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The Flight Girls

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  10,973 ratings  ·  1,612 reviews
A stunning story about the Women Airforce Service Pilots whose courage during World War II turned ordinary women into extraordinary heroes

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
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by Mira Books
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Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fascinating, touching & entertaining!

THE FLIGHT GIRLS by NOELLE SALAZAR is an enlightening, powerful and emotionally compelling historical fiction novel that has us following along fictionalized character, Audrey Coltrane and her involvement in the WASP program (Women Airforce Service Pilots) during World War II.

NOELLE SALAZAR delivers an excellent, heartfelt, intriguing and well-written read here with wonderful, relatable, and well developed characters. The story is told from the first person
Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
We had the honour of Noelle Salazar joining us in the Behind the Pages group for a Q & A. She shared some amazing insight to The Flights Girls. To find out more about The Flight Girls you can find the group here

The Flight Girls makes for an inspiring, lighter historical fiction that explores the dynamics between the characters rather than the historical events to the story. The story focuses on one women’s strength and will to follow her passion here with
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4 stars!

Adventurous, heart wrenching and inspiring!

Audrey Coltrane is a young female pilot whose passion for flying started when she was a child. When the war begins, she signs up to train military pilots knowing she is helping her country prepare for what may come. Facing constant criticism and stereotyping, she is proud of her career and the adventures she gets to take while doing something she loves. This story is inspired by the real team of female pilots who trained soldiers in WWII.

I lov
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve said it before: the stories from WWII are endless, as are the numbers of people impacted. I never tire of these stories, and The Flight Girls is indeed a special one. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Have you heard of the Women Airforce Service Pilots from World War II?

In 1941, Audrey Coltrane loves to fly. Her father taught her back home in Texas. She signs up to train military pilots in Hawaii as the war is starting.

She’s also not interested in romance because she’s focused on her career, but she forms a s
Katie B
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
As soon as I saw the cover, I knew I had to read this book. I keep saying I need to lay off the World War 2 historical fiction for awhile, but the chance to learn a bit about the WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots) was an opportunity I couldn't pass up.

Audrey Coltrane loves to fly planes and it's her dream to one day own an airfield back home in Texas. It's 1941 and she is saving up money while training military pilots in Hawaii. With that one goal taking up all of her focus, she doesn't care
Jacqueline Simonds
May 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
I picked up an ARC of this book at my job in a bookstore. After 100 pages, I declared a book divorce. Yes, it's that bad.

First, let's talk about the fact this book is so poorly edited, it made me, a former editor, nearly cry. No, I didn't find piles of typos. I found piles of anachronisms for a book about 1941 - 45.
~Referring to women as "Ms." - the term was not in broad popular use until 1968.
~A male character keeps bumping his head against the "headrest" of a Jeep. They barely had seats back t
Sara Ackerman
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Flight Girls captivated me from the first page and never let go. Salazar’s writing is lively and fresh, as we ride shotgun with a cast of memorable characters, an epic love story, and a powerful tale of courage and sacrifice by the Women Airforce Service Pilots during
WWII. A spectacular first novel.

I was lucky and got an advance copy!
Jenna Bookish
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
My thanks to NetGalley and MIRA for sending me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher.

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
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I knew when I read the synopsis for The Flight Girls that I would enjoy this book immensely, and I wasn't wrong. My husband is an Air Force veteran with a private pilots license, so it's safe to say that I've spent plenty of my time in and around lots of planes over the past 25 years, either as a passenger or watching them from the ground. There's something magical about flying, and Noelle Salazar manages to perfectly capture that in her debut novel even amidst the most harrowing of times―WWII.

Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Easy 5 Stars. I daresay this will be one of my favorite books of the year. This book follows the fictional Audrey Coltrane before, during, and after her time as a WASP during WWII. The WASP program (Women Airforce Service Pilots) did jobs like ferrying military planes between bases, trained the men entering the airforce and tested both new and repaired planes before they were shipped back overseas, all without the protection of military status.

While the book does have a fair bit of romance, the
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
4.5 soaring stars

I really enjoyed this historical fiction tale of women pilots in WWII. The story centers around Audrey, a Texas woman who has been flying since she was a young girl. She ends up training pilots for WWII and then ferrying airplanes across the country. There was interesting military history regarding these women who were not considered “official Army” mostly because they were women! Of course, they were not always treated the best by men around them, but they had great flying skil
Karren  Sandercock
When the US military advertises it's need for experienced pilots to train young male pilots in Hawaii, Audrey's Coltrane's father encourages her to apply and soon she's working in beautiful Hawaii. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her new friends, swimming, going to beach parties, drinking cocktails and she loves living on the beautiful island.
Audrey has always wanted to teach others to fly, her plan is to one day own her own air field and her experience working in Hawaii teaching
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

A stunning story about the Women Airforce Service Pilots, whose courage during World War II turned ordinary women into extraordinary heroes

1941. Audrey Coltrane has always wanted to fly. It’s why she implored her father to teach her at the little airfi
Little Bad Books
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
ARC kindly provided by netgalley and publisher. The opinions expressed within this review are purely my own.

Rating: 2.5/5 (stopped reading at 77%, sadly)

I stopped reading this book because, unfortunately, it fell flat for me. I lost interest in the main character as she was either pining for a man for most of the book (about 65%) or feeling guilty for being interested in someone else. Furthermore, I felt like the author had a hard time deciding what she wanted to make of the book. To me, it did
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The female friendships were marvelous, as was the information about WASP.
This could have been a 5-star story but was ruined by Audrey’s dual romance.
Her dalliance with Officer Carter Wilson was totally unnecessary.
After all, James was in Europe fighting a war. Everyone would have known that letters would be sporadic at best.
Audrey’s actions made her seem really clueless and silly, quite at odds with someone flying military war time planes.
Perhaps the author really wanted to write a romance nov
Christine Mott
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Audrey Fitzgerald Coltrane leaves her home and sets off for a new adventure. She has always wanted to be a pilot and has dreams that her mother does not understand. She lands a job in Hawaii training military pilots. ✈️ She is living in Hawaii in a little house with a few other girls who are in the same training program. They all come from different backgrounds and soon become friends. While in the program, her commanding officer James Hart and her keep bumping into each other and so
Reading Cat
Oct 22, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I am so tired of mediocre fiction aimed at women. I had such high hopes for this novel, since it was so popular, and now I'm left just thinking y'all are insane.

Audrey, the protagonist, is a bland and thin as paper heroine. She is phenomenally rich and talented and privileged and beautiful and blonde, and did we mention beautiful? And every man, literally EVERY MAN, in the novel is in love with her.

In fandom, we call this a Mary Sue.

She has so many female friends you lose track of them, espec
Sarah Booth
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I basically picked this book up at work and started reading it when I had a spare moment, but after I got started I couldn’t put it down. Being a female pilot in a man’s world and WWII was a pretty big deal. Our heroine Audrey was flying since she was 12. She was lucky to have a father that didn’t let the fact his child was female stand in the way of what she wanted to do which was fly, and a good pilot she was at that. She starts out as a flight instructor at Pearl Harbor (my grandfather was th ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I ordered this book when I first heard about it, then I won a drawing for an Advance Reader's Edition! What a treat! At times I couldn't put the book down, at other times I needed to take a break after getting too wrapped up in it. Audrey is a character I cared about, I rooted for, I even got a bit annoyed with at one point - her friendships and hardships will draw you to her. It's hard to believe this is Noelle's first novel. I want to share my copy of this book, but I'm afraid I won't get it b ...more
Abby Cavenaugh
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!!!! I’ve been fascinated with the WASP pilots in World War II for YEARS & granted, I wanted to write a book about them first but I can’t be mad at Noelle Salazar. This is a brilliant, though fictional story of amazingly strong women, who were ahead of their time. There are so many feels in this story— tears of sorrow and of joy, laughter, reverence, love, the power of friendship... gah I just love it! Probably my new favorite book. ❤️❤️ ...more
Sara (Sjthroughthelookingglass)
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
WWII Historical Fiction is quickly becoming a favorite genre of mine so I was thrilled to win an advanced copy of The Flight Girls from Goodreads.
The Flight Girls is an epic love story that follows the amazing courageous journey of fictional pilot Audrey Coltrane, starting with her fateful days at Pearl Harbor through training with fellow WASP women. The fast friendships, dedication, courage, personalities and backgrounds of these women was we'll rounded and lively. I loved taking jumpseat for
Megan Collins
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THE FLIGHT GIRLS has been taking the world by storm (an instant bestseller!), and after reading it in two days, it’s easy for me to see why. I was completely transported to the 1940s when, due to the war effort, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program was initiated. I adored witnessing Audrey risk everything to follow her heart and serve her country by doing the one thing she loves more than anything else—flying. This book has everything: a beautiful and believable romance; a strong, en ...more
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful and captivating way through this historical fiction novel to learn about the largely unacknowledged women that provided this critical service for our country during WWII! Audrey and her friends are an inspiring group of women from all different walks of life that come together and show what the beauty of friendship and respect between likeminded women can be. And I loved the relationship between Audrey and James and found it refreshing that a woman of this time chose her path an ...more
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Was happy to see an advance copy in my mail box. Thanks for that.
I was even happier after I finished the book in less than 24 hours!
Wonderful characters and very informative.
I did wonder about the reference on page 113 about people having learned about Pearl Harbor on their televisions. Didn't know there were many TV's in homes in 1941....
But, all in all, an entertaining book. I enjoyed it.
Carol lowkey.bookish
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Flight Girls tells of the WASPS -- the Women Air Force Service Pilot program designed to have women fly military aircraft stateside during WWII. The idea was that these civilian females would test and ferry planes so male pilots could spend their time in combat duty. Through the main character, Audrey, we learn about the training, prejudices, and dangers these women faced.

The WASPS are so inspiring and make for a compelling story. Along with the history, we get some romance and strong female
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
This book was terrific! We first meet our heroine, Audrey Coltrane, in Pearl Harbor as she trains pilots for the military. Her experiences during the attack were riveting. She then joins the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) to ferry planes around the country to free up male pilots to fight in WWII. The history of this group of women was fascinating to me. Noelle Salazar created some great characters who I really cared about and the love story drew me in. I loved every minute of this read and ...more
Lois R. Gross
Jul 03, 2019 rated it liked it
At best, this is a quick read romance, the very definition of a Beach Read. At worst, it is a disappointing historial novel, lacking in real detail and focus on the character development of some predictable characters functioning in the unusual circumstances of being World War II WASPS, women charged with ferrying airplanes across the country so that thy can then be flown by male aviators to Europe.

Audrey Coltrane is stationed in Hawaii, training raw recruits to fly planes that will take out the
Lisa Nelms
Jul 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
I bought this book in Costco without checking it out first, because it was about the Woman’s Air Force Service Pilots during WWII. My mother was raised in Sweetwater where these women were trained. I heard stories about how these brave women piloted planes to the perimeters of battle zones. Even though women were not allowed to serve in combat zones then, the WASPs did their jobs at great risk. Thirty-eight WASPs were killed in the line of duty. I thought maybe this book would give them the cred ...more
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. Read it in two days as I could not put it down. I enjoyed the story, The characters, and the WWII historical setting. I enjoyed imagining that if I had lived during that time that I’d be like the main character, Audrey, brave, flying planes to do her part in the war, courageous to step outside the normal cultural assumptions that women lived with. I think this book has firmly put me into the camp of historical fiction as my favorite genre. There’s enough history, and enough fl ...more
Karen Anderson
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: aviation
This is not a novel about the WASPs. It's a poorly written love story. And the historical parts weren't researched. And the aviation.
The friendship portions of the story was somewhat decent sometimes.

Oh pretty sure "Officer" was not a rank in the military.
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