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A Woman's Place
A Woman's Place
Author: Lynn Austin
As America rises to meet the challenge of World War II, the call for defense workers unites four women at Seneca Shipyards in Michigan: Virginia longs to find a purpose beyond her role as a housewife; Helen's lonely, single existence drives her to accept a demanding job despite her advancing years; Rosa is desperate to flee her in-laws' ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780764228902
ISBN-10: 0764228900
Publication Date: 11/1/2006
Pages: 448
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 103 ratings
Publisher: Bethany House
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 0
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Pioneerheart avatar reviewed A Woman's Place on + 89 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 11
Explores the lives of four women in smalltown Michigan during WWII. The unlikely quartet of heroines a mouthy Italian, a farm girl desperate to go to college, a spinster schoolteacher who's inherited a fortune, and a bored housewife meet and become fast friends when they take Rosie the Riveter jobs at a local factory.
Not my favorite Lynn Austin novel.
The story is entertaining and heartwarming, but I felt moved way to quickly in the end. Still an enjoyable read.
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Helpful Score: 11
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.
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Helpful Score: 8
This was a wonderful story of courage, fears, racism, sexism, and just plain life!
It is wonderful to read about my Mother's generation and see that they had such courage and problems just like my generation! They handled them so well.........and came through very strong!
This is a "must read" for all Baby Boomers and their children!
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A good historical novel of the U.S.. Four women from different backgrounds come together as a crew in a shipyard during WWII. Austin fleshes out the characters well. This is the first book of hers I've read. I will read more.
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I love seeing the friendships between the women as they grow more fond of each other, and help each other to navigate new waters. The older woman especially since she was so determined at first not to get attached to any new friends because she had lost so many people in her life.
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I picked this book because I am basically a feminist - and because one of my best friends was a "Rosie the Riveter" at Boeing in Seattle during WWII. Four women of different ages and backgrounds become a crew of shipyard electricians as part of the war effort - with various reactions, positive and negative, from their families and friends. They also become involved in the struggle to integrate African-Americans into the workforce, which provokes real violence from some of their racist male co-workers.

An interesting topic and book - although I found it very slow reading. I also wasn't prepared for the Christian religious aspect of the story, although I realize now that this is a regular part of this author's work.
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Great book about women coming together to overcome the odds

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