Life was like that, she guessed; it was all wrong until suddenly it was right, and you didn’t really know how to react in either instance.

Page 461

In a nutshell


Frankie McGrath grows up in an idyllic California setting where she is sheltered by her conservative parents & encouraged to be a good girl. When someone tells her that women can be heroes, her mind expands and she suddenly imagines a different path for herself. 

When her brother is shipped out to serve in Vietnam, she impulsively joins the Army Nurse Corps and follows his path. But she isn’t prepared for the chaos and destruction of war, nor the trauma of returning to a changed America.

Book Club Notes


The first and last Kristin Hannah book I read was The Four Winds. It was so exceptionally written and heartbreakingly beautiful that you walk away from it being sure that any book Kristin Hannah writes is sure to be a must read.

The Women is well-written, evocative and a beautiful tribute to the brave women of the Vietnam war who gave their lives to be nurses in a war zone with little to no recognition. It sheds light on what they went through during the war and the horrific realities that awaited them after. Historical fiction is my favourite genre because of the depth it lends to a story. They are educational, the backdrops are rich, the stories are layered and they open your eyes to a segment of history that would otherwise be forgotten. This book is no exception.

Circling back to The Four Winds, this book didn’t quite measure up for me. Although it was undoubtedly good, it wasn’t a best-books level read. It was missing the X factor that The Four Winds had which is forever imprinted in my mind.

Read If


You love historical fiction, have an interest in the Vietnam War or are a Kristin Hannah fan.

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Storyline – 7 /10
Writing – 9/10
Character Development – 9/10
Plot Twist – 8/10
Shareability – 8/10
8.0Overall Score

The Nitty Gritty


Published by: Pan Macmillan

Genre: Fiction, Romance, Drama, Historical

ISBN: 978-1035005680

Pages: 464

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A note on our book ratings

Storyline: How good is the storyline? Is it believable and complex or does it make you shake your head in its ridiculousness?

Writing: How well written is the book? Do you find yourself wowed by the writing or unimpressed?

Character Development: Do the characters evolve and grow through the book and are they multi-dimensional?

Plot Twist: Were you able to predict the end, or did the author give you some surprises along the way to keep you on your toes?

Shareability: How likely are you to share the book?

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