The Flight Girls – by: Noelle Salazar

The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar

Paperback: 384 pages

Publisher: MIRA; Original edition (July 2 2019)

ISBN-13: 978-0778369226

Synopsis: 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.

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Attention all historical fiction fans – 2019 has brought another great book to this genre! This feminist WWII novel follows Audrey, an American girl, who has always wanted to fly. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Audrey joins the WASP program and what forms there is a bond of sisterhood that is unbreakable.

Salazar creates the character of Audrey in such vivid prose that her character comes to life from the first page.  Told in first person (from Audrey’s POV), this book touches on a very influential group of women in history who were given zero recognition for their war efforts.

This is more than a story of war; it is a story of friendship and sisterhood, with a side love story. The women in the WASP program form such a strong bond, their relationship reminded me of the strong female bonds in books such as “The Nightingale”, “Lilac Girls” and “The Light Over London”. What I really loved about this book, is the American-centric point of view; all of the WWII female-centric books I have read all took place in Europe. It was refreshing to read about a different setting.

This story of bravery and fighting for ones country – a country that didn’t even recognize your fight – is breathtakingly real and very enjoyable. Definitely a must read for all historical fiction fans!

Rating: 8.5/10

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Harper Collins Canada*

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