The Spitfire girl in the skies by

Glebe Farm didn't seem like home any more now that her brother Neil was buried.
–Fenella J. Miller - The spitfire girl in the skies - c.2019

Spitfire Girls ; book 2

I know we’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but when I saw the cover for my next book club read I’ll admit that I groaned a little.

Also, it is the second book in a series, I mean, who chooses book two as a read for a book club?

Nevertheless I duly requested the book from the library, and then got my notification on Friday that it was available for download just as I finished a book. So I read it.

It is the story of Ellie Simpson who signs up to be an ATA pilot during World War II, but it is more about her relationship with her fiancee Jack and her best friend Greg. Or maybe that should be the other way around, I’m afraid neither had much character to make them stick in my mind. And Ellie wasn’t much better.

It felt like a soap-style book. Undemanding.

But I do know that there is a huge market for these books, and part of me can understand why. It was easy enough to read, there are no big questions or investigations. The whole way through you really know what’s going to happen, and even the most perilous of situations never actually feel dangerous. And it is competently written.

So if that’s what you are looking for then this may be your book. Personally I prefer a bit more to my books, so this wasn’t my cup of tea. And then to top it off I didn’t even go to the book club as I was at a meeting in Dublin and didn’t make it back in time.

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