I received a free copy of this book from Cornerstone, Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.
With the war showing no sign of abating, Helen is thriving in her role as shipyard manager. But at home the return of her father brings a shocking discovery that tears her family apart.
Gloria is shouldering the burden of a terrible secret. If the truth comes out there could be dire consequences, and it will take all her resolve to resist the pressure around her.
Meanwhile Rosie is throwing herself into her work, taking on as many shifts as she can. Anything to keep her mind off the fact that she hasn’t heard from her sweetheart in months…
With life in the shipyards tougher than ever, will the strength of their friendship see them through to victory?
If you’ve been following my posts closely, you would’ve noticed that my current obsession is the role of women during World War 1 and 2. When men started participating in wars, women slowly started entering the workforce. And I simply love empowering stories about them!
In Shelter by Sarah Franklin, I learned that lumberjills were employed to fell trees to provide wood for the war effort. In this novel, I came across my first story on the cultural icon Rosie the Riveter–not to be confused with the Rosie who’s the star of this novel.
Nancy Revell has written an entire series of brilliant novels centered on women working in shipyards during WWII. I didn’t know that this book was a part of a series until I cracked it open. I loved this story so much that I now want to read the first four books in the series too! The women in this book are strong, inspirational, and show solidarity stronger than the joints they weld in it. I simply loved them and can’t wait to read more about them!
However, I had trouble remembering who was who in the first few chapters. I’m sure I wouldn’t have had this problem if I’d read the previous books too. Also, while the writing is great, Revell sometimes says rather than shows. I don’t want the words to tell me someone’s plotting something, tell me it with their body language.
But these were just minor problems. The book, overall, is very fast-paced and well-written. Read it if you like historical fiction with a touch of WWII, feminism, and some badass women!
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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