Monday, February 21, 2022

Saving Mrs. Roosevelt (Heroines of WWII #3) by Candice Sue Patterson (from Barbour Publishing)

My thoughts: 
The story opens in a small fishing town on the East coast of the United States close to Canada's border. It is 1942 and the world is embroiled in war. The small town has citizens whose origins are Germany which they left to seek the freedoms available in the US.

The focus is on Shirley Davenport who wishes to serve her country and enlists in a new branch of the military. When she arrives for training with her close friend, Joan, they meet other young ladies.

After their training they are sent to various posts and Shirley is sent back to her hometown where she'll function as a spy trying to root out German infiltrators that pose a danger to the war effort.

As the story progresses, a subplot also emerges that reveals the segregation of blacks and whites and the difficulties blacks had during that period of time. A dark period of history, to be sure. 

The story also reveals the efforts of Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, to elevate women and minorities giving them rights and respect.

I found the story engaging to read and educational about some of the actions taken to protect the home front here in the United States during WWII.

Read a preview:

About the book: The Safety of the First Lady Rests in Shirley’s Hands

Shirley Davenport is as much a patriot as her four brothers. She, too, wants to aid her country in the war efforts, but opportunities for women are limited. When her best friend Joan informs her that the Coast Guard has opened a new branch for single women, they both enlist in the SPARs, ready to help protect the home front.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Barbour Publishing to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine alone and are freely given.

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