This is not Top Gun. Ferrying aircraft around is a tough job mainly because it is time-consuming and tedious. Detailed descriptions of long hours on planes and trains are wisely avoided. All you get is a few paragraphs about soaring in the sky and intermittent reminders of how tired the girls are. Surrounded as they are by dashing fighter pilots, widely acknowledged to be prime examples of desirable manhood, this soon involves plenty of spiffy adventures, furtive romance, and even some sex.
Period feel is pretty good, but some situations come over as laboured, and many are very casually resolved. Reviewed by Martin Bourne. Christmas on the Mersey.
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A heartwarming, gripping read from the Top Ten bestseller. Sweet Memories of You. Sunlight on the Mersey. Please Don't Stop the Music. How to write a great review. The review must be at least 50 characters long. Jun 06, Alanood Al-Thani rated it really liked it. Kate Lord Brown has chosen a subject that was believed by many to be exhausted. There are numbers of books that have been written on the subject of Second World War. Yet the author has been able to find a part of the war, of which very little is known, that has not been addressed by many.
The author has not only been able to find an unearthed subject but has done exceedingly well to bring it to life. Through the book the author has tried to throw light on the little known part of the war — Air Tr Kate Lord Brown has chosen a subject that was believed by many to be exhausted. Through the book the author has tried to throw light on the little known part of the war — Air Transport Auxiliary Unit ATA and the life of women in these units. The story revolves around three women and their experiences together in ATA.
The war is seen through the eyes of these three women. It is clear from the reading that a lot of research has gone into the book and the author has paid attention details. The book is a fiction and can be categorized into numerous genres such as romance, history, adventure, World War II, etc. But it is to be noted that romance comes before adventure. The book showcases the romances, joys, heartbreaks, and adventures of the women. The cover of the book, to some extent, can attract women as its primary audience but the boom can be enjoyed by both men and women, and especially those fascinated by World War II.
It shows how important a role woman played in the war even though it has not been acknowledged. It sheds new light on the role of women that I had not imagined earlier. It changed my perspective on women during World War II. I will definitely recommend this book to others, as it is not informative but also fun to read. May 03, Carol W rated it really liked it. I was really looking forward to reading this novel as it is an era I do enjoy and I had discovered the ATA girls in another historical romance and wanted to read more.
Kate Lord Brown has written an absorbing story of 3 girls, from different backgrounds, brought together through their desire to help the war effort flying aeroplanes. Evie has led a charmed life supported by Daddy and her step-mother. Life in the ATA and sharing a cottage with 2 other girls, should be a shock to her, but she takes i I was really looking forward to reading this novel as it is an era I do enjoy and I had discovered the ATA girls in another historical romance and wanted to read more.
Life in the ATA and sharing a cottage with 2 other girls, should be a shock to her, but she takes it all in her stride as the confident member of the group. Stella, quieter and with a past that is not clear to begin with, has left her young son in the care of her in-laws to join up. She is not forward in letting others know about how she came to be a single mother. Megan Jones has only ever known the family farm in Wales until now.
The story line is very engaging, the characters are larger than life and very easy to get on with. There are some cameo roles from famous figures of that time. I enjoyed the balance of not only the social and romance side of life for the girls but also the actual flying. It was very interesting to read about the less glamorous side of being in the ATA, the often very dangerous flying missions. These girls, some very young and never away from home before, were risking their lives ferrying aeroplanes around the country.
Jun 05, Mk8 rated it liked it. Captivating story on the lives of young female pilots ferrying aircrafts for the ATA during World War two. The story focuses on three brave ladies in a male dominated place and time in the world. Kate Lord Brown writes about the struggles women have in their roles in the war.
It was hard to believe that the men they worked with would sabotage their planes and therefore cause death to some of the female pilots. It was very interesting to know that they had that much involvement in the war.
The romance and relationships these characters have with each other was a good balance with the war and the constant fear that was off the ground. The story has a very realistic and thrilling plot around these interesting characters.
The backgrounds of the three major characters was intriguing to learn about as they are quite diverse but they managed to grow closer together when they were billeted in a cottage. I enjoyed reading that the girls would still be thrilled and excited when they flew these planes. There was a constant danger in the sky but they still took their chances even when they were flying completely of the radar. Truly a difficult job flying these planes solo across Britain.
I hoped for the story to carry on as I was caught up with Evies strong and adventurous persona. The story would make for a great movie because it has so much in it from loss and romance to adventure. Jun 07, Fatima rated it really liked it. The story speaks of three female pilots in World War II. A part of World War II that not much was known or spoken of, which I believe every woman would hold pride on these fighting woman as they read the story.
A fascinating fictional story tells us the their story through the eyes of the three female pilots as the fight through their journey as female pilots. Fighting in the war and thinking of their family and loved ones; how the people they love feel and say about what their girls are going t The story speaks of three female pilots in World War II. Fighting in the war and thinking of their family and loved ones; how the people they love feel and say about what their girls are going through.
A romance set within a compelling of flyers. The female pilots fight not only in war but they fight through the things they go through in life, and surviving everyday away from the ones they never thought they could bare a day without. One with her child left with her in-laws and another falling for a married man. All those conflicts gets into the readers heart and emotions as they got into mine. Nov 16, Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it. We see the lives of three pilots up close: Evie, a girl from a wealthy privileged background; Stella, married with a young child and trying to find a future for herself; and Megan a girl from Wales who longs to make her dreams come true.
Evie's father Leo works for the Air Ministry and is reluctant at first to have her fly. Stella has come to England from Singapore, leaving her young son with her in-laws in Ireland.
Megan is still mourning the loss of her brother, but wants to make a difference in the war and come back to run her parents' farm. We see the not-so-glamorous lives of the pilots, the hard work and long hours. We also see some of the resentment from the men they serve with, while other men respect the hard work they do. This was eye-opening and very interesting in showing a side of war I hadn't been aware of before, and oddly enough one also touched on in another book I am reading. It's nice to learn history and be well entertained at the same time.
Sep 30, Elisabeth rated it it was amazing. It is , The Battle of Britain is won but England is still facing a threat from Hitler and the Luftwaffe is terrorising the cities and towns.
The Allies need to maintain their dominance in the air and they need planes in the right places at the right times. This is where the ATA or 'The Beauty Chorus' step into the picture, young women risking their lives to move planes around the country. Thrown together in a small cottage just outside of their air base, 3 young women from very different bac It is , The Battle of Britain is won but England is still facing a threat from Hitler and the Luftwaffe is terrorising the cities and towns. Thrown together in a small cottage just outside of their air base, 3 young women from very different backgrounds are thrown together as new AT recruits.
Evie is from a well to do family where money is no object, Megan is a naive farmer's daughter from Wales and Stella is a young woman recently returned from Singapore. As these 3 women move beyond their very different backgrounds true friendship and solidarity grows as they face the traumas of war together and have their friendships tested to the limit.
A heart-warming novel about love, loss, friendship and adventure which were the staple die of the girls from 'the beauty chorus'. I loved this book and for me I finished it far too quickly. Feb 22, Avid Reader rated it it was amazing. I'm enjoying this book. I didn't know that women were allowed to be pilots during WWII. It will be very interesting to find out what they did to help the war effort. On Chapter 5 next. March 24th completed this book. I learnt so much about these very courageous and brave women. Without them the fighter pilots would not have had the planes delivered on time to be able to fight the enemy!
I also loved the fictious story entwined within the facts about some of the gi I'm enjoying this book. I also loved the fictious story entwined within the facts about some of the girls lives during these very dangerous times.
A must-read to anyone who enjoys reading about this era. I had never heard of this author before and have bought her next book ' A Perfumed Garden' on my Kindle today. As it was on offer for 99p. Have read the blurb and really fancy reading this one too.
It's my favourite type of book where the story is inter-woven between the present and the past. Keep up the good work Kate. I will definitely look for more books to devour from you. Jul 08, Kate rated it really liked it.
A fascinating story of an untold piece of war history with engaging characters and a gripping plotline. My only complaint is the writing style, which really doesn't do the story justice. Without any narrative, you're left to imagine or make up for yourself any description between the lines to bring the narrative to life - resulting in a stilted, acerbic tone when the characters and storyline beg for passion. I still really enjoyed the book for its important history, captivating characters and inventive storyline, but its a shame that for all its potential, it fails to really reach out and grab the reader with its words.
Jul 12, Alan rated it really liked it. As a male reader who reads all kinds of genres I thought it quite a good book, although intended primarily for the female market, I suspect. It was an easy read but that it not a criticism. It was entertaining and the four main characters in the book kept me engaged most of the time. The Amy Johnson bit was interesting I won't elaborate and post a spoiler but I'm not sure if the 'strange' bit about of her was strictly necessary. I give it four stars which I rate as good.
It would have to be ex As a male reader who reads all kinds of genres I thought it quite a good book, although intended primarily for the female market, I suspect. It would have to be exceptional for me to give it five stars. It wasn't perfect, but as a leisurely read between the more serious books I also read, it was a welcome change. I particularly like the flying scenes, and the way the women pilots are depicted, reminding me of the important and dangerous work the ATA did in WWII. Nov 28, Debbie rated it it was ok. I was somewhat disappointed with this book after being intrigued by its description It was fascinating hearing about this aspect of WWII, which I hadn't even aware if before - but I didn't find the characters and their personal stories terribly believable.
In particular, the romantic plots were by turns predictable and startling to the point of being incomprehensible. The Amy Johnson stuff was a bit weird too. It was quite interesting but might have made more sense if that had carried on throughout the book, given that she was narrating from beyond the grave anyway! There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Videos About This Book. About Kate Lord Brown. Kate grew up in the wild and beautiful Devon countryside. Books by Kate Lord Brown. See All Goodreads Deals…. Trivia About The Beauty Chorus. Quotes from The Beauty Chorus.