The Call of the Wrens - Jenni L. Walsh



An emotional war saga of the Women’s Royal Naval Service—the Wrens. Finding sisterhood and purpose in their work as a motorcycle dispatch riders, they were assigned to train and deliver carrier pigeons to the front line in both world wars. This is their story from the perspective of two brave women.

Introducing the little-known story of the daring women who rode through war-torn Europe, carrying secrets on their shoulders . . .

An orphan who spent her youth without a true home, Marion Hoxton found in the Great War something other than destruction. She found a chance to belong. As a member of the Women’s Royal Naval Service—the Wrens—Marion gained sisters. She found purpose in her work as a motorcycle dispatch rider, assigned to train and deliver carrier pigeons to the front line. And, despite the constant threat of danger, she and her childhood friend Eddie began to dream of a future together. Until the battle that changed everything.

Now, twenty years later, another war has broken out across Europe, calling Marion to return to the fight. Meanwhile, others, like twenty-year-old society girl Evelyn Fairchild, hear the call for the first time. For Evelyn, it’s a way to prove herself after a childhood fraught with surgeries and limitations from a disability. And with the re-formation of the Wrens as World War II rages, it’s the perfect opportunity to make a difference in the world at seventy miles per hour.

Told in alternating narratives that converge in a single life-changing moment, The Call of the Wrens is a vivid, emotional saga of love, secrets, resilience—and the knowledge that the future will always belong to the brave souls who fight for it.


“Jenni L. Walsh chronicles two volunteers in the Women’s Royal Navy Service during the First and Second World Wars. Spanning decades in a story that is both epic and intimate, The Call of the Wrens is an original and compelling tale of sisterhood and strength.”

—Pam JenoffNew York Times bestselling author of The Woman with the Blue Star

“. . . a wonderful tale inspired by the real-life women’s branch of the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy. This dual-timeline novel features two courageous heroines, Marion and Evelyn, roaring around Europe on motorbikes during both world wars. Thrilling missions, family secrets, romance—it’s all here. We need more books like this that show the remarkable contributions made by adventurous women during the darkest of times.”

—Elise Hooper, author of Angels of the Pacific

. . . a beautifully written gem of a historical novel, shedding light on a little-known group of women, the Wrens, during both world wars. Walsh skillfully entwines the stories of Evelyn and Marion as they journey to find their voices and, ultimately, their calling. I was completely captivated by this richly drawn portrait of strength, survival, and love.”

—Jillian Cantor, USA TODAY bestselling author of Beautiful Little Fools


Jenni L. Walsh Author


Jenni L. Walsh worked for a decade enticing readers as an award-winning advertising copywriter before becoming an author. Her passion lies in transporting readers to another world, be it in historical or contemporary settings. She is a  proud graduate of Villanova University, and lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband, daughter, son, and various pets.

Jenni is the author of historical novels Becoming BonnieSide by SideA Betting Woman, and ​The Call of the Wrens. She also writes books for children, including the nonfiction She Dared series and historical novels Hettie and the London BlitzI Am DefianceBy the Light of Fireflies, and Over and Out.

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