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Tom MacMillan has a problem. He's a philandering, self-confessed coward caught in the middle of World War Two as an American fighter pilot.
Meanwhile British nurse, Molly Masterson, has a problem. She can't stand the Yanks- particularly Yank fighter pilots. And, Tom is the epitome of what she detests most in Americans.
Shoved together by circumstances, the two forge a love
Paperback, 290 pages
Published January 11th 2017 by Independent Publishing
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May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was pleased with this book, even though I was taken on a emotional roller coaster ride. Tom and Molly (the two main characters) both faced heartbreaking tragedies. As one reads the compelling story, a person can see the manifestation of how they were impacted in every way by their pain. They both must make difficult decisions as to whether to allow their respective pain swallow them and into their misery, or push beyond it. Not to say that is an easy thing to do.... at times that can seem to b ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book, is a”feel good” book that draws you in to the love story of Molly & Tom. He’s an American pilot flying with the British RAF, she’s an English nurse who can’t stand Yanks!! After he’s injured & she Has to take care of him, they are drawn to each other. This is a very emotional book, with frank “truisms” of both the horrors of war & the severe shortages as well as the emotional toll it takes on everyone. WW II in England was a horror story of immense suffering! Extremel ...more
S. Daisy
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This is a touching story about love and loss, set in England during the turbulent time of World War II. The story focuses on the lives of Major Tom MacMillan, a philandering American fighter pilot who is wounded in battle, and Millicent Masterson (otherwise known as Molly), a nurse with a passionate dislike for Americans who takes care of Tom at the hospital. Tom is attracted to this nurse who coldly spurns him, and makes it his goal to win her over. She dislikes his American cockiness... and ye ...more
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received "The Other Side Of Courage" from the author. This book was a new experience for me as I have never read a book set in this period of history. It is a very informative & exciting read. I found myself holding my breath at times & in tears at other times. Mr. Mattock has crafted a beautiful story that pulls you in from the very first page. If you have the chance to read "The Other Side Of Courage", please do, you will not be disappointed. You will find yourself thinking about Tom & Molly ...more
Pam Mooney
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Captivating! I loved this book! You can really tell this author is a marine pilot and knows of what he speaks. I had to go back and read his biography as the story was just so real. Reading his bio, of course, I was able to read his research which really came to life in his story. I really fell into the period and the great anguish and challenges of war. I learned what the expression "the other side of courage" truly meant. While the fighter pilots and those who interact with them really made th ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book, such a bitter sweet story that draws you in from the very beginning. It's clearly very well researched, bringining alive the horror of war. You can feel what it must have been like for the pilots and indeed everyone back then. Tom and Molly's story is an emotional roller coaster and you find yourself really caring what happens to them. It will stay with you long after you've put it down. Thank you Joe for a great read ! I look forward to your next book. ...more
Theresa Wade
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by Joe Matlock. This was a very sad and happy story. I kinda of wished that Tom found out what Atkins did. The writing had a pretty nice flow to it. I personally had a hard time with the first chapter and envisioning the first fighting scene. Regardless the story is an excellent one and I enjoyed it. Thanks.
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I won this in a GOODREADS giveaway - The Other Side Of Courage (Paperback) by Joe Matlock - Wow.. this was really good.. I had put it down for a while but now I wish I hadn't... a little rough around the edges but it was a great story with good character development. I enjoyed the period setting. Much thanks to Joe Matlock for the giveaway! ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I won this book from Goodreads Giveaways. Thank you. How has this book not been picked up by a mainstream publishing house? This is an extraordinary story full of suspense, heartbreak , love and redemption. I can't wait to dig into the author's research notes. ...more
Darque  Dreamer
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Other Side of Courage is an exciting ride through history! It is emotional, fast paced, and hard hitting! For those that enjoy bitter sweet historical fiction, this one is for you!

This one was such an emotional roller coaster for me! It drew me in from page one, and captivated me until the very end! I laughed, I cried, I felt shock, and most of all, I was intrigued to not only finish this as quick as I could, but to look in to the history of World War II and the different types of air crafts
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I know when I have read an outstanding book by the fact that I cannot get the story or the characters out of my mind after having read it. “The Other Side of Courage” by Joe Matlock is such a book. This book is written about the American fliers and their counterparts in Britain during World War II. One pilot, Tom MacMillan is sent to England to fly against the Nazis because he is a scoundrel and one girl did not respect had family connections with his commanding officer. In reality, he is a cowa ...more
Jan McKinney
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this as a complementary copy from the author and I can say without reservation that I was pleased. My educational background is in Medieval British Literature and most of my pleasure reading is medieval historical fiction. I have recently developed a curiosity about World War II and Matlock's book was a great place to dive in. It is clear from the descriptions that Matlock has a strong military background and understanding of dynamics of military life as well as intimate knowledge of ...more
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The other side of courage

I enjoyed this World War Two story of a pilot flying in the war. The character Tom is talented in flying and shooting down the Nazi planes, accumulated many kills. He ends up becoming a Major in the service.
While overseas he becomes injured and meets a nurse he fancies. Molly does not like Americans and was resistant at first to his charms.
War has a way of twisting life’s plans for this couple.
There is plenty of history and excitement in this story. A good read.
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Amy L’Abbe
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the read especially during World War Two. I had little trouble understanding the workings of the old planes and how they fight in the air but I get some of the picture of it in my mind. What I really enjoyed in the interaction between an American fighter pilot and the British nurse. I thought it was cute of their attitude at the beginning. I was on the edge of my seat during his imprisonment under the control of Nazi but I was glad he escaped to be with Molly. The romance was good and ...more
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A story of the air battle over England and Europe and the effects on the pilots caught up in them. A book that makes clear the horror and inhumanity of war, through the eyes of one American pilot. It is a moving tale of fear, courage, rage, horror, deep loss and betrayal. I found it impossible to put down and recommend it very highly.
Suzanne Sotzing
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was an exceptional read for me...I couldn't put the book down and when I had to, I wanted to pick it right back up! So well written! I actually felt the action of World War II; the story and character development was fantastic. I am looking forward to reading other books by Joe Matlock!!! Thank you so much for sending it to me! ...more
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This was a fantastic story! A detailed review will be posted soon!

Note: A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Melina Druga
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the premise of the novel. Fiction excels when authors follow the rule “show don’t tell.” Had the novel showed readers the characters' emotions instead of simply talking about them, the novel would have been as great as its premise. ...more
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this Kindle Ebook through a Good Reads give away. It is wonderfully written with a great plot and characters. I highly recommend reading this book. It is a war story with romance written in. It is a book that I think everyone would enjoy.
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Joe Matlock never thought of himself as an author but holds an interest in social sciences. Sharing life experiences though writing, his only desire is to entertain while educating the mind and feeding the soul.

Joe is a retired Marine Pilot and enjoys reading, traveling, cooking and oil painting as well as writing. During his flying career, he was a member of the Confederate (now Commemorative) A

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