Switchboard Soldiers

A Novel

English language

Published April 14, 2022 by HarperCollins Publishers.

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5 stars (1 review)

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Relatable Military Historical Fiction

5 stars

I picked this because I'm a Signal Corps vet and the book felt like it was written just for me. The characters were well-drawn. The real program was very selective, so every point-of-view character was an Amity Blight-style high achiever, which I enjoyed. They were different enough to give variety, but they shared the same dedication and optimism. I enjoyed spending time with them and going through their ups and downs. Grace felt the most relatable, but they all had their charms.

This took a long time to read because I had a busy month, but it never felt slow or dragged. I liked that it carried through the whole war, and would have been willing to stick around to read a dramatization of the soldiers getting their benefits.

As to the downsides, I wondered if the author had a background in advertising. Sometimes the descriptions were a little purple …