Inspired by true events, a breathtaking WWII historical novel about the brave American women who trained the British Royal Air Force, by New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath.
1941. A talented flier, Jessie Lovelace yearns for a career in aviation. When the civilian flight school in her small Texas town begins to clandestinely train British pilots for the RAF, she fights to become an instructor. But the task isn’t without its perils of near-misses and death. Faced with the weight of her responsibilities, she finds solace with a British officer who knows firsthand the heavy price paid in war . . . until he returns to the battles he never truly left behind.
Rhonda Monroe might not be skilled in the air but can give a trainee a wild ride in a flight simulator. Fearing little, she dares to jeopardize everything for a forbidden relationship with a charismatic airman…
Innocent and fun-loving Kitty Lovelace, Jessie's younger sister, adores dancing with these charming newcomers, realizing too late the risks they pose to her heart.
As the war intensifies and America becomes involved, the Girls of Flight City do their part to bring a victorious end to the conflict, pouring all their energy into preparing the young cadets to take to the skies and defeat the dangers that await. And lives from both sides of the Atlantic will be forever changed by love and loss…
Heath (the Rogues in Texas series) offers a crackerjack story inspired by a woman pilot from Texas who helped train RAF cadets for WWII. Jessie Lovelace, 24, dreams of following in the footsteps of her twin brother Jack, who signed up to serve as a pilot with the RAF. When her family's airfield becomes a training ground for RAF pilots, Jessie jumps at the chance to be an instructor but is initially turned down for in-flight training. Instead, she and her friend Rhonda Monroe help teach pilots in an on-ground simulator for night flying. Jessie is drawn to wing commander Royce Ballinger, but feels disloyal to her rancher boyfriend Luke. As the town embraces the arrival of the cadet pilot trainees, Jessie's 16-year-old sister, Kitty, becomes enamored of the young men, and Jessie eventually secures a position as an in-flight instructor. But when the U.S. enters the war, the remote threat becomes much more real, and Jessie's romance with Royce is complicated by the risk of heartbreak when he returns home to fight. Heath's magnetic narrative pulls readers in with its depiction of Jessie's complicated love life and determination to overcome the limitations placed on her gender. With this riveting story, Heath makes a successful pivot from romance to historical fiction. Agent: Robin Rue, Writers House.