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USA Today bestselling author Marty Wingate's historical debut will delight readers of Kelly Rimmer's The Things We Cannot Say and Noelle Salazar's The Flight Girls. During World War II, farmer's daughter Rosalie Wright becomes a pilot assisting the RAF. But will a romantic rivalry send her aerial dreams plummeting to earth? Ever since she was 10 years old, Rosalie Wright's e USA Today bestselling author Marty Wingate's historical debut will delight readers of Kelly Rimmer's The Things We Cannot Say and Noelle Salazar's The Flight Girls. During World War II, farmer's daughter Rosalie Wright becomes a pilot assisting the RAF. But will a romantic rivalry send her aerial dreams plummeting to earth? Ever since she was 10 years old, Rosalie Wright's eyes have been on the skies. But at the age of 18, on the verge of earning her pilot's license, the English farmer's daughter watches her dreams of becoming an aviatrix fly away without her. Britain's entry into World War II brings civilian aviation to a standstill. Then, Rosalie's father dies, leaving her, her mother, and her brothers to run the farm. Everything changes when she learns that the Air Transport Authority is recruiting women pilots to ferry warplanes across Britain to RAF bases. Despite her mother's objections, Rosalie cannot resist the call of her country--and the lure of the skies. During her training on Gipsy Moth aircraft, Rosalie forms a fast friendship with fellow flyer Caroline Andrews. Her trusty Ferry Pilots Notebook by her side, Rosalie delivers to five airfields in a day--while fighting an endless battle against skeptical male pilots and ground crews. She would much rather spend her time on the wing than on the arm of any man...until she meets gruff pilot Snug Durrant and RAF squadron leader Alan Chersey. Snug is a cynical, wisecracking playboy, and Alan is every WAAF's heartthrob...and Rosalie catches both their eyes. As the war drags on, and casualties mount, will love and tragedy send Rosalie's exhilarating airborne life crashing to the ground?


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USA Today bestselling author Marty Wingate's historical debut will delight readers of Kelly Rimmer's The Things We Cannot Say and Noelle Salazar's The Flight Girls. During World War II, farmer's daughter Rosalie Wright becomes a pilot assisting the RAF. But will a romantic rivalry send her aerial dreams plummeting to earth? Ever since she was 10 years old, Rosalie Wright's e USA Today bestselling author Marty Wingate's historical debut will delight readers of Kelly Rimmer's The Things We Cannot Say and Noelle Salazar's The Flight Girls. During World War II, farmer's daughter Rosalie Wright becomes a pilot assisting the RAF. But will a romantic rivalry send her aerial dreams plummeting to earth? Ever since she was 10 years old, Rosalie Wright's eyes have been on the skies. But at the age of 18, on the verge of earning her pilot's license, the English farmer's daughter watches her dreams of becoming an aviatrix fly away without her. Britain's entry into World War II brings civilian aviation to a standstill. Then, Rosalie's father dies, leaving her, her mother, and her brothers to run the farm. Everything changes when she learns that the Air Transport Authority is recruiting women pilots to ferry warplanes across Britain to RAF bases. Despite her mother's objections, Rosalie cannot resist the call of her country--and the lure of the skies. During her training on Gipsy Moth aircraft, Rosalie forms a fast friendship with fellow flyer Caroline Andrews. Her trusty Ferry Pilots Notebook by her side, Rosalie delivers to five airfields in a day--while fighting an endless battle against skeptical male pilots and ground crews. She would much rather spend her time on the wing than on the arm of any man...until she meets gruff pilot Snug Durrant and RAF squadron leader Alan Chersey. Snug is a cynical, wisecracking playboy, and Alan is every WAAF's heartthrob...and Rosalie catches both their eyes. As the war drags on, and casualties mount, will love and tragedy send Rosalie's exhilarating airborne life crashing to the ground?

30 review for Glamour Girls

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karren Sandercock

    Rosalie Wright grew up at Lime Farm in Cambridgeshire a county in the East of England with her older brothers Will and Leslie. Rosalie’s ten when the flying circus visits town, her dad let her go for a joy ride, she loved it and she was determined to learn to fly. Her mum thought her daughters dream was a lot of nonsense and Rosalie didn't change her mind and earned her own money to pay for her flying lessons. Just as Rosalie’s about to turn 18, WW II begins and her dad suddenly passes away. Will Rosalie Wright grew up at Lime Farm in Cambridgeshire a county in the East of England with her older brothers Will and Leslie. Rosalie’s ten when the flying circus visits town, her dad let her go for a joy ride, she loved it and she was determined to learn to fly. Her mum thought her daughters dream was a lot of nonsense and Rosalie didn't change her mind and earned her own money to pay for her flying lessons. Just as Rosalie’s about to turn 18, WW II begins and her dad suddenly passes away. Will and Leslie are exempt from fighting in the war, the country needs farmers to grow food and why can’t Rosalie be content helping on the farm like her brothers? Her mother isn’t happy about her plans to join the new Women’s Air Transport Auxiliary, Gladys is old fashioned and rather stubborn. They need women pilots to ferry planes around England’s and Scotland’s many RAF bases. Rosalie applies; she passes her training and is assigned to Hamble. Billeted with Mrs. May, Rosalie becomes best friends with her fellow housemates and ATA pilots Caroline Andrews and Zofia Pasek. I loved reading about the time the Rosalie, Caroline, Zofia and Mrs. May spend together in her little house. Rosalie and her fellow members of Women’s Air Transport Auxiliary face terrible discrimination from male pilots and ground crew. Rosalie meets two male pilots grumpy Snug Durrant and Alan Chersey he’s handsome and charming. Snug and Alan are very different and it becomes very obvious while reading the story who’s the nicer person. The war years continue the danger and stress increase. The women in the ATA fly all types of damaged and broken planes around the country; they never know what will happen during a flight and where they will end up staying the night. For the men and women the pressure and danger becomes extreme, all the pilots are so tired, nerves are frazzled and it takes its toll. I really enjoyed reading Glamour Girls; it’s a story about WW II, planes, flying, friendship, camaraderie, loss and unexpected love. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review; it’s brilliant and five stars from me. https://karrenreadsbooks.blogspot.com/

  2. 4 out of 5

    linda hole

    I love historical fiction, especially the ww2 era. Where get to know what men and women did under the bleak era i our history. But Even the. Book was about that, it fell through for me. Some parts Of the book felt to rushed and to thin. I wanted to know more about the Main characters in this book.. But thank you to netgalley for letting me read This e arc in exchange for an honest opinion

  3. 5 out of 5

    Soraya Lane

    A thoroughly heart-warming and enjoyable book about the amazing women of the ATA during WWII. It will make you smile and also bring a tear to the eye, and the ending was lovely. Recommend to women's fiction readers. A thoroughly heart-warming and enjoyable book about the amazing women of the ATA during WWII. It will make you smile and also bring a tear to the eye, and the ending was lovely. Recommend to women's fiction readers.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shirley McAllister

    Up in the Sky This is a story of the A.T.A. (Air Transport Auxiliary) girls. These brave women transported the airplanes between bases to the soldiers to fly during WWII. They flew in all types of conditions and in all types of planes. Many of them perished in the air but the other's kept flying. This is an important point in history, especially when during that time period in Britain women were not allowed those type of jobs. The war changed everything. As horrible as it was it did bring opportu Up in the Sky This is a story of the A.T.A. (Air Transport Auxiliary) girls. These brave women transported the airplanes between bases to the soldiers to fly during WWII. They flew in all types of conditions and in all types of planes. Many of them perished in the air but the other's kept flying. This is an important point in history, especially when during that time period in Britain women were not allowed those type of jobs. The war changed everything. As horrible as it was it did bring opportunities for women to broaden their horizons in a variety of different occupations. Dangerous and Daring these women served their country. Rosalie wanted to fly since she was ten years old and went up in a plane at a circus with her father. She leaves the farm and becomes an ATA pilot. Living in quarters at Mrs. May's they become close friends. I loved the characters, Rosalie, Caro, Zofia, Pamela, Snug, and Allen. Rosalie's family on the farm, Caro's dad Dr. Andrews and of course Mrs. May. You will follow with their flying adventures, their families, and their romances. The challenges, the heartaches and the love they all had for each other. It is a heartwarming story you will enjoy reading and remember for a long time. It is even more so knowing that many of the events and places are actual events that happened during WWII. The food, the clothing, the rationing and the sights and sounds of the War times. The book was very well written and a joy to read. I would recommend it. Thanks to Marty Wingate, Alcove Press, and NetGalley for allowing me to read a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    "Glamour Girls" by Marty Wingate is a WWII era historical novel that centers on the life of Rosalie Wright and her earlier adventures before the war and through World War Il as a member of the Air Transport Authority Auxiliary. She exemplifies England and how each person contributed to the war effort in whatever way that they could. Rosie joined a special breed of women fliers that were unique in that era and dearly needed to fill a role of flying planes across England while allowing their male c "Glamour Girls" by Marty Wingate is a WWII era historical novel that centers on the life of Rosalie Wright and her earlier adventures before the war and through World War Il as a member of the Air Transport Authority Auxiliary. She exemplifies England and how each person contributed to the war effort in whatever way that they could. Rosie joined a special breed of women fliers that were unique in that era and dearly needed to fill a role of flying planes across England while allowing their male counterparts to do airplane battle duty. "Life's adventures are only possible because of life's challenges." Mike Dooley Marty Wingate's special gift as an author appears when she reveals to us the secrets of some of her characters. Each of these who persevered, some against all odds, had someone in their lives who supported, cared, and believed in them always. This journey places the readers in a setting and time unfamiliar to us, perhaps even a more simpler time than today. We explore their values, dedication to duty, friendships, loves, and sorrows, and realize that there is always a universal essence to life that does not change. We all live and celebrate life's challenges. Thank you to the publishers and Net Galley for an e-ARC to review honestly.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kayleigh 2babesandabookshelf

    I love historical fiction novels that are written with a strong female as the main character. Glamour Girls is no exception - I absolutely ADORED reading about the women of the A.T.A (Air Transport Auxiliary) and Rosalie Wright is a force to be reckoned with! This book will make you laugh, cry and smile in 298 short pages. A lovely novel that showcases women's strength and resiliency during WW2. I loved this one - and I think you will too! A huge thank you to @alcovepress for my {gifted} copy. I love historical fiction novels that are written with a strong female as the main character. Glamour Girls is no exception - I absolutely ADORED reading about the women of the A.T.A (Air Transport Auxiliary) and Rosalie Wright is a force to be reckoned with! This book will make you laugh, cry and smile in 298 short pages. A lovely novel that showcases women's strength and resiliency during WW2. I loved this one - and I think you will too! A huge thank you to @alcovepress for my {gifted} copy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Moony (The Burglar Baggins) MeowPoff

    I got this eARC from Netgalley in exhange for a honest review DNF 55% The start of the book seemed interesting at first and Rosalie was an alright character, but i still ended up losing interest quickly. I ended up being bored and found myself not caring about the characters or the romantic interests.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Susie

    Fans of Pam Jenoff or Kate Quinn will enjoy reading "Glamour Girls" by Marty Wingate . Following the story of a young woman who signs up to be a pilot in Britain's Air Transport Auxiliary service during World War II, readers get a close up look at life in Britain during the war. The female pilots are charged with flying planes between bases so that the Royal Air Force has the planes it needs at all times. The women pilots fly without radios and ammunition, and often the planes are being transfer Fans of Pam Jenoff or Kate Quinn will enjoy reading "Glamour Girls" by Marty Wingate . Following the story of a young woman who signs up to be a pilot in Britain's Air Transport Auxiliary service during World War II, readers get a close up look at life in Britain during the war. The female pilots are charged with flying planes between bases so that the Royal Air Force has the planes it needs at all times. The women pilots fly without radios and ammunition, and often the planes are being transferred between bases because they need repairs, making the flights even more treacherous. While "Glamour Girls" does describe the flights and mechanics of how the Air Transport Auxiliary works, the story also focuses on the personal lives of the main characters which include romances, friendships, and family dynamics. We see what it was like to have so many people displaced into new towns and regions by the war and the challenges of managing a household during rationing. The story was engrossing and captivated my attention from the first chapter. I stayed up late finishing the book because I had to see how things turned out at the end of the war. I will be looking for additional books by Marty Wingate!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne Spencer

    Marty Wingate can tell a good story, and she does so here with the story of a young female pilot in the Air Transport Auxiliary during WW2 in England. In a time when women were still expected to do "women's work", Rosalie pursues her passion for flying airplanes while learning about life beyond the confines of her family farm. Great historical details make this an engaging story. Marty Wingate can tell a good story, and she does so here with the story of a young female pilot in the Air Transport Auxiliary during WW2 in England. In a time when women were still expected to do "women's work", Rosalie pursues her passion for flying airplanes while learning about life beyond the confines of her family farm. Great historical details make this an engaging story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    smokeandmirrors

    A light, well-researched novel about one of the female pilots in Britain's ATA force during WWII with a lot to recommend it. The period details were, along with being well-researched, well-distributed throughout the book, as were the processes and exploits of the pilots in the Air Transport Auxiliary. The story follows the POV and experiences of one character, and I have read enough split-POV books recently that I actively enjoyed this; I actually ended up wishing that the book had more characte A light, well-researched novel about one of the female pilots in Britain's ATA force during WWII with a lot to recommend it. The period details were, along with being well-researched, well-distributed throughout the book, as were the processes and exploits of the pilots in the Air Transport Auxiliary. The story follows the POV and experiences of one character, and I have read enough split-POV books recently that I actively enjoyed this; I actually ended up wishing that the book had more character-anchored introspection, ha. Our protagonist is extremely oblivious to interpersonal dramas around her and correspondingly quite clueless about her own emotions, and while I felt this was done well I couldn't help but wish for, perhaps, a slightly more emotionally literate heroine. She does improve towards the end, though! All the characters felt well-drawn; I am perennially uncomfortable with love triangles, but I thought this one was handled well, with a surprising amount of sympathy for all parties involved. In attempting to describe this book, the adjectives coming to mind are things like quick, light, easy. I don't think this book engaged overly much with themes and character development; it did not feel so much About anything as it did a narrative account of one person's wartime experiences. This is not a bad thing in itself but I suppose it ends up colouring my reading and descriptive choices. There are insinuations about home, family, friendship, and found-family; there are recurring mentions of the novel working-women situation; there are multiple romantic subplots; there is one appearance of an interesting love-vs-duty dichotomy which was not raised again, to my disappointment. Rosalie starts the novel wanting to fly planes and basically never wavers in this; there is one chapter where she convalesces on her family farm after a crash which I think is supposed to represent her low point, but even here she seems fairly happily pro-plane, so later declarations that she had to be saved and veritably pushed back into the cockpit don't make much sense. She starts dating and breaks up with a guy with almost equal equanimity; this was the one source of possible Fight that I could see and it didn't pan out that way. She has an arch nemesis in the flying squad with whom she ends up peacefully reconciling. The biggest fight of the novel happened off screen back at the family home and is resolved basically when she shows up. I think what I'm saying is that, in this war novel, there wasn't enough conflict? But then, there's nothing wrong with a cruising, plot-focused journey, with most of the conflict coming from the exterior element that is the war. Ultimately this was a quick, easy read in a genre I like, and I enjoyed the experience. Thank you to NetGalley and Alcove Press for an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    Farmer's daughter Rosalie has dreamt of flying ever since she was a young girl. As a young adult, though, when Britain entered World War 2 and civilian aviation opportunities dried up, she thought her dream was dead. Then she learns that the ATA (Air Transport Authority) is recruiting female pilots to ferry planes from Britain to RAF bases. She is determined to prove to her family – and skeptical male pilots and crews – that women can do the job just as well as men, despite her unexpectedly comp Farmer's daughter Rosalie has dreamt of flying ever since she was a young girl. As a young adult, though, when Britain entered World War 2 and civilian aviation opportunities dried up, she thought her dream was dead. Then she learns that the ATA (Air Transport Authority) is recruiting female pilots to ferry planes from Britain to RAF bases. She is determined to prove to her family – and skeptical male pilots and crews – that women can do the job just as well as men, despite her unexpectedly complicated personal life. I have enjoyed several of Ms. Wingate's mystery series, so I was excited to see how she would handle not only a stand alone, but a historical fiction book as well. Fortunately, this book lived up to my expectations, and once I started reading, it was hard to put down. Earlier this year, I read a nonfiction book (The Women with Silver Wings) that dealt with a similar topic here in the US, so I was already familiar with the attitudes and obstacles these women had to overcome. I think this made it easier for me to concentrate on the story in this book, since I didn't have to stop reading as often due to indignation and disbelief :) As the mother of a child who announced his intent to become a pilot when he was 9 years old, and who achieved that goal despite numerous obstacles in his way, it was easy to imagine how driven Rosalie was to pursue her dream, and how excited she must have been when she learned she had a chance to continue to fly. I liked the other characters in the story, and had no trouble picturing the settings as well. I look forward to reading more of this author's writing, both series books and stand alones. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    ♥Milica♥

    Aside from a couple of slow parts, this book was perfect to me. Everything from the cover to the historical notes (which I will definitely be checking out) at the end. As someone who's studying aeronautics at university, I enjoyed how flying was presented in Glamour Girls in particular. Sometimes it's hard to describe how it feels to be up in the air, piloting your own aircraft but Marty Wingate did it justice. I'm so happy. The characters were all likeable and I adore the friendship between Rosa Aside from a couple of slow parts, this book was perfect to me. Everything from the cover to the historical notes (which I will definitely be checking out) at the end. As someone who's studying aeronautics at university, I enjoyed how flying was presented in Glamour Girls in particular. Sometimes it's hard to describe how it feels to be up in the air, piloting your own aircraft but Marty Wingate did it justice. I'm so happy. The characters were all likeable and I adore the friendship between Rosalie, Caro and Zofia. I wish we had even more of it in the book before the one event happened which I won't mention so I don't spoil it. Rosalie's family was very pleasant as well, I'm glad they all got their own happy ending. Now for the boys - Alan seemed too good to be true, I knew there had to be a catch, and I was rooting for Snug from the very beginning. And I can't forget to mention the LGBT inclusion! I wasn't expecting it but it was a nice addition. The history in Glamour Girls is well researched, I'd say. Some scenes remind me of stories my mother would tell me and it warms my heart. I love this book. You reading this, yes you, you should get this book. I mean it. Get it. It's amazing. Okay? Okay. *Huge thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review*

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tommi Powell

    Wingate, a cozy mystery writer, slid quite easily into the historical genre, and Glamour Girls is a quick and easy read with much of the violence of war (and pleasures of sex) happening off page. In addition to war-time depictions, Wingate does grapple with rather heavy topics of the time (homosexuality, premarital sex, children born outside of wedlock, gender norms, societal norms, etc.); but her tone remains light and any conflict is brief and readily resolved, a formula to her writing that is Wingate, a cozy mystery writer, slid quite easily into the historical genre, and Glamour Girls is a quick and easy read with much of the violence of war (and pleasures of sex) happening off page. In addition to war-time depictions, Wingate does grapple with rather heavy topics of the time (homosexuality, premarital sex, children born outside of wedlock, gender norms, societal norms, etc.); but her tone remains light and any conflict is brief and readily resolved, a formula to her writing that is very much reminiscent of a comfortable cozy. The novel centers around Rosalie (Rags to her brothers) Wright, a young girl who longs to leave the farm life for the skies. For her eleventh birthday, she convinces her adoring father to take her to the Flying Circus. He pays for her to go up twice, and she is hooked. Her father promises her flying lesson when she is old enough. For the next several years, she saves her money and, much to her mother’s chagrin, never gives up on her dream of being a pilot. When the novel opens, she’s had several lessons but has been grounded just a few flight hours short of getting her license due to the war; her instructor says the planes will be needed for things a bit more important than teaching a girl to fly. Rosalie’s nearly given up until she reads an article about Pauline Grower, a pilot who had been appointed to the Women’s Division of the Air Transport Auxiliary – the head of the women ferry pilots who assist war efforts by ferrying planes to where the Royal Air Force needs them. She’s initially denied due to her incomplete experience, but through sheer determination and grit, she’s admitted. The women ferry pilots, known as Glamour Girls or Attagirls, are a remarkable lot – both the fictional women in Wingate’s novel, and the very real women who inspired the novel. These women would fly numerous hours a day, ferrying planes to where they were needed. Once they landed, they might have enough time for a cup of tea before they were up in the skies again. They weren’t trained on all the planes, but they flew all the planes. Their knowledge came from Ferry Pilots Notes, with new pages being added as new planes joined the war. The women had to fly the planes low, their only navigation a knowledge of English typography and their own eyesight. The planes were unarmed, and the women would have to use their skill and quick-thinking to maneuver away from enemy planes and other dangers. Often the planes being ferried needed repairs, rendering them not the safest. Engines cut midflight and emergency landings were a common occurrence in the open fields of the English countryside. These women pilots were phenomenal, taking to the skies to risk their very lives for home and country despite being doubted and disrespected by many. Rosalie loves what she does; she is never more comfortable than she is in the skies. Through her experiences as a ferry pilot and her relationships with other pilots, including the brief love triangle with Snug and Alan Chersey, Rosalie finds her wings and her voice. It’s an uplifting story about a remarkable woman who came running when needed. Glamour Girls is a light read about a heavy time in history. Inspired by a true story, it shines a light on the bravery and joy of the Attagirls, as well as the risks and sacrifices they took for home and country. I would recommend this novel to fans of historical fiction as well as fans of sweet romance and cozy mysteries. It’s a comforting candy of a read that reminds us how resilient and amazing women truly are. *I was provided an advanced copy by the publisher for my honest review.*

  14. 4 out of 5

    Theodene

    Back during wartime, while the boys were off fighting, the girls were left doing all the things back home. This included being pilots flying as an air taxi in England. Somehow, there were all these women who were flying from here to there to deliver planes or even people to other parts of the area. Glamour Girls by Marty Wingate is about these ATA pilots and the challenges and relationships built during the time. These ladies were fantastically called the Attagirls! I just love that term! Is that Back during wartime, while the boys were off fighting, the girls were left doing all the things back home. This included being pilots flying as an air taxi in England. Somehow, there were all these women who were flying from here to there to deliver planes or even people to other parts of the area. Glamour Girls by Marty Wingate is about these ATA pilots and the challenges and relationships built during the time. These ladies were fantastically called the Attagirls! I just love that term! Is that where it originated? Well, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, it originated in 1917 as a term “used to express encouragement, approval, or admiration to a woman or girl.” Anywho, Rosalie Wright is one of these ATA pilots. She had a fascination for flying at a young age and her father took her to flying lessons at 16. While her mother wasn’t so fond of her little girl desiring to do something meant for the men, Rosalie’s desire to fly never wavered. She willingly kept pressing to fly, even as the war started. Rosalie is the main character, but her friend Caro is my favorite. Caro seems to be able to read people and was a mentor for Rosalie, not only for flying, but in life and relationships as well. She has a stable good head on her shoulders and is confident and observant. She’s the perfect friend! My favorite part of the book is when Rosalie’s comrade, Snug, lands in her family farm to see how she’s doing after she suffered a serious concussion. She was sent home for a few weeks to recover. It means a lot when a good friend actually flies to your farm to check in on you! Snug is very patient with Rosalie and patiently waits for her to understand that he’ll always be there for her. Okay. So I’m totally blown away with these female pilots! I don’t know any female pilots now, I can’t imagine the struggle it might have been for these ladies to take on such a job in the middle of a war! Even though they weren’t in the battle zone, that didn’t mean they wouldn’t be shot at! A digital ARC of Glamour Girls was provided complimentary by Alcove Press via NetGalley. While a review is not required, I enjoy writing one because I know it helps readers and authors alike. I give this book 4 out of 5 tiaras because Rosalie became a good friend and I enjoyed the adventures with her.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kristine~ReadALittleAndWineAboutIt

    You know those books that stand out? Not because they have anything particularly new or shocking, but because their story grabbed you so completely that you devoured it in 24-48 hours? Yeah, this was that book for me. Rosalie has dreamed of becoming a pilot since she was eleven years old. She finally gets the chance to learn a couple years before the start of WW2. She eventually gets accepted into the ATA and we follow her story through the years of the Second World War. In all honesty, if you a You know those books that stand out? Not because they have anything particularly new or shocking, but because their story grabbed you so completely that you devoured it in 24-48 hours? Yeah, this was that book for me. Rosalie has dreamed of becoming a pilot since she was eleven years old. She finally gets the chance to learn a couple years before the start of WW2. She eventually gets accepted into the ATA and we follow her story through the years of the Second World War. In all honesty, if you are looking for a book with a heavy presence of WW2 information, this is not the book for you. It focuses more on Rosalie’s thoughts and feelings and friendships during WW2 and mostly centers on her romantic interests. There is a lot of honorable mentions regarding the war, but it is more a surface skimmer of details. I think that was why I enjoyed this book at this particular time. It was a lot more lighthearted of a read and it allowed me to enjoy the story without anything too substantial. I loved the secondary characters and I found Rosalie’s personality refreshing although her innocence was a little annoying at times. My only complaint is that the characters were just a little too aloof for me in regards to the subject. Based on the blurb, I wanted a happy medium of meatiness and naivety, which I didn’t quite find. All the characters seem to be directly connected to the war in some way, but they act like it’s nothing to be bothered about. Just a vibe I got while reading. For this type of topic, it wasn’t taken quite serious enough for me. I did really enjoy this though. It was a heartfelt, easy read, and would be great for readers who want a more fluffy venture into the beginning of 1940s Britain. Thank you NetGalley and Alcove Press for a copy of this novel. All thoughts are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Glamour Girls by Marty Wingate is the story of women pilots in England during the Second World War. They couldn't fly bombing missions but they could ferry planes in England from where they were to where they were needed. Rosalie had wanted to fly since she was 11 years old. Her father supported her; her mother didn't. She wanted her to be a farm wife, where she was safe. Her father didn't live to see it happen, but she nagged her way into the ATA (Air Transport Auxiliary) and flew until the war Glamour Girls by Marty Wingate is the story of women pilots in England during the Second World War. They couldn't fly bombing missions but they could ferry planes in England from where they were to where they were needed. Rosalie had wanted to fly since she was 11 years old. Her father supported her; her mother didn't. She wanted her to be a farm wife, where she was safe. Her father didn't live to see it happen, but she nagged her way into the ATA (Air Transport Auxiliary) and flew until the war was over. She made many friends, some of them died; one of them she married. This was a wonderful look into the lives of people who the exciting war stories have forgotten. There is all the pain of daily life as well as stories of people put in extraordinary situations. Interesting people to meet, live with, and get to know. People that change and look different to you than when you first knew them. An amazing book about amazing people, doing amazing things for their country and for each other. Hard to put into words how interesting and moving this book was and how exciting the war was for Rosalie. Read it yourself. I liked it and highly recommend it. I was invited to read a free ARC of Glamour Girls by Netgalley. All opinions contained herein are solely my own. #netgalley #glamourgirls

  17. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    Some books pull you in and let you live and exist for a couple days entwined in the lives of the characters and I can honestly say, I was flying right next to Rosalie Wright. WOW, I loved this book!!! This is my first book by Marty Wingate but I will definitely be searching for more. I listened to this book via Kindle VoiceView and I can’t tell you how many times I backed it up, just so I could listen one more time or I stopped listening and would read slowly just so I did not miss anything. The Some books pull you in and let you live and exist for a couple days entwined in the lives of the characters and I can honestly say, I was flying right next to Rosalie Wright. WOW, I loved this book!!! This is my first book by Marty Wingate but I will definitely be searching for more. I listened to this book via Kindle VoiceView and I can’t tell you how many times I backed it up, just so I could listen one more time or I stopped listening and would read slowly just so I did not miss anything. The writing was stellar, the descriptions were so detailed I could envision the planes, the airstrips, Lime Farm, and could even hear the laughter in the pubs. I was brought to tears several times and was outright laughing when she would ask “what’s your Christian name”? The banter between Rosalie and Snug was priceless. I have read over 150 books this year, and this one is easily in the top 5. Great Book!!! So fun to read this while learning more about the pilots of the ATA in WWII and knowing it was based upon a true character. I was given the opportunity to read an ARC from Alcove Press and NetGalley for my honest unbiased review. I cannot recommend highly enough, one of the best books I’ve read this year – I give this one the highest 5 stars I can give.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Thanks to Alcove Press for an advanced copy of Glamour Girls. I'm a huge WWII women aviation fan so I loved this book! I've read and loved a few historical fiction about ATA girls or WASPs so this is one of my favorite topics. Really enjoyed Glamour Girls! Since she was 10 years old Rosalie Wright wanted to be a pilot and was saving up until she was 16 to get lessons. Just as she's starting to fly, Britain enters WWII and she can no longer fly until she hears about the Air Transport Authority (AT Thanks to Alcove Press for an advanced copy of Glamour Girls. I'm a huge WWII women aviation fan so I loved this book! I've read and loved a few historical fiction about ATA girls or WASPs so this is one of my favorite topics. Really enjoyed Glamour Girls! Since she was 10 years old Rosalie Wright wanted to be a pilot and was saving up until she was 16 to get lessons. Just as she's starting to fly, Britain enters WWII and she can no longer fly until she hears about the Air Transport Authority (ATA) who are recruiting women pilots to help ferry planes from base to base. Her dreams are granted when she is selected. This book is about her experience as a female pilot and the friendships, family drama and love she encounters. It was a fun, quick read and I was drawn into the characters and story. I liked the author's note at the end which shared more about the women who served and inspired her characters!

  19. 5 out of 5

    wonderwomand

    Thank you, NetGalley and Alcove Books, for the free Advanced Copy in exchange for an honest review. Rosalie Wright grew up on a farm. She has wanted to be a pilot since her first ride in a plane when she was 11 years old. She seizes the opportunity to take flying lessons. She finds out about women flying during the war and she finally gets a chance to do that. Some people support her desire to become a pilot while others think it is just a passing fancy for Rosalie. This novel is Marty Wingate's f Thank you, NetGalley and Alcove Books, for the free Advanced Copy in exchange for an honest review. Rosalie Wright grew up on a farm. She has wanted to be a pilot since her first ride in a plane when she was 11 years old. She seizes the opportunity to take flying lessons. She finds out about women flying during the war and she finally gets a chance to do that. Some people support her desire to become a pilot while others think it is just a passing fancy for Rosalie. This novel is Marty Wingate's first foray into historical fiction. I enjoyed learning more about women who flew planes during the Second World War. Even though they Never actively participated in Combat, they still contributed to the war effort. They flew planes from air base to air base. Fans of historical fiction would enjoy this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Short

    What a heartwarming story! Rosalie has known she wanted to be a pilot since she was 11. Glamour Girls follows her as she goes from a farmers daughter to a pilot ferrying planes for the RAF during WWII. AND, what a journey it is! Author Marty Wingate’s research and details provided throughout the story just draws you in. It’s like you are literally there in the story with Rosalie. Loved all the characters. Which is unusual as usually I can’t say that. But, each and every character had personalities What a heartwarming story! Rosalie has known she wanted to be a pilot since she was 11. Glamour Girls follows her as she goes from a farmers daughter to a pilot ferrying planes for the RAF during WWII. AND, what a journey it is! Author Marty Wingate’s research and details provided throughout the story just draws you in. It’s like you are literally there in the story with Rosalie. Loved all the characters. Which is unusual as usually I can’t say that. But, each and every character had personalities that you just had to love. Well, Grace took a quick minute to like but, in the end, she was likeable😊 Highly recommend for any historical fiction reader. Totally a heartwarming, easy read. I’m excited to read more by Marty Wingate in the future. Many thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and author for the opportunity to read this book for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Rincker

    This book follows a young woman named Rosalie from off the farm to flying airplanes, something she got a taste for at age 11 and took flying lessons by 16. Being a farmer's daughter myself, I laughed at some of the antics, such as when she landed a plane in a field full of cows and was terrified to get out. This book follows her throughout World War II and the heartache and choices she has to make as she learns and grows up. I found myself frustrated with Rosalie as she puts up with the antics a This book follows a young woman named Rosalie from off the farm to flying airplanes, something she got a taste for at age 11 and took flying lessons by 16. Being a farmer's daughter myself, I laughed at some of the antics, such as when she landed a plane in a field full of cows and was terrified to get out. This book follows her throughout World War II and the heartache and choices she has to make as she learns and grows up. I found myself frustrated with Rosalie as she puts up with the antics and drama of her so called boyfriend Alan. I found her love life to be quite predictable, but it gave the story the ending it deserves. The girls in this book were also quite "wild" too, topics that would be considered taboo and unacceptable for that time. Overall, it made it quite the entertaining read though and I am glad to leave an honest, good review for this book. Thank you NetGalley.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tisha "Manic Reads"

    "Glamour Girls" by Marty Wingate is a great book set during WWII with female pilots. I have always been interested in history, and so finding a good historical novel, even if fiction, is always something that is a good time for me. It was interesting to see the world from that time period, and what people were going through. While slow at times, it draws you in fairly quickly and easily and keeps you gripped until the final page, and I love when a book can do that. The history is well researched, "Glamour Girls" by Marty Wingate is a great book set during WWII with female pilots. I have always been interested in history, and so finding a good historical novel, even if fiction, is always something that is a good time for me. It was interesting to see the world from that time period, and what people were going through. While slow at times, it draws you in fairly quickly and easily and keeps you gripped until the final page, and I love when a book can do that. The history is well researched, and having additional information makes it good to look up more in the future. Overall a good experience with a book, and I hope to see more from the author **Received this ARC in exchange for an honest review, thanks to Netgalley and publisher for the opportunity**

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emma Watson

    It was a very refreshing book to learn about the woman who were in the Air Transport Authority Auxiliary how brave and strong they were. Rosalie Wright has always wanted to fly ever since she was 11. She was too young to learn but once she was 16 she finally got her wish to learn to fly. When war breaks out she applies for the ATAA but is turned down, eventually she is accepted and what happens to her she forms friendships with the other girls there. You can see how brave the women were, even a fe It was a very refreshing book to learn about the woman who were in the Air Transport Authority Auxiliary how brave and strong they were. Rosalie Wright has always wanted to fly ever since she was 11. She was too young to learn but once she was 16 she finally got her wish to learn to fly. When war breaks out she applies for the ATAA but is turned down, eventually she is accepted and what happens to her she forms friendships with the other girls there. You can see how brave the women were, even a few of them over the years losing their lives. The book was very informative and it is so sad that a lot of them ended up going back to their daily life’s and not pursuing what they had been doing.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    With thanks for an arc in return for an honest review. This being a Debut novel I was utterly astounded it's an absolute winner. The attention to detail was really quite amazing based on true facts about the atagirls. Rosalie and her colleagues what an amazing job they done and totally fearless flying from place to place with nothing but amazing knowledge in there heads, I just totally loved this book and can't praise it enough and look forward to reading more from the OUTSTANDING Author it's bee With thanks for an arc in return for an honest review. This being a Debut novel I was utterly astounded it's an absolute winner. The attention to detail was really quite amazing based on true facts about the atagirls. Rosalie and her colleagues what an amazing job they done and totally fearless flying from place to place with nothing but amazing knowledge in there heads, I just totally loved this book and can't praise it enough and look forward to reading more from the OUTSTANDING Author it's been a total joy to read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Niles Deal

    Wow, what an awesome book! I love stories about how women contributed to the war effort. The women that ferried planes for the Air Transport Auxiliary freed up the men who could then fly planes into battle. These courageous women a lot of times put their lives on the line to make sure that the planes reached their destination, sometimes losing their lives. Way to go Attagirls!! This story has excitement, sadness, romance and history. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a chance to read Wow, what an awesome book! I love stories about how women contributed to the war effort. The women that ferried planes for the Air Transport Auxiliary freed up the men who could then fly planes into battle. These courageous women a lot of times put their lives on the line to make sure that the planes reached their destination, sometimes losing their lives. Way to go Attagirls!! This story has excitement, sadness, romance and history. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a chance to read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Rubin

    Fantastic, energetic, emotional. Fly with Rosalie through WWII years as she ferries planes from site to site throughout England. Marty Wingate has taken her great storytelling skills from her mysteries to this historical fiction, following the life of a young woman with dreams of the sky and an opportunity to serve her country, as she moves between her family's farm and the excitement of the skies. An easy five stars. Fantastic, energetic, emotional. Fly with Rosalie through WWII years as she ferries planes from site to site throughout England. Marty Wingate has taken her great storytelling skills from her mysteries to this historical fiction, following the life of a young woman with dreams of the sky and an opportunity to serve her country, as she moves between her family's farm and the excitement of the skies. An easy five stars.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    This was an interesting story about the women pilots in ATA who were used to ferry (fly) various types of warplanes across Britain to RAF bases during the 1940s. They flew all over and picked up more flights before they would return to their base. In this story, a few women become good friends and live through some tragic times. There is a love story or two and plenty of information about the planes.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carissa

    Glamour Girls was a little slow and dull. However, the ending caught my attention. It had a great friends to lovers storyline. I appreciated that while romance played a key role, there weren't any sex scenes. The main character was a bit aggravating at times. (view spoiler)[I don't get girlfriends who stay with cheating boyfriends. She forgave Alan so easily. She kissed him goodbye after catching him cheating on her. Ugh. (hide spoiler)] 3.5 Stars Glamour Girls was a little slow and dull. However, the ending caught my attention. It had a great friends to lovers storyline. I appreciated that while romance played a key role, there weren't any sex scenes. The main character was a bit aggravating at times. (view spoiler)[I don't get girlfriends who stay with cheating boyfriends. She forgave Alan so easily. She kissed him goodbye after catching him cheating on her. Ugh. (hide spoiler)] 3.5 Stars

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tilly Suffield

    Glamour Girls follows the life of Rosalie - a farmers daughter who didnt want to join the family farm business and just wanted to fly aeroplanes. It was a heartwarming story of life as a pilot ferrying planes for the RAF during the second world war. It had everything a romantic war novel needed - romance, tradgedy, shock accidents and more romance. I really enjoyed it as an easy read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laila

    I received a copy of the book from Netgalley to review. Thank you for the opportunity. An interesting story told and I liked that it was based on a true story. It has some good writing but switches from person to person quickly with little explanation. Also the books formatting made it difficult to read. A good read.

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