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A Woman's Place

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  2,709 ratings  ·  306 reviews
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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
May 04, 2008 Alaina rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
TheReadingKnitter/ Kasey
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 ...more
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
Naomi Bennet
This isn't Lynn Austin's best of best, and because of that I didn't give it five stars. It wasn't amazing like Hidden Places and Fire by Night. But I DID really,really,really like it, though, and I did give me a happy warm glow afterwards.

Basically, it's about four ladies who go and work in a factory when the WW2 breaks out. There's stories and things going on in the four lives, and the four friends help and support each other in their problems. It's charming.

My favourite bits were the parts abo
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.
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
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
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
Corlene Dorrington
Aug 22, 2014 Corlene Dorrington rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Enjoyable historical fiction about women filling "men's" roles in the factories during WWI. The characters were all stereotypical "types" of women (the spinster school teacher, the feisty urban immigrant, the meek housewife, etc.) - and some of their plots lines were predictable. With that said, I throroughly enjoyed the historical piece of how the world was changing - and what that really meant in women's day-to-day lives. Gave an interesting perspective I hadn't seen before. The end few chapte ...more
Another fantastic book by Lynn Austin! In this historical fiction novel, Lynn Austin tells the story of 4 women who end up working together as a crew at a factory in Stockton, Michigan building Army transport ships during WWII. Virginia Mitchell, a timid housewife, is desperate to find purpose in her life when she fears her overbearing husband is having an affair and her 2 sons take her completely for granted. Helen Kimball, a middle aged teacher, who had given up teaching to take care of her el ...more
"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 fe
This novel follows a four-woman team as they work in a shipyard in Michigan during World War II.

Jean, the crew chief, has just graduated from high school and dreams of going to college. She has six brothers fighting in the war.

Helen is a wealthy spinster and takes the job to escape from her empty, lonely house and her past.

Ginny is a housewife whose husband and children don't appreciate her. She impulsively takes the job while her kids are at school.

Rosa elopes with a soldier to escape a hard
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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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