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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, sh 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...


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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, sh 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...

30 review for Girls of Flight City: Inspired by True Events, a Novel of WWII, the Royal Air Force, and Texas

  1. 5 out of 5

    Madison Warner Fairbanks

    Girls of Flight City by Lorraine Heath Historical fiction based on real events. Early 1941. A small town in Texas has a small airport that fits what Britain needs to train men to fly planes to battle. America hasn’t joined the war but they have flight instructors. Jessica Lovelace wants to be one of those instructors but is rejected simply because she’s female. So she’ll train in a simulator to be part of the program. These men are young. Most still in their teens but ready to learn to fly and fi Girls of Flight City by Lorraine Heath Historical fiction based on real events. Early 1941. A small town in Texas has a small airport that fits what Britain needs to train men to fly planes to battle. America hasn’t joined the war but they have flight instructors. Jessica Lovelace wants to be one of those instructors but is rejected simply because she’s female. So she’ll train in a simulator to be part of the program. These men are young. Most still in their teens but ready to learn to fly and fight for their country. Much of the story is of the cadets training to go off to war. Jessie and sister Kitty have dual POV’s and the story is told of their excitement of the new men in town, of their falling in love and their dedication to the men, the fight and survival. It’s poignant and sad in parts and also filled with loving, family and life. It’s a bit of a tribute to those that fought and those that did their part to help. And there are happy endings too. Tearfully happy. “ Jesse could probably do it (rip the cracker toy apart) alone, but instead of trying, she held it so the other end was pointing his way. They pulled hard and when it broke apart, her items (prizes) went flying all over the place. They both laughed and she knew she’d never forget that sound of their joy mingling.”

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aksa

    Seldom stories are told as beautifully as this one. It was unlike anything Lorraine heath has written but still it was pulsing with "Heath" magic. This book was based on true events of WW2. And the way Lorraine heath explained little and big aspects of human life around it was mesmerizing. This book had heartbreak, death, smile, love, tears, pain, joy. Everything. Some scenes were so unfair and yet they were the harsh reality of life. Sometimes there was a burn behind my eyes and ache in my throa Seldom stories are told as beautifully as this one. It was unlike anything Lorraine heath has written but still it was pulsing with "Heath" magic. This book was based on true events of WW2. And the way Lorraine heath explained little and big aspects of human life around it was mesmerizing. This book had heartbreak, death, smile, love, tears, pain, joy. Everything. Some scenes were so unfair and yet they were the harsh reality of life. Sometimes there was a burn behind my eyes and ache in my throat but nothing would come out. I can't explain how much I love Jessie and Royce. And the other townspeople. Specially Kitty. Gosh, my heart broke for her so bad..! But beneath all this difficulties Lorraine heath always managed to lit the light of happiness, of family love , of support, of love. I didn't think I'll love this one this much. But I was a colossal idiot. Of course!! I love Lorraine Heath. This books ending was one of the best i have read. A glimpse of peaceful and blissful life and experience after suffering everything. And finding your way back to where you belong. This book simply stole my heart

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    Jesse Lovelace’s family owned a small airstrip and aviation school in north Texas near the town of Terrence, where she was trained to fly by her father starting at a very young age. Her story begins in 1941 when her family’s airstrip is sold six months after her father dies, and her brother Jack leaves for England to fly alongside the British RAF during WW2. The airstrip is now a flying school for British RAF. It follows three women through their joy and sadness as they teach, love, and learn to Jesse Lovelace’s family owned a small airstrip and aviation school in north Texas near the town of Terrence, where she was trained to fly by her father starting at a very young age. Her story begins in 1941 when her family’s airstrip is sold six months after her father dies, and her brother Jack leaves for England to fly alongside the British RAF during WW2. The airstrip is now a flying school for British RAF. It follows three women through their joy and sadness as they teach, love, and learn to let go of these British airmen arriving and leaving in their small town. Girls of Flight City is an emotional coming-of-age story set during WW2, this most certainly pulled at my heartstrings keeping me captivated and invested in the outcome right up to it’s end. Highly recommend to historical fiction readers. So good! *This is inspired by true events about the brave Texas women who trained the British Royal Air Force during WW2.

  4. 4 out of 5

    KATHY

    This Air Force veteran and former Texas resident couldn't pass up "Girls of Flight City" when I saw it on the shelf. After reading "The Paris Secret" and "The Flight Girls," Lorraine Heath's historical novel had a lot to live up to. Soaring above my expectations, "Girls of Flight City" beautifully and realistically portrayed pilots, student pilots, and Texans. When you read this novel, give the author a chance to set up the story, which is full of action, emotion, and characters you will love. Y This Air Force veteran and former Texas resident couldn't pass up "Girls of Flight City" when I saw it on the shelf. After reading "The Paris Secret" and "The Flight Girls," Lorraine Heath's historical novel had a lot to live up to. Soaring above my expectations, "Girls of Flight City" beautifully and realistically portrayed pilots, student pilots, and Texans. When you read this novel, give the author a chance to set up the story, which is full of action, emotion, and characters you will love. You'll learn an incredible amount about how the human spirit embraces the challenge of keeping goodness alive while fighting an evil force. It's about surviving, holding one's head up when the temptation is to hide, and about loving someone in spite of risk. Don't forget to read the acknowledgements. You'll want to pay homage to the young men represented by the fictional characters in the book. "Girls of Flight City" has my highest recommendation.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Wendy W.

    Girls of Flight City by Lorraine Heath is an emotional, and powerful WWII story about a flight training school, in Texas to train RAF pilots. The book tells the story of three brave women who worked at the school and the town that embraced the courageous fliers from the UK. Jessie Lovelace helped her father build a flight school in a small Texas town and her love of flying was ingrained in her by her late father. When the town decides to buy the school, and allow RAF Pilots to train, she becomes Girls of Flight City by Lorraine Heath is an emotional, and powerful WWII story about a flight training school, in Texas to train RAF pilots. The book tells the story of three brave women who worked at the school and the town that embraced the courageous fliers from the UK. Jessie Lovelace helped her father build a flight school in a small Texas town and her love of flying was ingrained in her by her late father. When the town decides to buy the school, and allow RAF Pilots to train, she becomes a flight instructor at the school. Jessie is an excellent pilot but is often not recognized because she is a woman. Rhonda Monroe trains the pilots on the flight simulator and falls in love with an RAF pilot. But, what happens when he must return to his country and the very deadly job of a fighter pilot over the German skies. Kitty, the younger sister of Jessie, loves dancing with the young pilots and enjoys serving them ice cream at the local drugstore. But, can she resist the temptation of these young men? I enjoyed this historical WWII novel that highlights the courageous women of the flight school. The author has done a great deal of research to tell us this story that is based on actual events. I loved Jessie the best and her fearless attitude towards flying. She has a zest for life that I just loved. Rhonda and Kitty were also good characters as they each supported the War effort in their own way. I enjoyed the romances and the heartache of these women and especially appreciated the historical details in this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction and romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elodie’s Reading Corner

    ✈️ Girls of Flight City 🛩 Inspired by True Events, a Novel of WWII, the Royal Air Force, and Texas ✒️ Lorraine Heath https://www.facebook.com/LorraineHeat... Release Date 04/05/2022 Publisher William Morrow Paperbacks ➪ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B098QSPXZH/... 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 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 c ✈️ Girls of Flight City 🛩 Inspired by True Events, a Novel of WWII, the Royal Air Force, and Texas ✒️ Lorraine Heath https://www.facebook.com/LorraineHeat... Release Date 04/05/2022 Publisher William Morrow Paperbacks ➪ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B098QSPXZH/... 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 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… 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 A tale of everyday heroes. As I prepared the informations for this read, I saw the release date has been postponed for next month, so I weighted Against switching for an other arc releasing earlier. Then decided not to, I had still a bit of a sour taste from my previous read, so I had hope for something so sweeten my mood, and while I knew it was not the romance I am usually reading, I had hope for a great time after all I requested this book mostly because I love the author’s historical romances. So here we are… Oh my! Let me dry my tears. I am not a great reader of historical fiction, preferring to them romance, but for the few I have read, these romance authors have a way with words and intrigues to convey the right feelings. The prologue instantly lured me into the story and its bittersweet epilogue just cracked me up. Jessie is the woman who wants more than being the daughter and sister of a pilot, and least at all a stay-at-home wife, she longs to fly, refuses to have her wings clipped when she believes she has more to offer. But for it to come true, she must prove in a men world, she is as gifted in a cockpit as any other instructor. Kitty, her younger sister surprised me, I did not expect to see her grow and mature so much, from the sixteen girl with stars in her eyes to the woman she has become by the end of the war, she is the one who changed the most, and for the better. As for Rhonda, she is more a side character than a main protagonist, being friend with Jessie, we catch glimpses of her joy and hardships. The heroines while fictional embody all these women who stepped in, made the world a safer, stronger place for those who came after. I did not know this piece of history which played an important part in the war effort. And to think without these men and women altering and sacrificing their life for freedom, the today’s world would have been quite different. A sour reminder of where we all come from and thanks to. A wonderful emotional story about every days heroes, their joy, loss, healing and courage to move forward. 5 stars 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗹𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹 kisses, non descriptive lovemaking. I have been granted an advance copy by the author, here is my true and unbiased opinion. https://www.instagram.com/tv/CawjeZCg... https://www.facebook.com/429830134272... bookstagram #historicalfiction #romance #romancebookblog #romancebookblogger #bookblog #romanceauthor #bookblogger #2022read #bookstagrammer #bookreview #romancebookreviewer #arcreader #bookquote #romancestagram #readersofinstagram

  7. 5 out of 5

    Books

    Another historical fiction book that tells a part of three different women and their roll in helping during WWII. The three main characters are women, in Texas, that prepare RAF pilots to fly in the war. Lorraine Heath obviously did an extensive job researching this story which I felt added to the storylines. It’s amazing all the jobs that women held during the war, beyond Rosie the Riveter and I never tire of finding new stories and jobs that were done by women. Heath has done a wonderful job cap Another historical fiction book that tells a part of three different women and their roll in helping during WWII. The three main characters are women, in Texas, that prepare RAF pilots to fly in the war. Lorraine Heath obviously did an extensive job researching this story which I felt added to the storylines. It’s amazing all the jobs that women held during the war, beyond Rosie the Riveter and I never tire of finding new stories and jobs that were done by women. Heath has done a wonderful job capturing just exactly how difficult the job could be along with the heartbreaks that would possibly come from it. Thank you to #netgalley, and #williammorrow for allowing me the opportunity to read the eARC of this book. All opinions expressed above are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Janilyn Kocher

    Heath has written a terrific story about Women who trained British pilots during WWII in Texas. These women soared while having to stay behind while the men went off to war, with all the training and knowledge their female instructors instilled in them. Each of the main characters: Kitty, Rhonda, and Jessie had compelling stories. The scenes at the depot tugged at my heart strings. Sorrow is intermingled with joy and readers won’t be disappointed as they fly through this book. Thanks to William Mo Heath has written a terrific story about Women who trained British pilots during WWII in Texas. These women soared while having to stay behind while the men went off to war, with all the training and knowledge their female instructors instilled in them. Each of the main characters: Kitty, Rhonda, and Jessie had compelling stories. The scenes at the depot tugged at my heart strings. Sorrow is intermingled with joy and readers won’t be disappointed as they fly through this book. Thanks to William Morrow and NetGalley for the early copy.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bookoholiccafe

    Girls of Flight City by @lorraineheathauthor is a story based on a true event and I always find true stories interesting. The story is set in a small town in Texas in 1941, we get to know Jessica Lovelace whose father had a flight school, and she was trained there to be an amazing pilot and when the city decides to buy the schools, Jessica was rejected to be a light in structure and her expertise and skills was unrecognized because she was a woman. This is a beautiful story about brave women and Girls of Flight City by @lorraineheathauthor is a story based on a true event and I always find true stories interesting. The story is set in a small town in Texas in 1941, we get to know Jessica Lovelace whose father had a flight school, and she was trained there to be an amazing pilot and when the city decides to buy the schools, Jessica was rejected to be a light in structure and her expertise and skills was unrecognized because she was a woman. This is a beautiful story about brave women and features the courageous females of the flight school. I went through different feelings of joy and sorrow reading this book and found it very intriguing. The writing style, multiple POV’s and the character all worked very well together.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I received this as an ARC. I absolutely love historical fiction and was so excited to read it as I, being born and raised in Texas, had never heard of Flight City. While the story is interesting I found it difficult to read and stay engaged. The prose was off for me and the sentence structure took away from the story. An example sentence within the first page, “It also necessitated an exorbitant amount of concentration not to crash into the other aircraft, sending both barreling toward earth, wh I received this as an ARC. I absolutely love historical fiction and was so excited to read it as I, being born and raised in Texas, had never heard of Flight City. While the story is interesting I found it difficult to read and stay engaged. The prose was off for me and the sentence structure took away from the story. An example sentence within the first page, “It also necessitated an exorbitant amount of concentration not to crash into the other aircraft, sending both barreling toward earth, where the fliers might not only fail to survive but could take with them a few of the gathered spectators who had each paid a dollar to be thrilled by the daring exploits of the two women aviators.” Whew! That is a long sentence and I found similar sentences distracting from the flow. It is an amazing piece of lesser known history, but feels like the author is forcing as much historical information as possible into the story that it disrupts the flow.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jani Brooks

    Terrence, Texas - 1941 Jessie Lovelace misses her dad immensely. Not only was she his favorite, but he had taught her everything he knew about flying. Along with her twin brother, Jack, who is serving with the Royal Air Force in England fighting the Germans, there is very little Jessie doesn't know about flying. But with her father's death, the small airport he and his brother owned is being sold, and will be converted into a flight training facility for the British. The United States is not invo Terrence, Texas - 1941 Jessie Lovelace misses her dad immensely. Not only was she his favorite, but he had taught her everything he knew about flying. Along with her twin brother, Jack, who is serving with the Royal Air Force in England fighting the Germans, there is very little Jessie doesn't know about flying. But with her father's death, the small airport he and his brother owned is being sold, and will be converted into a flight training facility for the British. The United States is not involved in the war in Europe, it is, however, committed to helping its closest ally. Jessie is determined to be involved with this new project. Despite the reluctance of the new manager, he does hire Jessie and another woman pilot, her friend Rhonda to run the flight simulators for the newly arrived British airmen. Jessie's mother opens her house to the new senior officer, Wing Commander Royce Ballinger. He and Jessie strike up a friendship as they work together to prepare the airport for the influx of young potential pilots from Britain. He backs some of Jessie's suggestions to the manager, and soon, it's clear that he respects Jessie's knowledge, and flight experience. With the arrival of the students, Jessie and her younger sister, Kitty, work, each in their own way, to make them feel at home. Kitty convinces locals to organize a dance, and she begins interviewing the men for a school project. Jessie and Rhonda begin working with the cadets in the simulators, hoping that they will be prepared enough for the actual cockpit of a plane. With the departure of one of the male instructors, though, and the encouragement of Royce, Jessie is hired in the instructor's place. Based on true events, GIRLS OF FLIGHT CITY is indicative of how much the United States ended up depending on the skill of women pilots for various duties during World War II. Jessie's vast experience, and confidence in the cockpit aided a multitude of young men to learn the ins and outs of flying and navigating. With the grudging acceptance of the men in charge, she showed her versatility, as well as her ability to make quick judgement calls. Jessie, her sister, and her friend, Rhonda embrace the newly arrived cadets, trying to make their lives away from home a little better. But sometimes emotions can get in the way. And life gets much more complicated as the year 1941 comes to a close. Great writing, well rounded characters, and excellent research make GIRLS OF FLIGHT CITY a terrific read. Jani Brooks

  12. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley and am voluntarily posting a review. All opinions are my own. While Lorraine Heath’s historical romance writing style never fully clicked with me, I was intrigued by her historical fiction debut, Girls of Flight City. The historical basis is fascinating, as while I’ve gleaned a lot about World War II by virtue of reading a number of the many books out there, this is the first I’ve heard of American women who served in the British Royal Air Force I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley and am voluntarily posting a review. All opinions are my own. While Lorraine Heath’s historical romance writing style never fully clicked with me, I was intrigued by her historical fiction debut, Girls of Flight City. The historical basis is fascinating, as while I’ve gleaned a lot about World War II by virtue of reading a number of the many books out there, this is the first I’ve heard of American women who served in the British Royal Air Force. And Heath clearly did a lot of research into the topic, as she is very knowledgeable, both about the era itself and the specifics she’s focused on. Sometimes, this enthusiasm for the material does come across a bit too strongly, as it impacts the flow. However, I still feel the immersion into the period was one of the pluses of the novel. I enjoyed seeing these different women from different backgrounds and with divergent personalities each contributing to the effort in different ways. While I can’t say I was grabbed by any of them super strongly, the often-perilous nature of their undertaking, as well as that of the men also serving in the war alongside them, is well conveyed. Given Heath’s background as a romance writer, I can see this being a topic of contention between her faithful romance-reader fan base and the “ew, romance!” historical fiction readers. The romance is definitely a side plot, although there is a (non-explicit) sexual encounter between characters, which I felt rather mixed about, as I often do with side romances in books in other genres. However, I mostly found it to be a sweet touch to a book largely about risking one’s life for one’s country. I enjoyed this book overall, even if it didn’t rock my world and become one of my new historical fiction favorites. But the unique approach to a popular time period is enough for me to recommend it to for anyone interested in the World War II subgenre of historical fiction.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marisa Gettas

    I absolutely loved this book, about a program where the US was training British RAF fighter pilots in Texas. It’s loosely inspired by Ms Heath’s British mom and Texan fighter-pilot father. Lorraine comes to us from the world of romance, so the romance is handled deftly in this book. You will feel well served, and I would consider this book to have an HEA for the main couple we spend the most time with, and it leaves you with an ending you’ll feel hopeful about. But be aware that secondary story I absolutely loved this book, about a program where the US was training British RAF fighter pilots in Texas. It’s loosely inspired by Ms Heath’s British mom and Texan fighter-pilot father. Lorraine comes to us from the world of romance, so the romance is handled deftly in this book. You will feel well served, and I would consider this book to have an HEA for the main couple we spend the most time with, and it leaves you with an ending you’ll feel hopeful about. But be aware that secondary story romances don’t all have happy endings. These are fighter pilots in war, after all. This is the first book I’ve read that I felt really helped me understand what my Grandma went through emotionally when my grandfather was fighting in WWII. Especially when she was pregnant, and then raising a child on her own. I just recently lost my Grandma, so it was such an unexpected gift to feel closer to her while reading this book. Whatever Ms Heath writes next, I will read it. This was fantastic.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cait

    a VERY different book to what I'm used to from Lorraine Heath (although now that I'm done I can actually see some hallmarks in the plot structure and things), but this was a good time. a VERY different book to what I'm used to from Lorraine Heath (although now that I'm done I can actually see some hallmarks in the plot structure and things), but this was a good time.

  15. 4 out of 5

    James

    great book check it on amazon https://amzn.to/3K2o7sk great book check it on amazon https://amzn.to/3K2o7sk

  16. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Thank you NetGalley, Book Club Girl, and William Morrow and Custom House for the copy of Girls of Flight City. I enjoy historical fiction although I don’t read a lot of it. I liked how strong Jessie was and how she knew and followed her own mind. I also liked hearing about the flight school and training the British pilots. Somehow, I could not really get into the story, which felt ‘romancy’ to me. If you like WW2 stories, this is a different take and would appeal to you.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Thank you William Morrow publishers for gifting me a copy of this book to review via NetGalley. This book reminded me a bit of the movie Pearl Harbor. Yes, it's a historical fiction novel about WWII, but the primary focus is the love story. I am new to this author, but it seems she primarily writes romance novels, and this is her first foray (or one of her first) into the historical fiction scene, and I certainly got those vibes while reading this one. The result was something I liked better tha Thank you William Morrow publishers for gifting me a copy of this book to review via NetGalley. This book reminded me a bit of the movie Pearl Harbor. Yes, it's a historical fiction novel about WWII, but the primary focus is the love story. I am new to this author, but it seems she primarily writes romance novels, and this is her first foray (or one of her first) into the historical fiction scene, and I certainly got those vibes while reading this one. The result was something I liked better than I expected, so that was a win for me! Format: Audio

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jessy

    When you start to think there are no new angles on the popular genre of WWII historical fiction, you get a novel about a RAF flight training school and boundary pushing aviatrix in small town Texas. Thank you to Book Club Girl, NetGalley, Harper Collins for the chance to read this book early. I loved it even when it broke my heart.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Iva

    A new perspective on a WWII historical fiction. Had all the parts of what I love about WWII historical fiction books without feeling like it was a story I’ve already read in a different book. Well written!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laurel Patric

    British cadets train to be airmen at a flying school in Texas during WWII. Romance, tragedy and happy endings as the role of women in the training process is highlighted.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Great read! I adore pretty much anything Lorraine Heath writes. Keep the tissues nearby for this one.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Megan Schaetzka

    I loved it. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and it exceeded my expectations. This book had me hooked from the first chapter and the characters were so well written they felt like they were my friends. The different love stories written throughout the book were so bittersweet.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nick Quenga

    Great narrative and insight into lives of the times.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    I really enjoyed this book! I had no idea American women were training British forces during WW2. The entire story was fascinating to me because I learned something throughout. We hear about the war effort but always from the lens of what was happening in Europe. The most fascinating fact was the British having to renounce citizenship and travel through Canada because of the Traitor Act. I knew Americans joined British forces before America entered the war but I didn't realize how vilified they I really enjoyed this book! I had no idea American women were training British forces during WW2. The entire story was fascinating to me because I learned something throughout. We hear about the war effort but always from the lens of what was happening in Europe. The most fascinating fact was the British having to renounce citizenship and travel through Canada because of the Traitor Act. I knew Americans joined British forces before America entered the war but I didn't realize how vilified they were at home. This novel focuses on the women who are training British pilots at an airfield in Texas and what those troops' presences means to their small town. Our heroines are fighting preconceived notions that they aren't as good as men and shouldn't even be working. Another piece of World War 2 brought to life and told by the women who lived it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carol Elsner

    I am not sure which aspect of this book I enjoyed the most - the romance, the friendships, the historical references, or the aviation. It was a story that was well woven and not too heavy on any one aspect. Sit back and enjoy the ride as you are transported back to a time that didn't always have a happy ending, but there was always someone to see you through it. I am not sure which aspect of this book I enjoyed the most - the romance, the friendships, the historical references, or the aviation. It was a story that was well woven and not too heavy on any one aspect. Sit back and enjoy the ride as you are transported back to a time that didn't always have a happy ending, but there was always someone to see you through it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joni

    I received and ARC of The Girls of Flight in exchange for an honest review. Although this novel deals with a very challenging subject (WWII), I enjoyed the novel and felt a part of the Terrance community, celebrating the good times and feeling the pain of their losses and tragedies. Although there are lots of novels out there that focus on WWII, I found this novel provided me with a unique insight into a small Texas town prior to the start of WWII. We are introduced to the Lovelace family, who own I received and ARC of The Girls of Flight in exchange for an honest review. Although this novel deals with a very challenging subject (WWII), I enjoyed the novel and felt a part of the Terrance community, celebrating the good times and feeling the pain of their losses and tragedies. Although there are lots of novels out there that focus on WWII, I found this novel provided me with a unique insight into a small Texas town prior to the start of WWII. We are introduced to the Lovelace family, who own and operate the Lovelace School of Aviation. Jim Lovelace, partial owner to the aviation school recently passed away and his brother Joe, another owner of the school wants to sell. Jessie, Jim’s daughter, who is more comfortable in the skies than on the ground, does not want to sell. However, her family can’t afford to buy out her uncle and continue to run the school, especially with the declining profits the school is experiencing. The town of Terrance wants to buy the school with the intention of allowing the British to use the school to train pilots for the Royal Air Force (RAF). The RAF already has a connection to the Lovelace family because Jessie’s brother, Jack, joined the RAF prior to the US entering WWII because he felt a strong duty to help. As a result, Jack is banned from returning to the US. Once the RAF takes over the school, the cadets, flight instructors and others weave their way into the hearts of the Terrance community – where various American traditions are shared with the British and everyone stumbles over their quirky differences in their respective language. We also watch Jessie exert her power and skills to become a flight instructor in a male dominated field becoming well respected and considered one of the best instructors. As time goes on, everyone in the Terrance community plays a role is the success of the school and those airmen who join their community with the intention of serving and protecting even if it means sacrificing their own lives Although WWII takes longer to directly impact Terrance, the reader will experience the love, loss, heartache and sacrifices of the town as the WWII continues to unfold.

  27. 5 out of 5

    SS

    I’ll be honest, this book made me cry, more than once. But it was worth it. This book doesn’t sugar coat the losses and deprivations of WWII, though at times, it does over-simplify things. The book covers love and loss; grief and hope; the past, the present and the future; and the importance of preparation. The characters are fabulous. I’ll really miss them. While the book focuses primarily on Jessie, he sometimes switches to following her little sister, Kitty. It works. The book draws you into th I’ll be honest, this book made me cry, more than once. But it was worth it. This book doesn’t sugar coat the losses and deprivations of WWII, though at times, it does over-simplify things. The book covers love and loss; grief and hope; the past, the present and the future; and the importance of preparation. The characters are fabulous. I’ll really miss them. While the book focuses primarily on Jessie, he sometimes switches to following her little sister, Kitty. It works. The book draws you into the world of small town Terrence, Texas. It follows the end of Jessie’s father’s flight school and the creation of the British flight training school. The reader learns about why it was necessary to train young cadets to fly in the United States in order for them to to return to England and help fend off Germany’s attacks. Most of the book takes place before the United States joins the war, when some US citizens aren’t happy about bringing British officers and cadets over. As they come to meet and know some of these brave men, we can watch their attitudes change, see how they begin to welcome the young cadets and officers as if they were part of their large family.. There’s a fair amount of romance in this book, but it’s well woven into the meaty part of the story. It helps to lighten the darker moments that the author doesn’t hesitate to include in the story. Beloved characters will meet unhappy fates, so if you’re sensitive to such things, this might not be the book for you. I loved Royce. The reader mostly meets Jessie’s twin brother Jack through letters. I came to look forward to these short interludes and Jack’s humor and seeing his love for his family and dog. I enjoyed this book very much. The writing was excellent, the characters delightful, and the setting well-drawn. I learned some things I hadn’t known before reading the book. I’ll be on the lookout for other books by this author. I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. I thank all involved for their generosity, but it had no effect on this review. All opinions in this review reflect my true and honest reactions to reading this book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Spoilers... summary for my own benefit. Jessie and Kitty were sisters who lived in Terrence, Texas. Their father had died and their mother agreed to sell her husband's airport to the city to be leased to the British government as a flight training school. Jessie was a pilot who had taught people to fly, so the British hired her to teach at the new airport. The commanding officer named Royce came to stay at Jessie's home until he could find other accomodations, and there was an immediate attracti Spoilers... summary for my own benefit. Jessie and Kitty were sisters who lived in Terrence, Texas. Their father had died and their mother agreed to sell her husband's airport to the city to be leased to the British government as a flight training school. Jessie was a pilot who had taught people to fly, so the British hired her to teach at the new airport. The commanding officer named Royce came to stay at Jessie's home until he could find other accomodations, and there was an immediate attraction between Royce and Jessie. Royce was a pilot who was recovering from being shot in an airplane accident. However, Jessie was in a long relationship with Luke who wanted her to be his wife and homemaker on his ranch. Luke did not approve of Jessie training British airmen to fly, so their relationship started to unravel. Kittie fell in love with a young cadet named Will who was killed in a crash. Rhonda was a coworker and housemate who fell in love with another officer named Peter and became pregnant. Jessie and Royce fell in love, but once he recivered, he went back to fight in the war where he was shot down and was missing. Peter had been executed after being captured leaving his new daughter and Rhonda alone. Jessie got word that Royce had survived but didn't hear from him very often. She thought he had lost interest in her. Some time later when the war ended, Royce showed up at the airfield to surprise her. He had lost an arm in the crash and was afraid that would change Jessie's feelings for him, but it didn't. They got married. Kitty fell in love with a former cadet she had written letters to, and he came back to Texas and stayed. Jessie and Royce went to England to live. Rhonda moved to England too, so that her daughter could be around her grandparents since she would never know her father. Rhonda never married. They all raised families. The book ended with Kittie as an old lady and the only one still alive visiting the cemetery paying respects to Will and the other fallen cadets. Based on a true story. Good book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Commitment, friendship, family, service to country, are just some of the themes in Lorraine Heath’s Girls of Flight City set mainly in 1941 in Terrence, Texas where British airmen are being trained to become pilots. I read a lot of WW II historical fiction but I did not know about this piece of history. We are introduced to the main protagonist, Jessie Lovelace who loves to fly, her younger sister Kittie who is a senior in high school, and their mother. The girls’ father passed away suddenly jus Commitment, friendship, family, service to country, are just some of the themes in Lorraine Heath’s Girls of Flight City set mainly in 1941 in Terrence, Texas where British airmen are being trained to become pilots. I read a lot of WW II historical fiction but I did not know about this piece of history. We are introduced to the main protagonist, Jessie Lovelace who loves to fly, her younger sister Kittie who is a senior in high school, and their mother. The girls’ father passed away suddenly just before our book opens. and Jessie and Kittie’s brother, Jack, is in England and is a fighter pilot. Jack’s presence is through letters home. I found it very interesting to learn how our laws might treat Americans who decided to serve for England. The book moves slowly through 1941 and spotlights Jessie’s role in training the British pilots. She has to work hard to gain respect for her skills. I felt like I was looking over the shoulders of the characters in this story as they live their lives. I enjoyed the story of Jessie’s love interest, Royce, an injured British pilot who has been sent to help run the school. After Pearl Harbor, the story accelerates for the last twenty percent of the book through the rest of the war. Do not skip the Epilogue! Have tissues ready as we find out what happens in the lives of the characters. I will be thinking about this story for a long time. My thanks to William Morrow and NetGalley for an ARC of this book. The opinions in this review are my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    A great WWII historical novel about a little-known piece of history! I’ve read numerous novels set in Europe, so reading this one about flight schools established in the United States before and during the war was enlightening. This novel was set in Terrell, Texas, which was the first site of six flight schools in the US that taught British cadets how to fly. The story is centered on Jessie, a pilot and civilian flight instructor, and her, and ultimately the town’s, interactions with the men. Th A great WWII historical novel about a little-known piece of history! I’ve read numerous novels set in Europe, so reading this one about flight schools established in the United States before and during the war was enlightening. This novel was set in Terrell, Texas, which was the first site of six flight schools in the US that taught British cadets how to fly. The story is centered on Jessie, a pilot and civilian flight instructor, and her, and ultimately the town’s, interactions with the men. The book was well-researched, and the descriptions of the flight school training sessions, both on the ground and in the air, gave depth to this novel. There were some romantic scenes that didn’t necessarily add to the story. The townspeople embraced the “boys,” organizing weekly Saturday dances, and welcome them into their homes. I really enjoyed how the townspeople accepted the young men even before the US entered the war. The story is not without heartbreak, however, as some cadets lost their lives while training, while others didn’t survive the war. I cried reading the afternotes at the end, which listed the names, ages, and dates of death of those cadets who lost their lives while training there. So heartwarming to read that the townspeople not only established and maintain a portion of the cemetery where they are laid to rest, but honor them in a ceremony on Remembrance Day (November 8] every year.

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