A review by i_hype_romance
Band of Sisters, by Lauren Willig


A huge thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this wonderful title in exchange for an honest review.

I fell in love with the characters in this book. The World War I setting was fascinating, and I love the fact that the author shaped the plot around actual events and people.

All of the Smith College alumni who volunteer for the unique rescue mission are either running from something or searching for something. Seeing their stories unfold as they find the strength to help those who are trapped and starving in the French countryside was riveting and unforgettable.

Kate has always struggled against the stigma of being poor. She has never felt she belonged anywhere. Her bookwormish habits growing up alienated her from her working class family, who were proud but struggled to understand her. Her less than illustrious background drove a wedge between she and her Smith classmates. When her best friend Emmie persuades her to join the relief effort, she is excited to try her hand at making a difference.

Enmie has grown weary of the constant pressure to find a suitable husband from the rank and file. She has always felt awkward and insufficient in the eyes of her philanthropist mother, and sees the relief mission as a way to find her purpose.

These two main characters are surrounded by a robust supporting cast.

Pick this book up if you enjoy tightly woven stories that emphasize personal growth and the bonds of found sisterhood. Pick this book up if you are interested in women's liberation, and the impact World War I had on the lives of ordinary people.