Whitelam Books Welcomes Author Jane Healey

Thursday, April 25 at 7:00 pm

Reading, MA -– Whitelam Books is delighted to host author Jane Healey as she presents her book, “The Beantown Girls” on Thursday, April 25 at 7:00 pm.  Whitelam Books is located in downtown Reading at 610 Main Street, near the intersection of Haven Street and Main Street.  This event is free and open to the public.   Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Fans of World War II fiction will love “The Beantown Girls,” as it presents lesser-known women in American history, and specifically, a window into the experience of Red Cross Clubmobile girls.

Jane Healey, a local author, lives in Melrose.  Her first book, “The Saturday Evening Girls Club” centered around four young immigrant women living in Boston’s North End in the early 1900s.


The Beantown Girls:  A novel of love, courage, and danger unfolds as World War II’s brightest heroines—the best of friends—take on the front lines.

1944: Fiona Denning has her entire future planned out. She’ll work in city hall, marry her fiancé when he returns from the war, and settle down in the Boston suburbs. But when her fiancé is reported missing after being shot down in Germany, Fiona’s long-held plans are shattered.

Determined to learn her fiancé’s fate, Fiona leaves Boston to volunteer overseas as a Red Cross Clubmobile girl, recruiting her two best friends to come along. There’s the outspoken Viviana, who is more than happy to quit her secretarial job for a taste of adventure. Then there’s Dottie, a shy music teacher whose melodious talents are sure to bring heart and hope to the boys on the front lines.

Chosen for their inner strength and outer charm, the trio isn’t prepared for the daunting challenges of war. But through it, all come new friendships and romances, unforeseen dangers, and unexpected dreams. As the three friends begin to understand the real reasons they all came to the front, their courage and camaraderie will see them through some of the best and worst times of their lives.

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