Morning my lovelies, and happy weekend! Today I’m really excited to be on the blog tour for The Girls from the Beach by Andie Newton. An absolutely brilliant, gripping and emotional story about four American battlefield nurses in WWII……
about the book
Title: The Girls from the Beach
Author: Andie Newton
Genre: Historical Fiction
Estimated page count: 261
Formats available: Paperback and eBook
Publisher: Aria: eBook ~8 July 2021; Paperback ~ 7th October 2021
Tour organised by: Aria
We’d heard stories about the nurses in tent seven. A secret mission, stolen money, and spies…’
In 1944, four American nurses disappeared for five days. No one knew what happened to them. Until now.
When Kit and Red set foot on French soil during the Normandy landings, they know they have to rely on each other. As they head for the battlefield, their aim is simple: save lives. But when they’re called away on a top-secret mission to patch up a few men behind enemy lines, everything changes.
Alongside fellow nurses, Roxy and Gail, they’re told to prepare for the worst, trading in their nurses’ fatigues for civilian clothes and hiding medical supplies under their skirts. But it’s a lie. Their real mission tasks them with the impossible – to infiltrate the Reich and steal something the Nazis desperately need to win their losing war.
In an ultimate test of courage and comradeship, each woman must decide what she is prepared to risk and what she has to live for.
Kit is a battlefield nurse in WWII France, dropped off on the Omaha beach during the D-Day landings. Along with her two best friends Red and Roxy, they’re there to save lives. And then a new girl is introduced to their group – Gail. At first things are a bit tense but when their Doctor asks them to go on a secret mission behind enemy lines to help save a few of their men, they have to pull together, for their country and their men.
But what they don’t expect is to find out what they’re really there for once they’ve arrived and it’s too late to turn back….. They’re expected to go undercover and get something from the Nazi’s – something that will save thousands of their men. They must pull together, and overcome more than. they could have imagined. But will they be successful? And will they all make it back alive?
I absolutely adored this book; it’s absolutely up there with one of my favourite reads of the year. It pulled me in from the first page and didn’t put me down until the last. I laughed, I cried, and I didn’t want it end. This is a gripping tale, full of danger and action, but more importantly friendship, camaraderie and the desire to do the right thing.
You will fall in love with the characters. An absolutely brilliant bunch of girls who see and go through so much. They are strong, independent and brave beyond belief. Their friendships are strong and will bring out so many emotions. Especially when you go through everything with them. They made me laugh, surprised me, and made me proud of them.
The setting is obviously quite heart wrenching. Set in the battle fields of WWII France and then behind enemy lines, it’s dangerous, dirty, unpredictable and will have you on the edge of your seat. It will also bring to life the reality of the conditions that people had to live in and the things they had to see, and it will make you feel like you’re there, with them. I could hear the bombs, the guns, the rain….everything.
The story is mainly told from the viewpoint of Kit as a young woman serving in 1944. However, the chapters also alternate to 1989 where the consequences of war becomes apparent. The story is told in a beautiful and warm way but with some truly heart wrenching moments. It will take you on a bumpy rollercoaster ride and fill you with happiness, dread, hope, despair and every emotion in between.
Honestly – I don’t have enough words to praise this book enough and I just hope this review does it justice. If you’re a fan of historical fiction or WWII fiction then this is an absolute must read. I will be getting this when it’s available in paperback and keeping on my shelves forever. A moving, gripping and fantastic story. Highly recommended by me. I would absolutely love to see this on screen one day so will keep my fingers well and truly crossed.
About the author
Andie Newton is the USA Today bestselling author of The Girl from Vichy.
All her books are fast-paced female-driven spy stories set in WWII. The Girl I Left Behind was her debut, and her forthcoming release, The Girls from the Beach, will be released in July 2021. She holds a Bachelor degree in History and a Master in Teaching. Andie would love to say she spends her free time gardening and cooking, but she’s killed everything she’s ever planted and set off more fire alarms than she cares to admit. Andie does, however, love spending time with her family, trail running, and drinking copious amounts of coffee.
You can find book club discussion questions on andienewton.com.
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Massive thanks to Aria for inviting me on to the tour and to the author, Aria and NetGalley for my copy of the book. All views and opinions are my own.
Let me know what you think of this lovelies – I hope you love it as much as I do.
I’m not finished with you yet for today! I’ll. be back soon!