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Band of Sisters A group of young women from Smith College risk their lives in France at the height of World War I in this sweeping novel based on a true story—a skillful blend of Call the Midwife and The Alice Network—from New York Times bestselling author Lauren WilligA scholarship girl from Brooklyn, Kate Moran thought she found a place among Smith’s Mayflower descendants, only to have her illusions dashed the summer after graduation When charismatic alumna Betsy Rutherford delivers a rousing speech at the Smith College Club in April of , looking for volunteers to help French civilians decimated by the German war machine, Kate is too busy earning her living to even think of taking up the call But when her former best friend Emmeline Van Alden reaches out and begs her to take the place of a girl who had to drop out, Kate reluctantly agrees to join the new Smith College Relief UnitFour months later, Kate and seventeen other Smithies, including two trailblazing female doctors, set sail for France The volunteers are armed with money, supplies, and good intentions—all of which immediately go astray The chateau that was to be their headquarters is a halfburnt ruin The villagers they meet are in desperate straits: women and children huddling in damp cellars, their crops destroyed and their wells poisoned Despite constant shelling from the Germans, French bureaucracy, and the threat of being ousted by the British army, the Smith volunteers bring welcome aid—and hope—to the region But can they survive their own differences? As they cope with the hardships and terrors of the war, Kate and her colleagues find themselves navigating old rivalries and new betrayals which threaten the very existence of the UnitWith the Germans threatening to break through the lines, can the Smith Unit pull together and be truly a band of sisters?  

About the Author: Lauren Willig

Lauren Willig is the New York Times bestselling author of nineteen works of historical fiction Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages, awarded the RITA, Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards, and chosen for the American Library Association's annual list of the best genre fiction After graduating from Yale University, she embarked on a PhD in History at Harvard before leavin

12 thoughts on “Band of Sisters

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    Band of Sisters by Lauren Willig
    Pub Date: March 2, 2021
    The Women of Smith College Go to War. An incredible sweeping tale of bravery, sisterhood and friendship set amid the challenges of World War I.

    A simply wonderful tale of She-roes!

    Based on the true story of a group of women from the Smith College Relief Unit who went to France during World War I. Eighteen “Smithies” went to France in 1917 to do good deeds where they could, not fully knowing what lay

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