The Flight Girls: A Novel

The Flight Girls: A Novel

by Noelle Salazar

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“I read well into the night, unable to stop. The book is unputdownable.”—Debbie Macomber, #1
New York Times bestselling author

“Heart-breaking, validating, exciting.”—

“Rich historical detail...this saga has it all.”—
Woman’s World

Shining a light on a little-known piece of history
The Flight Girls is a sweeping portrayal of women’s fearlessness, love, and the power of friendship to make us soar.

1941. Audrey Coltrane has always wanted to fly. It’s why she implored her father to teach her at the little airfield back home in Texas. It’s why she signed up to train military pilots in Hawaii when the war in Europe began. And it’s why she insists she is not interested in any dream-derailing romantic involvements, even with the disarming Lieutenant James Hart, who fast becomes a friend as treasured as the women she flies with. Then one fateful day, she gets caught in the air over Pearl Harbor just as the bombs begin to fall, and suddenly, nowhere feels safe.

To make everything she’s lost count for something, Audrey joins the Women Airforce Service Pilots program. The bonds she forms with her fellow pilots reignite a spark of hope in the face war, and—when James goes missing in action—give Audrey the strength to cross the front lines and fight not only for her country, but for the love she holds so dear.

“Captivated me from the first page and never let go...a powerful tale of courage and sacrifice by the Women Airforce Service Pilots during WWII. A spectacular first novel.”—Sara Ackerman, USA TODAY bestselling author of The Lieutenant’s Nurse

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488035067
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 586
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Noelle Salazar was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, where she's been a Navy recruit, a medical assistant, an NFL cheerleader and always a storyteller. When she’s not writing, she can be found dodging raindrops and daydreaming of her next book. Noelle lives in Bothell, Washington, with her husband and two children. The Flight Girls is her first novel.

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The Flight Girls 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous 10 months ago
This story had all the components of a fabulous book. A researched true story of the airplane pilots-women who loved flying and were to use their skill for the United States during WW2. The book explored their commitments to the war efforts-women, not commissioned in the service at that time, yet eager and desiring to experience the complete tough training they needed to be successful. Along the way, connecting and caring for their fellow women pilots. The story becomes richer with romance, love and sorrow. Appreciated and enjoyed learning about their lives and meaningful contributions during that time. The relationships, the connection made this book a 5 star for me.
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Anonymous 10 months ago
Enjoyed a glimps of a day in her life as a WASP. Loved the story and all of the characters.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Very well written. There is a lot of suspense. I could also feel the frustration that the women must of felt. I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Loved! Would be a great movie!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Great read. Have some tissues handy.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I loved the characters, the war history and the love story! I am always amazed at the horrors of World War II and the impact it had on all people! Love overcomes these tragedies and this book is about love in so many relationships!
Mary_Russell 3 months ago
A sweeping novel of WWII. This book delves into the stories of U.S. female pilots. The character of Audrey takes us from training pilots in Hawaii before the U.S. entered the war to joining the Women Airforce Service Pilots, to going to Paris after the Germany surrenders. The experiences and expectations of the WASPs was well researched. I loved all of the vibrant supporting characters.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Loved this story!
Anonymous 6 months ago
Just finished reading. I was so surprised this is this author's first novel. It was written like a seasoned pro. Her writing style reminded me of Kristen Hannah. Excellent book. Kept my attention throughout the book. Thoroughly enjoyed being taken back in time to an exceptional story. Look forward to this author's next book.
SuZ2Reader 7 months ago
A World War II novel from a woman's point of view. The Flight Girls follows a young Texas woman from Texas who, despite her privileged life in Dallas, leaves that security to fly military aircraft for the US Army. The main character Audrey is strong and self-sufficient. I knew about the brave women of the WASP program before reading the novel, but Salazar’s writing made those women come to life with its historical details. These women—early feminists every one, even if they wouldn’t admit it—did the sometimes deadly aviation work of transporting military planes to free up men in the war. Audry, who’s training military pilots in Hawaii, witnessed the bombing of Pearl Harbor and all its horror. A good read.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Anonymous 7 months ago
Oh my, what a beautiful book. It's hard to believe that this is a debut novel. This story centers upon Audrey, a girl who has always dreamed of flying. So much so that she did something about it when she was still a child. This isn't a book about a woman having a ton of doors shut in her fact and persisting through "closed door" hardships and hurdles. Instead, it's a story of a young woman who knows what she wants and perseveres through hardships as she takes advantage of the opportunities she has earned. And the hardships, while tangentially related to her sex and gender, revolve more around her relationships with others rather than her capability. This book is, at times, heart-breaking, validating, exciting, entertaining, and swoon-worthy, sometimes in rapid succession and sometimes all at the same time. The relationships between the women are so vibrant and lifelike that many of the women will remind you of your own friends. They're tender and incredibly strong, and yet war has no qualms with exposing just how fragile relationships, and life, can be. Beautiful and multi-layered friendships aren't the only strength of this novel. The central romance is one that will keep your heart pounding all the way through. Audrey and James complement each other perfectly. They each have their individual desires and dreams, and support each other in whatever way they decide to live their lives. Not only that but their chemistry is off the charts and makes for a slow burn that just won't quit. Though the war changes both James and Audrey, it doesn't change the way they care for each other. And then there's the WASP program and focus on female pilots. I'll admit that I'd heard about WASPs in the past, but could only vaguely recall general details about them (such as the fact that they were all female pilots and weren't really recognized for their work). But what I didn't realize is how little respect these brave women received in their service and just how dangerous their jobs were, even though they weren't actually on the front lines or in any of the theaters. Audrey's trajectory from flight instructor to trainee to WASP is a fascinating, and sometimes heartbreaking, one to watch. There are some novels that readers look to as the pinnacle of World War II fiction and storytelling. Noelle Salazar's 'The Flight Girls' is sure to earn its rightful spot on that list in no time.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I absolutely loved this book. I might even go as far as saying it is my favorite book ever, and I have consumed my fair share of historical fiction/romance. The way Salazar tells these stories is stunning. I felt their pain and their joy. I would 100% recommend this book.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Anonymous 9 months ago
"The Flight Girls" is an amazing book. Hard to believe that it's the author's first book. I look forward to her next book, "The Lightkeeper." Can't wait until it's published! I've been recommending this book to all my family and friends. I just loved it. Thanks Noelle for writing this terrific book!
DonnaB213 9 months ago
This story is centered around WWII and the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). The WASP served the United States at a crucial time but few knew about them or what they did. The story centers around the main character, Audrey Coltrane, and her fellow pilots. Deep bonds of friendship and the love of flying are formed. It's a story of growth, inner strength, courage, sacrifice and love. Some point out a few minor inaccuracies but it's fiction! Salazar's story kept me turning the pages. If you like historical fiction centered around the WWII era this book is a great read.
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Anonymous 10 months ago
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Anonymous 11 months ago
This book captivates you from the very first chapter and completely draws you in with the vivid descriptions. This book makes you feel each character and the weight of their losses throughout the story. I loved this book, savored it page by page! This is definitely something worth re-reading again in the future.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Anonymous 11 months ago
This was an excellent book. Truly amazing how the author brought each character to life. The cover is what attracted me but the story was compelling and took you on a journey from another time in history. I was totally pleased and look forward to seeing many books by this talented author in the future, if you haven't read it it worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Realistic, romantic, conversational, strong. I utterly loved The Flight Girls. The books cover is striking and rememberable. I have my private pilots license and know about WASP. So, I was so excited to see this book. This is a topic that more people should know about but unfortunately it's a treasured hidden important part of our military history. I found this story accurate, with the perfect mixture of historical and entertaining detail. And, if you read this book don't skip "A Conversation With Noelle Salazar" it's phenomenal. This is a book I plan on keeping then when the time is right, handing down to the next generation of women. The novel is written from the point of view of Audrey, a strong character with the perfect amount of femininity for romance. The romantic element in the story was a wonderful backdrop. There's so much in this story I could relate to and fell in love with. Thank you Noelle Salazar for writing so beautifully about the women pilots of WASP, may their courage and bravery never be forgotten. Here is my favourite sentence from The Flight Girls. "I knew needing him and depending on him would never limit me-it would only set me free."
JennaBookish More than 1 year ago
I’ll start this out by freely admitting that I seem to be in the minority opinion on this one. I read a lot of rave reviews and went in with super high hopes, ready for a WWII story with a lot of substance and a strong, interesting female protagonist. What I got felt more… fluffy romance set against a dark backdrop. The book definitely plays lip service to the idea of a strong female lead, but it doesn’t really feel like it goes beyond that. Audrey is not like other girls because she likes to fly planes and doesn’t want to get married and have babies. The only reason she doesn’t want to get married and have babies, by the way, seems to be because it’d be nearly impossible to find a husband who would “allow” her to keep flying. I think this really gets at the heart of my issue with Audrey: that her love of flight really felt like her singular defining character trait. She never starting feeling like a person to me. I love that she had an unconventional passion for a woman of the time, but that’s not enough on its own to make her an interesting character. Another reviewer on Goodreads also pointed out some anachronisms in the novel. This truly isn’t something that bothers me as a reader (barring something ridiculous like if Audrey were to suddenly pull out a flip phone) but for readers who are super into the accuracy of their history, it’s bound to ruffle some feathers. The romance, while it took up a bigger part of the story than I would have liked, was fine. I liked that Audrey found someone who shared her passion and there seemed to be a huge amount of respect between the two of them, especially considering the normal power dynamics of a relationship in the time period. This felt healthy and sweet, if a bit predictable (although what romance isn’t?) My only real qualm with the romance aspect of the book was that I’m not a huge fan of the basic concept of the story, which was: “girl who adamantly never wants to get married discovers she just hasn’t met the right man yet!” I think The Flight Girls will appeal to romance fans far more than historical fiction fans, which seems odd given the premise and marketing of the book. The Flight Girls is a story with a lot of potential that, while it missed the mark for me personally, seems to be a huge hit with a lot of readers. Pick this up if you’re in the mood a light read, but don’t expect hard-hitting historical fiction that makes you think. This is Noelle Salazar’s debut novel, and I do think she has tons of potential. I’m excited to see what she writes next! My thanks to the publisher for providing a free copy in exchange for a review.
boclairedesigns More than 1 year ago
It's hard to believe that this is a premier book for this author. The writing is perfection and certainly seemed like it was written by a seasoned author. It was engaging, entertaining, and educating. The WASP pilots provided an integral piece for success in a terrible war. The settings and characters are memorable. You find yourself cheering on their successes and sympathizing with their failures. A great read that was hard to put down and sorry to see it end. I received a free ARC eBook from Net Galley and the publisher for my honest opinions.