Blackout Book Club, TheGreen, Amy Lynn
In London In 1942, an impulsive promise to her brother before he goes off to the European front puts Avis Montgomery in the unlikely position of head librarian in small-town Maine. Though she has never been much of a reader, when wartime needs threaten to close the library, she invents a book club to keep its doors open. The women she convinces to attend the first meeting couldn't be more different - a wealthy spinster determined to aid the war effort, an exhausted mother looking for a fresh start, and a determined young war worker.
At first, the struggles of the home front are all the club members have in common, but over time, the books they choose become more than an escape from the hardships of life and the fear of the U-boat battles that rage just past their shores. As the women face personal challenges and band together in the face of danger, they find they have more in common than they think. But when their growing friendships are tested by secrets of the past and present, they must decide whether depending on each other is worth the cost. [Taken from book cover, Bethany House Books]
Comments from BDS Reviewers
"I strongly recommend this book. I had never really considered what life in wartime would be like for Americans and didn't realise how close danger came to their shores either."
"Because each character is given time in the spotlight, we really get to know the characters."
"A good book group book - something to learn and told in an engaging way."
"Any book focusing on book clubs and libraries and the importance of reading will always get my vote!"
"We learn how war brings out the best, and sometimes the worst, in people."
"The characters are well-drawn, believable and their depth is revealed in a satisfying way."
I enjoyed the strong female characters from a wide variety of worlds (rich, poor, immigrants, manual labour)."