The Saturday Evening Girls Club: A Novel

By Jane Healey

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I would like to thank NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing, and Jane Healey for an ARC of "The Saturday Evening Girls Club" by Jane Healey for my honest review.
The genres of this book are General Fiction(Adult), and Women' Fiction. I also feel that this is Historical Fiction and Romance.
Kudos to Jane Healey who did the historical research about The Saturday Evening Girls Club, and other clubs in Boston North in the early 1900s.
The club offered young women, especially immigrants, the wonderful artistic opportunity for making pottery, and supporting the arts with drama and music. These clubs were sponsored by wealthy women and women who loved the arts. The club offered the opportunity for young women to have friends. The pottery became valuable, and is known as Paul Revere Pottery.
The story takes place in Boston North in the early 1900's when four young women become friends through the Saturday Evening Girl's Club. They are young immigrants working mostly in dress design and making hats. I like the way the author describes their homes in small apartments, and many neighbors. Although these girls were not rich, they were bound to their families traditions. Although the girls came from Jewish and Italian homes, they respected each other.
Caprice gave her pay check to her family and tried to save for her dream to own her own hat shop. When the store closes where she has worked, she starts to work at the pottery shop. Caprice is extremely talented in decorating and trimming hats, and holds on to her dream of owning her own shop one day.
Ada, is a young intelligent Jewish immigrant. She has been taking college courses at night, and keeping it a secret from her father. Ada more than anything wants to be a physician.
Maria is a gorgeous Italian dressmaker,who lives at home with an alcoholic father, who causes major stress to her family.
Thea is a young Jewish immigrant, who is the first to be engaged to a man , by an arrangement by her family.
Saturday nights are so important to these young women as they share there secrets,hopes and dreams. The club is so important to them. Caprice, Ada and Maria want to break with certain traditions and choose what they want to do in their lives. They want to choose someone they love. They want to live their dreams.
Jane Healey writes about family, friendship, tradition, choice, support, love and hope. The author also writes about goals, dreams, and working hard for what one believes in.
It is amazing how the author describes her characters, settings and situations. I enjoyed this intriguing and heartwarming novel and would highly recommend this.
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jenny olson
The Saturday Evening Girls Club is a historical fiction set in Boston in the early 20th century. The women are young immigrants, based on actual people, who are working together to help build a new life in America.

The Saturday Evening Girls Club blends real historical figures of early 20th century Boston with an engaging story of young women from immigrant families trying to find their place in the new world. The characters struggle with respecting the “old ways” of their immigrant parents, and pursuing opportunities of work, education and autonomy that were beginning to be available to women. This is the best book I’ve read this year!

These women are from Italian and Jewish families and they all live in Boston's North End. Their names are Caprice, Maria, Ada and Thea. They are considered to be second class citizens due to their gender and being immigrants, but they do not look at themselves as victims. Caprice is aiming towards her own hat shop. Ada takes college classes, secretly, while trying to keep her aim true and not to fall for a boy of different ethnicity. Maria is trying to escape from her father's alcoholism. Thea admires the possibilities in being a modern girl but she also admires the traditional ways. Each of these girls come together through The Saturday Evening girls Club and find the support they need in this group of women.

This book was interesting to read. I could see the amount of research Jane Healey placed in her work, through her writing about this group of women, Boston's North End and two of the founders. I felt like I was in the lives of these women as they went about their lives, including the troubles and the good times.

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, so when I came across this one, I had a feeling I would want to jump in and I did.

I was given this book by NetGalley and Lake Union Books in exchange for my honest review.
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ryo narasaki
This was a very short, but enjoyable read about four young, immigrant women in the North End of Boston in the early 1900's. It is loosely based on a true story...there was a Saturday Evening Girls Club, that was started by a librarian and was supported by a high-society woman, and some of the events in the story were real...but the lives and paths of the four main characters were completely fictionalized. I was drawn to this story for many reasons. Primarily, I find it interesting to revisit the struggle of not only women, but the immigrant population at the turn of the century. What it must have been like to be American born, but ruled by old country expectations...the language barrier in the home, the discrimination at your job, and the struggle to establish new American ways of life. For women, this is especially poignant. I loved reading about not only the strong friendship these four young women shared, but the dreams they each pursued, even when it wasn't popular or is some case, expressly forbidden by their parents. Of course, we are reading history through contemporary eyes, but to really put yourself in their shoes...it was a truly remarkable time where real change did happen. I found this to be a really feel-good story, a very fast read, and a wonderful reminder of the power of community and strong role models.

I received a copy of this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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danielle milbauer
This was a great book that takes place in Boston in the early 1900's. Rooted in historical events, four young immigrant women are breaking tradition and becoming Americans in their own way. They are members of the Saturday Evening Girls Club, a social pottery-making group that ties them together with other young women in their neighborhood and gives them an escape from their daily lives. It is here that they dare to dream about bigger and better futures. Caprice wants to own her own hat shop but her father just wants to see her married to a nice Sicilian man. Ada is secretly taking college classes behind her Jewish father's back and is love with a non-Jew. Maria wants to propel her family out of poverty, even if that means sacrificing herself for a loveless life. Thea isn't sure that she's so ready to break with her Jewish family's traditions, even though she sees herself as one of the new young Americans. Together they will face challenges and new experiences, not just as young women, but as a new generation of Americans. Culturally rich and inspiring, and a must read for historical fiction fans.
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benjamin potash
I love history and this charming book took an important historical place, the Hull House, and made it into an engaging story about four young women who spent time at Hull House participating in the Saturday Evening Girls club. The four characters Caprice, Ada, Maria and Thea are best friends trying to make their way into adulthood, but for an immigrant in a poor neighborhood of Boston that is not always easy. Supporting each other as only a group of girlfriends can, the author makes these four young women engaging and interesting. This was a fun book and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fictions.
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katy goodwin
The Saturday Evening Girls club is based on a real club by that name in Boston’s North End in early 1900. The club supported young immigrant women and a few of the background characters are based on real people who contributed to the club’s success.

Although based on real events, this a story about four fictional girls, first generation American born, of Italian and Jewish immigrants, Caprice, Thea, Ada and Maria. The focus of the story is about how the girls struggle to escape the expectations and customs their parents have brought from the old country and find their own pathway in a new world. In the customs of the old country, arranged marriages were the norm, women were restricted to roles of servitude and chattel. They could do little outside the home without the consent of the male head of household.

The characters are fleshed out and real. There are realistic conflicts and struggles between the four friends and within families. It is ultimately a story about friendship, family, loyalty and courage, and following a dream. It did end abruptly and there were stories about some of the girls unfinished. I can see a sequel in the offing maybe. Very good story. An informative and entertaining read.
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serge
I received this book, The Saturday Evening Girls Club: A Novel by Jane Healey, from BookSparks as the final book in their spring book tour, "It's Raining Books".  Unfortunately for me, somehow my mother received this book before I had a chance to read it and she didn't know I had a post due.  My mom recently had a health scare but she's feeling healthy again so we went over the editorial calendar recently. We wanted to make sure all the books between us were covered, and we realized this one was still due.

While I missed the BookSparks' tour, I still wanted to share this book with readers so they'd know they could run out and pick it up for themselves.

This story places you in the North End of Boston and takes you back in time to around 1908.  The author, Jane Healey describes the Saturday Evening Girls Club which was founded by Edith Guerrier and Helen Osborne Sorrow as an organization that introduced the girls to each other. It was a pottery store that employed some of the girls and helped others with education and jobs.   They would listen to music, learn to folk dance, perform in plays and would grow to become best friends

This is the story of four of the girls attending the Saturday Evening Girls Club - Caprice, Marie, Thea, and Ada.  The girls are Russian and Italian immigrants.

This story follows their friendship as they grow into young women.  Each girl has their own dreams, struggles, heartaches, and difficult decisions to make.   Caprice wants to have her own business, Ada attends college in secret from her father while she is falling in love with a boy with a different religious background,, Marie known for her beauty wants to help her family she is willing to marry a man she does not love, and Thea is about to become a bride to the man her father chose and she has met only once.  The girls are there for each other and always has each other’s back.

Jane Healey brings you into their lives with all the joys and sorrows so well and lets you experience all the sights and sounds of a century ago in Boston.  The characters are so real that you feel you are part of their families.  I really enjoyed reading this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookSparks as part of the "It's Raining Books" Tour in exchange for this post. I was not required to post a positive review, but I chose to do so because I enjoyed the book!  Thanks so much!
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yyone
The year is 1908 and four young women are the best of friends sharing their lives in Boston. In the North End a mix of Jewish, Italian and Irish families live together in the tenement buildings, sharing hall bathrooms and gossip on the stoop. Mostly shopkeepers and factory workers their lives revolve around family and trying to put a hot meal on the table to enjoy Sunday dinner. These women belong to the SEG, known as the Saturday Evening Girls, where they meet to talk, dance and socialize. Beginning to attend these meetings when they are just 13 yrs old, they have been inseparable ever since. As the old country demands, their immigrant parents are set on arranged marriages and having babies as quickly as possible. These young friends have been tainted with the American Dream. They want to study, have businesses of their own and definitely choose their marriage for love. Completely enjoyable, breezy telling of a bygone era with these lovely ladies fighting for their rights while respecting their parents beliefs. Well written account of friendship, love and family. Highly recommend this delightful read.
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enrique valdivia
Thank you to Net Galley for giving me the chance to read and review this book.
This book was so good that I didn't want it to end. It had even more meaning to me when I found out The Saturday Evening Girls Club was real. Even though some of the characters were fictional there were also some characters that were real people. This is the story of four friends-Caprice, Ada, Thea and Maria-that belonged to this club and how it influenced their lives. This club provided friendship for them as well as guidance during a time when women were still expected to be happy staying home and taking care of their family. These women wanted that, but they also had ambition and wanted more (especially Caprice). This is a fantastic book. I loved it! Highly recommend to all fans of historical fiction!
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dean francis alfar
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I love an author that can transport me back in time. This book does just that. Set in the early 1900s in Boston, four young women determined to make their own path despite tradition. I enjoyed every character in this book and learning their story. I was rooting for Caprice all the way. She had lofty goals and it was enjoyable to watch her fight for them. This is absolutely great read and a really great reminder for women how far we have come. Unputdownable!
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dyah rinni
I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley.

Being a former New England resident, I tend to read books set in that area once in a while, and this book is great! I love historical fiction and sometimes the genre could get overwhelming, but this story has the perfect balance of everything I look for: Relatable characters, a story that flows and is believable.

This story revolves around four friends who are part of a group called "The Saturday Evening Girls Club" or "S.E.G.," for short. Set in the early 1900's, the women go through a lot of challenges to achieve their dreams.

I highly recommend this book, and will read this author again.
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tim sallinger
**Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.**

For three-quarters of the book, it read like a novel for 12-year-old girls. I'm talking about books handed to girls when I was 12, not the angst-ridden YA novels that are aimed at that age group now. The usual types are represented: Maria is the head-turning beauty, Ada is the crazy smart one, Thea is the plain and chubby one (although Healey avoids saying it), and Caprice is the one who keeps them all together. It was all about the four main characters being friends to the end, a bit like a historical Babysitter's Club book. Despite reading young, the book occasionally has a melancholy tone because the women all realize that they are on the cusp of changes that will limit their time together. There were also some references to organized crime and domineering men in the last fourth of the book that almost made it read like an adult book, but not quite.

Overall, the book is fine. It is the kind of book that sits right in the middle. Healey gives us a slice of life in the 1900s in the tenements, but it is the sanitized version. Characters mention things like hunger and prostitution in passing, but the reader doesn't feel the sting of them. I can't really say that the book ends on a cliffhanger, but the reader says goodbye to the characters at the start of some major decisions and doesn't get to see them through. I would say that if you want a light historical to cleanse your reading palate between other books, this would be it.
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brielle
This guy was what my friends and I like to call a barron cacozza, Italian for squash baron someone who thought he was on the make."

What a remarkable history novel set in a fascinating way. Set in Boston in the early 1900s this story centers around the lives of four friends and a unique Saturday evening girls club. I loved the fact that this book was centered around a real group of young women and the author snuck in stories that indeed took place such as putting on an performance of The merchant of Venice for Boston's upper elite. I enjoyed how this book portrayed the lives of these women so delicately and centered not only on love but hopes and dreams.
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teja swaroop
This story of a young Italian immigrant and her friends trying to live the American dream and respect their parents rituals took me to another time period. It was easy to imagine myself walking down the streets of Boston in the early 1900's and visualize the sights and smells of the various neighborhoods. I found myself empowered as these girls figured out who they are and who they wanted to be despite it being during a time when few women had options to be anything other than housewives. I love that the author used research on real events to create this fictional story because it made me feel that these young girls might have actually existed. The only part I disliked is how much I want the story to go on. I long for a sequel to continue Caprice's story!!
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glory
In a time when immigration is hotly debated, we need reminders that dreaming big in a new land is universal, even if those dreams often come with pushback. The Saturday Evening Girls Club is an enjoyable and skillfully plotted novel written by author Jane Healy, whose meticulous attention to details creates a vivid look at turn-of-the-century Boston through the eyes of Caprice, a young and ambitious daughter of immigrants living in the North End. She dreams of becoming a shop owner, but must carefully wade through her parents’ traditional expectations and their controlled grip. Her support system is the Saturday Evenings Girls Club and her friends Thea, Maria and Ada, who have their own ambitions and struggles: alcoholic parents, forbidden romances and the uphill battle for equal education.

Healy’s writing is crisp and taut —she wisely does not linger over angst —and despite the characters’ uphill struggles there are laugh out loud moments as well, such as poor Thea who discovers the birds and bees on the eve of her wedding. Standout characters include the charming Sal, who shows irresistible appeal in wooing Caprice, and the bold and stubborn Maria, whose determination to avoid her mother’s fate results in the worst mistake of her life. The protagonist Caprice is a dedicated friend who knows she must pay her dues in life before she is handed anything. She is willing to risk backlash with her entrepreneurial vision, yet maintains a traditional nature that is reflective of the time. The second portion of the book moves quickly and is hard to put down. As the women find their grasp on life turning fragile, they become even more dedicated to their Saturday Evening Girls Club to sustain them.

Credit goes to Healy for keeping a needle vision on the small streets of the North End, resisting the urge to broaden the scope to a worldview of a country on the cusp a first world war. Audiences may want a sequel to see where this world goes.
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gammi
This novel begins in the early 1900's in Boston's North End and is based on true events of the four immigrant girls (2 Italian (Maria and Caprice) and 2 Jewish (Ada & Thea) who meet at The Saturday Evening Girls Club funded by Helen Storrow and ran by Edith Guerrier. These young girls grow up together and look out for one another. While their beliefs are different, they are true to one another and will not allow each other to make mistakes even if they get mad. Heartwarming and loved the historical, family traditions and the strength of character all of these young ladies demonstrate. Would love to know how the rest of the girls fare in their education, career and marriage!
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sunil chukka
The Saturday Evening Girls Club by Jane Healey is the first book I've read from this author. The theme of this book is friendship. It follows four young ladies who are trying to understand who they are while dealing with family and cultural expectations.

What I found most interesting is that the young ladies have been allowed to remain friends despite the fact that they are of different ethnicities and faiths. They are as close as sisters but are not as tolerant when confronted with racial stereotypes and building a life with someone who is different from them.

Overall it was a good book. I give it three stars.
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lisa jameson
It was very inspiring to know that this novel was based in factual events, institutions and some real people. I knew of Isabella Stewart Gardner and her patronage of the arts, but I enjoyed the fact that the Saturday Evening Girls Club actually existed and gave so many young women an opportunity and the confidence to make good lives for themselves in times that were not always welcoming to independent ,intelligent ,ambitious females.
I will now want to learn a lot more about the pottery that they were making. I hope to find pictures of some of it. I'm sure I wouldn't be able to afford it, but it would be nice to see it after reading about the artisans.
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janet storar
The Saturday Evening Girls Club carries special meaning as we reflect on the struggles that women have overcome. This story of four women trying to find independence in work and in love against cultures that don't encourage such individualism is both engaging and educational. Prepare to have your heart tugged as you champion their friendships and their journey. A winner from author Healey - I look forward to reading more from her!
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colin lacy
Within minutes of devouring The Saturday Evening Girls Club realistic novel written by Jane Healey I was hooked. Jane's use of figurative language, and imagery is astonishing! Though her descriptions and word choices she invites you to see, hear, taste, smell, and yes even touch her characters! The story setting takes place in the 1900s in an Italian section of Boston called the North End. Four girls, Caprice, Thea, Ada, and Maria have different heritages, religions, cultures and beliefs, however they bond together like sisters. This is a story that portrays woman believing they can dream the impossible dream and break through insurmountable obstacles to achieve their goals. This is also a story about everlasting friendships that will tug at your heartstrings. I literally laughed out loud when the gals had to explain the "birds and the bees" to Thea the day of her bridal shower. I found myself so involved with their friendships and escapades that by the end of the book I felt like I had made four new girlfriends, AND I already miss them!!!!
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kat leonard
I didn't want to put it down once I started reading. As soon as I finished reading it, I was recommending this book for my friend's book club. I just loved the four young women and wanted to know their stories from the first page. Caprice's ambition was so inspiring that I was sad when the book ended because I wanted to know more. It has been quite awhile since I've been so attached to a character.
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penny corradini
This is a nicely written light novel of four young women in 1909 Boston. We've seen this theme before, often more in depth, but this is a quick read and gives you a sense of what unmarried Italian and Jewish women faced at the time. Caprice is the most well rounded character; the others are just sketches. I would have liked more on all of them. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
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cory johnson
I enjoy reading fictional books based on history. This is a good read giving a glimpse into the varied cultural backgrounds of immigrants living together in one of many cities at the turn of the nineteenth century & in particular the women of 2nd generation families living in America & how they held on to faith & family traditions while also pursuing a different American dream that would help to shape the future for many women.
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derek southern
This story about four female friends in 1910 Boston provides an interesting glimpse into life in the tenements, as well as how they grappled with societal choices as they grow into womanhood.
The book would have been strengthened had the author not left the reader hanging. An "Epilogue" hinting at the conclusions of the other three friends lives would have resolved this dilemma.
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claire swann
Ms. Healey has written a fantastic historical novel that is right up there with the very best authors. I absolutely loved every minute with these ladies, and I'm sure you will also. Extremely well researched and a great job of character development. I'm putting it on my favorite book of the year, and can't wait to read more by this exciting new author.
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randy schultz
After reading The Astronaut Wives Club and The Wives of Los Alamos I've realized I really enjoy the small sort of niche of period piece fiction/nonfiction about groups of women brought together by circumstance just sort of making their way through life -- there's just something really great about the camaraderie and support that's so wonderful to read. This has all of that that I could hope for, and by the end I really felt like I knew the Saturday Evening Girls Club <3
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britton
Story line was great I listened to the audio book from Audible and the performance was great kept me wanting to listen to more!! The story line is so relatable if you are the child of an immigrant and were raised in America you can totally relate to the old ways and the American way.
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serene lee
This was probably the best read of the summer. I loved the characters, the setting, the story and the writing style. I was so sorry to come to the end and I am hoping that the author will write at least a sequel, if not a series. It would be so enjoyable to follow the girls and their families.
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carolyn schatzberg
I enjoyed reading this, and it was a fast read. The only issue I has was that it felt like a simpler and more amateur version of The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant (which was an amazing book). This was still enjoyable, however, and I'm curious to read more of Jane Healey's historical novels.
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lisa hall wilson
Really enjoyed this book! It is a wonderful story about 4 young women of immigrant families growing up in the North End around the turn of the century and the close friendship they form as part of the Saturday Evening Girls Club. It is fictional, but loosely based on a real Saturday Evening Girls Club that existed in the North End at that time, and some of it's characters are based on real Bostonians during the time. It portrays the difficulties they and their families face living in Boston as Immigrants. It is a very sweet, fun, and motivational story about young women struggling, loving, supporting each other, and finding their own way. The character development was wonderful and I felt completely immersed in their stories and personalities throughout the book!
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michelle kuo
I bought this book because it had great reviews. I was sold on the basis that it was about 4 immigrant women in 1900's Boston trying to escape tradition. But I found it very traditional and predictable.
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rene barron
Based on real club activities for immigrants in Boston, the author introduces us to four young women who have been best friends since the age of thirteen when they joined SEG. We learn about their cultures, families and hopes and dreams. Come what may, these four stand together looking to a future their parents never imagined.
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deb baron
We loved the fact that each of the girls in The Saturday Evening Girls Club had her own story but all four stories mingled together so nicely. Each girl gets her own happy ending (more or less) and finds the life that is right for her. A great tale of strong women in a rich historical setting.
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claudia mielke
What a wonderful read! The historical portrayal of Boston's North End in the early 20th century with some of its smart, progressive immigrant women who were supported and encouraged by a local librarian and a prominent female philanthropist created a real page turner for me. I loved learning more about the real Girls Clubs created by these women and the history of Paul Revere Pottery. While some of the dialogue seemed a bit unreal at times, the compelling story line and interaction among these immigrant families and their benefactors kept me going. I highly recommend this book!
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john dalton
Good diversionary light read about three young immigrant women friends in Boston in the early 1900s. Each has her own personal and family issues, goals and challenges to deal with. Readers get a glimpse into how traditions and customs of the country of origin of each girl affects her life decisions and direction. My only criticism was that some of the dialogue didn't ring true, seemed a little forced and contrived at times.
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krystel
I enjoyed reading about these young women who had to work so hard to try and pull away from tradition. The friendships formed by these four is truly touching. Having good friends that are with you through good and bad is a blessing. I know because I am blessed to have wonderful friends.
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kristal dekleer
The author captures the essence of immigrant women and their bittersweet lives as I knew it through my Nana and tias. Their wisdom, acceptance, and dreams of a different life for my girl cousins and myself are beautifully reflected in Rosiro Russo , Caprice, Maria, Thea, and Ada. For that I thank the author.

The writing was less sophisticated and detracted from the depth and richness of the characters. At times it felt as if the author didn't trust the reader to understand the emotions or conflict that the women faced . For that reason, the overall rating is lower.
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ane f
This book was entertaining, well-written and completely believable. Having visited the North End many times, I felt that I was with the young women as they moved through the streets and Ms. Healey's excellent storytelling made be share their experiences and feelings. I completely enjoyed the book.
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chelsea cole
I have been on a Historical Fiction "kick" and this did not let me down. I love the girls and listening to each of their stories. I would love to hear more from the gals. How the hat store works out, if the religions can be put aside, if true love can be found and so on! I think these gals are such deep characters they could go on for a good while.
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sepand
Enjoyed learning something I did not know, all the while being entertained by a wonderful story. I am all for the rise of women to equality and truly don't think much about how we all got to the place we are now. The struggles were far greater than we care to admit. Highly recommend this novel.I found it very enlightening and thought provoking.
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a bookzilla
I normally read only mystery novels, but at the recommendation of the store, I just thought I'd to check this book out. What a wonderful decision in that was. This is a fun free-flowing book well written, great descriptions, and you start to connect with the characters quickly.
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kim wright
I am one who likes good clean books. This one only had a word or two that was of bad language and one scene that's a little "off color" but other than that I enjoyed the book
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dattatreya
Four young women live with their families in an immigrant neighborhood in Boston in the early 20th century. The Saturday Evening Girls Club plays a large part in the development of the friendship. They struggle to become independent American women while still showing love and respect for the parent's old world ways. A fun way to study American history.
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sarah lidtka
What a delightful book! To have lived in that time--dealing with an old-fashioned father is still true today. What I admired were the goals they set for themselves and the friends they had.
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krystal palmer
I'd recommend this book to women looking for a casual read. The plot line is somewhat predictable, the characters somewhat flat, the time frame short, but it all works smoothly. Enjoy!
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baseballs4me
Very surprising and enticing plot and subplots, which continued to draw me in. While predictable in some spots, the push and pull of parents, religion, and self-direction kept me turning the pages. I was disappointed when it ended - I wanted it to continue!
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bitchie
What a lovely story! I could not put this book down - the story of Caprice, Maria, Ada and Thea was thoroughly captivating, and I found myself rooting for each of them to pursue life on their own terms. This book evokes the immigrant experience in Boston in the early 1900s with vibrant charm. Upon finishing the book I had the satisfying feeling of knowing these characters in their full spirit - and was sad to say goodbye!
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callie leuck
I LOVED this book so much! Move over Adriana Trigiani as Jane Healey is in the house!

Fabulous immigrant story. Fabulous! I cannot wait to see what Healey writes next!

I received an advance copy for an honest review.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
mariexlupin
I really enjoyed reading about the era it took place in. How families tried to find suitable husband material for their daughters. How love really hasnt changed that much in our culture. It talked about Hull House and I grew up in Chicago early 60s and we had a organization called that. It was an enjoyable read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
laura brown
I loved this book. Great read. Learning about different people customs and traditions. Woman being accepted in the working world. Being there for each other. Growing up. I would be happy to read this author or a sequel. Thank you. Please read and you will enjoy
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
bobby otter
It was easy to get caught up in the lives of these four young women. It was hard to put the book down. The characters were all so real. I didn't want the story to end.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kayla perisho
One of the best historical novels I've read in a long time. Jane did a really good job of incorporating the history of the area, mixing real and fictional characters into an interesting book. I've recommended the book to several friends already.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
pran k p
The author created this story based upon the real pottery store. She created strong characters and strong friendships. I really enjoyed the storyline, especially how the mother is the one who keeps the family together. Will read again.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
wesley brown
Loved! Loved! Didn't want it to end and I hope the author continues writing the stories of these girls. A heartwarming story of our ancestors and how they didn't settle for their "lot in life". My grandfather and his family came from Germany and I know they were as courageous as all in this story.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
martha fendt
A sweet story about a real girls club in the north end of Boston. Although it is a fiction..it’s based on the real clubs and the real life benefactors to these young girls in the Italian north end of Boston.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
maria ri
This was a really amazing, inspirational story. I loved how it included some real stories that I actually recognize. I would definitely recommend.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
umang sharma
This book based on a true story gives a thoughtful tale of life in Boston in the 1900’s. An uplifting historical novel about coming of age.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
msbutton
This was my first historical fiction read and I was intrigued from the beginning. I loved the collective and individual stories of the Saturday Evening Girls and their families. Very relatable even after over a century has passed.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
cynthia clisham
If you enjoy historical fiction and strong young women, this is the book for you. This amazing book took me hostage as I couldn't put it down! I want to be in Saturday Evening Girls Club! My only complaint is that it was too short. I'm looking to see if there are follow-up books.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nandipha
I loved this book, it was interesting to see how women were treated in that era. My husband came from Italy as a child and even in the 50's and 60's the families still felt the same about marriage and the old country. This book brought laughter and tears, I highly recommend it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kaade
This audio version held my attention and looked forward to any chance I got to listen. When not listening I would read.

The characters and time period were captivating. I love a good female protagonist and this did not disappoint.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nanci
I'm not much of a book reviewer. But I know what I like. I loved the characters and their storylines. The only drawback was the ending. I want to know more. I felt the book left us with loose ends. Please tell us there will be a sequel!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mayee
Love stories depicting real life of women and how they overcome. These stories our founding of what women went through so we can do the things we are allowed to do today. Very well written
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
paul voltaire
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, it was difficult to put down at times, made me laugh and cry. Educational in many says I learned much about the era and something of both Jewish and Italian Catholic culture. A very fun read indeed.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
dalton
I listened to this on audible. The story is well written and the characters develop in a believable way. There is a well written plot and characters that develop and grow alone the way. Time well spent.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
paulavillalobos
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the characters were very realistic. It portrayed that time so well and the thinking of immigrants then.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
carla brantner
I found this book intriguing not only for the time in history that it was about but also the picture of strong women in a time period where women knew their place. I enjoyed the book,
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
haley white
Power of friendship would have liked a follow up on their lives after a few years. Maybe a sequel
Four star rating
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
halidoc
I thoroughly enjoyed the Saturday evening Girls Club right up to almost the end. I was so disappointed with the author's choice at the end of the book for Ada and Dominic's relationship. I won't spoil it here but ugh...what a letdown.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kimberly eisma
How wonderful to learn that strong, intelligent women existed generations ago. This novel is a story that illustrates the true American story. The young ladies you meet show how poor immigrant families a century ago worked to achieve the famous American dream. I truly feel that this is a story that happened many times over across America during the pre -WWI era.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
jiri pevny
This book was really boring and seemed to be made for 15 year old girls. The language an vocabulary used didn't sound like how someone would speak in 1908 either.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
edel govern
So often it takes a while to "get into" a book and I wonder if I'm going to like it. Not the case here as I was drawn in instantly. Beautiful characters in a setting that reminds us how simple - yet challenging - life was just 100 years ago. The best compliment I can give is that I didn't want this story to end!

I listened to this book via Audible. Wonderful narration!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
damian
This novel has arrived at exactly the right time: throw it in your beach bag, recommend it to your book club, or buy it for a teen in your life to kick of her/his summer reading. As a work of historical fiction -- but one based on true events -- this is an uplifting story with a quick pace and a notable Boston setting. The historical details are well-researched and the story strikes me as both inspiring and grounded in the reality of the time. We need more books like this today.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
amanda callendrier
I enjoyed this book but it left you wanting a better ending. It felt like maybe the word limit for publishing was reached so a hasty ending was made. It was a good story though and made you interested in the true history that inspired it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sanket
I'm glad I read the book. I would love to know what happened next to the main characters. Did the hat shop prosper? Who did the rest of the girls marry? So many questions that only a sequel or two can answer, hint hint Jane Healey.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
john deatherage
Excellent story of four young immigrant women living in the North End of Boston in the early 1900s. Based on The Saturday Evening Girls Club which was created for women in that era. I loved the storyline and highly recommend this novel.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
elizabeth mcdonald
There was no real climax to the story and no conclusion. However, I really enjoyed being transported to another place in time & thinking about the grains of truth that are woven into historical fiction. I enjoyed each character.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
nicole olson
Ms. Healey has given her characters 21st century sensibilities. This is my biggest criticism of her well written novel. The young women portrayed would not have had the support from families and friends to be independent students or businesswomen rather they were treated in reality as chattel and had no say in their lives unless they left home, a very difficult thing to do for young women of immigrant families who would be even more conservative than average Americans about the rights of women. Life was much harder for such young women than it is portrayed.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
anirban mukherjee
I loved Saturday Evening Girls Club. It was true to the time period and the characters were well developed and I could empathize with their efforts to adapt to their new country and stay tre to their values. I have recommended it to my book club. Great work by a new author!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
cheryl jones
The story of four friends in turn-of-the-century Boston is an attention-grabber. The story sustained me throughout.

I'm sure that, with time, Jane Healey will refine her craft and develop unique voices for all her characters, subtle descriptions that engage the reader's imaginations rather than tell too much, and enrich and vary her word and stylistic choices.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
debra47
Well written and engaging from page 1, this sweet book of friendship and love could have been twice as long!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
deeann smith
The novel is beautiful, romantic and intriguing. Would love a sequel. The history and era placement is very good. Highly recommend.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
karenattyah
Good book. I'm always surprised when women were expected to be in an arranged marriage. Considering that these women were being raised in the United States, family traditions from the old country were still prevalent.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
rebecca moss
Excellent writing. Realistic with good character development and insight into the life of young ladies and families, and community in the early twentieth century. Simpler times, but not. The story drew me in. Hard to put down.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mary ruth
Very enjoyable look back in time as generations merge in society. Old world ideas continuing as new ideas come into being .Families taking on new challenges, friendships bonding , strengths to take on new experiences and succeeding in fulfilling dreams . A very enjoyable read.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
judy thomas
a little disappointing. The story never really went anywhere. Too predictable. I didn't really care about the characters.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
wendy harrison
this was a very interesting book I never knew about this historical pottery and the story line is good as well
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
steve jones
This is an interesting story and it moved along quite quickly. A satisfying light read covering the trials that women faced at that time in history. That the Girls' Club actually existed gave it some authority.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
korkodus
I enjoyed reading about real people and situations. Boston is a wonderful setting and early century is a pivotal time for women in America. It is well written and informative.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
enida zhapa
I really did enjoy this book so much. Each one of them had a story and a life with each of their families read this book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
claire aytalin
I truly enjoyed this story for its historical quality as well as its readability. I look forward to reading more by this author.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mary reed
What I loved about this book was how it demonstrated what real friendship looks like. Friends don't always agree sometimes they fight but the love that they share keeps them connected intertwined and together.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
felipa
The ending left me with a lot of questions. Hopefully, this is not a one off and there will be a second book about the girls and their lives.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jody baush
This book made me wish I was in this club. Not entirely predictable but completely enjoyable. Cheered and cried for the characters, their love and loss while admiring their strength and growth.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
chris eisenlauer
I chose the rating because I felt a little let down at the end. I was expecting the story to go further into each girl's story. I would have liked to see more story development. I felt like I was just getting to know each character and then the story ended. I hope there is a sequel to this book. I enjoyed reading this story and would recommend it to others.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
gary toth
A very good story about four friends living in Boston and belong to a girl's club that helps women better their lives
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
candace fox
I really enjoyed this book. I felt like I was there many times . It is a good book, and I recommend it. To all the women before us, thank you .
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
rehesty
Loved loved loved this book. So sad it's ended. I will be looking for more books by this author. What fun.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ealopez826
I definitely loved learning about this era in history. I appreciated the author reviewing what was true and what was made up at the end. I wish she would write more historical fiction!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
aleksandra trzeciak
The story was pure delight. No violence, no cursing. What a pleasure. Terrific story and author is a great storyteller.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
midge whitney
I want to know if Ada and Dominic ever got married! If Caprice's hat shop was successful and if she and Sales had a happy life together! Also, what happened with Thea and Maria! We need a sequel or a novella, PLEASE!!!!!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
greg turner rahman
I loved it..the story..the time period..how people lived back then...the characters were all amazing. I wish there was a sequel!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
wendy b
Interesting but lacked completion of stories to make more captivating
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jessi
I'm sure anyone from the Boston area whose family has lived there for generations will thoroughly enjoy this nostalgic look back on the days in early 1900s. I thought it was lovely... hoping for a continuation book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mary jo frohne
The Saturday Evening Girls Club is an appealing story about the friendship of four young women living in Boston’s North End in the early part of the 20th century. Reading about the women’s struggles to find their place in the new world and to break away from the old ways of their immigrant families made me think of the lives of my own grandparents and the path they paved for me. It was a great read!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
p phillips
I laughed, I gasped, I cried! I was excited and breathless with these girls! I wanted to know so much more when the book ended! Beautifully written.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
michelle daniels
It was a great book overall. You can't help but fall in love with Caprice's bold nature and free spirit. Such an empowering and emotionally beautiful story. You will not be disappointed if you read this book!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kathleen ruth
It was an interesting book and highlighted the differences between immigrants, their first generation of children and if it had continued through the years the next generation of children. Each girl was different and had their own goals and dreams. I found it hard to put down. I also worked with immigrants, their children and the changing values of both.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
nick davis
Sweet and refreshing are somewhat rare now days. Just nice to read a story not splattered with vulgarity and violence. Sweet story and
Wl written
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
david garrison
A refreshing period book about friendship. The differences in religion weren't an obstacle for the girls. A coming of age for a new generation of immigrants.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
roberto paz
Interesting read, I just didn't like the way she ended the book. I wanted an ending telling the reader what happened to the girls after what they were trying to achieve.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
sukanto
What a beautiful story of friendship between four young women in this coming of age tale set in the turn of the last century. Great characters that the reader truly cares for. Wonderful research. Looking forward to more from this author.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
giovanni
Great uplifting novel about the trials of immigrant young adults who strived for more than what was expected of them.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
magdalena cassel
I truly enjoyed this story of young immigrant women in the early 1900's. Their bond of friendship and loyalty were refreshing in this era of cynicism .
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
blaire briody
I really enjoyed this book. A great story of friendships . I liked the different religions and how they played a big part in the girl s lives. A very easy book to read. .
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
devadas smitha
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. That it was set in Boston which I know well was a big part of my pleasure. Jane Healey's writing is excellent and I loved her characterization of the interesting main characters.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
hugo martins
So many of our great grandparents started off with hope and a chance for opportunity. This book is just that: hope and opportunity for 4 American-born immigrants. It will make you feel proud of your roots and your love for this country.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
medha singh
This is a very interesting true story in the time period if the early 1900’s. I loved the description of clothing worn in that period.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
dustin hiles
I enjoyed the Saturday Evening Girls Club, a character-driven story. The author identified some of the complexities the young women struggled with during a time when life was supposed to be very simple for women: get married, have children.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kristin
Enjoyable quick read. Friendship and love prevail. Made me wish I had friends like these girls.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
radin muhd
I really enjoyed this book. It was one that you couldn't put down. I loved reading about the simple, fun and hard times these girls endured.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
meaghan
...and a fine story. Well written and crafted using a combination of fact and fiction. Enjoyable and entertaining. This sentence is here because they force us to use a certain number of words. I'd said all I had to say before this.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
sarah menken
I loved this story. It had the true meaning of life and how hard it was at that time. The girls had a true friendship, and were always there for one another.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
g l ford
Loved it. Great historical fiction. Love the richness of the italian and jewish neighborhood.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
laura ann
Very good story. Great book for high-schoolers or anyone interested in how the original immigrants lived after coming to America. Based on real organization.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
gay bailey
I truly enjoyed this book. I felt like I was there and part of the story reading about family. Hope there will be a sequel.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
suellen stover
I enjoyed this story of Italian and Jewish immigrants in Boston in the early 1900s. I recommend it to those who enjoy historical fiction.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
tomoyasu nakamura
I absolutely loved this story. It was so much fun to look into the traditions and lifestyles of the Italian and Jewish immigrants of the early 1900's.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
arya ptb
I would definitely recommend this book. A quick read that provides a look at the lives of four young women in the early 1900s and their strong friendship
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sarah dopp
This is by far one of the best stories about young girls becoming powerful women. Each of these girls had to overcome family and societal norms.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nikkilittman
Fast read with well-developed characters and an interesting plot. Kept me occupied the past few freezing days!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
dana hyman
Really good book, keeps your interest. If you're looking for a good summer read, this is a clear winner. The characters are believable and real, the friendship is very strong - I don't think this book will disappoint.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
caila darche
The characters were real and well rounded. The atmosphere described so well that I felt right at home. History well and beautifully written.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sergio
It was a charming, heartwarming story set in the early 1900's when many people living in Boston were immigrants. The story of the 4 young women and their part of the changing times of American history is a testament to the "grit" of the young immigrants.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
hillary robertson
Just okay...not a lot of story, but certainly loads of complaining
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jacquie bounds
I have always enjoyed reading historical fiction and this book did not disappoint me, at all. It made me wish I had a Saturday Evening Girls Club of my own!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
loarah
Very interesting to read how young women dealt with the world in the early to mid 1900s. They were much more empowered than I would have believed.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
marielle
I rated this book 4 stars because it a good story, but quite predictable. The characters were interesting and intertwined quite well. Seems thére should be a book 2.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lisa jenio
I liked this book so much I was hoping for a sequel. The characters were wonderful and the setting and time period was very interesting.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
akbar
I belong to two book club's and the commentary is amazing. The author really has done well with character development and story is right on target. It ended to soon.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
jessica price
Average at best.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
bradschl
I really like ? this kind of historical fiction. Coming from a strict immigrant mother I know first hand how these girls felt.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
connor o brien
Although a quick read,it was full of encouragement to follow your dreams especially during challenging times. Enjoyed reading of the. Challenges of these young women.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
tania chris
I recommend this book particularly to descendants of Italian or Jewish American families to immigrated to the NE I the early 1900s
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
naeem masnadi
And to find out that it's based partly on a true story makes it an even better read. I loved the empowered women in this book!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
curt faux
Enjoy the journey of the Saturday Evening Girls Club. A story for every young girl searching for understanding self and others.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sharon t
The book was well written and researched. The story could have been based in any time period: the next generation has to create their own world.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
harlin jugpal
SO CONFLICTED!

I enjoyed this book so much. I loved the characters and the time period and cadence of the book. BUT I found the ending dissatisfying. It felt like the story was just getting started and then boom! It's done. Really? I would have loved if this book had followed the characters over their life. Regardless - Bravo!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jeanne paul
Really enjoyed the stories of these young ladies.
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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lauren schuman
I love the struggles and success of. our female entrepreneurs in the early days of the 1900s. Gutsy women struggling into the work world.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
cath wagas
While probably a book to read when I was 12, I enjoyed this book now. And I had no idea until the end that it was real.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
sarah lewis
If this were fleshed out, it would make a wonderful novel. The SEG girls club is a good topic for this book. 15+
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
badi
I liked this book very much. The people in the story are so strong that I felt like I wanted to be their friend, too!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
roslyn sundset
Excellent story, well told. I would have appreciated alternating POVs between the four women, rather than sticking to just one, however.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
derek southern
Loved this book. Each page wants you asking for more. Please write a sequel. Loved to hear how each girl continues to follow her dreams
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
deena thomson
I like historical fiction, but mostly read books that are a bit "deeper " than this. This book was a bit predictable, but I did find the story interesting, and enjoyed the characters.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
amie doughty
I enjoyed this book very much!!! I only wish that it had carried the characters a little further in their lives!!!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
aaron broadwell
A fun read. The lives of Jewish and Italian Immigrants in the Boston tenements of the 1900s is depicted in a most interesting tale.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
seth galyean
It's been a while since I read such a fun story. I fell in love with these characters and the way they tried to make the world their own. My own family immigrated from Sicily and it was fun to see the family dynamics. Thank you for creating these characters Ms. Healy!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lindsey barba
I thoroughly enjoyed reading about these young ladies and all of the obstacle they overcame to find happiness. Would love to read more by this author.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
abigail
I read this story after reading an intense series of war novels, and it was exactly the kind of light, simple read I needed. The friendship these women share is something I wish my mother and her mother before her had. It being centered in Boston was just a bonus.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
daphne sayed
Loved it! And now I'm very interested in doing a little research into the real Saturday Evening Girls Club
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jerolyn
Excellent storytelling for this first-time author. Just started the 2nd book in this series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
anoop singh
This was a great book. Easy to read and the girls could be your friend. Please take time to read this book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
browndog
It is hard for me to find a page tuner such as this. A great read. (I'd say more, but my e-reader keeps erasing my awesome reviews.)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
tammy bertelsen
Great book about friendship among young women in the North End of Boston. The SEGC was a real organization that encouraged women in many areas of life.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jelica lim
I liked the theme of the story, but found it to be more teenager/young adult content.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
will
I loved it. The girls were so inspiring!! It gave me an insight on what life was like in the time period in Boston.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
alyse middleton
I gave it a 5 because I enjoyed the story of the Young woman of that era and how they overcome the challenges of that time frame.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
erinh
A great story of warmth, love, and friendship. I need to make sure Maria and Ada are OK. Sequel please!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mark rochford
A complete piece of American and female history. Although set in an earlier time than my own, I can relate to the struggle of trying to be independent and recognized as worthwhile
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
irma
Enjoyed this good book very much. So glad I stumbled up on it. Kept me busy for a few hours.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
heather domin
I really enjoyed this book. I have 2 best friends and could so relate to the story.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
omid johari
I really enjoyed this book. I felt like I was there, sharing their lives, and I was sorry to see the book end.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
darlene wilson
This is a really good story about friends standing by each other and helping one another in bad times and in good times.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was sorry when it ended!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
linda alvarez
Good book with a lot of interesting history. Kept me pretty engaged through the book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
katsura
Very entertaining. I would have liked it to have gone a bit further. It seemed to end abruptly.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
memma
A fun book, good character studies.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
lex sebasti n
Really enjoyed all of this book. The history, the romance and the way things were back in the day. Especially the discussions about the old ways and how the girls wanted to break away. Will recommend.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
joseph
Good book about immigrants and the powerful impact they made in America.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kiley
Lovely book, historical fiction, just what I like.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
thirteentwentytwo
The Saturday Evening Girls Club is a great historical fiction read! The book centers around Caprice, a determined girl from an Italian immigrant family, navigating the joys and challenges of her familial obligations, romantic courtships, friendships, and pursuit of her career dreams in the early 1900's in the North End of Boston. Her life trajectory is largely influenced by the Saturday Evening Girls Club. The benefactors endeavored to provide women from working class Jewish and Italian immigrant families an opportunity to network, socialize and for some, earn a living making and selling pottery. It is such an inspiring example of female empowerment! I really enjoyed going back in time in the North End apartments, shops, and lives of Caprice and her friends. Thank you NetGalley for letting me preview this gem!
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wouter
Quick read. Interesting view of that time in immigration history.
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whit
Loved reading about the womens friendship and how their backgrounds were so different. Wonderful ending. Hope there is another book soon.
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naleighna kai
Loved how easy this story was to read and the easy getaway from today’s life. Loved the character development and the strong bonds you watched become stronger over the course of the book.
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ann rufo
This is a fun book, nothing literarily challenging and at times predictable. But a fun, easy, entertaining read. Good for the beach!
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taha safari
Wonderful book highly recommend. The history was very interesting. Easy read hard to put down. Characters well presented. Look forward to reading more
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aidan krainock
I enjoyed this book and each of the characters could be a friend. I could not put this book down, I am looking for more books by this Author.
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juliette
Interesting story of young women coming into adulthood in the early part of 20th century. Thoughtful insights into the plight of women of the time, as well as second generation immigrants. This would be a good summer reading for grades 7 - 10.
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ashley kilback
Thus was a really good book. The research was spot in, the tone was wonderful. I sure hope Jane Healy has written more books because I will be looking for them as soon as I click Send.
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allison mitchell
Very nice read. Not real exciting, but comforting to get inside a nice group of female friends and share their hopes and dreams.
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rekha
Suspenseful but the ending was great...seems all things are going to work for the four girls maybe not exactly how they planned
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jessica n n
Reckoning back to the early 1900s, a simple tale of the complexities of immigrants with traditional family ways from the old country melding with a more progressive mindset. Of young women taking different roads to find their direction as they move into adulthood.
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douglas carnine
I love these characters! I was sad to leave them when I finished the book. The author does a superb job making the reader feel like he/she's along for the ups and downs of these women's lives and part of the "club."
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sherri
New author for me. Loved this book.
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beasty
I liked the historical aspects. The story line was interesting and easy to read.
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elayne
A lovely, feel good book that takes you back to simpler times. Totally enjoyed this book.
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deedee
So much missing; appears to be written by an adolescent. No real character development, unbelievable circumstances and little plot development. I feel like the topic regarding the girls club could have had much more substance. I did finish it but felt like I wasted my time.
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steve weinberg
An alright read, but not as engaging as I had hoped.
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lori cochrane
Good read. Historical fiction.
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