Jeannie's War

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Pub Date 24 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 4 Feb 2022

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War changed her country, but it couldn’t change her spirit

Glasgow, 1939

Despite being shy and reserved, Jeannie Dougal finds herself newly engaged to handsome soldier, Arthur Dunn, the day war is announced. Jeannie accepts, even if she is unsure if a girl from the tenements will fit in with Arthur’s comfortable, middle-class background. But as WW2 takes its toll on the world, her wedding must wait…

As she sets off to work at a munitions factory she meets Eileen, Janet and Annie. As her new friends bond together in war work, sharing their stories of romance, Jeannie is grateful to be settled with Arthur, even if he is set in his ways.

Until she meets charming Canadian soldier, Bill, and realises she has found a spark she was always missing. But how can Jeannie tell Arthur? And is she strong enough to fight her own battle, with the country already at war…?

An emotional and romantic family saga set in WW2 Scotland and the start of a captivating new series. Fans of Call the Midwife and Katie Flynn won’t be able to put this down.

War changed her country, but it couldn’t change her spirit

Glasgow, 1939

Despite being shy and reserved, Jeannie Dougal finds herself newly engaged to handsome soldier, Arthur Dunn, the day war is...


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Firstly thank you Netgalley for this ARC.
What can I say but WOW loved this book set in scotlandand all about the characters. This makes a change as normally books are based in London,Liverpool etc. If you love family saga based in the war you will love this

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Jeannie’s War by Carol MacLean is a great WWII-era historical fiction saga that takes place in Scotland, and I truly enjoyed this one.

I really like the aspect that the location of the novel focusses on the people of Glasgow. So many books rightfully cover the lives and happenings of those in England, but not so many shine a light on those in Scotland.

Through the lives of Jeannie and the full character cast, we get a glimpse of the ordinary and extraordinary events of the “every day” person in Scotland during the War, and not just those serving. We can see how life was pre-war and during the war and how it affected those living there. We can see the beginnings of a societal changing…balancing on how life was before these monumental and sometimes horrific changes and losses.

I love how through this story of love, loss, uncertainty, and finding one’s place in life we also get a glimpse of history as well.

The story is beautifully written, and I really felt like I identified and sympathized with the trials and tribulations big and small that took place. I enjoyed the pacing, plot, and I also enjoyed the positive ending that Jeannie was able to experience.

I recommend this one to anyone that enjoys a great historical fiction saga.

5/5 stars

Thank you NG and Hera Books for this wonderful arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion.

I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication on 3/24/22.

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A lovely, lovely story set in WWII. We're with Jeannie Dougal and her family who live in Glasgow. We get to see the trials and tribulations of an ordinary family just prior to and during this world changing event. There are some wonderful characters. This includes some down right nasty ones as well as people we come to know and love.
Jeannie is very quiet and timid in the beginning, a bit annoyingly so at times. She grows up quite a bit and discovers who she really is and what she can really achieve when she puts her mind to it.
life throws a lot at this family and it needs everyone to step up and play their part.
There's a lovely older romance too.
Having the story set in Scotland was very interesting. The books of this era I usually read have an English setting so the change was nice.
I read it in a day. It gripped me from page one. Waiting for the next one will be a trial!
I'd highly recommend it!

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A fantastic read, great start to a series. Loved all the Characters, well except Arthur!. I'm looking forward to reading more

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Loved this book a typical ww2 saga.
This was a great read and had a few good twist and turns in the story.
It concentrated mostly on Jeannie and her family and friends with the going’s on in ww2 Glasgow. Loved the characters and the storyline.
Will be looking out for more of this author as this is my first read of any of her work.
Highly recommended

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Really enjoyed this book, a story of Jeannie, and her family in Scotland at the start of WW2, it follows her life and the trials and tribulations that she encounters, meeting Arthur and a Canadian soldier Bill. A really enjoyable story and I can’t wait for the follow up book.

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Loved it.
Glasgow 1939 the beginning of war is upon Kiltie Street Maryhill a tight knit community saying goodbye to their men and children is going to be hard.
Jeannie Dougal a lovely wee soul is now walking out with handsome Arthur Dunn and feels so lucky to be proposed to before he goes away but she would like a long engagement and to get to know him and his mother Helen more. Arthur is so controlling and likes everything his way but her mother Mary says he's a good catch with a big house and money, the strawberry mark on her cheek has always spoiled any chances of her finding love.
Big changes are about to happen to them all and her new job at Fearnmore factory is hard but she makes some forever friends.
Jeannies story is touching to read, that you just want to jump inside the book. Heart breaking in chapters that will make you cry so make sure the tissues are handy.
I just loved the whole story my first from this author, a touching story well written that leaves flutters in your tummy

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Glasgow, 1939: Despite being shy and reserved, Jeannie Dougal finds herself newly engaged to handsome soldier, Arthur Dunn, the day war is announced. Jeannie accepts even if she's unsure if a girl from the tenements will fit in with Arthur's comfortable middle-class background. But as WWII takes it's toll on the world, her wedding must wait. As she sets off to work at a munitions factory, she meets Eileen, Janet and Annie. As her new friends bond together in war work, sharing their stories of romance, Jeannie is grateful to be settled with Arthur. Until she meets Canadian soldier, Bill, and realises she has found the spark that is missing with Arthur.

This is quite an emotional read as we learn about Jeanie, her family and friends. We learn what it was like during WWII in Glasgow. It's beautifully written and I quickly found myself caught up in the pages. There's a mixed bunch of characters, some you'll love, others you'll dislike.

I would like to thank #NetGalley #HersBooks and the author #CarolMacLean for my ARC of #JeanniesWar in exchange for an honest review.

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