Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Home Fires by Julie Summers

 

I just finished reading this book and I have to say it is not everyone's cup of tea.

If you love history non-fiction than this book is for you.  The author spent a great deal of time researching the Women's Institutes of England during WWII.  A bit of trivia . . . Women's Institutes were started in Canada.  According to  Wikipedia:  The Women's Institute (WI), a community-based organisation for women, was founded in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada by Adelaide Hoodless in 1897. It then expanded to Britain, and later to other countries. Many WIs belong to the Associated Country Women of the World organization.  

Julie Summers includes quite a few interviews and personal stories which really make the book a good read.  It is amazing what a group of women can do when challenged. 

Did you know that even Princess Elizabeth, her mother, and grandmother were also members of the WI?  

I recommend this book.  I am now off to watch the Masterpiece PBS series of Home Fires which is based on the book.