“Soar Like Eagles” by Terri Wangard

“Soar Like Eagles” is book three in the Promise for Tomorrow series by Terri Wangard.  First of all, this book is definitely written in my favorite genre.  I love historical novels set in World War II.  This book was different because it was written about the Red Cross Doughnut Girls who went to England to staff canteens and to pass out doughnuts and coffee to our boys serving overseas.

Carol Doucet is the young woman in this story who desires to do her part in the war.  She is a society reporter for her hometown paper, but wants to do something worthwhile.  She and friends join the Red Cross in order to be of service, and for some girls, to meet young men.  Carol longs to follow the troops into the battle areas, but has no idea of the hardships and sorrows, danger and heartbreak that it brings.  She is serving in a canteen in the states when she meets a young airman, Chet.  They feel an instant rapport and both are saddened that they may never meet again.  However, Carol is assigned to one of the airbases in England that Chet flies out of.  She doesn’t want to marry him because of the danger they both fact and she doesn’t want that fear.  After the invasion of France, Carol follows the battles to help the morale of the soldiers by bringing a little cheer in the form of doughnuts and coffee to them.  It reminds them of home.

I was totally engaged in the story of this novel.  I thought the descriptive writing about the battle areas and the horrors of war were very convincing.  The chances that Carol and Chet will meet again seem remote, however, nothing is impossible.  I know readers will enjoy this novel, not only because of the historical significance, but also because of the characters, which you will love.

 

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