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Review : A Wing and a Prayer by M W Arnold

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book cover for A Wing and a Prayer by M J Arnold.  3 women in RAF uniform stand underneath a plan flying over
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08KTWTX8Y
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ The Wild Rose Press, Inc (9 Nov. 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2475 KB

When Betty Palmer’s sister dies under suspicious circumstances whilst landing her Tiger Moth, Betty and three other women pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary in WWII England unite to discover who killed her and why.

Estranged from her family, Penny Blake wants simply to belong. American Doris Winter, running from a personal tragedy, yearns for a new start. Naturally shy Mary Whitworth-Baines struggles to fit in. Together though, they are a force to be reckoned with as they face the mystery that confronts them.

Against the backdrop of war, when ties of friendship are exceptionally strong, they strive to unravel the puzzle’s complex threads, risking their lives as they seek justice for Betty’s sister.

Book Review

Set against the backdrop of WW2, this book centres around the stories of a group of women who are stationed at an air base in Hampshire.

Betty’s sister has died landing her plane and she is determined to find out why and how it happened, convinced there is foul play at work. Doris is American with sadness in her life too; Penny who is harbouring secrets of her own and Mary who is shy and a bit awkward.

The women are tasked with flying planes such as Spitfires from factories to RAF bases as part of the ‘ATA’ – Air Transport Auxiliary and as such are extremely skilled, performing a crucial role in the war effort.

What really brings these women together though is trying to solve the mystery of Betty’s sister’s death which centres right at the air base. It’s unnerving and scary that this is happening so close to home but they’re determined they seek to get to the truth.

A Wing and a Prayer is an awesome read, full of drama, suspense and superb knowledge of the era. It amazes me how much there is to learn about WW2 and I was unaware of the existence of formidable women like these.

M W Arnold is extremely knowledgeable on the subject and this shines through the pages.

The women are an extremely likeable group and each one is well rounded and distinct in character.

This story has everything – mystery, romance, humour and history.

I devoured this over two evenings, and loved every page! It left me wanting to read the next instalment immediately and see what is in store for Betty, Doris, Penny and Mary.

(Elena’s thoughts on the second book in this series, Wild Blue Yonder, can be read here)

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M W Arnold lives near Northampton, UK and is known to his family and friends as, Mick. He was in the Royal Air Force for 16 years, visiting many different countries and very much enjoying himself. If he ever meets the Queen, he will have to thank her. He began writing as these characters needed their own voices. For a few years now, he’s been a member of the Romantic Novelists Association, a wonderful group of writers who’ve welcomed this bloke into their fold with open arms. He’s active on Twitter and Instagram as @mick859

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2 thoughts on “Review : A Wing and a Prayer by M W Arnold”

  1. Hi Elena! Many, many thanks for such a great review. I’m so happy you enjoyed the story.

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