Band of Sisters

Band of Sisters Review

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 Willig.

A 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 1917, 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 Unit.

Four 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 half-burnt 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 Unit.

With the Germans threatening to break through the lines, can the Smith Unit pull together and be truly a band of sisters?  

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  • MarilynW

    Band of Sisters by Lauren Willig (Author), Julia Whelan (Narrator)I have to praise the narration of this story because it was so good. Julia Whelan does snide, droll, and snarky to perfection and I ha...

  • Thomas

    I won this book from William Morrow/Harper Collins in a GoodReads giveaway. Thank You William Morrow. This book is a long book, 519 pages, but it it is worthwhile sticking through to the end and deser...

  • Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

    ***HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY***I love historical fiction and the premise for this sounded very good! It was great to take a break from WW2 and this story is quite a special one. While WW1 was still ragin...

  • Marilyn

    Lauren Willig has done it again! I have read a few books by Lauren Willig and have enjoyed them all. Band of Sisters was no exception. She started researching something entirely different when she acc...

  • Karren  Sandercock

    Katherine Moran lived in poverty as a child in Brooklyn, she won a scholarship to study at the prestigious Smith College for women and she never felt like she fitted in because all the other girls cam...

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    Kate Moran, a Smith College alumnus and former scholarship student, has graduated and is trying to earn her living when she is contacted by her best friend Emmeline Van Alden. She is asked to join a g...

  • Ink_Drinker

    I listened to the audio book of Band of Sisters and have to commend the narration by Julia Whelan!!! She captured the character of the women of Smith College to perfection and I felt like it really ad...

  • Darla

    Those Smith girls must have been very good letter writers! Lauren Willig discovered a memoir that one of the girls wrote about their time in France during WW I. She was so taken with the account that ...

  • Andrea

    Band of Sisters by Lauren WilligPub Date: March 2, 2021The 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 ...

  • MicheleReader

    It’s 1917. Kate Moran is a graduate of Smith College and does not come from the world of privilege. After getting her degree with a scholarship, she is trying to earn a living when her friend Emmie ...