The Girls In Navy Blue
Momma Leighellen's Book Review
I have to perfect book to read this Veterans Day! It is The Girls in Navy Blue by Alix Rickloff and just released Nov 1, 2022 from William Morrow. Thank you TLC Book Tours for sending this my way!
This book is a dual timeline, dual narrative book that explores the life of the Yeomanettes. These were the first women to serve in the Navy in a non nurse capacity from 1917-1922. They were switchboard operators, couriers, supply drivers, munitions workers, fingerprint experts, and even worked in naval intelligence.
The story bounces back and forth between the 1960’s timeline when a woman inherits a home in Norfolk, VA from her estranged great aunt to 1918 when three women become friends during their service time. Moreover, it explores the women’s suffrage movement, anti-German sentiment, and the unique challenges women faced while serving. The modern timeline deals with loss, grief, and found family.
This read like a great beach read – I devoured it in one sitting. However, I wish I’d read it when I was in Norfolk this summer and got to see the base and tour the Navy ships. This is fast paced book, filled with friendship, romance, and a mystery that connects both timelines. Perfect for fans of Natasha Lester and Fiona Davis.
This was a wonderful way to honor these women and share their story.
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