Band of Sisters by Lauren Willig - A Book Review

I love stories of strong women who contribute in unique ways to our world. In Band Of Sisters by Lauren Willig, we see the role of a group of Smith College alumni who gather together and play a significant role in France during WWI. This historical fiction book is both inspiring and engaging.

Plot Summary


The novel is based on the author’s extensive research into the unit and includes several actual letters written by members of the Smith College relief unit to their families back in the U.S. The main character is Kate Moran who, unlike most of the other Smith women, attended the college on a full scholarship. The book also focuses on Kate’s college best friend Emmeline, who comes from a family of wealth and strong social standing. These women were all volunteers and wanted to play a role which reached out and helped French communities that experienced the decimation left by the Germans. What this unit endured and accomplished was, simply said, remarkable.  


Book Review

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am not one to gravitate to historical fiction set in times of war, but I found this book to create the setting without too much gore. I loved the inclusion of actual letters and the level of research about this unit. With a large cast of characters it can be difficult to keep all their stories straight, but I did not find this to be much of a challenge with this book. I appreciated the personal changes in these women as the story progressed, especially seen through the lens of Kate’s character. What had been a group of strangers from different family backgrounds brought together for a common purpose, truly turned into a Band of Sisters who gave wholly of themselves to support one another and those around them.


Audiobook Review

I listened to the audiobook version of this book which was narrated by one of my favourite performers, Julia Whelan. I appreciated her tone, articulation and pacing of this story which assisted in keeping me engaged throughout. I listened to the book at my usual 1.25x speed and found this to be a comfortable listening experience. I would not hesitate to recommend the audiobook version of the book to those that appreciate this format.


What I Liked About Band of Sisters:
  • The level of research and documents included in the book
  • The character development
  • The inspirational tone focusing on the strength and leadership role of women in times of great need.
I Recommend This Book To:

Readers of Historical Fiction who enjoy strong female characters showing leadership.  Band of Sisters publishes on March 2/21.

Acknowledgments:

Thanks to Harper Audio and Netgalley for the ARC of this audiobook in exchange for the honest review provided here.

My rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5.

Similar Books I've Reviewed:

The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel
The Paris Model by Alexandra Joel
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

Thanks for reading! I hope that I've helped you find your next great read! Have a wonderful day!

20 comments:

  1. As usual great book review. I'm not sure if this book is for me. I would love to read about strong female characters however - and no offense to anyone - the historical setting bores me sometime.

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  2. A great review as always! I feel like I'd really enjoy this book so I might have to give it a go! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  3. Great review. I know they say you should never judge a book by its cover but I instantly could tell it would be a book I would enjoy. I enjoy reading historical fiction that is set in wartime. The books I choose are very rarely gory but show a strength of community is difficult times. I'm definitely adding this book to my TBR list.

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    1. I’m so happy that you’ve found a book for you to be read list! Thanks for your comment Kelly~Diane!

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  4. Another great review, Jodie. TBH it's probably not the sort of book I'd pick up but the historical element does sound intriguing!

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  5. Thorough review, and I appreciate the various you considered in writing it. I'm also not a fan of historically set war stories, but the occasional one does warrant the read and is worth it. Thanks for sharing.

    Giulia, tidbitsofcare.com

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  6. Thorough review, and I appreciate the various you considered in writing it. I'm also not a fan of historically set war stories, but the occasional one does warrant the read and is worth it. Thanks for sharing.

    Giulia, tidbitsofcare.com

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  7. Is the title of the book a deliberate play in the Band of Brothers book and TV series? I didn't know US women were involved in world war one, didn't America only join the last year of the war?

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    1. Thank you for your comment. The story is based an actual group of civilian women from Smith College.

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  8. We really enjoy stories about strong women and it's cool that it's based on a true story.

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  9. Great review! I love stories with strong women leads. I'll have to add this to my TBR. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I haven’t heard of this book or author before. I usually when I pick books I tend to stick to romance or like chick flick style like some Sophie Kinsella books. But I feel like I need to branch out because I would like them or maybe even enjoy a different genre.
    Thank you for sharing a great review. I have taken a screenshot of this post, so I can remember to pop this book in the recommendations section in my bullet journal.

    Lauren - bournemouthgirl.com

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