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  • Impactful and Breathtaking WWII...Loved!

    Some books propel me into the thick of things immediately. I sure felt it here! It grabbed my heart and didn't let go the entire time. Dual timelines are fabulous if done well and are done superbly here. The first is 1944 France in the middle of WWII when four American nurses with completely different personalities are working with all they have on the front line and must often improvise and make tough decisions on the spot. Rules are broken often under war circumstances. But in war it is all about survival. We catch more than just glimpses into the war zone as Kit, Red, Roxy and Gail swallow back mental and physical bile and perform amazing feats on their patients. The girls are fiercely loyal to each other and really show their mettle under duress, time and time again. The characters are believably flawed and the story itself seemed very realistic to me. What they went through! The second timeline is forty years later as unbearable memories are brought to the surface by a journalist. For some talking about it understandably brings incredible fear. PTSD is depicted extremely well here. It is impossible to imagine the anguish and horror people suffered. But learning about it very important. I always pay close attention to the author's inspiration for stories if applicable and was happy to read Andie Newton's take on inspirations including the Nazi war chest aspect. Unique storylines like this are breathtaking and well worth reading. I like that the horrors of war aren't glossed over and it is obvious the author's soul is in this book. So, I recommend it to ALL General Fiction, Historical Fiction and Women's Fiction readers. My sincere thank you to Aries & Area and NetGalley for the privilege of reading this wonderful, wonderful book! I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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  • Fantastic read!

    What a unique story line for a WWII Historical Fiction book! Four nurses who landed on the beach and are now working the front lines to save the lives of the wounded soldiers. Kit, Roxy and Red work long hours patching up soldiers to be evacuated when newcomer, Gail Barry, shows up to join them. The four nurses are sent on a mission to patch up some wounded soldiers that landed behind enemy lines. The story is told in a now, 06/1989, and then, 09/1944, format when one of the nurses, Kit, answers a knock on her door to find a reporter who wants to do a story about her being a field nurse during the war for a reunion scheduled with other Army nurses. Kit wants nothing to do with him or the reunion as she has obviously suffered from severe PTSD all of these years. This is a fantastic read that will keep you on the edge of your seat with all the twists and surprises. Thank you NetGalley and Aria Publishers for the ARC of this very interesting book that I could not put down in exchange for an honest review.

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  • More than just nurses

    I received this as an ARC from Netgalley. I have read a lot of WWII historical fiction and non-fiction, and this is the first story I read about battle nurses. Andie Newton did a beautiful job of bringing Kit, Red, Roxy, and Gail to life. The vivid imagery throughout the book, made me feel like I was on the beach of D-Day, in the clinic area, and all other parts these ladies travel to.. While the story itself is a work of fiction, the struggles these nurses dealt with during the war and PTSD after are very real.

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  • Simply perfect

    I finished reading this yesterday nd i cant stop thinking about it! Its completely emersive and you fall in love with all 4 of the girls. I can see this being one of those novels i reach for again and again. Joy, sorrow, laughter, love, loyalty, loss, and triumph in one page turning read

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  • My Musings

    Thanks go to the publisher and Net-Galley for the complimentary digital copy of The Girls from the Beach by Andie Newton. I voluntarily agreed to read and review by release day. My opinions are my own, and nothing has influenced my rating. The Girls from the Beach is a riveting historical fiction novel set during WWII and follows four American nurses who are given a top-secret mission. Ms. Newton’s vivid descriptive writing had me glued to my Kindle, breathlessly waiting to see if they would survive. There’s no doubt that Ms. Newton is a true historian because she manages to make the history in this novel exciting! Kit and Red are a team, and both show immense courage and determination. They literally put their lives on the line on numerous occasions as they make their way into enemy territory. It’s easy to understand the close bound they share. Roxie and Gail are the other duo, and they too show amazing courage and will do what they must to not only survive but complete their mission. I thoroughly enjoyed the friendship that develops between them. What a horrifying ordeal they go through! I adored the amazing ending. If you enjoy tale with strong female protagonist and a nail-biting plot, then you will love The Girls from the Beach as much as I did. While this is the first book, I’ve read by Ms. Newton, it will not be the last. Happy reading!

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