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The Flight Girls

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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
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Brenda -Traveling Sister host of The Traveling Friends
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
Norma * Traveling Sister * On hiatus due to health
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
Lindsay - Traveling Sister
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.

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 strong
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
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!
Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction~on hiatus))
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
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
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
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
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 airfield back
Christine Mott
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 soon become
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 ...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
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 ...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
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, ...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 ...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.
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
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 ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
The WASP are a fascinating part of WWII and I love reading about them, fiction or nonfiction. If you're looking for an inspiring and well researched historical fiction featuring women's efforts in during war, The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar is worth your time.
M.A. Guglielmo
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A historical novel with a women's fiction perspective, The Flight Girls is simply amazing. The story follows a young woman from Texas who leaves a life of privilege to fly military planes for the US Army in WWII. The writing is lovely and lyrical, and the main character Audrey is so appealing and strong I felt like I knew her as a close friend by the end of the novel. I knew little about the WASP program before I read the novel, and the historical details about the bravery of the women who did ...more
Holly Lawrenson
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book...It was hard to put down. It was so well written and I fell in love with all the characters. These characters are all made up but became very real to me. It is inspired by real female pilots during World War II and it was very interesting to read about the WASP program and learn about these ladies and their courage and sacrifices. There's also a love story woven in. Be prepared to cry...I am not a person who cries husband and I read this book together. I read it ...more
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
Shelley Lawrence
4.75 stars
This was an absolutely enchanting and mesmerizing story, while also being utterly heart-breaking. I was smitten by the beautifully descriptive language and moved by the unwavering female friendships. I was inspired by the steadfastness and kind, clear, resolute heart and determined mind of Audrey, Little Bird, Coltrain.

This story, as all war stories are, was gut-wrenching, breaking your heart into little pieces, partly because you know it’s not all that far from the truth and a sad
Julie Barnard
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book - doesn’t publish until July, but definitely worth reading.
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, wwii-fiction
At first, I thought this was a romance historical fiction and I was a little turned off. The story intrigued me however as I had never heard of Flight Girls. I'm so glad I kept reading. The romance that was in it turned out to be real and good for the story. I read this in a day or so because I wanted to know what happened to the main girl.
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