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.
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.
"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.