The Spitfire Girls
Three skilled aviators determined to help win the war. Three brave women who know their place is not at home.
At the height of World War II, the British Air Transport Auxiliary need help. A group of young women volunteer for action, but the perils of their new job don’t end on the tarmac. Things are tough in the air, but on the ground their abilities as pilots are const...more
Focusing on three women- British ATA flyers First Officer Ruby Sanders and Commander May Jones and WASP American pilot Elizabeth (Lizzie) Dunlop, this is a WWII historical that focuses on the contribution of women pilots on both sides of the Atlantic during World War II. These women faced much criticism from their families and countrymen for stepping outside the projected gender roles and yet as revealed ...more
Ruby is no sidekick, nor is she relegated to office duties… She might look like a doll –in fact I was told by our doctor that a gust of wind might blow her over –but put her up in the cockpit and she’s got the heart of a lion and the bravery of a team of men.
And how in God’s name did you manage to convince a bunch of old men to let women ferry fighter planes? I’ve been petitioning for years – I want to wring all their wrinkly old necks!
I’m in some sort of hell. Honestly, I know h ...more
The book is well written, but the research was minimal. I did learn that the British women pilots had as much difficulty as those in the USA. The story of the British A ...more
Spoilers below. Maybe.
The Spitfire Girls was surprisingly good! Once I started this ebook, I couldn't put it down. Not even to do my actual work. The girls in this book were such bad asses and I love how they wouldn't let the manly nay-sayers make them stop doing what they love: flying planes.
Speaking of these wonderful pilots, we get to meet Lizzie, Ruby, May, and a bunch of other wonderful ladies. Now this type of lifesty ...more
Great book! It was fun looking at the documentaries on YouTube.... which is very sexist how it was portrayed , but that was the time perio ...more
Synopsis: In the midst of WWII, several brave, young women volunteered to ferry fighter and bomber planes between military bases. These women are known as the ATA Girls (Air Transport Auxiliary). Their participation set a new precedent for women’s equality and involvement in military operations. ‘The Spitfire Girls’ primarily follows the stories of Lizzie, May, and Ruby as they take to the sky and set new equality standards.
Review: Let me start with the fact th ...more
Soraya M. Lane does an excellent job helping us get inside the lives of such young women. Often they were up against 'the establishment' and the attitudes and prejudices of the populace. Yet despite these niggles these women ...more
It was overly sentimental and soppy. The characters didn't really have great depth. We knew little or nothing about Polly, other than she was a great pilot. I think she was added in for one purpose only (view spoiler)[the author needed someone to kill off with out it being one of the main characters (hide spoiler)]
This novel’s summary and general premise is intriguing, both as a feminist and as someone who finds World War II stories to be both interesting and important. That being said, I was expecting to enjoy this work.
Unfortunately, I didn’t. And when glancing at the other reviews here, I seem to be in the minority.
As j ...more
This story is based on the historical British flyers known as "the Spitfire Girls" during World War II. Not only did I learn a great deal about those heroic women, I fell in love with the three distinct and original characters featured in the novel. There will be no confusion about who's who in this book, because author Soraya M. Lane has given each of the women a very different and rich inner life, relationships, and problems. And in Lizzie, she has created one o ...more
I liked that Lane brought this side of WWII history to life, but her book wasn't particularly well written. The characters didn't have much depth: you had the feist ...more
I enjoyed the dynamics of the characters amongst themselves, as well as others. I enjoyed how they progressed through the novel and how they were able to overcome diversities.
It is sad that the US government disbanded ...more
I have been a fan of Ms. Lane's contemporary work for many years and knew that when I saw that she was going to start a historical fictions series/books, I had to read them and I have not been disappointed. It is interesting to me to "see" how women were treated/portrayed in history; it was fantastic to read a book about women who were ahead of their times and were determine ...more
2) Also pretty sure that telegrams were meant to be short, and something like this would be impractically, and more to the point expensively, long:
PLEASE INFORM RUBY SANDERS THAT HER FIANCE, FLIGHT LIEUTENANT THOMAS FRANCES, IS ALIVE. SURVIVED IMPOSSIBLE CONDITIONS AFTER DEPLOYING PARACHUTE. INJURIES INCLUDE BROKEN ARM, CRACKED RIBS, LEG TRAUMA AND BLEEDING FROM HEAD. FULL RECOVE...more
This is the story of three women that decided they could not stand by and see their flying skills go to waste during WWII. They did the unthinkable and left the safety of their families and one left behind her homeland. They all volunteered to help ferry planes for the British Air Transport Auxiliary thereby freeing male pilots to fly in “risky combat situations.”
May is the Senior Commander and takes her role very seriously as she knows the pilot’s lives are her respons ...more
Spitfire girls follows three women, two from England and one from the US. Elizabeth Dunlap is the feisty outspoken American, who would rather fly than breathe. Sent to England to co-train with a squadron of female pilots ferrying planes to different locations ...more
Soraya M Lane, Author of “The Spitfire Girls” has written a captivating, enthralling, intriguing and entertaining novel. The Genres for this book are Fiction, Women’s Fiction and Historical Fiction. The time-line for this novel is World War Two. The author describes her colorful cast of characters as complex, competitive and complicated.
Lizzie has been a pilot in the United States, and writes to Mrs. Roosevelt to ...more
Her next novel, The Secrets We Left Behind, will be published May 20th, 2021!
As a child, Soraya dreamed of becoming an author. Fast forward more than a few years, and Soraya is now living her dream! Soraya describes being an author as "the best career in the world", and she hopes to be wr ...more