by Noelle Salazar
Genre: Historical Fiction
Book Release Date: July 2, 2019
My Review: ★★★★★
Shining a light on a little-known piece of history The Flight Girls is a sweeping portrayal of women’s fearlessness, love, and the power of friendship to make us soar.
1941. Audrey Coltrane has always wanted to fly. It’s why she implored her father to teach her at the little airfield back home in Texas. It’s why she signed up to train military pilots in Hawaii when the war in Europe began. And it’s why she insists she is not interested in any dream-derailing romantic involvements, even with the disarming Lieutenant James Hart, who fast becomes a friend as treasured as the women she flies with. Then one fateful day, she gets caught in the air over Pearl Harbor just as the bombs begin to fall, and suddenly, nowhere feels safe.
To make everything she’s lost count for something, Audrey joins the Women Airforce Service Pilots program. The bonds she forms with her fellow pilots reignite a spark of hope in the face war, and—when James goes missing in action—give Audrey the strength to cross the front lines and fight not only for her country, but for the love she holds so dear.
“Captivated me from the first page and never let go…a powerful tale of courage and sacrifice by the Women Airforce Service Pilots during WWII. A spectacular first novel.”—Sara Ackerman, USA TODAY bestselling author of The Lieutenant’s Nurse
Five beautiful stars for The Flight Girls. This historical WWII fiction novel hit all the boxes for me. Vivid details, emotional scenes, vivacious and distinct characters, and let’s not forget the spellbinding, slow-burn romance that develops over the course of this entire novel.
It starts in Hawaii on the cusp of the events at Pearl Harbor that pushed the US into the clutches of war and sets the stage for the women of this era who answered the call for help to fly for their country.
I loved this book so much that I kept trying to find time in my busy days to read it. It was just that perfect mix of likable characters and intriguing plot that kept me hungry for more.
For me, when you have a woman with a brain, a privilege she’s aware of but not spoiled by, and a passion that runs so deep it drives every decision she makes, you have the makings of a book you won’t want to let go of. Well done!
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