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10 thoughts on “The Woman in the Wing

  1. says:

    Good readEnjoyed the characters and a look into the WASP , WW2 women flyers Plot line is about search for Nazi spies on their base and at an aircraft factory Good historical fiction.


  2. says:

    I am so excited by this book and very pleased to recommend it It is well written, intense, and true to itself Jean Sheldon really knows how to tell a story Taking place after the attack on Pearl Harbor, it is a work of fiction in a very realistic presentation Based on the work of women in the United States during wartime, it centers around the work of the Rosie the Riveters as they came to be known, and the women pilots in the WASP Jean Sheldon has given us an insight into the personal an I am so excited by this book and very pleased to recommend it It is well written, intense, and true to itself Jean Sheldon really knows how to tell a story Taking place after the attack on Pearl Harbor, it is a work of fiction in a very realistic presentation Based on the work of women in the United States during wartime, it centers around the work of the Rosie the Riveters as they came to be known, and the women pilots in the WASP Jean Sheldon has given us an insight into the personal and work lives of these women, reflecting the attitudes of the time, and giving us a good dose of sabotage and espionage as well The Woman in the Wing grabbed my attention and held it until even after I finished the book I think this is the longest I ever sat with one book trying to read it all at once If it weren t for requiring nourishment and sleep, I m sure I would have done just that This is not something I say often There are not many works of fiction that feature the women, although the author gives some references on line for non fiction resources at the back of the book I even found myself looking up some of the planes mentioned after reading the descriptions The story primarily follows the paths of two very good friends and neighbours who want to fly and manage to get the training for it But Char, our chief protagonist, has run into the male domination theme so prevalent in the this era, and she is told she will not get her wings because of something distasteful to her which she flat out refuses I, being a child of the 1940s, applaud Ms Sheldon for incorporating this imbalance of humanity that was very current at that time and still persists in some ways today.Enter the FBI searching for Nazi spies in the warehouses and hangars There appear to be a number of them sabotaging the planes being built and those in use Since Char is being punished for her refusal of the Major s proposal, she has been sent to be a riveter, along with her friend Max They are soon required to watch out for suspicious behaviour and report it to the FBI They know there are FBI agents working in the facility too, but they don t know who they are.Accidents have increased in the facility over the past 3 months and are becomingpersonal than just slowing production It soon escalates to planes crashing, equipment falling, and murder, with deaths and injuries piling up, building from fear to terror for the women Character driven, the plot accelerates through the whole book until the reader may find he she is out of breath I highly recommend this book for its research, subject matter, characterizations, and its exciting, suspenseful finish


  3. says:

    As a young girl I was fascinated with stories about pilot Amelia Earhart and read every book om my elementary school library about her I then found out about the Women Airforce Service Pilots WASP and read about their role in World War II When I heard that Jane Sheldon s book The Woman in the Wing centered around some WASP I had to read it.Sheldon has written an interesting historical mystery that follows several WASP on a military base where the commander is not favorable to the WASP and ac As a young girl I was fascinated with stories about pilot Amelia Earhart and read every book om my elementary school library about her I then found out about the Women Airforce Service Pilots WASP and read about their role in World War II When I heard that Jane Sheldon s book The Woman in the Wing centered around some WASP I had to read it.Sheldon has written an interesting historical mystery that follows several WASP on a military base where the commander is not favorable to the WASP and actually wants favors for the women to get their wings Add to this one a deadly accident involving the death of a WASP where sabotage is expected and Nazi sympathizers are suspected and you have quite a thriller.The main character, Charlotte Mercer experienced the sexual harassment on base and was given an opportunity to work at one of the airplane factories with a woman FBI agent, Ellie, as one of Rosie s riveters It was very physically demanding work attaching the parts of the wings using rivets, thus the name Many accidents started to occur and as they learned the job they also got to know the women They come to believe that there is a Nazi spy among them and somehow this is also tied into the sabotage at the base.With the help of another FBI woman on base and Ellie s FBI brother who coordinated everyone they put together the pieces of who is responsible for the sabotage on the base and at the factory.Sheldon gives good insights into the women during World War II and the sacrifices they made for the war effort whether it was as a WASP or a riveter Those women who stayed at home were also the first recyclers and learned how to use what they had As a woman I was proud of those who went before me and paved the way for me.This book was a very good mystery that kept me turning the pages but it also is great for those who are interested in history


  4. says:

    This is a historical whodunit and an enjoyable mystery very similiar to the Nancy Drew books I read as a kid In this case, Nancy Drew is Char, a WASP in training getting her wings clipped due to her refusual to sleep with the Major Her sidekicks somewhat like George and Bess are her longtime friend and fellow WASP, Maxi and an FBI agent, Ellie Char and Ellie go to work at an aircraft factory riveting the wings of the C 54 Skymasters in hopes of apprehending suspected German spies that are This is a historical whodunit and an enjoyable mystery very similiar to the Nancy Drew books I read as a kid In this case, Nancy Drew is Char, a WASP in training getting her wings clipped due to her refusual to sleep with the Major Her sidekicks somewhat like George and Bess are her longtime friend and fellow WASP, Maxi and an FBI agent, Ellie Char and Ellie go to work at an aircraft factory riveting the wings of the C 54 Skymasters in hopes of apprehending suspected German spies that are causing mishaps within the factory Some of these mishaps are costing lives Meanwhile, Maxi is mistaken for another pilot and her life is almost ended prematurely when her plane goes down in a corn field Another case of mistaken identity robs a fellow riveter of her life when she attains a screwdriver in her back meant for Ellie Can Ellie and Char discover the Nazi spies before one or both of them ends up with a screwdriver in their backs If Char can succeed in this mission, will she be able to graduate with her fellow WASP and start working in a cockpit again rather than a wing Intriguing tale, but not quite 5 stars There was a lot of repititon An example would be when Ellie s brother Dave, an FBI agent himself finds out information, it all must repeated later almost word for word to Char and Ellie There was no need to read it all twice There were times it felt like the game of Clue It had a Hannah Brown in the hangar with a wrench kind of feel It is a mystery, however Great attention to detail on the riveting process The women working on the aircraft were just as important as the ones that flew them I like how this novel shows us the women in the wings literally IN the wings holding bucking bars as well as the women in the cockpits I recommend this to war and aviation buffs as well as young adults with similar interests The novel is very clean and somewhat educational


  5. says:

    Set in Chicago during WWII and focusing on the female contribution to the war effort, The Woman in the Wing is a finely crafted suspense thriller that had me turning the pages at a furious pace It s the summer of 1944 and Char is getting ready to graduate from Woman Airforce Service Pilots WASP training when she gets reassigned because she won t sleep with the Major She finds out she will be working undercover at a defense plant with FBI agent Eleanor Frazier in an effort to locate some Ge Set in Chicago during WWII and focusing on the female contribution to the war effort, The Woman in the Wing is a finely crafted suspense thriller that had me turning the pages at a furious pace It s the summer of 1944 and Char is getting ready to graduate from Woman Airforce Service Pilots WASP training when she gets reassigned because she won t sleep with the Major She finds out she will be working undercover at a defense plant with FBI agent Eleanor Frazier in an effort to locate some German spies that may be working at the plant There has been an increase in accidents at the plant and the FBI believes the Germans may be trying to sabotage the war planes being built there Char and Ellie become riveters at the plant alongside many other women, one of whom may be the ringleader of the German spies Will they uncover the identities of the spies before it is too late and, if they do, will Char finally get her wings Author Jean Sheldon has written a well researched story set in a period of US history that many people probably know very little about The participation of women in the war effort during World War II wasn t often acknowledged but their support made it possible for the US to intervene in Germany and Japan and ultimately put an end to the war I love that Ms Sheldon uses this information as the framework for her novel and, in doing so not only entertains, but teaches us a bit of history The story is fast paced and the characters are interesting and well developed I truly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to anyone who likes historical suspense


  6. says:

    History, mystery and a little romance combine in Jean Sheldon s The Woman in the Wing It s 1940 and young Charlotte Mercer and her best friend Maxine enroll in a civilian flight training program at Northwestern University in Chicago The two complete their training and in 1942 are invited to apply to the Women Airforce Service Pilots WASP to fly military airplanes As accomplished pilots, Char and Maxi are welcomed into the WASP training program where they soon become two of the WASP s best History, mystery and a little romance combine in Jean Sheldon s The Woman in the Wing It s 1940 and young Charlotte Mercer and her best friend Maxine enroll in a civilian flight training program at Northwestern University in Chicago The two complete their training and in 1942 are invited to apply to the Women Airforce Service Pilots WASP to fly military airplanes As accomplished pilots, Char and Maxi are welcomed into the WASP training program where they soon become two of the WASP s best pilots Char finishes her testing first in her class, but is denied her wings by the base commander when she refuses his advances The commander instead orders her to work as a riveter at the Douglas Aircraft plant to assist the FBI in investigating possible spies at the airfield and plant.Dave Frazier is the FBI agent Char works with on the investigation Dave s sister, Ellie, also an agent, is assigned as Char s partner in the assembly plant WASP pilots are going down in sabotaged planes and deadly accidents and murders are occurring at the plant To uncover the saboteurs, Char and Ellie snoop into the lives of their fellow riveters The Woman in the Wing, though fiction, contains much history of the WASP program and World War II Author Sheldon keeps readers guessing as to the identity of the saboteurs Her characters are engaging and Sheldon s story gives readers an inside look into the daily life of Americans at home during World War II There are a few instances where sentences are repeated and a few scene transitions that come abruptly, but overall this is a great read for anyone who loves a mystery and is interested in the World War II era


  7. says:

    If you haven t read this book, you re in for a treat The World War II background combines with the classic mystery to make an intriguing tale of sabotage, spies, and women pilots confronting discrimination in a sexist military Char, a young woman, top of her WASP pilot training class, comes up against just such a situation Refusing a proposition from a male officer, she is sent to work at an airplane assembly plant In short, she will not get her silver wings But fate in the form of an FBI a If you haven t read this book, you re in for a treat The World War II background combines with the classic mystery to make an intriguing tale of sabotage, spies, and women pilots confronting discrimination in a sexist military Char, a young woman, top of her WASP pilot training class, comes up against just such a situation Refusing a proposition from a male officer, she is sent to work at an airplane assembly plant In short, she will not get her silver wings But fate in the form of an FBI agent steps in and Char is recruited for undercover work at the plant Teamed with Ellie, an actual FBI agent, she must learn how to rivet airplane wings while watching for suspicious activity When accidents continue to slow production, Char and Ellie know there s a mole in this particular woodpile As their investigations proceed, several murders up the ante Who is hiding behind an assumed identity and ferrying sensitive information to the Nazis Who is ordering the so called accidents And will Char or Ellie be next on the killer s agenda Stay tuned, buy a book, and find out


  8. says:

    Great read The Woman in the Wing is a captivating story that drew me in immediately to a tale that centers around a female pilot, one of the few in the country during World War II Her name is Charlotte and she battles stereotypes and limitations to become a pilot, then finds herself plucked off the tarmac and before long at work for the FBI They need an inside woman at the plane factories A Rosie the Riveter.What intrigued me and held me along with the suspense of this novel and I won t g Great read The Woman in the Wing is a captivating story that drew me in immediately to a tale that centers around a female pilot, one of the few in the country during World War II Her name is Charlotte and she battles stereotypes and limitations to become a pilot, then finds herself plucked off the tarmac and before long at work for the FBI They need an inside woman at the plane factories A Rosie the Riveter.What intrigued me and held me along with the suspense of this novel and I won t give away anyof the story as it is too much fun to read and I don t want to spoil it for you is the very real recreation of the world of women in the 1940s Without lecturing and without forcing history, Sheldon gives us a story that, by the end of it, leaves us with a feeling of what life was like for women and men in the 40s And we re left pondering and musing about Charlotte, her world, and how it was in the end of the book when but I promised I wouldn t say


  9. says:

    A great, nostalgic read Sheldon weaves a very intriguing spy mystery story, while at the same time seamlessly integrating in facts about women riveters and WASPs Women s Airforce Service Pilots and the sexism that I m sure was all to common in such a branch as that It s incredibly well researched, but not infodumpy, and it doesn t detract from the case at hand All the characters were well written and Char, Ellie, and Dave were incredibly inspirational for a few story ideas that I ve had swi A great, nostalgic read Sheldon weaves a very intriguing spy mystery story, while at the same time seamlessly integrating in facts about women riveters and WASPs Women s Airforce Service Pilots and the sexism that I m sure was all to common in such a branch as that It s incredibly well researched, but not infodumpy, and it doesn t detract from the case at hand All the characters were well written and Char, Ellie, and Dave were incredibly inspirational for a few story ideas that I ve had swirling in my mind The mystery itself isn t terribly convoluted and confusing, but at the same time, I really didn t have any clue as to who the spies were until the last few chapters The style was casual and simple, but not in a demeaning way it made for a casual, enjoyable, easy read, a cozy spy mystery of sorts.Four stars, only because it wasn t an extremely amazing read, just an amazing read


  10. says:

    Not my usual genre I enjoyed it just the same Jean Sheldon sends the reader back to a time when women were becomingthan housewives The unfortunate truth shows that for all the ground we thought we had gained, much has fallen away.The story has a build up of excitement and intrigue Trying to figure out who the bad guys women are, the reader is caught up in mystery.My reason for giving it less than four stars is the dialogue It seemed awkward at times And maybe it was just me, but I fo Not my usual genre I enjoyed it just the same Jean Sheldon sends the reader back to a time when women were becomingthan housewives The unfortunate truth shows that for all the ground we thought we had gained, much has fallen away.The story has a build up of excitement and intrigue Trying to figure out who the bad guys women are, the reader is caught up in mystery.My reason for giving it less than four stars is the dialogue It seemed awkward at times And maybe it was just me, but I found keeping track of who s who confusing all the way to the end Maybe that is due to the lack of military training on my part I need to understand ranking So someone who has studied that may have better luck in reading this Even still the story kept me interested


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The Woman in the Wing An Entertaining Mystery Adventure That Takes Place In A Defense Plant The Well Researched Historical Fiction Offers A Glimpse Into The Lives Of Women Who Served At Home During World War II, Rosie The Riveters, And Sheds Light On The Seldom Told Stories Of Women Who Ferried Military Planes From Plants To Air Bases Around The Country Women Airforce Service Pilots The WASP