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Friday, November 26, 2010

A Pair of Wings by Lorna K Grant

A Pair of Wings by Lorna K. Grant
Publisher: VinSpire Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (119 pgs)
Rated: 4 books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Colleen Vaughn, a US Army nurse, has experienced the effects of war firsthand. When she’s told her fiancé’s been killed in action, she vows never to fall in love again. Until she meets a pair of haunting blue eyes and dimples. Only problem is–he’s another pilot flying into danger.

As a P-51 pilot, Captain Daniel Ryan has one mission: protect the bombers and get back alive. The last thing he needs is to fall in love. Soon he wonders just who is more dangerous – the enemy firing back at him or the woman who fights the love they share.

A Pair of Wings, is So apt a title for this wonderful World War II era romance, presented by Lorna K. Grant.

It’s a classic tale because it presents the classic love: the woman and man fall deeply, mesmerizingly in love, and yet… something will tear them apart. Our main characters, Colleen Vaughn, (nurse) and pilot Daniel Ryan have already, both, separately suffered loss. It is a time of loss, of giving all for your country, of pride and heroism being the order of the day. Yet, sometimes – as Grant makes us so aware – that ‘all’ truly was ‘all’, or perhaps more, than a person could give, and the loss left them wounded, defensive and somehow incomplete.

Colleen is just that person. She seems just one of the gals. She has the façade of light banter, and we see her at first as another young American in olive drab, set on doing her duty. Captain Ryan seems attracted from the start. Colleen’s got a great voice and somehow this attractive, angelic air, and we know where this is going right from the first meeting. Their meeting is by chance, and beautifully written, completely believable. Captain Ryan is an admirable man – a hero, certainly. He attracts her as well, but right at the start, there is a problem. Colleen has to think of Sam, her loss, and how she never wants to go through all that again.

Descriptions are simply delightful, scenes are set in nearly poetic language, with wonderful skill. Small details, from the bubbling girls themselves to things like orders and bomber command missions taking precedence over personal life all give this the ring of authenticity.

Is it a trifle bit predictable? Well, you might think so. Pretty as it is, I didn’t like all that was implied at the outset in the opening scene, because I so prefer things to be unveiled in the passage of time. However, we do forget that intro, and get caught up in the relationship of our two wonderful main characters. It is so exactly how we readers want it to go – it's how you will want it all to go – that what seems a measure of predictability is entirely forgivable. Yet, Grant has surprises in store. To say more about the story would be to give far too much away; but be assured you will be carried swiftly along throughout.

This is a truly an old style, mushy, sentimental romance where you will simply give-up and give-in and wallow in emotion; the highs, the lows, and all the hopes. Have the hankie ready.