The Flight Girls

The Flight Girls

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A stunning story about the Women Airforce Service Pilots whose courage during World War II turned ordinary women into extraordinary heroes 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. 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 145 x 226 x 28mm | 408g
  • English
  • Original ed.
  • 0778369226
  • 9780778369226
  • 625,533

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"In Audrey Coltrane, Noelle Salazar has created a character for the ages. She embodies the desire for a more fulfilling life than the one afforded to women, along with the yearning to serve her country during an incomprehensible time. Through Audrey, Salazar brings to life the stories of so many others who joined the WASP program and whose tales have been lost to history. A fascinating, captivating and triumphant read."-Roseanne Montillo, author of The Wilderness of Ruin and Atomic Women "The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar is an unforgettable and beautifully written historical novel about a fascinating piece of WWII history, the women pilots in the WASP program. Salazar masterfully weaves a story of female strength and friendship, with an emotionally resonant epic love story. I was completely swept up in the life of the fictional Audrey, whose strength, power, and desire to follow her own dream at all costs I found both engaging and inspiring-I could not put this book down!"-Jillian Cantor, author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time "The Flight Girls captivated me from the first page and never let go. Salazar's writing is lively and fresh, as we ride shotgun with a cast of memorable characters, an epic love story, and a powerful tale of courage and sacrifice by the Women Airforce Service Pilots during WWII. A spectacular first novel."-Sara Ackerman, author of The Lieutenant's Nurse "Salazar's debut novel offers a glimpse into the lives of female WWII pilots, retrieving an underappreciated chapter in U.S. history and providing a unique perspective. A fine suggestion for fans of both sweet romance and romantic historical fiction."-Booklist "Heart-breaking, validating, exciting, entertaining, and swoon-worthy, sometimes in rapid succession and sometimes all at the same time... There are some novels that readers look to as the pinnacle of World War II fiction and storytelling. Noelle Salazar's The Flight Girls is sure to earn its rightful spot on that list in no time."-Hypable "Rich historical detail, drama and dynamic characters...this saga has it all."-Woman's World
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116 ratings
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