During World War II, over six million women went to work in various capacities, all supporting the war effort, while men were off fighting overseas. Dubbed Rosie the Riveters, they played a crucial role in helping to build tanks, bombs and planes and fill other important support positions. The life of a young Rosie the Riveter during WWII has now been brought to life in the new historical fiction novel “Blueberry Steel,” by Jacqueline Bodnar.
“Blueberry Steel” shares a heartfelt story about a young woman named Evelyn, who fresh out of high school makes the decision to heed the call to work in one of the tank factories. Set in the Detroit area, this WWII historical fiction novel shares her experience working in the factory as a riveter, while also grappling with the fact that she wants to follow her dream of going to college and becoming a journalist.
Evelyn faces decisions, hurdles, and personal issues that threaten to hold her back. A historical fiction romance novel, “Blueberry Steel” has been written for those in middle school through adults. The book aims to share an interesting story that pulls historical fiction references so the reader gains a better understanding of the time period and contributions made by women during the war. Those looking for a YA historical fiction book will find the story is perfect for that age group, as well as adults. The book also comes with discussion questions and research points in the back of the book, to further learning of the time period.
“Those interested in WWII historical fiction or Rosie the Riveter stories will love this book,” says Jacqueline Bodnar. “I’ve always been a big fan of the Rosie the Riveter movement, and it inspired me to write this historical fiction romance story, hoping that more people will gain an interest in and appreciation for the period and contributions.”
The Detroit area played an important role during WWII. The author spent years living in the area where the book is set, and she uses her insight and many hours of research to help bring the area’s tank plant contributions to light in the book. Those who grew up in the Detroit area, including in Warren, Mich., will appreciate many of the historical fiction references made in the book. From Coney dogs and Vernor’s floats, to Saunders bumpy cake and visiting Belle Isle, there is something for everyone.
“Blueberry Steel” is now available through Taylor and Seale Publishing, as well as on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, various other online sites, and in select bookstores. To learn more about “Blueberry Steel” or purchase the book, visit: https://www.jacquelinebodnar.com/books.html
Bodnar is also the author of “Starting Your Career as a Professional Blogger,” and has ghostwritten eight other titles. She is a freelance writer and blogger who does extensive copywriting and has over 3,000 published articles in newspapers and magazines around the world. She also has numerous popular blogs including VegBlogger and Volusia County Moms. To learn more about Jacqueline Bodnar, visit the site at: www.jacquelinebodnar.com