A Wing and A Prayer (Broken Wings Book 1) by MW Arnold

When Betty Palmer’s sister dies under suspicious circumstances whilst landing her Tiger Moth, Betty and three other women pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary in WWII England unite to discover who killed her and why.
Estranged from her family, Penny Blake wants simply to belong. American Doris Winter, running from a personal tragedy, yearns for a new start. Naturally shy Mary Whitworth-Baines struggles to fit in. Together though, they are a force to be reckoned with as they face the mystery that confronts them.

Against the backdrop of war, when ties of friendship are exceptionally strong, they strive to unravel the puzzle’s complex threads, risking their lives as they seek justice for Betty’s sister.

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I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Having followed this author on Twitter and duly retweeting his posts, I was thrilled to be asked to read and review his writing.  I was not disappointed and thoroughly enjoyed the setting and style for this first in the Broken Wings series.

I learned a lot, whilst reading, having been unfamiliar with the ATA and their contribution to the allied war effort, it was a pleasure to discover a new topic.  This book is tricky to place into a typical genre, it boasts a bit of everything from Wartime Saga to Romantic Comedy with a definite nod to Mystery Thrillers.  Having said that, it definitely worked.

Whilst there is a large cast of characters, once I’d got to grips with them all, I found the story was easy to follow and it wasn’t long before I was turning the pages to find out what would happen next.  As I mentioned, there’s a large cast of characters, but I think that Doris was my favourite.  The slightly brash American with a penchant for fish and chips, and the wherewithal to treat her friends, was equal parts bold and vulnerable.

The story was well told and was clearly thoroughly researched as the level of detail was fascinating. I felt a real affinity toward the main characters as they followed the clues to track down the murderer.  I am now looking forward to the next in the series – Wild Blue Yonder – which I’m on the Blog Tour for. 

Learn more about MW Arnold here.   Follow him on Twitter.


Receiving a digital ARC does not influence my opinion of a book.  Please note, this review contains affiliate links.

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