Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Review: A Woman's Place by Lynn Austin

A Woman's Place by Lynn Austin
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Pages: 446
Date Published: October 2006
Publisher: Bethany House
Source: BookMooch
Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book description
(from the back cover):
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 that money can't fulfill. Rosa is desperate to flee her in-law's 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 startling new ways as their beliefs are challenged and they struggle toward a new understanding of what love and sacrifice truly mean.

This story follows the lives of four very different women brought together in the early years of World War II in a naval shipyard. Each one has been affected by the attack on Pearl Harbor, and they each go to work for their country for different reasons. They face difficult decisions concerning their families, their hearts, and their faith. In the end each of them find that they have grown and matured in more ways than one.

This book wowed me. It was my second time reading Lynn Austin (I read Though Waters Roar in 2009), and with this book I am beginning to see why she is so highly spoken of in Christian Fiction circles. I've read other books set in the WWII homefront about women war workers in the past, and I think this one is my favorite so far. The characters are interesting and complex, the events didn't seem too predictable or easy, and the struggles the characters faced were difficult. There were aspects of each character that I could identify with, which helped me feel even more involved in the story. The faith aspect of the book was important and meaningful to the story as well--the women deal with significant spiritual questions throughout the pages.

I don't have a whole lot more to say (it's been a few months since I read this), but I highly recommend this book, especially if you like reading Christian fiction set in the United States during World War II. If you have enjoyed books like Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington, you'll love this book. It was one of my favorite Christian fiction reads of 2010.

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