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A Woman's Place

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  3,519 Ratings  ·  368 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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Naomi Sarah

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:

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
Jan 06, 2015 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
Aug 13, 2010 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
Jan 05, 2012 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
Once again, Lynn Austin has crafted a novel that works on several levels. For the first half of the book, i thought it was a nice story on why women joined the work force during the Second World War. Featuring women from different walks of life, growing relationship among them, and examining their relationships with men were all expected and combined nicely into a pleasant tale.

But in the second half of the book, Austin reveals what makes her an excellent author. She takes this solid foundation
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,
Aug 05, 2014 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
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
Apr 03, 2011 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
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Cathy Daniel
Jan 15, 2016 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 :))
Jun 05, 2014 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
Jul 29, 2008 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
Heather Palmer
Dec 05, 2009 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
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't praise this book enough. I loved the characters, and it was not difficult moving from one to the other as the author wrote from all four women's points of view. I sometimes have difficulty with that, but not this time. The transitions were smooth and effortless. The plot and story were very interesting and moved along at a good pace. Although I didn't feel anxious to finish the book, I enjoyed every single minute reading it. This is one of those books that I didn't want to end. Many thin ...more
Sep 02, 2014 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
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
Aug 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love days when I have no plans and the weather is good and I have no I lucked out the morning I started reading this book because I COULD NOT put it down. This book takes place on Pearl Harbor Day and is set in Stockton, MI. It is about 4 very different ladies at different stages in their life and how they come to be close because they work as electricians building ships for the war while the men are away. I loved this book and totally got wrapped up in the characters, the time peri ...more
Mandy McHenry
Jul 08, 2009 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.
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.
Jul 15, 2013 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.
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ginny feels unappreciated by her family and craves a greater sense of purpose in her life. Helen is bitter and alone and needs to get out of her parents' haunting mansion. Rosa thinks her in-laws are placing too many restrictions on her and wants to get out from under their thumbs. Jean wants to prove she has as much intelligence and capability to offer the war effort as a man.
Thus, four very different women decide to work in a factory building ships during world war 2. As the title suggests, th
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another hit from Austin! This novel takes place in Stockton, MI at the beginning of WWII with the bombing of Pearl Harbor through the lives of four women from different backgrounds and stages of life.

This shows the grace of God and how their relationship develops when they open themselves up. The bonding these four women developed over the time period is emotional.

This novel packs a lot of historical elements into this one book, such as the title of the Book "A Woman's Place", going into the wor
Brittany Prewitt
This book has instantly become a favorite. One I would, and plan to, read over, and over again. The stories are so great and thought out for each center character that it wasn't even a little bit aggravating, as it sometimes is when the author jumps from perspective to perspective. A wonderful book, great for all ages!! I almost wish there was a sequel but it all tied together so nicely it would almost seem to be an injustice to bring it back to life and pick at it some more. A++
Rose Fox
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best inspirational, historical books I have read. Love the way Lynn Austin can bring the feelings of these for very different women to your very heart. You live through them in this period of history. I will read more of Lynn Austin's books. Love her style!
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another winner of a book by Lynn Austin. It explores the reasons women work outside of the home and the cost and benefits of that choice from different perspectives. I loved the housewife in the book and felt she was very relatable.
Rita Ezell
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the entire concept.
Laurie Sacrey
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just want to keep reading her books they are awesome
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't think I would like this book, but I really did. I liked the different women and their different (but somehow the same) stories.
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best book I've read in a while. I felt like I knew the 4 main characters personally.
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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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