ANGEL WITH STEEL WINGS by Anne Greene, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise
If you’ve ever wondered what women pilots did during WWII, this novel gives you a great picture of the role of the Women Air Force Service Pilot (WASP) program. A story with interesting details about planes and the ladies who flew them wrapped around a sweet romance between Mandy McCabe and Major Harvey Applegate.
The author transports us back to 1943 with just the right setting, complete with period songs and lingo. Mandy is a girl trying to overcome her humble beginnings and Harve, a widower with a handicapped son, is just trying to survive the war. There is an attraction there- but this is war time. Mandy muses... "She couldn’t get involved in her mission. Unfortunately, he was a dreamboat. And she had never met a man so full of heart and guts. As the old saying went, he was a man who knew how to die standing up." And Harve can’t commit to Mandy when he might not come back from Europe.
As exciting events unfold, you will learn some history and cheer on Mandy and Harve as they navigate a perilous time.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
DESPITE THE DANGER
At a time when most people in American have never flown in an airplane, spunky Mandy McCabe test-pilots repaired war planes as part of the Women Air Force Service Pilots. If the Army Air Corp shuts down the WASP program, she must return to life in her hard-scrabble home and face her past.
DESPITE THE OPPOSITION
Army Air Corp Major Harvey Applegate lost his WASP wife test-piloting planes and doesn’t want any more women killed on his watch. He fights to close the WASP program. Women aren’t designed to fight wars. Men fight to protect women freedom, and the American way of life.
DESPITE THE RAGING WAR
This World War II romance shows Steel Magnolias meeting Band of Brothers. Can Mandy escape from her past? Can a man burdened with memories of death agree to added danger for the new woman in his life? Will their new love survive the test of opposing desires and the pain and separation of war?
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