A mysterious key left by her murdered sister, leads Air Transport Auxiliary pilot Betty Palmer on a journey of discovery and danger. Given up to an orphanage at birth, the parents she’s long thought had no part in her life force themselves back in, purely out of greed and self-preservation.
Penny’s life is unexpectedly turned upside down by a potentially life-changing situation, which causes her wounded husband to question their marriage. No-one seems safe in this year of turmoil in the middle years of the war, as some relationships face breaking point whilst others become stronger.
Kidnap, crashes and dogfights, the girls of the Air Transport Auxiliary Mystery Club have never faced such dangers. To survive may not be enough as they must find the strength to rise above the most trying times yet of their lives.
What I Thought:
The third book in the Broken Wings series has arrived as an early Chirstmas present (yes, I said the ‘C’ word!).
In I’ll be Home for Christmas, we’re back in Hamble with the Air Transport Auxiliary Mystery Club and solving the mystery that tantalised us at the end of book two – that of a small key that could open up the unknown parts of Betty Palmer’s own life.
Alongside this, the girls deal with family revelations, unwanted publicity and marital strife in what is the best yet of this historical fiction series.
Although it is, I’ll admit, a little early to be heading into Christmas, Mick Arnold perfectly evokes the rather constrained Christmases of wartime, with rationing and the shadow of the war lurking around the corner. He also provides his now trademark historical and technical detail which gels perfectly with the story.
Picking up this third book in the series is really like rejoining a gang of old friends. It’s very easy to become absorbed in the girls’ adventures and their personal highs and lows. I can’t wait to see what’s coming next in the series!
I’ll Be Home for Christmas is published by The Wild Rose Press.
About the Author:
Mick spent fifteen-odd years roaming around the world, courtesy of HM Queen Elizabeth II – gawd bless her – before becoming a civilian and realizing what working for a living really was.
He loves traveling, and the music of the Beach Boys, Queen, Muse, and Bon Jovi. Books play a large part in his life, not only writing, but also reading and reviewing, as well as supporting his many author friends.
He’s the proud keeper of two Romanian Were-Cats bent on world domination, and enjoys the theatre and humoring his Manchester United-supporting wife. Finally, and most importantly, Mick is a full member of the Romantic Novelists Association. I’ll be Home for Christmas will be his third novel with The Wild Rose Press.
Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.