Saturday 21 August 2021

πŸ“– Hist Fic Saturday ~ Bobby's War by Shirley Mann


On Hist Fic Saturday

Let's go back to ...1942

18 March 2021

My thanks to the publishers for my copy of this book

Romantic Novel of the Year (RoNa's) Award for Romantic Saga Award (2021)

It's 1942 and Bobby Hollis has joined the Air Transport Auxiliary in a team known as the 'glamour girls' - amazing women who pilot aircraft all around the country.

Bobby always wanted to escape life on the family farm and the ATA seemed like the perfect opportunity for her. But there's always something standing in her way. Like a demanding father, who wants to marry her off to a rich man. And the family secrets that threaten to engulf everything.

As Bobby navigates her way through life, and love, she has to learn that controlling a huge, four-engined bomber might just be easier than controlling her own life..

πŸ“– My Thoughts..

Roberta 'Bobby' Hollis is one of an elite band of young women trained to deliver aircraft all around the country, from the unwieldy Wellingtons, to the nifty Spitfires, the girls of the Air Transport Auxiliary are more than a match for their male counterparts, and face just as much pressure to act swiftly, and competently, often in the face of great personal danger. 

Bobby has escaped her rather stifled life on the family farm, a place which is filled with sadness and discontent but as part of the ATA Bobby not only joins a group of strong and determined women, but in leaving her problems behind, Bobby discovers more about herself in the process. Moving between the airfields of England the story captures both the glamour, and sometimes the mundanity, of being in  the ATA, whilst at the same time offers a glimpse into what is happening both on the home front, and in the dangerous corners of occupied France.

Beautifully written, with interesting characters, and a strong story line, Bobby's War describes the vital importance of the ATA's contribution to the war effort and highlights the work of these brave young women in a fascinating story about loyalty, friendship and love.

About the Author

Shirley Mann is a Derbyshire based journalist who spent most of her career at the BBC. her first novel, Lily's War, was inspired by Shirley's mother who was a WAAF, and her father who was in the Eighth Army. Bobby's War is her second novel. 

Twitter @ shirleymann07 #BobbysWar


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