Book Reviews

The Bletchley Girls: Review

The Bletchley Girls
By Anna Stuart
Historical Fiction
391 pages
Published September 19, 2022 by Bookouture


This novel tells us the true story of the incredible work by the women of Bletchley and how they changed the course of history. Bravery, love and secrets this story will keep you captivated all throughout. Three young women, Stefania, Fran and Ailsa, meet as they are enrolled at Bletchley Park, all working in different secret divisions of the war effort. The three women build a strong bond and help each other through their hard times. When Stefania’s Italian fiancé becomes the enemy and new events occur all eyes turn on her as a potential traitor.

This story was remarkable. It had me completely enthralled from the moment I started reading. If I were able to, I would have read this in one day. This book is full of the heartbreak of WWII but also the incredible bond between three young women who became friends during that terrifying time. The love and support they have for each other will bring tears to your eyes. I love books with multiple POVs and this one had 3. It’s not always easy to execute that but Anna Stuart did a great job. The POVs were smooth and seamless and all worked perfectly together. The three girls all had such incredible character development. By the end of the book, they had developed into almost new people, in a positive way, of course.
Once again, reading one of Anna Stuart’s books has taught me a lot of things I didn’t know about WWII. Her books are the most interesting history lessons.
You can feel the love and passion that Anna Stuart pours into her books. She wrote this beautifully, from the real history to the fictional characters and story she created. However, I wish there were more to the ending. I felt a bit rushed through and I would have loved to see her expand on that just a bit more.
This book made me smile and frown, gasp and aww, it made me laugh and cry, both happy and sad tears. It made me feel the love and fear of these brave young women. I definitely recommend this book, especially if you’re interested in women in the war.

Thank you NetGalley, Anna Stuart and Bookouture for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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