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'Maddy's Wings', a great and meaningful story!

Maddy’s Wings, a great and meaningful story!
"War does not determine who is right: just who is left. Same concept about time. Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity. These are two popular quotes by Henry Van Dyke and Bertrand Russel: I believe these two statements describe this book perfectly.

Maddy is nearing her time of death, not by cancer, but by old age. Having lived through atrocities like WWI, WWII, and countless other personal tragedies Maddy has grown old in the blink of an eye. The story is constructed like an autobiography, while problems arriving in the present. One thing I loved about the story, although I’m not sure if positive, is that she went through hell but that the world won’t give you a happy ending just because you already went through all types of tragedy: problems will never end. Legal, politically, societal, relationship, any type of problem won’t end till the day we die. Maddy is introduced to a single mother and her daughter and begins to form a bond with them. Through the book, we learn about each of the characters, which are genuinely likable, and basically, enjoy life with them. The eventual end, Maddy. The striving middle, Gloria, and Robert. And the beginning, Lizzy. The book has many real-world factors involving women and the history of aviation. Not just this but the book was obviously researched in depth. I guarantee that author put their heart and soul into the making of this book: it’s obvious through how she writes her characters, how the story progresses, and how it ends. . .

. . . A great and meaningful story.

In conclusion, Maddy’s Wings is a genuine coming of age story. Learning how people who deal with atrocities like war, rape, and other troubles can be eye-opening to some readers. A book that explains the problems of the past while addressing those of the present.

A great read, to be honest."

Reviewed by; Joseph 2018
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'Maddy's Wings', a great and meaningful story!

About 'Maddy's Wings'
“It was difficult to tell what was lightning, air fire or ground fire. It seemed we were trying to navigate a sky filled with fireworks within the middle of a storm. The plane shuddered, losing altitude in a dive that was too steep and too fast. Concerned that the stalling engine’s fire and tail rip may ignite the load of ammunition within, I instinctively banked, aiming offshore to the water below.”
Maddy survived and now she wants to know why.
Racked with survivor’s guilt and beginning to suffer from Alzheimer’s in her old age, 92-year-old Maddy has a painful recollection stuck on repeat – the moment she crashed a loaded B26 bomber during her role as an Air Auxiliary Pilot in World War II. Maddy’s relives poignant memories; growing up during the Great Depression, war traumas, the death of her daughter and unborn grandchild, and yet it is the plane crash that she cannot get out of her head.
As Maddy’s memories fade and life draws to a close, she seeks to live her last moments to the fullest. From intriguing new neighbours to a pet pig and giggle brownies, humour and heartbreak abounds as she struggles to shake off the survivor’s guilt that has haunted her for so long. Maddy’s free-spirited adventures are thwarted by a ruthless elder care worker, who is making her life a misery. Strange events unfold – the decades old cold case of a murdered local Pastor surfaces, and shocking truths come to light about little sister Rosie’s life during and after the war. What really caused that fateful plane crash? Why did Maddy survive while others lost their lives? What really happened to her little sister Rosie during the war?
As she faces the final challenges of life to set herself free from the shackles of culpability, Maddy may just redefine what it means to be a hero. *Maddy's Wings is available in ebook, paperback and large print via Amazon, Barnes&Noble and to order wherever books are sold.

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Maddy's Wings - literary fiction by award winning author Jan Porter.
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4 0f 4 stars #Review of #Maddy'sWings, #literaryfiction by; Jan porter

Maddy is a former WWII pilot who has lived long enough to narrate the stories of WWII which she took part in. She recounts the stories to her son-in-law together with her new neighbors, Gloria and her granddaughter, Lizzy.
Maddy's WingsMaddy's Wings by Jan Porter is a novel categorized under the genre other fiction. The reader gets a clear understanding of the dangers and atrocities the world faced then.Maddy's husband, Gordon, aging with visible wrinkles, is suffering from cancer which has taken its toll on his body, not forgetting the Alzheimer's disease. His post War thoughts of things he should have done right or should not have done at all, including the disappearance of Pastor Jacob which he thinks he had a hand in, are quite traumatizing. While Maddy is constantly by his side offering all help, she cannot help thinking how life will be without Gordon.

Twenty years after her husband's death, Maddy finds herself facing close to similar problems especially when the Alzheimer's disease set in. When her doctor suggests her transfer to the nursing home for the elderly, Maddy finds herself fighting heard to avoid the transfer with the help of her son-in-law and only surviving relative, Robert. Her condition worsens when she starts having thoughts of how she could have protected her sister, Rosie, from Pastor Jacob's assault, and how she caused the plane crash that killed both her crews. On the other hand, her assigned care-worker, Gretchen, has selfish desires and would not rest till she has Maddy transferred to the nursing home.

Apart from giving an account of WWII, this book is an encouragement to all women. It shows that any woman can excel in a male-dominated field. It is easier today to recognize and award a woman's effort when she succeeds than before. Even though Maddy crush landed her plane on water surviving the incident, the only award she receives is "You did a helluva job landing that aircraft on water. If you were not civil service, you would be commended." If it were today, journalists would be killing one another for the best shot.

The author did not want the reader to dwell entirely on War atrocities but brought in the themes of family, integrity, and traditions. What I liked most about the book is the storytelling scenes with Maddy, Gloria, Lizzy, and Robert sitting outside at the fireplace. I loved how Maddy was keen to dissipate all information from her childhood. "Never grow up so much that you lose your child-like wonder." I found this headline fitting quite well with Maddy's character. Storytellers like Maddy are hard to find today especially with scenes from the fireplace.

The errors in the book were non-significant and could not deter my reading, therefore, I award it 4 out of 4 stars. The writing style and character development are also great, especially in the dialogues Maddy holds with other characters. I recommend this book to historians and documentarians. However, owing to the presence of strong language, the book is not good for young readers.
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Just finished Maddy's Wings and I was compelled to message you to let you know how much I enjoyed it! I became so engrossed and I was living right beside Maddy and the others. You masterfully told a beautiful story while touching on very difficult life situations. It was especially meaningful to me because of the many similarities in my life. My daughter is Madison Rose. Also known as Maddy. Her middle name being Rose, Maddy's sister in your book.
I currently work in a facility for developmentally disabled individuals (for the last 27 yrs) but before that I worked in a nursing home and very much related to Lydia. Loved and embrace the reference to medical marijuana as used for slowing the process of Alzheimer's. Also my mother, a sweet saint of a woman, collected and very much believed in angels. I just thoroughly Maddy's Wings by Jan Porter enjoyed the whole book. Read in while sitting in the waiting room waiting for my daughter in law to have surgery that will most likely ruin her chances of ever bearing another child. However the happy news is that she will finally be healthy.
Thank you so much for the gift. I have always said the best gift I could ever receive is a good book! Keep writing!!

Reviewed by; Jan P. Pennsylvania
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