||Jan 11 1999
In World War II, Captain Kim Thomson struggles to prove her worth as a pilot, while fighting her attraction for her commanding officer, Brigadier General Mark Lansing.
Top graduate of an experimental program to train women as pilots in Britain, Captain Kimberly Thomson struggles to prove her worth in the man's world of the U.S. Army Air Corps of 1942. Complicating her life further is her transfer to the 816th Bomb Group commanded by the virile, handsome but dedicated to duty, Brigadier General Mark Lansing. Tempers, sparks and passions fly as both struggle to deal with their feelings for each and their commitment to duty.
Mark fights his attraction for this spirited officer under his command. He's impressed by Kim's leadership abilities, her courage and stubborn determination to give to the war effort until it hurts. But he could not know those very attributes he comes to love will lead her into danger where her knowledge of flight will be needed to save both their lives.
Air raid sirens took up their wailing warning. The bombing on London started up for yet another night. Mary's gaze rose toward the ceiling as if trying to see through the roof. Her shoulders pressed upward while her body shrank downward. It was an unconscious effort to make herself a smaller target. She reached out for Kim's hand.
"Here we go again," Kim muttered, her pleasant regard of General Lansing dissolving. "Haven't we suffered enough?"
"I hate this!" said Mary, her face fading to a shade favored by the undead. "Are we too close to the docks?"
Kim shook her head. "I think we should be okay."
The rumble of the airplanes grew louder. The very air seemed to vibrate from the sound of their engines.
"The gas works!" Cried an old man wearing a tattered overcoat. "They're headed for the gas works."
"Is that far from here?" Mary asked Kim.
She shrugged and shook her head. The lights on the ceiling started shaking.
Scribes World Review
The unusual setting of this story, in an era many writers shy away from tackling, particularly in a romance, made for a refreshing change from the usual historical fare. Ms Olds did not avoid confronting the ugliness of the time but, from the opening air raid to the final nail-biting flight, she managed to convey an authentic picture without resorting to gratuitous violence. This made her simple tale of love triumphing, even in the midst of such dark times in our history, all the sweeter.
Bell, Book & Candle
You will love the charm and beauty of this story of the trials that the women of war endured, also the love story that Ms. Old's entwines will leave you so enchanted. This is a very talented lady. EXCELLENT!! 4 BELLS!!
A reader's comment--
Brigadier is an exciting, absorbing book. It's the kind that makes me say
things like: "Yes, honey, you can have six of your friends to sleep over
tonight. Sure, honey, call out for pizza. Of course, dear, you can go out to
the mall. Yes, take your dad's credit card . . . Of course, go ahead and buy
that computer game."
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