A Woman's Place   -     By: Lynn Austin
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A Woman's Place

Bethany House / 2006 / Paperback

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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' rules; and Jean yearns to rise above her circumstances and attend college. As their lives intersect, this unlikely gathering of women will encourage, shape, and influence one another as they learn valuable lessons about themselves and about life, love, and faith.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0764228900
ISBN-13: 9780764228902
Availability: In Stock

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Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

Lynn Austin has won Christy Awards for her historical novels Candle in the Darkness and Fire by Night, as well as Hidden Places, which has been made into a Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her family live near Chicago, Illinois.

Publisher's Weekly

In an engrossing read, three-time Christy Award-winner Austin (All She Ever Wanted; Hidden Places) 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. On one level, the novel is simply about the bonds that form among the principals, recalling Whitney Otto's How to Make an American Quilt and Lynne Hinton's Friendship Cake. But the subtext, as the title suggests, is about gender roles. Can and should women defy their husbands? What does the Bible say about wifely obedience? Such questions present themselves urgently to each of the four protagonists (and, one imagines, to many of Austin's female evangelical readers). Austin sprinkles some lovely images throughout a newborn's fingernails "like drops of candle wax" and a humorous depiction of inadvertently tipsy church ladies will have readers in stitches. All in all, Austin offers a very enjoyable journey to an earlier wartime America. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Woman's Place
    October 5, 2014
    red
    This is a great book so glad I read it.A must read.
  2. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 17, 2013
    Army Mom
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I first picked up this book, I wasn't at all excited about reading it because it was set in WWII era of which I'm not a huge fan of. However, the phrase "never judge a book by it's cover" kept rearing its head at me as I found myself drawn into this amazing story of four women from different walks of life that come together at a local shipyard and become Rosie Riveters.

    These woman come to this shipyard of different reasons, and from different backgrounds and cultures, yet working together day in and day out they find that they are not so different after all.

    This is a story of friendship and love, of finding God and re-finding faith.

    It was truly an remarkable book.
  3. The Maritimes
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very good read!
    December 27, 2012
    CurledUpWithaBook
    The Maritimes
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Woman's Place, A: A Novel - eBook.
    This was a fantastic book. Loved how the four characters lives became entwined and how they looked out for each other.
  4. Broken Arrow, OK
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great for Teens, too!
    March 28, 2011
    Cindy Downes
    Broken Arrow, OK
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As homeschoolers, we often look for books that complement our lesson plans in science, history, music, art, etc. One place I look for books for teens is the Christian bookstore. Here, you'll find all sorts of wonderful books written for adults, but that are perfectly wonderful for teens. They are great stories, written in all genres (mystery, fantasy, historical fiction, etc.), and clean!

    Lynn Austin is one of my favorite authors in the Christian book world. Austin has written a number of books set during the 20th century, a time period that, until recently, hasn't been written about very much.

    "A Woman's Place" is the first book of hers I read. This is the story of four women during the 1940s, a time when the role of women began to change from stay-at-home mom to

    "get out and work for a cause" - World War II.

    Each of these four women is struggling to find herself in this new world. Virginia, who suspects her husband is having an affair, wants to find purpose for her life. She feels unappreciated and "stupid." Helen has all the money she needs, but is lonely and has lost her faith in God. Rosa is trying to find a life that doesn't involve being accosted by her drunken mother's latest boyfriends but does involve a knight in shining armor. And Jean, frustrated that she is born female, is intent on going to college and making something of herself during a time when few women went to work. All four of these women end up working at Stockton Shipyard where they work as "Rosie the Riveters" producing landing crafts for the war.

    This is a wonderful story of friendship, self-worth, and Christian faith. Although the topics are adult in theme, there is no bad language or objectionable scenes. Instead, it's a look at life for women during the 1940s. A history lesson told in prose, and it's not preachy. I highly recommend it.
  5. Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Enjoyable look at a period of change & uncertainty
    February 12, 2011
    Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "A Woman's Place" is a Christian historical fiction set in December 1941 through October 1944. It follows four women from very different backgrounds who start work in a war factory to help with the WWII war effort.

    The characters were varied and had realistic struggles. The book was a quick read, and the suspense was created mainly by relationship tensions and concern about those serving in the war. Vivid details about the time period and setting were woven into the story. However, at times, I felt like the author was trying to cover too many of the issues relating to the time period. This was especially true at the end, which was wrapped up so quickly that issues involving important secondary characters were left hanging.

    There were several characters with a strong Christian faith, one who never learned about God before now, and one who rejected God because He let her loved ones die due to illness, accident, and war. There were ongoing themes about forgiveness and trusting God. There were also scenes of Rosa asking funny questions about God because she knew so little and of Jean trying to teach her what God's grace means.

    There was no explicit sex. There was a minor amount of "fake" bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable historical to those interested in learning about the struggles faced by women in America in the early 1940s.
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