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  • Brilliant Historical Details, Beautiful Story

    Set in 1941 WWII Hawaii, this brilliant historical fiction book is inspired by true stories the author found during her research including Shuffleboard Pilots which I am going to read. The historical details are incredibly interesting and drew me in right away. So did the story itself which is about love, loss, friendships, togetherness and trust. Daisy Wilder knows her planes! She also loves horses. In 1941 she joins in the war effort at a top secret job in the Women's Air Defense, Signal Aircraft Warning Regiment to help the pilots. Her brain is a sponge and she quickly masters her duties such as vectoring, learning detailed maps and plotting radar reports. Her friends Fluff, Betty, Lei, Peg and Walker (and others) are crucial to her wellbeing, job and to each other. The man she falls for has secrets in his past, secrets that affect her. Working with colleagues as a team without hesitation is very important, especially where life and death decisions have to be made in an instant. In addition to the story and the characters, I learned what an azimuth angle is, more about the RADAR acronym, various aircraft mentions, fuel rationing and the Dumbo Mission. Not only that but the beauty and fruits of Hawaii sound truly wonderful. Of course things were not wonderful during the war but the characters made the best of it. Romantic sparks fly and there is a story within a story which is written seamlessly. The bonds between friends is lovely. Historical Fiction, General Fiction and Women's Fiction fans ought to read this. My sincere thank you to Harlequin - MIRA and NetGalley for the privilege of reading this marvelous book!

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  • Historical fiction at its best

    Radar Girls is a book about determination, grit, courage, loyalty, love and friendship during WWII . The book takes place in the Pacific and I really enjoyed having the book take place in Hawaii. Daisy Wilder joins the group of women to form WARD the acronym for Women's Air Raid Defense and what a group of women they turned out to be. How can you not be impressed as they learn how to track warplanes and bring the pilots home hopefully. The pages turn quickly and the book was so well written I felt that I was in that bunker as well and cringed when the air raid sirens would go off. This is my first book by Sara Ackerman and I have already ordered her others.

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  • excellent!

    YA-only-means-no-gratuitous-erotica, historical-fiction, historical-places-events, historical-research, historical-setting, history-and-culture, military-history, Hawaii, WW2, Pacific-theater-of-operations***** I had no idea about this military utilization of women in the Pacific during WW2. Amazing that it was instituted so promptly but disgustingly expected that the women would be disrespected. The story is engaging and the characters are so believable, but I am in awe of the extensive research and interviews done by the author. An excellent read! I requested and received a temporary digital ARC of this book from HARLEQUIN – Trade Publishing (U.S. & Canada)/MIRA via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Fascinating

    After the trauma of the Pearl Harbor attack, Daisy joins the Women’s Air Raid Defense. Accustomed to spending her time training horses or free diving for her family's dinner, she finds the rigid structure of army life to be an adjustment. But with the safety of the sailors depending on her skills, she has to put her personal grievances aside. And when the man she's slowly falling in love with gets into trouble, Daisy may be the only one who can save him. Daisy is a fascinating character, and this book is interesting from a historical perspective. The setting is immersive, and the emotion understated. There's no compelling main plot pulling the reader from start to finish, but rather a series of interconnected minor plots. It's an enjoyable book that will be appreciated by historical fiction fans. Thanks, NetGalley, for the ARC I received. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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  • Well researched historical fiction

    Great story of Hawaii after The attack on Pearl Harbor. Ackerman has brought to light an interesting group of women whose determination and skill saved many lives during the war in the Pacific. Daisy and her friends are a diverse group brought together by a tragedy. Well written and hard to put down.

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