More WWII mystery and drama from our friends at the ATA.
I’m delighted to be taking part in this tour. Thank you to the author for providing me with an e-copy of this book via Rachel’s Random Resources.
Air Transport Auxiliary pilot Doris Winter is accused of stealing a valuable item from a famous Hollywood movie star, now a captain in the US Army Air Corps, after a dance at the air base in England where he’s stationed. Gathering her close friends together, she’s determined to clear her name.
Ruth’s POW son suffers a life-changing injury just as her own cottage takes damage in an air raid and Penny’s estranged little sister unexpectedly turns up, having run away from school. Together with the ongoing thefts of items of clothing and surprise personal revelations, these all threaten to hamper their investigation.
In spite of the worsening war situation, they must band together to rise above their troubles and prove love and friendship is worth fighting for.
Last year I read and reviewed the first installment in the Broken Wings series, A Wing and a Prayer. It had been ages since I’d read anything set in World War II and I really enjoyed all the period details.
So I was very pleased that the friends from the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) are back (with lots more terrifically-researched period detail, particularly when it comes to the planes) for more adventures in Wild Blue Yonder. Those of you who grew to love the characters in Book 1 will be pleased to hear that they all return and we get to find out a lot more about their personal and love lives. And if that wasn’t exciting enough, there’s some added Hollywood glamour this time with a few special guest appearances from none other than Mr Clark Gable, whose presence gives the ladies another mystery to solve (no spoilers!).
I felt that the war-related peril experienced by the characters was dialled up a notch this time. Doing my best to avoid spoilers: there were a couple of quite harrowing incidents related to aircraft and a very near miss with an air raid which all added to the drama.
My favourite new addition to the cast was Celia – Penny’s little sister. My ongoing favourite, however, is Doris. I don’t wish to be unpatrotic by favouring the only American character, but I can’t help but admire her can-do, take-no-nonsense-from-patronising-men approach to everything she does. Plus, she’s usually the one bankrolling the fish and chips, which makes her my kind of person.
Speaking of fish and chips … I began to get a little worried that they weren’t going to feature in this installment. But fear not, they do turn up eventually!
You don’t need to have read A Wing and a Prayer to enjoy Wild Blue Yonder. However, as with most series, I do think you’ll get more out of this book if you start with Book 1.
About the author
Mick is a hopeless romantic who was born in England and spent fifteen years roaming around the world in the pay of HM Queen Elisabeth II in the Royal Air Force before putting down roots and realizing how much he missed the travel. This he’s replaced somewhat with his writing, including reviewing books and supporting fellow saga and romance authors in promoting their novels.
He’s the proud keeper of two cats bent on world domination, is mad on the music of the Beach Boys, and enjoys the theatre and humoring his Manchester United-supporting wife. Finally, and most importantly, Mick is a full member of the Romantic Novelists Association. Wild Blue Yonder is the second novel in his Broken Wings series and he is very proud to be a part of the Vintage Rose Garden at The Wild Rose Press.
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