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  • Good historical novel

    The Spitfire Girl by Fenella J. Miller sweeps readers back in time to July of 1939. Ellie Simpson has been flying since she was fourteen years old and now works as an instructor at Glebe Farm Aero Club for Joe Cross. He taught Ellie as well as her two brothers, George and Neil to fly. Ellie meets Joe’s nephew, Jack when his plane becomes lost over the ocean one evening and she must help guide him back in. Jack Reynolds has been working as a stunt pilot in America, but he has returned to England to join the RAF. The pair get off to a rocky start, but they must find a way to work together when circumstances force Jack to run the school. With war imminent, the RAF needs men trained as pilots. Jack and Ellie must whip the recruits into shape as quickly as possible. When England declares war against Germany, Ellie decides to support the war by joining the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force. She is given a top secret assignment that will aid England is fighting the Germans. Swoop back to 1939 to join in the high flying adventures in The Spitfire Girl. The Spitfire Girl gives us a tomboy for a main character with Ellie Simpson. Ellie has no desire to find a husband and settle down like other women. She is a spunky woman who loves to fly. Unfortunately, at the beginning of the war, there are no jobs available for female flyers. She joins the WAAF (Women’s Auxiliary Air Force) which, ironically, does not allow females to fly. Ellie has a caring father who in an unhappy marriage. Ellie’s mother married beneath her and her family cut her off. There is family drama, dashing soldiers, a mystery, romance and changing climate as war looms on the horizon (and then breaks out as Hitler’s soldiers march across Europe). I thought The Spitfire Girl was nicely written with steady pacing. Fenella J. Miller captures the feelings of the people towards the war. Everyone wants to “do their bit” to help defeat this horrible foe. There are historical references to the events that transpire during 1939 which set the stage along with the slang, books, cars, and clothing. The Spitfire Girl is a unique wartime saga that will engage your mind and capture your heart. The Spitfire Girl is just the first book in the series, and we must wait until 2019 to learn what happens next.

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  • Loved it

    I found this book quite interesting and enjoyed it very much... July 1939 Ellie has been flying planes since she was 14 years old and she's not a girly girl to the horror of her mother...Ellie is a headstrong woman and has logged many hours in the planes... Working at the airstrip that is on her father's property she teaches young men to fly... On the edge of World World 2 Ellie see's a lot of young men wanting to learn how to fly to join the RAF...just what Ellie wants to do but women aren't allowed...her brother joins the RAF and brings a friend home with him on leave... Ellie and the young man hit it off but is he the right man for her? What does Ellie do when the airstrip gets shut down because of the war? This is my first book by Fenella J. Miller and it won't be my last... Highly recommend

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  • A general reader

    Although Fictional, The author's research made the story very real, and a true history of the time. A great tribute to some very unsung heros during a time of conflict.

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  • Spitfire Girl

    When I purchased this, I didn't realise it was part of a quadrilogy. which isn't a problem, because I enjoyed this book, and I'm looking forward to the other three. Good characters, strong story, worth following on to see what happens... A couple of very small grizzles, being a sad WW2 bod; 1. The book describes intense aerial maneuvers as acrobatics, whereas it's actually aerobatics, and 2. At the start of WWII, the British term for radar was RDF, "radio direction finder". It became known as "radar" much later in the war to match it to American terminology.

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  • Born to fly

    Ellen is a farm girl that managed to live her heart’s desire, to be a pilot. She teaches flying and even trains pilots for the RAF. She falls for a pilot and the war makes things difficult for everyone. There ii some mystery involved to keep things interesting.

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