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“I read well into the night, unable to stop. The book is unputdownable.”—Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Heart-breaking, validating, exciting.”—Hypable
“Rich historical detail...this saga has it all.”—Woman’s World
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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Noelle Salazar’s meticulously researched historical novel tells the true story of World War II’s Women Airforce Service Pilots—WASPs, for short—who took over U.S. pilots’ jobs while they were fighting overseas. The book’s heroine, Audrey, is a determined young woman from Texas, and we follow her as she goes through training, flies warplanes across the country, and makes and loses friends along the way. We loved Salazar’s portrayals of gutsy, courageous women, ranging from adventurous moms to glamorous daredevils. This inspiring book celebrates female friendship and women who aren’t afraid to break the mold.
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What a great story of strong women and a love story so true it makes your heart flutter in anticipation. Loved this book!
I loved everything about this book. From the stories of the brave women who served their country with no thanks, to heartwarming and deep friendships they formed, to the romance, it captivated me from beginning to end.
It was fine. I stuck it out because some of the storyline was decent, but it was undercut by the sub par, shallow (and at times super cheesey) writing. The main character leans way too far into the “so pretty she attracts attention but hates the attention” and “I’m a strong independent woman and I’ll never get married because love is frivolous” caricature. Her family is super rich and well connected, and she uses that throughout the book to her advantage. In fact, it’s half the reason why/how she ends up “accomplishing” her dream of owning an air field. Not really a prime example of “independence.” It’s also just exhausting waiting through all the idiotic, nonsensical, and narcissistic reasons why she won’t admit to having feelings/pursue her feelings for her love interest. She literally gets mad at him for not writing more frequently while he’s fighting in WWll?!?! All in all, I feel like this story could have been told much better. It didn’t really do justice to the historical inspirations the book is based on.