The Call of the Wrens
Updated: Jun 8
—Book Review + Tour—
Title: The Call of the Wrens
Author: Jenni L. Walsh
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pub Date: 11/15/22
Thank you to the author @jennilwalsh for sending me a copy of her newest upcoming book ‘The Call of the Wrens’. All opinions are 100% mine. Before I get started on my review I can’t urge you enough to pre-order this one!
Now onto the review! It’s no secret that I love historical fiction. Many readers grumble that this genre is oversaturated; especially the WWII category, but I’m here to tell you it’s not. Every single time I pick up a book in this genre I feel like I walk away having learnt something I didn’t in school and in a hopeful way. The Call of the Wrens was no different.
First of all, do you know what Wrens stands for? I didn’t. It’s Women’s Royal Navy Service. These women were volunteers during WWI and re-formed during WWII. They did all sorts of things, but the author focuses on the motorcycle dispatch riders in this book; particular two women assigned to train and deliver carrier pigeons to the front lines!
So we have history, we have education, and we have a beautiful and perfectly paced book. You’re probably thinking that’s enough. But, oh no, no, no, no, no, no, no. The author wrote some of the most amazing characters I’ve read in a long time. Marion, Eddie, Sara, Evelyn, Percy and the rest the crew I will not forget you for a long time! 5 🌟
This book would make an excellent book club pick! There is so much to discuss! It’s dual POV and multi timelines. My favorite.
Here are some quotes that gave me the feels...
“What if we’re caught?” [..} “What if we’re struck by lighting?” Sara posed. “All you can do is take caution during a storm. Seek shelter. But if you can’t, do no stand under the tallest tree.” Sara smirked.
“Then you came, and whenever I saw you, you had a book within reach. Two at your feet. Once in your lap.” He smiled. “And I thought . . . this girl is never alone. Anytime you wanted, you opened a book and became part of something.”
“Where you go, I go”
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