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Band of Sisters: A Novel af Lauren Willig

Band of Sisters: A Novel (udgave 2021)

af Lauren Willig (Forfatter)

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Titel:Band of Sisters: A Novel
Forfattere:Lauren Willig (Forfatter)
Info:William Morrow (2021), 528 pages

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Band of Sisters af Lauren Willig


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Band of Sisters stands out in the crowd of 20th Century-based, historical war fiction. Excellently researched and solidly told, Sisters is chock-full of believable characters, each with their own personality, and from varying backgrounds.

Band of Sisters is a lovely tale based on the true story of a group of women from Smith College who journeyed to France to help out countryside villagers devastated by the ravages of World War I on the local French residents. Possessing little practical skills, save their determination, these dogged ladies find themselves accomplishing so much more than they dreamed possible. They treat the sick and injured and grow food for the villagers. They take off across the torn landscape in order to get supplies or deliver people where they need to go. They even scrape together their meager supplies to throw modest parties for the locals as well as the military men in the area.

If it won’t ruin it for you, with this book I would recommend reading the Historical Note(s) at the end of the novel first. I don’t think this story made quite the impression on me it should have until I read these end notes and discovered just how much research Lauren Willig put into the novel, and how entrenched in true history the story actually is. The Historical Notes moved this novel from a 4-star to a solid 5-star for me. Willig details out what parts of the tale are true, where she had to bend the story a bit to fit a novel’s pacing, as well as the names of the real “Smithies” in the Smith College Relief Unit who went to France, along with her inspiration and sources for the story.

I especially loved how the book was peppered with “quotes” from the various “sisters” of the Smith group. While spoken from the point of view of Willig’s fictional characters, the lives and stories of the Sisters women were based on the vast piles of letters and journals by Unit members housed in the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College. The book itself is based on Willig’s research into thousands of pages of source material, allowing her to lovingly recreate the group’s time in France and the lives of these incredible women.

As an aside, along with the efforts of the Smith College ladies, the reader also gets a brief glimpse of additional volunteer women from Andover, Boston College, and Reed College, who also travel to France to assist with relief efforts.

Hear from Willig herself on Band of Sisters on SoundCloud. And be sure not to miss the Book Club Kit for a Q&A with the author, photos of the real-life Smith College Unit, suggestions for further reading, and more!


Drop me a Comment below and let me know what you thought of this review… And if you decide to read Band of Sisters (and I hope you do), let me know your thoughts on the book too!

A big thank you to Lauren Willig, William Morrow’s Custom House Books, and NetGalley for providing a complimentary Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for this honest review.

Band of Sisters released on March 2, 2021 and is available now in hardcover and large-print paperback from William Morrow & Company publishers. Get your copy today at bookshop.org – the online bookstore that donates 75% of each book’s profit margin back to independent bookstores. Over $13.6 million contributed since 2020!

From the publisher: Lauren Willig is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including The Summer Country, the RITA Award–winning Pink Carnation series, and three novels cowritten with Beatriz Williams and Karen White.


General Fiction (Adult)
Historical Fiction
Women's Fiction
World War I
2021 Release
March 2021 Release ( )
  Desiree_Reads | Aug 31, 2021 |
Band of Sisters is the type of book that grows on you as you read it. I almost abandoned the book around page 100, and I am glad I didn't. It got better as the story progressed!

Band of Sisters tells the story about the Smith College alumnae who went to the French countryside to help villagers during World War I. Many of the story's twists and turns really happened, as gleaned by author Lauren Willig from the correspondence of the Smith Unit. While the characters are fictional, it's compelling to know what they experienced was real: the mud, the hens who were really roosters, even the invading German army.

Not only were the Smith women brave, they were industrious, resourceful, and tenacious. Time and time again they faced obstacles that they overcame, together. Band of Sisters shows the cooperative spirit of like-minded women, united in common cause. And while so many books have been published about the women of World War II, it was interesting and important to learn how women helped during World War I.

If you read Band of Sisters, be patient as the story unfolds and get ready for a gripping ending! ( )
  mrstreme | Aug 25, 2021 |
Fabulous story. Loved the letters. Amazing what people can do when they are committed. Enjoyed the personalities. ( )
  shazjhb | May 26, 2021 |
Wow, a new favorite from Lauren Willig. There is so much to love about this book. Just when I think I have read about all the amazing women during wars, a great author finds another.
I loved each character and could not put this one down. The ladies from Smith will forever be a fond reading memory. ( )
  SharleneMartinMoore | Apr 24, 2021 |
Thank you to 50plus-today.com for this book.

I've read so many books of this nature lately (more so in WWII vs. WWI that this book was set in) that I just couldn't get into it. It's the usual plot where a cotillion of women go overseas to Paris, Germany, what have you, to help out.

In this case, they were going to help the shattered villages give them supplies of cows, materials, build your own houses, etc.

There were some humorous parts where the women put together trucks; they had no idea that they came in boxes and had to put build them yourselves and then had to acquire chickens and cows. It didn't state how they did this but I would have love to read about how they did acquire them.

It was slow moving in parts that I could only read to page 130 which is a lot for me. ( )
  sweetbabyjane58 | Mar 31, 2021 |
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