From small-town America to a world on the cusp of World War II, Wings is an uplifting story about one woman's fight to fulfill her dreams. From her family's dusty farmland airstrip near Chicago, Cassie O'Malley would look at the planes shimmering in the moonlight and feel the pull of taking to the skies. Her First World War veteran father Pat wanted his son to be a pilot, not his reckless red-haired daughter. But her father's partner Nick, fellow air ace, was willing to break all the rules and teach her to fly. When Cassie is invited to California to become a test pilot, her record-breaking flights make her a media darling. Risking her life, in a world preparing for the Second World War, she decides to chart her own course and pursue her own destiny, whatever it might cost her...
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(178mm x 106mm x 34mm)
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From the Steel (The Gift, p. 504) cliche workshop, the romances of a good-hearted, gorgeous girl from Illinois farm country who leaves Dad's tiny airport to become a glamorous aviatrix between World Wars I and II. There's a necessary reference to the workings of planes but nothing to tax the reader bent on romance in this tale of Cassie O'Malley (one of Steel's stunning redheads), who has to fight the prejudice of father Pat, who believes women belong on the ground. Cassie grows up grease-monkeying around O'Malley's Airport and sneaking in flights with brother Chris (who doesn't care for planes). Then she secretly begins lessons with her father's WW I pal, Nick Galvin (when Cassie was a baby he arrived as "a fresh-faced kid...with a thatch of dark hair hanging into his blue eyes"). Cassie at 17 turns down the local grocer and falls in love with Nick, who returns her affection but thinks he's too old for her. Enter aircraft tycoon Desmond Williams, with "wavy blond hair and movie star good looks" - always a bad sign. Desmond offers Cassie a great job testing his planes, but it also involves publicity: press conferences, Hollywood escorts, smashing clothes, etc. Then, despite the obvious dangers in the war-bound 1940s, Desmond plans a world tour for Cassie. Nick (about to join the RAF) says no; a quarrel ensues, and Cassie marries Desmond thinking she loves him ("her silvery flesh shimmered next to his in the moonlight"). Cassie makes the tour with a (doomed) good friend as co-pilot; a crash on a desert island is followed by Pearl Harbor heroics. At the close Cassie joins an Air Force women's plane-ferrying unit (nicely researched by Janet Dailey in Silver Wings, Santiago Blue, 1984) and the lovers collide in each other's arms. For Steel fans, soothingly predictable; for others, deadly as a wait in baggage claims. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Danielle Steel
Danielle Steel is one of the world's most popular and highly acclaimed authors, with over ninety international bestselling novels in print and more than 600 million copies of her novels sold. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina's life and death; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless; and Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved. To discover more about Danielle Steel and her books visit her website at www.daniellesteel.com You can also connect with Danielle on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DanielleSteelOfficial or on Twitter: @daniellesteel