of these four women." -- Holly Bowers, 1340Mag.com
"This was a very satisfying book." -- Debra Kiefat, armchairinterviews.com
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A Woman's Place is about four women who answer the call to do something useful related to the war effort.
Virginia, an easily intimated housewife, breaks the mode of what an ideal housewife is, according to her husband, or so she thinks. Neither she nor her husband is prepared for the confident and strong woman she becomes.
Rosa is street wise and newly married to a sailor she barely knows. Living with her in-laws in a household with demanding rules, she discovers love and acceptance, despite her fiery nature.
Helen is lonely and elderly. A former school teacher, she is met with the skepticism that she is capable of menial work, however it is this call to the war effort that forces her to face her fears and befriend these women.
Jean is a natural leader and a twin. Her desire to become the woman God wants her to be collides with what her boyfriend wants in a wife. There has to be more to a partnership than just having babies and running a household.
This was a very satisfying book. Lynn Austin captured the call to arms through the lives of these women who wanted to participate in the war effort. Each of their stories reflects how they faced discrimination and conflict in a time when the roles of men and women were changing.
Armchair Interviews says: Unusual look at WWII from a woman's perspective.
Four women, brought together by America's call for women to aid the war effort, take jobs at the Stockton Shipworks and train in electronics. Newly married Rosa wants to escape the disapproval of her parents-in-law while her husband Dirk fights overseas, Jean, the youngest, dreams of going to college, Helen is all alone after the death of her elderly parents and the wealth left to her is simply not enough and Virginia is desperately afraid she has become nothing more than a "servant" to her husband and sons. Working as a team the women discover that their differences are not enough to stand in the way of friendship. They discover abilities previously untapped and challenges never before experienced. When tragedy strikes and prejudice threatens to separate them these women find strength and hope in eachother and discover that faith and friendship is truly enough to overcome all things.
Lynn Austin has written a beautiful novel that held my interest throughout all of its 446 pages. Each chapter is written from the perspective of one of the characters but this is not a distraction or hard to follow. Despite finding Virginia's timidity irritating in the early chapters she soon developed into a character I understood more as her personality and circumstances were revealed. The remaining three characters were fascinating and believable and while from another era, their hopes, fears and challenges were easy to relate to. The author transports you to the 1940's with relevant detail and obviously impeccable research.Read more ›
The novel begins with a snapshot of the quartet in their respective pre-war lives nicely developing characters who will grow into dear friends as the pages progress. When the attack at Pearl Harbour hits, their lives are uprooted and the narrative continually rotates to each perspective of women-at-war.
The novel is at times funny, heartbreaking and warm. A scene where Rosa accidentaly spikes the punch bowl with vodka intoxicating her mother-in-law's church women's group had me in stitches.
The structure of the novel also works extremely well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful book. Enjoyed reading a long novel. Fell in love with the characters. Learned a lot about this time in our history. I will read more books by Lynn AustinPublished 8 days ago by Edith Gwaltney
Good clean easy read while looking into the beginning of women moving into America's workforce and our country at war. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Barbara Vanek
I can't remember much since it's been years since I've read it. But I DO remember LOVING this book to pieces. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dork
As always thank you Lynn Austin for another inspiring, uplifting read. I always learn so much about history from your stories too. Loved it.Published 2 months ago by Mimi Bjorklund