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

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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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I loved this book! I'd never read Lynn Austin before, but I will check out the rest of her books now. The story follows the lives of 4 women during WW2. Each woman, for a different reason, begins working in the shipyards, replacing men who have gone to war. Seemingly diverse in their personalities, they soon find much in common.

The story weaves in and out of each of their lives as they touch each other and grow together. Th book touches on so many struggles: religious beliefs, lack of faith, getting along with in-laws, racial discrimination and falling in love, among others. I loved the connectedness: that women bond and help each other regardless of color, economics or age. Each of these women had an issue or reason for going to work, and each comes into her own self.

Compelling and beautifully written.


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  2kidsandtired | Aug 2, 2016 |
I loved this book! I'd never read Lynn Austin before, but I will check out the rest of her books now. The story follows the lives of 4 women during WW2. Each woman, for a different reason, begins working in the shipyards, replacing men who have gone to war. Seemingly diverse in their personalities, they soon find much in common.

The story weaves in and out of each of their lives as they touch each other and grow together. Th book touches on so many struggles: religious beliefs, lack of faith, getting along with in-laws, racial discrimination and falling in love, among others. I loved the connectedness: that women bond and help each other regardless of color, economics or age. Each of these women had an issue or reason for going to work, and each comes into her own self.

Compelling and beautifully written.


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  2kidsandtired | Aug 2, 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 |
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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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