It is 1940 and Britain is at war with Germany. In London, eighteen-year-old Susan Banks longs to do her duty. Her secret ambition is to learn to fly - to serve her country and realise her dream. But she knows it is out of the question for a girl like her; a foundling, unwanted and unloved and dependent on strangers for her welfare.
Just as she fears she will be trapped forever in a life of servitude and loneliness, she meets Tony Richards, a flying instructor based in Hampshire. And when she is forced to flee London, she heads out into the country. She is taken in by the kindly landlord of the local inn and his daughter. As Susan works hard to earn her keep, and her friendship with Tony - now recalled to duty - blossoms into love, she dares to hope that things are at last looking up for her. But then she receives devastating news - Tony is missing in action. And Susan wonders if she'll ever see the man she loves again and realise her dream of becoming a Spitfire girl...
It’s come to my attention that I don’t read as many books of this genre as you would think. Given that myself & Mr D spend many summer weekends dressing up and displaying vehicles at old airfields, dancing to the music and generally being part of that scene. I think it's because I assume they will all be very much alike, you know, read one and you’ve read them all kind of thing..
My sister actually bought me this book last Christmas and it has sat on my shelf ever since.
I eventually, in my mission to read all my to-be-reads, picked it up and got on with it.
I liked it. I liked Susan, & her determination to make something of herself. I like the fact that reading this type of books you do learn little bits and pieces about the war time, & the jobs people did. It’s a good way to take things in, especially remembering the boring history lessons at school. (where btw we learned really useful things like how Egyptians live…, how cavemen cooked their supper…and didn’t once read a book about either the first or second world wars. Always wondered about that.)
I wonder if I read another of Lily’s books it would be like reading Catherine Cookson, the same type of poor girl comes good but in a different era. Maybe. I wouldn’t mind finding out.
The book takes you from the streets of London, to the country side, to the RAF airfields where Susan dreams of flying a Spitfire.
There is of course romance, and of course as always I could have shouted at Susan more than once, but in a nice way.
Can you believe that in two weeks Christmas will be over!?
I’m going out tonight with Mr D & some friends for a Mexican meal. I may even wear my new shoes .