The Women by Kristin Hannah

Book of the Week 17/52

“The women had a story to tell, even if the world wasn’t quite yet ready to hear it, and their story began with three simple words. We were there.”
― Kristin Hannah, The Women

Dear Reader,

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post!

Before I continue, I am grateful for your precious time and attention to reading my post. Your choice to join my Book of the Week journey is invaluable.

This week, my book of choice, The Women by Kristin Hannah, was brought to me by my monthly book club that a friend started in 2020. 

It has been a while since I delved into wartime historical fiction; one of my favorites is The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron. After reading a few too many, I got too sad, so I decided to move on to different genres. However, with its compelling narrative and strong female characters, The Women by Kristin Hannah drew me back into this genre. 

I realized it was the first book about the Vietnam War I had ever read. The most surprising issue is that people thought there were “no women in ‘Nam.” This feels silly because who did you think worked in the hospitals? 

But this was a huge issue that a lot of women faced. Because they weren’t in active combat, most people did not take them serious and they struggled to find medical care for their PTSD. Which isn’t saying a lot because the VA was not prepared for the type of trauma therapy soldiers needed after returning home from the war. I have many issues with war and find it a pointless activity and a waste of human life, but it is essential to share a book like this because those women went unnoticed in a time of war. 

As Hannah is a new author to me and I haven’t come across her work before but after doing some research I found she is the author of twenty books and someone I plan to read more of in the future. However, while the really hit home at some points leaving me in tears I did find that towards the end of the book I was just wishing it was over. 

Though the plot line followed through and I enjoyed the ending I just found I wasn’t in the head space for such a long read. But I am glad that I read it and look forward to my next Kristin Hannah book. 

Thank you for reading!

Tell me, Substack Reader, what are you reading this week? Have you read The Women? What did you think? Comment below!

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