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  • Airplanes, Friendship, and Romance

    I really enjoyed reading this story about the lady pilots flying for the ATA (Air Transport Auxiliary). It was good to hear how women helped during the war shuttling airplanes to the bases for the male servicemen to fly. Not only did they prove to be as good pilots as the men, they could fly every different kind of aircraft. The friendship between the lady pilots was heartwarming. Not only did they have each other's back, the actually cared about the well being of their fellow pilots. Raine had wanted to fly an airplane from an early age, ever since her father took her to a flying circus and she was allowed to ride in an airplane. Against her mother's wishes, but with her father's blessing, and the help and encouragement from her two sisters, she learned to fly. The story not only covers how she learned to fly and got into the ATA, but the story of her family and her struggles to find her way as a woman pilot. The best part is the ATA and her friendship with the other women pilots. Their experiences in prejudice against women flying, their narrow misses in the airplanes, the drama of their lives and how they helped each other cope with the stress of war and of the job. The rigid training, the long hours flying, the thrill of the first solo flight. It was a wonderful story of triumph and fulfillment. There is also the story of her friends Doug, and Alec and the drama between the three of them. Both Doug and Alec spoke to her of their love for her. Would she choose Doug the older soft spoken friend or Alec the new cocky pilot she meets at a dance? The drama of Doug being shot down over enemy territory. The night with Alec in Windsor when the bomb just missed the theatre they were attending. So much action and drama. It in itself was a sweet love story in the midst of war. Molly has written another great book. This author is one of my favorite, I enjoy her books, and I am sure you will as well. I recommend you grab a copy of " A Sister's Courage" and start reading, you will be glad you did. My thanks to Molly Green, Avon Books UK, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review an advance copy of the book.

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  • Women flying planes during WW II

    Raine Linfoot is the middle child, her father Robert is English and her mother Simone is French. She's rather spirited, determined, smart, and she drives her mother crazy. She gets a job working as a clerk at a flying school when she’s seventeen, her mentor Doug Williams teaches her to fly, and her mother has no idea. When the war starts, like most young people Raine wants to do her bit, and knitting socks isn’t really an option for her. She joins the Air Transport Auxiliary, Pauline Gower is in charge, Raine passes her basic training and she’s to be member of the ferry pool. They need all male pilots to defend English skies and for bombing raids, and women pilots are used to transport planes around England and Scotland. Raine's very upset when Doug's reported missing in action, its hard, and many of her friends have continue working despite losing loved ones in the war. Raine decides it’s best to not start any romantic relationships during the war, but she seems to bump into Alec Marshall everywhere, she finds him rather annoying, and handsome. A Sister’s Courage by Molly Green is a wonderful historical fiction story, I really liked the character of Raine, and she's feisty. I also enjoyed reading about the friends she made in the ATA, where she was billeted, and of course what happened when she was flying. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, loved it, and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series A Sister’s Song, and five stars from me.

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  • Angel of the Skies

    An inspiring story of the few who were even less than Churchill's "Few", the women of the Air Transport Authority were unbelievably brave in opening up a new world and flying aircraft which they sometimes were too unfamiliar with. Raine, as the oldest sister, has the most responsibility to shoulder and the fierce determination to see it through. Struggling with her French mother's seeming indifference, but buoyed up by the love of her father, Raine’s desire to fly becomes all consuming and sees its fruition some time after the declaration of war. She encounters misogyny in many forms, particularly in her clerical job, but it is her correspondence with Pauline Gower which brings her to a place where her skills, ability and most importantly, her pilot’s licence, are valued and considered worthy. Being female brings her difficulties as she encounters disbelieving ground crew and, in one instance, a disbelieving German pilot. Her relationships with the men in her life – her father, Doug White, Alec Marlow – are each fraught with problems compounded by love in different forms, including the love of a daughter for her father and the starry-eyed 16 year old’s hero worship of a brother-figure until ultimately she realises who she is in love with. A very satisfying novel of an important time in world history and also in the history of women. Thanks to the author for the reading list at the end – many of these books are available in Kobo and I look forward to reading them. In the meantime, I have two more sisters’ stories of wartime to enjoy; although this has been Raine’s book, Ms Green has set up enough of an introduction to Raine’s two sisters that I know that I want to know their stories as well.

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