by Aimie Runyan
Aimie K Runyan has done it again! She discovered a group of female army heroes who served in France during WWI and this book tells their fictionalized story through the eyes of a woman who is supposed to “marry well.”
It begins in Philadelphia, in the home of a family who is trying very hard to get in with the Main Line social set, and have arranged the marriage of their daughter to that end. When her brother is killed in France, Ruby applies for a position as a telephone operator for the army. Her fiancé also goes to war, but they are separated.
The story depicts the difficulties of war, but also the particular struggles of these “hello-girls” who served side by side with men, but were treated very differently by the army. It’s a fascinating look at a different generation – almost 100 years ago – and yet, it tells a very familiar story: Girl struggles between pleasing her parents and following her heart.
I especially love that the end of the romance does not follow the exact convention you would expect. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but suffice it to say, it’s very fresh compared to so many romances which you can predict from point A to point B to point C.
Plus, women in WWI who helped win the war. Girls on the Line is even better than her previous (and also great) novel, Daughters of the Night Sky. Keep ‘em coming, Aimie Runyan! I love reading historicals about little known women who save the day. It makes me think I can save the day.
So get going, Girls! Go grab your copy of Girls on the Line. Click here.
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review. And honestly? I liked it! Also, this book drops today, so it’s hot off the press! (don’t you love being on the cutting edge?)
Content: pretty clean!