Flying Angels By Danielle Steel

Picked by: 
Jane

Flying Angels is a story about the brave young women that became nurses during World War II. When Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941, life changed and for four young American nurses and two British nurses with different backgrounds, it was dramatic.

Audrey grew up in Annapolis in a family of generations of military men. Her brother followed in the family footsteps and became a pilot.  Audrey’s mom is seriously ill and Audrey decides to become a nurse so she can better treat her dying mother. While going to nursing school she meets Lizzie, a girl from Boston who comes from a family of doctors and nurses. Lizzie wanted to be a doctor also, but her parents did not think it suitable for a woman.

After Audrey’s mom dies, she decides to join Lizzie and enlist in the elite Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron where they risk their lives in daily flights to rescue wounded soldiers. There they meet Alex, who became a talented nurse against the wishes of her very wealthy family. Alex sees her family as superficial and snobbish. She joins the MAET because she wants to make a difference in the world.  Louise is a bright girl and an excellent nurse that has faced prejudice growing up in the south. She too wants to make a difference in the world. When she is assigned to England, she does not find the same prejudice that she faced in her home state.

When the four Americans are assigned to Royal Air Force in England they meet Pru and Emma. Pru comes from a family that is well off and generous. They have opened their estate to the care of orphans of the war. Pru is a born leader and helps the American girls adjust. Emma comes from a poorer part of England and has been on her own since she was 15. She is a strong and brave girl that always puts others before herself.

Together this group of young girls face death every day as they risk their own lives in the flights to save injured soldiers. They also face unbearable losses in their own families and friends. As their four year tour of duty ends they go on with their lives no longer as girls, but as strong woman ready to face the uncertainty of what going home will be like.

Danielle Steel presents a tribute to the courage of these nurses and shows them as symbols of bravery and valor.  You won’t want to put it down.

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