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A Woman's Place: A Novel by Lynn Austin

A Woman's Place: A Novel (original 2006; edition 2006)

by Lynn Austin

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Title:A Woman's Place: A Novel
Authors:Lynn Austin
Info:Bethany House Publishers (2006), Paperback, 448 pages

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A Woman's Place: A Novel by Lynn Austin (2006)



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During WWII a call for women to help contribute to the war effort is issued. This story focuses on four women who have taken jobs at the local shipworks as they discover their abilities and strengths.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Dec 9, 2016 |
Very good, gave to lilly 2016
  cowlover1 | Jul 7, 2016 |
In this story, four very different women become friends during World War II as they work together helping to build ships in a small town in Michigan.

Helen is 50 year old school teacher from a wealthy family, driven by a loneliness that money can't fulfill. Rosie is a brash Italian girl, living with her in-laws and having a hard time putting up with their rules. Jean is a farm girl just out of high school, yearning to go to college and prove herself in a man's word, and Ginny is bored housewife, lacking self confidence.

As they work together, they bond and become friends as the war progresses, supporting each other through tough times and heartbreak.

I really enjoyed this story, and since it was set during war time, of course there some heartbreaking moments, but there was also hope and humor in it too. One of my favorite scenes in the book was when Rosa accidentally spiked her mother-in-law's punch for her church group meeting, getting all the women intoxicated; that one had me laughing! ( )
  mom2acat | Oct 30, 2014 |
A lovely story of four very different women who become a supportive group of friends when the are placed on the same crew in a shipyard during World War II. I loved their different stories and their search for more meaningful lives. It is Christian fiction, but unlike some in that genre it is a skillfully told story as well, one that made me care deeply for the women and their families. ( )
  wareagle78 | Jan 26, 2014 |
I didn't know for half the book whether i liked this book or not. The characters were really caricatures of various roles of women: the fiftyish something unmarried school teacher who feels the need to correct people; the brash, undisciplined Brooklyn girl, the doormat who is finally upset that her family doesnt appreciate her; the 18 yr old who is bound and determined to go to college and be her own person, all living in 1941 America. The story was predictable, but i began to like the characters and the story and the feminism and anti-racism of the author.
Even though i am not religious and was irked by the evangelical attitude of some characters, i know people like them.
I ended up enjoying the book. ( )
  Jeanperry | Nov 21, 2012 |
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'Es gibt viele tüchtige Frauen', sagt er, 'aber du bist die allerbeste!' Anmut und Schönheit sind vergänglich und kein Grund, eine Frau zu rühmen; aber wenn sie den Herrn ernst nimmt, dann verdient sie Lob. Ihre Mühe darf nicht unbelohnt bleiben: Für das, was sie leistet, soll die ganze Stadt sie ehren.
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They watched their sons, their brothers, and their husbands enlist to fight a growing menace across the seas. And when their nation asked, they answered the call as well. Virginia longs to find a purpose beyond others' expectations. Helen is driven by a loneliness money can't fulfill. Rosa is desperate to flee her in-laws' rules. Jean hopes to prove herself in a man's world. Under the storm clouds of destruction that threaten America during the early 1940s, this unlikely gathering of women will experience life in sometimes starling new ways as their beliefs are challenged and they struggle toward a new understanding of what love and sacrifice truly mean.

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While their men fight on far-flung battlefields, America's women help produce what's necessary for victory. In a Michigan shipyard, four female co-workers forge strong bonds of friendship.

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