The Spitfire Girl in the Skies: A heartwarming and romantic WW2 saga

The Spitfire Girl in the Skies: A heartwarming and romantic WW2 saga

by Fenella J. Miller

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ISBN-13: 9781788548403
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Series: The Spitfire Girl , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Fenella J. Miller was born in the Isle of Man. Her father was a Yorkshire man and her mother the daughter of a Rajah. She has worked as a nanny, cleaner, field worker, hotelier, chef, secondary and primary teacher and is now a full time writer. She has over thirty-eight Regency romantic adventures published plus four Jane Austen variations, three Victorian sagas and seven WW2 family sagas. She lives in a pretty, riverside village in Essex with her husband and British Shorthair cat. She has two adult children and three grandchildren.

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The Spitfire Girl in the Skies: A heartwarming and romantic WW2 saga 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
gaele 16 days ago
Ellie has been flying and teaching pilots for a while now, and with the war on she’s gone to serve her country in one of the only positions open to women of the time, joining the Woman’s Auxiliary Air Force, working with radar to keep the British flyers safe. With her mother, Uncle and one brother siding with Hitler, and her favorite brother killed in the fighting, she’s grasping on to her fiancé – an RAF pilot from a well-to-do family and hoping to join the ATA – where she will be flying planes from one base to another as needed. With her flying experience and hours logged, as well as her skills, she is one of the best qualified for the position and soon is the first in her group to fly the Spitfire after her 2 years of work. Throughout the story, we see Ellie reconnect with her family, lose friends and her innocence, and as she’s finding that a quick marriage is what she wants, the subsequent heartbreak, closely followed by the loss of her fiancé after a crash has her determined to go it ‘alone’ and simply move forward. The book covers almost 2 years of time, with a couple of close friendships, moments celebrated and mourned, descriptions of air raids and privations, her determination to move forward and the more than welcome reconnection with Jack – a pilot and family friend who, after a stint in Africa, left the service, debated leaving England, and finally ended up in the ATA – regrouping and recollecting his own dreams with a cliffhanger ending on Ellie’s doorstep. I can’t explain just how easy it was to engage with Ellie and understand her frustrations (and joys) in her service. The tint of romance with her deceased fiancé, and her moving forward and pilot ever-more increasingly complicated aircraft, her abilities and determination are quietly and consistently showing her own rightness for service and the capability of the women, many who were begrudgingly offered positions, to perform as well as the men. With plenty of backstory (her time with her brother and Jack before the war) to investigate, and a cliffhanger that means this is sure to be continued, this was a story that was engaging, interesting and full of heart, if occasionally feeling far too modern in speech and phrases. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
GiaT 7 days ago
It is World War II. England has joined the fight to beat Hitler and his deadly regime. Wanting to serve her country, Ellie flies planes for the Air Transport Auxiliary transporting aircraft to and from the bases. Ellie embodies the Spitfire girl in the skies and the role of the courageous women pilots of WWII. War has broken Ellie’s family. Her favourite brother was killed in action. Her parent’s marriage is over – her father is about to remarry. Her mother and brother have disappeared, siding with Hitler. Ellie draws hope from the plans she and her handsome RAF pilot fiancé Greg have, to marry. Waiting until after the war seemed sensible, but Ellie has a change of heart and decides she wants to move their union forward. Neither of them saw the brewing scandal that was about to hit them and alter their futures drastically. All this time, there is Jack - Ellie’s deceased brother’s best friend. Dependable, supportive, more-like-a-brother-Jack. Torn between being the best friend she can always turn to, and wanting to express his undying love for her, Jack remains steadfastly by her side. But when Jack suffers a misfortune, he becomes insecure about whether he will ever stand a chance to win Ellie’s love. Cliff-hanger! Maintaining her courage and spirit with the help and support of the many friends she makes through her different flying assignments, we see Ellie’s character grow in resilience, strength and confidence. Fenella Miller does an incredible job of describing vividly the time of war; the siren warnings for incoming enemy attacks, the spartan living through the shortages of material wants and rationing of food. The careful attention to such detail has the reader flying, dodging bullet fire in a dogfight in the air, or peacefully gliding a plane across a blue, cloudless sky, and then running right next to the people fleeing for the safety of the bomb shelters, or visiting injured soldiers and those dying heroes who valiantly gave their lives for freedom. The Spitfire Girl in the Skies is a testament to those fiercely determined and heroic women who persisted on joining the fight for freedom of not just their country, but the whole world. Highly recommended. Thank you to NetGalley and Aria, for the read of Fenella J. Miller’s, The Spitfire Girl in the Skies.
KrisAnderson_TAR 12 days ago
The Spitfire Girl in the Skies picks up where The Spitfire Girl ends. I thought the story contained good writing with steady pacing. The author brought the past alive with her words. I was soaring in the plane with Ellie, watching the planes go over Glebe Farm, worrying about Jack when he lay unconscious in the hospital and avoiding getting bombed after the movie. I do not know how they managed to choke down the unappetizing food. I understand why they made toast in their room (despite regulations). The Spitfire Girl in the Skies contains realistic characters and situations. Ellie is a strong female character with a determined nature. She was in danger several times and manages to come out alive. Ellie is in love with Greg Dunlop despite their differences in their social stations. I did like how their story played out (I will not say more because I do not want to spoil it for you). The historical information woven into the story made The Spitfire Girl in the Skies realistic (enhanced it). I appreciated getting to see the different job women performed during WWII. Women could not fight on the front lines, but they still played pivotal roles. If women had done stepped up, there would not have been as many men on the front lines or in the skies. There is mild foul language in the story (just to let you know) and I do wish there had been a glossary provided for unfamiliar terms (Win Con, Mae West’s, NAAFI). My favorite phrase from the book is “tickety boo”. I look forward to finding out what happens to Ellie Simpson in the next book (her story is not finished).
Anonymous 17 days ago
The Spitfire Girl in the Skies By Fenella J. Miller I truly felt pulled back in time reading this book; so much so that I didn’t always understand the lingo right away. Fortunately, I don’t get too hung up on such things and kept reading allowing me to figure out general meanings of phrases eventually. I normally read Christian novels however I enjoyed reading this book as it was pretty clean. This is the second in Fenella J. Millers series following Ellie and Jack as they set off to fly during WW2. I did not read the first novel and think that it was easily read without the first. I was disappointed however with the ending. It was abrupt and left no real conclusion. After finishing the book, I read reviews of the first of the series and realized that it was also left off in the same manner. I’m not a fan of this but if you don’t mind waiting… I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion which I share here. https://simplyannehere.wordpress.com
GraceJReviewerlady 17 days ago
I really loved the first book in this series, and jumped at the chance to read and review this second one. I wasn't disappointed! Now that Britain is in the throes of war, life for Ellie Simpson has changed; now an ATA girl, she works once again using her flying skills to deliver planes to where they are needed most, up and down the country.  With the ever-mounting threat of invasion, life is busy for Ellie but there is always time to worry about family and friends, although keeping in touch isn't all that easy.  This is a wonderful sequel; following all the characters from the first book whilst introducing new ones and with several stories to follow, it kept my attention from first to last. The information on the ATA and the RAF - along with the WRAF - are not only interesting but a wonderful reminder of just how much those in the services, along with everyone else in this country, contributed to the war effort. This is an endearing and enthralling story, and one I enjoyed from the first word to the last. As we left the action with the war continuing, I'm hoping there will be more to come in this memorable and very satisfying series. With flawless writing and a polished story, I highly recommend it!
3C 19 days ago
The Spitfire Girl in the Skies would be an enjoyable read for those who appreciate World War II historical fiction or light romance. Fenella Miller both educates and entertains us with this not well known aspect of women serving their country. Ellie Simpson is determined, as are all the Air Transport Auxiliary girls, to "do their part" for the war, just as their brothers and boyfriends are heading for the front lines. The author paints a picture with words, as I feel I am flying the planes or listening to bomb blasts or eating the barely palpable mess food. Enjoying history, I have read a number of books regarding the war, along with hearing many stories from family members who served. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.