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  • Love and Courage in WWII

    Set in WWII 1941 Britain, Germany continues to blow British towns to bits. Britain just doesn't have the necessary manpower to retaliate successfully enough so posters appear calling women to duty in anti-aircraft stations to perform jobs typically done by men. This book details the lives of one such girl in particular, who is called an ack ack girl. We are also shown glimpses of her personal life before she begins her job including those of whom she loves. Adventurous Ava Armstrong wants to help in the war effort and flying and dealing with aircraft appeals to her. She realizes it is dangerous and also prestigious as it requires special skills. When she passes tests with flying colours she is placed into such a position where she meets other girls and also several young men. The historical information (including duties portrayed) is very interesting and I very much enjoyed learning more about this important era. This book does describe horrors of war to an extent but that is not the main focus and it is far less graphic and gritty than many others. Courage, love and hope are themes. Historical Fiction readers ought to seek out and read this. My sincere thank you to Books To Go Now and NetGalley for allowing me the privilege of reading this lovely book.

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  • Fascinating topic, wonderful characters

    This book immediately captured my interest and transported me back in time to WWII England. The terror of bombs falling overhead, of losing everything and of fighting back with women performing jobs they’d never done before. We see it all through the eyes of Ava, her friends, family and Chris, the pilot she meets and falls for during training. I’d never heard of the Ack Ack Girls, so named because of the sound of the anti-aircraft unit they were part of. These young women didn’t fire the guns but worked to spot enemy planes, use equipment to calculate the distance required to hit the plane and the length of fuse needed to get it there, then call out the information to the men operating the guns. This was done to free up men to fight. I had no idea anti-aircraft guns were so rudimentary and complicated! I found the testing, training and actual job absolutely fascinating. Like any good war story, there was also romance, surprise plot twists, dangerous situations and glimpses of life at home during that difficult time. I really hope there will be similar books featuring other little known jobs women filled. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • Full of historical detail and love

    This tale was full of historical detail, and I enjoyed the facts at the back of the book and how they were woven into the story. Ava was determined to do her part in the war effort and became an Ack Ack girl. She met Chris who was a pilot when she began her training. I loved the strength that Ava showed throughout her ordeal, training, and work. She was caring despite the circumstances. With the war pulling them apart, Ava and Chris went through hard times, yet found a way to be happy together. I received a copy of this book through Goddess Fish Promotions, and this is my unsolicited review.

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  • Amazing book!

    This was an amazing book. One of Ms. Karlsen's best ever and she's written a few great books. I devoured every word and stayed up until I was finished it as it was impossible to put down. The author gives us an extraordinary view of life during WWII in Britain through the eyes of Ava and her friends. I was absolutely mesmerized throughout and shed several tears as there are some heartbreaking moments, but of course this is a war story. The wonderful characters all captured my heart and it is a book that will stay with me for a while. I will definitely be recommending it to anyone and everyone I can. Thank you Ms. Karlsen for giving me the opportunity to read this amazing story.

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  • Women at War

    Ava signs up for ack-ack duty and does it well. She falls for a pilot and they wait to get married. It held my interest but was not nearly as engaging as her time traveling knights books.

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