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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
All Our Girls is the fifth book in the Firehouse Family series by Laurie Loveman, a well-crafted novel with strong themes and compelling female protagonists. It is the 1930s in New York, and the sex trafficking business is flourishing. One of the people with the biggest share of the pie is Jayden Wallace, a wealthy, powerful man. But his business is threatened by Linda Marie Newman and Jenny Donnelly who have been fighting sex trafficking over the years, rescuing girls from dirty traffickers. Their friend Captain Will Peterson needs their help to rescue a girl trapped in prostitution. Wallace believes the women are out to steal his girls and start their own business. He seeks help from the mob to find Linda and Jenny. Can they free the girl unhurt?
Fast-paced and character-driven, All Our Girls builds on the dignity of women. The story features characters that are well-developed and that reflect the spirit of freedom for women that is being challenged, at times systematically, by society. The themes of sex trafficking, friendship, and family are deftly explored. I enjoyed the way the characters are written and how the author allows dialogue to reveal each character's depth. Right from the beginning, the reader encounters two of the key characters at Whyte’s Restaurant on Fulton, not too far from Wall Street. They are described as “strikingly beautiful women.” The story opens in a way that captivates the reader and makes them want to find out more about these characters. Laurie Loveman’s prose is crisp and the writing is effortless. This is an enjoyable story in a series but can also be read as a standalone novel. It is filled with humanity and realism.