“Walsh (Becoming Bonnie) offers an enticing story of two Englishwomen serving their country during both world wars…Walsh expertly contrasts the lives of orphaned Marion with privileged Evelyn to expose their common desire to show their value outside societal labels. Historical fiction fans will be riveted.”
Walsh (Becoming Bonnie) offers an enticing story of two Englishwomen serving their country during both world wars. In 1917, Marion Hoxton ages out of the orphanage she was raised in and joins the Women’s Royal Naval Service (the “Wrens”), while her best friend Eddie Smith joins the Royal Navy. As they each make their way toward the front lines in France, their friendship develops into romance. Meanwhile, Marion works as a dispatch rider and helps her new friend Sara train carrier pigeons to send and retrieve messages. In a parallel narrative set in 1940, well-to-do Evelyn Fairchild joins the Wrens, desperate to prove she’s overcome a childhood disability impacting one of her legs by serving as a motorcycle driver. Evelyn and Marion’s paths cross when Marion returns to be a leader in the new Wrens, her romance with Eddie having turned out not as they’d hoped. Marion also harbors a secret about Evelyn’s true parentage, as Evelyn’s parents failed to disclose she was adopted. Walsh expertly contrasts the lives of orphaned Marion with privileged Evelyn to expose their common desire to show their value outside societal labels. Historical fiction fans will be riveted. Agent: Shannon Hassan, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. (Nov.)
First reviewed on Publishers Weekly on August 22, 2022: https://www.publishersweekly.com/9781400233885
Thank you to BookBub for including The Call of the Wrens on this great list of "15 Must-Read Historical Mysteries Coming Out this Year"!
See the full list posted on BookBub on August 18, 2022: https://www.bookbub.com/blog/historical-mysteries-2022
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The Call of the Wrens is releasing November 15, 2022 and as a special thank you for those who preorder a copy early, I'll be be giving away special gifts as a token of my appreciation.
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Thank you to She Reads for including The Call of the Wrens on this great list of "Best Historical Fiction Coming in Fall 2022"!
See the full She Reads list posted on August 4, 2022: https://shereads.com/best-historical-fiction-coming-in-fall-2022/
Thank you to Thoughts from a Page for including The Call of the Wrens on this list of "Most Anticipated Historical Fiction for July through December of 2o22"!
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I'm so thrilled that I Am Defiance has been nominated for the 2022-2023 Junior Tome It List! To see the full list, please click here.
So pleased for such a wonderful review from Kirkus for Over and Out, releasing March 1, 2022.
On the day she was born, Aug. 13, 1961, a wall went up that separated Sophie Ziegel from her family’s past.
Now 12, Sophie and her best friend, Katarina, daydream about escaping East Germany’s oppressive government by crossing the Berlin Wall into freedom in West Berlin. An aspiring scientist, Sophie knows the government will dictate her future as they did for Monika, her 18-year-old babysitter who dreamed of teaching school but has been directed to become a pharmacist instead. Complaining about her assignment lands Monika under the watchful eye of the Stasi, or secret police. Villainous agent Herr Becker threatens to put Sophie’s wheelchair-using mother in an institution if she doesn’t spy on Monika. Braving the “death strip” filled with trip wires, dogs, and armed guards that separates East from West seems like the only option. A surprise encounter with visitors from West Berlin along with Sophie’s Inventor’s Box of scavenged items lead to a high-stakes escape plan. Filled with adrenaline-inducing action and inspired by true stories, this novel evokes the perils of life in East Berlin and the risks some took in search of something better. The ingenuity Sophie and Katarina display in overcoming obstacles is compelling, and the no-win situation Sophie finds herself in rings painfully true.
Page-turning action and dangerous intrigue fuel this Cold War–era novel. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)
First reviewed on Kirkus Reviews site on December 15, 2021 https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/jenni-l-walsh/over-and-out/
Thank you to Hasty Book List for including The Call of the Wrens on this great list of "My Most-Anticipated Historical Novels of 2022"!
See the full list on Hasty Book List posted on December 12, 2021: https://bookshop.org/contributors/jenni-l-walsh