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A Woman's Place

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An unlikely gathering of four very different women as they encourage, shape, and influence each other, learning valuable lessons about life, love, and faith.
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Published November 1st 2006 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 2006)
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Naomi Bennet
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I... I... I just HAVE to give this five stars. Even though it's not Lynn Austin's BEST, in my opinion, I do think it's AMAZING and I... oh, I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I almost cried - I smiled - I shipped people like crazy - I LOVE IT.

The characters:

Ginny
I love all the characters, and Ginny is no exception. She's such a good mother, and OHHH SHE DESERVED THE HAPPY ENDING. I'm always so ridiculously happy when she and Harold are happy again in the end. Although, I have to be honest, her bits weren't a
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Staci
Feb 24, 2015 Staci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Lynn Austin delivers another very good historical. A Woman's Place is about four women, Ginny, Helen, Jean and Rosa, that work at a ship building plant in Michigan during WWII. The women arrive at their job as electricians by different paths. It was interesting to see what brought them to the job and how they grew during their time working in what was seen at that time as a man's job. They were revered by some and reviled by others. Sadly, some of the characters that didn't support them were clo ...more
Lee
Aug 13, 2010 Lee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First, let me say that this was a book club selection and it's not a book that I would typically read. But secondly, _because_ it was a book club selection, I tried to find things to like about it. I don't like to go to book club and slam a book, but I found very little to like about A Woman's Place.

The first stumbling block for me was the rather trite and simple writing style. "Tear stained pages"? Really?

The second stumbling block was the way that Austin used dialogue between the characters t
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Katherine
Jan 08, 2012 Katherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Any book that makes me cry so much, as well as giggle quite a bit too must be given 5 stars! (Though perhaps, because of just a couple of issues, I should lower it half a star to 4.5... but I liked it, so 5 stars it is!)

I like Lynn Austin's style, and I think she incorporates Christianity into the stories well - it is FAR less heavy-handed/overt than in many other Christian novels I've read (though will be much too Christiany for those who are 'allergic' to books which have Christian themes). Al
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Shari Larsen
In this story, four very different women become friends during World War II as they work together helping to build ships in a small town in Michigan.


Helen is 50 year old school teacher from a wealthy family, driven by a loneliness that money can't fulfill. Rosie is a brash Italian girl, living with her in-laws and having a hard time putting up with their rules. Jean is a farm girl just out of high school, yearning to go to college and prove herself in a man's word, and Ginny is bored housewife,
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Melissa
This novel just did not really reach out and grab my attention at all. I finished it quickly and I think because it was almost too easy to read and the storyline was too basic. The times that the author tried to blend in some of the frustrations of that time in the book she brought in drama to the story that was not needed. I don't want to spoil the book but I'll say the relationship between Jean and her boyfriend was really disappointing in how it worked out and the reason why - just found it v ...more
Cathy Daniel
Jan 17, 2016 Cathy Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've had this book for years and I just now read it. SO GOOD! I cried so much towards the end. Grew to love all the characters. I wish Helen got more of a happy ending BUT in my mind, she falls in love & finally marries :))
Denise
Jul 06, 2011 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another incredible story by Lynn Austin that was hard to put down. The story of 4 women working at a factory during World War II and how their lives were affected by many aspects of the war and the times they lived in. Reading this and listening to Unbroken and just celebrating July 4 has made me take the time to really be grateful for the men and women through the ages who sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy everyday. Women like the women in this story helped to prepare a better world for the ...more
Christin
Aug 05, 2014 Christin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WWII novels can often be cliché. This, I am happy to report, is the opposite! The story is so well written and extremely well-paced. Lynn Austin is a master. The gospel is clearly portrayed and it doesn't feel out of place or cheesy. I want to shout to other authors: this is how it's done!! I loved getting to know the characters. I loved how their lives intertwined and developed through the war. The historical detail was rich and clearly well-researched. My one critique: it got a little bit "gir ...more
Sally
Jun 30, 2015 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books-read
Very good stories of 4 very different women that all had struggles and trials that I found interesting as I progressed in the book. I think it would be good for any woman to read how WWII women lived. It makes one appreciate the life now even though so different with the trials we currently experience.
Carol
I really enjoyed this Christian historical fiction book. Set during WWII, 4 woman from completely different backgrounds become unlikely friends as they take "Rosie the Riveter" jobs in a factory. The primary story line was about the 4 women. Each was at a different point in their lives, had different reasons for taking the job, and learned something about themselves in the process and through the friendships that evolved. There was also a secondary story line, however, dealing with race issues t ...more
Heather Palmer
Dec 05, 2009 Heather Palmer is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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, ...more
Alaina
May 04, 2008 Alaina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women, 20's-?
Recommended to Alaina by: Random grab at library
I would give this book 3.5 stars if I could. I obviously really liked it, as I read the entire thing yesterday (my kids took really long naps and I read all evening). It started out so strong and I was LOVING it; while the characters seemed a bit stock and one-dimensional at first, they quickly fleshed out and I began to care about them. I was thinking of all the people I could recommend this to, such as teachers of U.S. History and Women's Studies, etc. The reason I am not rating it higher was ...more
Beth
Aug 09, 2008 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read lots of other Lynn Austin books; she’s one of my very favorite authors, writing wholesome Christian fiction with plenty of history behind it. Her characters, nearly always likeable, almost always undergo some true growth rooted in faith in God.

This book had some of that, but somehow not enough. Perhaps this is because the story was split between four characters, four women who join the ranks as factory workers during World War II — somehow I didn’t have that deep emotional investment i
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Joleen
A Woman's Place by Lynn Austin was quite enjoyable. What I like about Ms. Austin is she takes a period in history (in this case it's WWII) and makes a human interest story with about 5 or 6 main characters and builds an amazing story, interweaving their lives in imaginative ways. There's a polio struck man who is rejected by all branches of the service, an insecure housewife, unsure of her husband's love nor her children's need for her, a completely self-confident but reclusive teacher who has d ...more
Ginger Price
Sep 20, 2015 Ginger Price rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Patriotic Time

It's 1941, Pearl Harbor , the men have gone to war . Four women of different ages and backgrounds decide to join the work at the shipyard where as a team they learned electrical work . Ginny Mitchell, married to Harold with two young boys, afraid Harold would leave her for another. Helen, almost 50, in a large house by herself left to her by her parents whom she had cared for until their deaths months apart . Helen never married but she had been in love with the gardeners son, bu
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Kaitlin
As a lover of WWII stories I had such high hopes for this book. I looked forward to reading about this group of women left at home while their loved ones went off to fight as I feel it isn't the most common of subjects. Unfortunately I was nothing but disappointed; disappointed not only in the story itself and lack of development of the characters but also in the writing. I have read several of Lynn Austin's books and have come to expect more.
What bothered me most about this story was that for
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Sidna
The 1940's, especially the early 40's during WWII, is my favorite historical period so when I was looking for audio books to listen to on a long car trip, this one grabbed my attention. The book tells the story of four women from very different backgrounds who are on the same team when they take jobs in a shipbuilding factory during the war. The book is interesting and entertaining and provides another view of this fascinating period in history.

This is my first experience with Lynn Austin so I d
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Corlene Dorrington
Aug 22, 2014 Corlene Dorrington rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical-fiction lovers (including guys because of all the male characters)
Shelves: bookclub-books
I thoroughly enjoyed this fiction and what it taught me about World War 2. The powerful blow with which the spiritual themes are addressed comes from the (persistent) Christian subtlety throughout.

My Summary:

Virginia, Helen, Rose and Jean are four very different women. Their backgrounds are even more so. But one thing they have in common is the war. Each one faces her own challenges that arise from personal circumstances(war and non-war related), and the friendship that grows from these very dif
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Jeanette
Sep 06, 2014 Jeanette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. Having 4 women's stories, it tried to go in too many directions at once for me, with too much emotion and too little depth. The writing was filled with trite phrasing and emotional upheavals mixed in equal measure. And that wasn't the biggest problem for me. If I had not lived through the 1950's, or knew myself what came before, I would have appreciated this book more than I did. Because these women were just "wrong" for the period in how they e ...more
Mandy McHenry
Jul 16, 2009 Mandy McHenry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. No surprise, since WWII historical fiction is my favorite genre. Loved the twist at the end with Helen. I was quite shocked. I feel like some parts of the end were rushed, though. This book definitely got me thinking about the roles of women and how things have changed in such a short period of time. A little preachy, but not too bad.
Ellen
Apr 04, 2016 Ellen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l-bookclub
Initially, I was bothered by some of the attitudes of the characters in this book. However, I needed to recall the time and setting in order to accept and carry on.

The intertwining of the characters lives based on where they were working and why, albeit somewhat realistic, shows the effect of the choices we make on those around us - even on those who we may not consider 'close' to us. This may be because they felt 'safe' sharing concerns and problems, as they would not be affected by the details
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Dani
This book, while not unpleasant to read, is a reminder of why I usually don't like to read modern books set in the recent past. I like to read books that were actually written in the 1940s, and this book published in 2006 but set in the WWII era doesn't have the same flavor. The text and attitudes of the characters felt too modern.
Renee
Jun 23, 2014 Renee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed in this book. I did not feel parts of the historical part rang true. I did like the characters - Ginny, Rosa, Helen and Jean. Jean was really the only one I couldn't relate to.

Even though I could relate to the struggles of the characters, I just had trouble believing women in 1941-1944 would have these modern attitudes. All 4 women were feminists in their own way, and all 4 women were against racial segregation. I don't think that was likely - maybe there would be ONE crusade
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Lydia
Mar 09, 2015 Lydia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Woman's Place is the story of four women brought together during a time of turbulence surrounding WWII. Ginny is a housewife seeking purpose in her life, Helen is a rich lonely spinster searching for something to fill her time, Rosa is a street-wise girl from Brooklyn who married suddenly and now lives with her in-laws and longs to be free of them, and Jean dreams of college and proving herself in a man's world but knows she can't attend until this war is over. All four women take a risk and g ...more
Karen
Jul 15, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book I tend to be a fan of the 40's and this book weaves in the struggles of war, the changing roles of women, and the impact of racism during that time. At the same time the characters are charming and I was sad when the story ended.
Elizabeth
This is the first fiction book that I have read about the women who worked in factories during WW II. Austin takes 4 unlikely women, with unique stories, and puts them in a ship building plant working together. A former teacher, a newlywed, an unhappy mother and housewife and an 18-year old who is their supervisor. It's a good way to read about history that actually happened with many women in our country. Even though it is fiction, it reads very true. Sometimes the transitions were lacking dept ...more
Robyn Smith
Mar 18, 2016 Robyn Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled on this book when I went to the library looking for a Jane Austen book (Emma) but they didn't have it. So I saw Lynn Austin sitting on the shelf next to Jane Austen and thought I'd give it a go.

Overall the plot was intriguing, albeit predictable given the WWII setting and we all know how the war ends. I found myself enjoying the variety of faces behind Rosie the Riveter. A quick, easy read, my only complaint is that the characters seemed a bit flat and stereotyped. Helen was the only
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Marci Antoniuk
A Woman's Place is about four women in WWII who work together doing their part to end the war. I found it average.

On the good side, I appreciated everyone's different and developing relationships with God, which were discussed but weren't a central focus. Also, the writing was uncomplicated and easy to read, but there were a couple plot twists that surprised me. Also, I always like books about women.

But I found the womens' attitudes and understandings to be extremely anachronistic. Among four
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Susie
Oct 25, 2014 Susie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WWII - the Women at Home. While the book started a little slow for me, I came to look forward to reading the stories of Jean, Ginny, Helen and Rosa. I haven't read anything before that told the stories of the families at home while the soldiers, sailors, and marines were fight the Nazi and the Japanese. What challenges they faced in their personal lives and as women filling "men's jobs" in a Michigan shipbuilding factory! They were met by stubborn men who felt threatened by women at work. Others ...more
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For many years, Lynn Austin nurtured a desire to write but frequent travels and the demands of her growing family postponed her career. When her husband's work took Lynn to Bogota, Colombia, for two years, she used the B.A. she'd earned at Southern Connecticut State University to become a teacher. After returning to the U.S., the Austins moved to Anderson, Indiana, Thunder Bay, Ontario, and later ...more
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“I have met people who truly do not believe in God, and they feel no anger when they see suffering. They are indifferent to it. But you and I are angry. Anger is not indifference. I blamed God because He took my family. But I couldn’t get revenge from God, so I turned my rage against other people. I wanted revenge. Someone must pay.”

“You’re wrong.” Helen said, wanting desperately to believe that he was. “I told you, I no longer believe in God.”

“Then why are you so angry with Him?” His eyes were so sorrowful that Helen had to look away. She was unable to reply.

“You blame me and my country for your losses Miss Kimball. And I blame you and your country. But you and I are people, not countries. Did you kill my wife? My child? Would you put a gun to their heads and shoot them, or take away all of their food and watch them die? No, of course not. Neither would I kill someone you loved if I met him face to face. Wars come from bitterness and hatred. They are started by nations without face. But wars end when the hatred ends in the hearts of people like you and me. That is why I ask you to please forgive me.”
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