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4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  25 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Shirley Maxwell is a troubled young woman facing a complicated personal life, a culture that restricts female options, and a world at war. Yet, together with friends -- Emmie, Delores, and Mags -- she joins Jackie Cochran's Women's Air Service Pilots program (WASP) and participates in the adventure, challenges, and tragedies of the 1940s with determination and courage. Shi ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Red Engine Press (first published October 22nd 2012)
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Women did many things during WW II that they had not done on a regular basis previously, and piloting airplanes was one of those. This novel follows the lives of four female WASPS, Shirley, Mags, Delores, and Emmie. They are all very different, with individual strengths and faults that come across very strongly, yet they are all drawn into friendship through their common love of flying. Most readers will probably find themselves identifying with one of the women more than the other three because ...more

When you hear the word “pioneer” what do you think of? Until reading Windshift by Joyce Faulkner, I wouldn’t have thought of a group of WWII women pilots, but now, I’m amazed at what they accomplished in a “male dominated” world, during one of the darkest times in world history. Follow the story of four young women, all accomplished pilots, all from completely different backgrounds as they join together in a collage of personalities to serve their country without reserve.
Absolutely amazing! J
Tara Chevrestt
Joint review between Shomeret and I:

Tara: I have a major complaint right off the bat. I can't stand Shirley, the heroine. She reminds me of Jack Nicholson's character in As Good As it Gets. WAY too uptight. She's constantly thinking of dirt, constantly criticizing others in her mind for their appearance or something, and even goes so far as to make the sheets a certain way. It's taking NEAT FREAK to a whole new level, making me think she has an obsessive compulsive disorder. I feel the author e
Sep 07, 2013 Martha rated it it was amazing
This a wonderful story involving the reader in the personal and professional struggles of four brave female pilots at a time when it wasn't socially acceptable for women to take on male duties. My Rating: 4.75

This book tells the story of four young women in the short-lived Women's Air Service Pilots program (WASP) in the early 1940s. The experience is told by Shirley Maxwell, the conservative daughter of wealthy News magnate, George Maxwell. Through the pilot program Shirley meets three other yo
Carolyn Schriber
Jul 01, 2012 Carolyn Schriber rated it it was amazing
Joyce Faulkner has done it again. Her novel, Windshift, tells the story of four obscure women who joined the Women Air Service Pilot program during World War II. Shirley, Emmy, Dolores, and Mags are fictional characters, but their experiences are accurate reflections of what the real WASPs did for their country. They came from different backgrounds, wih varying levels of skill, and they fought their own battles agains the resentment of male pilots and opposition from those who believed that wome ...more
Bert Edens
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Through NetGalley I was provided a copy of this book by Red Engine Press for the purpose of reading and reviewing it. Although it was provided to me at no cost, I am under no obligation to give a positive review.

Set during World War II, this novel follows the paths of Shirley Maxwell and her three friends, Emmie, Delores and Mags. All of them have flight experience, and due to the shortage of available male pilots, they are recr
Rose Wynters
Sep 17, 2013 Rose Wynters rated it it was amazing
Windshift was just like taking a refreshing step into the past. The author really nailed this historical fiction. Through the eyes of Shirley, I felt like I was right in the World War 2 era.

The author eases us into the lives of these women until we eventually feel like we've known them for a long time! This was not an easy time for our country, and the author somehow captures the very spirit of the people with her characters. These four young women see quite a transformation as the story unwind
Patricia Ann
Sep 27, 2013 Patricia Ann rated it it was amazing
Excellant read for all adults and
YA. Not many books are written
about the Women's Air Service Pilots
program (WASP).
Apr 09, 2014 HC rated it really liked it
loved it, fresh insight into the lives of women during war, characters to relate to, all well-drawn.
Joyce Faulkner
Jul 24, 2012 Joyce Faulkner rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
If you are interested in the real stories that inspired Windshift, please check out my facebook page:

You will find information about the history of WASP, the pilots who participated -- the real stories of the real women who lived it...and small social tidbits that I used as background. For example, at one point in the story, the women buzz a farm...and looking down, they see a goat tugging at the rear of a car. In a few midwestern states during World War I
Kathleen Rodgers
May 31, 2012 Kathleen Rodgers rated it it was amazing
Sweeping. Riveting. One of the best novels I’ve read in years.

Come let Shirley, Emmie, Delores, and Mags wing their way to your heart. Joyce Faulkner is one
of those rare storytellers who spins words into gold.

Windshift is so well written you’ll forget you’re reading a story.

Even before the propellers are spinning, you’ll be strapping on a pair of goggles, a leather helmet, and climbing into the cockpit to make history.

Kathleen M. Rodgers ~ author of the award-winning novel "The Final Salute"

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Joyce Faulkner loves stories -- fiction or non-fiction. She also has a compulsive need to know why. To this end, her work focuses on how her characters react to their environment, to the people around them, to the events of their lives -- and to the various opportunities and disappointments impact their journeys.

She has studied the art of writing since the 1960s -- exploring not the right or wron
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