In the Company of Women by Kate Christie is both a work of historical fiction as well as a romance. The romance is well developed and had great chemistry, what made the book so very good though is the historical accuracy that went along with it. How many times can you learn about such an important part of history all the while getting a great story too?
The book first introduces us to Caroline “CJ” Jamieson a private in the Women’s Army Corps in 1943. CJ a Michigan native was scheduled to be stationed in California, but right at the last minute she gets rerouted to Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. CJ is an airplane engine mechanic that recently graduated from University of Michigan, but delayed graduate school to do her part for the war effort.
Upon arriving at Fort Bliss, CJ literally runs into Brady Buchanan. Brady is the public relations section of WAC and hosts the radio program as well as writing for the base newspaper. Their chance meeting sparks an instant friendship and these two become almost inseparable.
Brady and CJ have a wonderful chemistry and it builds nicely. I wanted them together as much as possible, but this book is also full of historical facts of the time, so you have a give and take between the romance and history lesson. I found myself really enjoying this. I thought the information was written in a way that was interesting and engaging. I felt as if I was right there at Fort Bliss. Christie obviously put a lot of research into this novel and to me it paid off in spades. If you are a history buff this is your book, you will not be disappointed. If you have never read Kate Christie’s work I will tell you she is one hell of a writer, her books are always great!
4.25 out of 5 stars
- Publisher: Bella Books
by Kate Christie