The Girls In Navy Blue
Momma Leighellen's Book Review
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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