Today’s book review features
The Blackout Book Club by Amy Lynn Green.
An impulsive promise to her brother before he goes off to the European Front puts Avis Montgomery in the unlikely position of head librarian in small-town Maine. Though she has never been much of a reader, when wartime needs threaten to close the library, she invents a book club to keep its doors open. The women she convinces to attend the first meeting couldn’t be more different–a wealthy spinster determined to aid the war effort, an exhausted mother looking for a fresh start, and a determined young war worker.
At first, the struggles of the home front are all the club members have in common, but over time, the books they choose become more than an escape from the hardships of life and the fear of the U-boat battles that rage just past their shores. As the women face personal challenges and band together in the face of danger, they find they share more in common with each other than they think. But when their growing friendships are tested by secrets of the past and present, they must decide whether depending on each other is worth the cost.
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The Blackout Book Club by Amy Lynn Green is historical fiction set on the home front during World War II.
The story follows the four original members of the Blackout Book Club, a group of women living in a small town in Maine at the start of the war. Not only is each woman unique, their situations are all very different. Yet, the book club brings them together.
I loved learning about the books the book club chose to read. It brought the story alive to think of the characters reading books that I have read (or haven’t yet). I also love all the historical detail the author includes in this book. There’s so much and it makes the setting so real.
I would classify this book as women’s historical fiction. It’s a bit on the slower side, meant to be enjoyed because of its meatiness, with little romance. As much as I love a historical romance, like the characters in the book, I’m so glad I read outside my usual choices or I would have missed a wonderful story. If you love history and books, then I highly recommend you pick up a copy of The Blackout Book Club.
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