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Carol becomes a Red Cross doughnut girl, serving GIs and boosting their morale. Convinced wartime romances are doomed to disappointment, she attempts to avoid entanglements. She didn’t plan on Chet, the navigator who tempts her to throw caution to the wind.
Chet’s father and brothers always belittled him. As a squadron lead navigator, he longs to prove them wrong. He’s already been offered a terrific job with PanAm after the war. First he must survive his combat tour. Will he even have a future?
“Soar Like Eagles” by Terri Wangard is the third book in the (“Promise For Tomorrow”) series. I believe any reader that likes historical fiction would enjoy these stories. Even though “Soar Like Eagles” is number three, I think a reader would enjoy this story even if they hadn’t read the other two.
Terri Wangard has really written a great story explaining the feeling of the characters during World War II. I didn't like this book as much as the first two in the series but it was still a good read. These stories really make this reader glad I experienced Carol and Chet's and the other character's experiences in my mind and not in reality.
Chet flew planes and Carol was a Red Cross doughnut girl, serving GI's and boosting their morale. Carol wanted to serve because she thought it was the thing to do and Chet was in the war to prove to his father that he was worthy.
This book is also about how through war Chet learns to forgive his father and brothers for bullying him in his childhood.
I like the fact that when Chet and Carol were hurt and heard other soldiers cheering because the enemy planes were hit, they wondered if the enemy cheered when the American planes were hit and if they should be happy about it.
This book is about romance during war time but I think the story was more describing the effort of war on Chet and Carol.
There are sad moments in this story, but I guess that is to be expected since war isn't pleasant and soldiers and military officers died in a war.
I really like how all the characters from the three books are together for the final scene in the book.
I was given a complimentary copy of “Soar Like Eagles” by Celebrate Lit and the author. These opinions are my own.
About the Author
Guest Post from Terri Wangard
For the third book of my World War II series, I needed something to involve my main character with. At first I considered the train canteens, where volunteers laden with food met troop trains crisscrossing the country. That wouldn’t work though, because my navigator was heading overseas and I didn’t want a correspondence relationship. Besides, someone else had already written a novel about the canteens. Then I discovered the Red Cross clubmobiles.The American Red Cross operated canteens on the home front and clubs and clubmobiles overseas during World War II to provide soldiers and sailors with a cup of coffee, a doughnut, and a bit of friendly conversation that gave the men a familiar connection with home.
Around the world, the Red Cross staffed permanent service clubs, traveling clubmobiles, and other recreational facilities. Service clubs provided refreshments, accommodations, and comfort and recreational activities wherever American troops were located overseas. In major cities, they offered meals, recreational activities, overnight accommodations, and barbershops and laundries. Some also provided sightseeing opportunities, touring museums, castles and cathedrals, and attending local theaters and movie houses.
Smaller clubs provided food in outlying areas near American military camps. The Red Cross also operated rest homes, often in stately manor houses in rural, tranquil locations overseas, for service personnel needing respite from the pressures of war.
To serve military sites in isolated areas, the Red Cross used clubmobiles in Great Britain in 1942 and later, the continent. Staffed by three American Red Cross women and a local driver in England, they visited several sites in a day, bringing refreshments, entertainment, and a touch of home to the troops in a foreign land. They used converted half-ton trucks and single-deck London buses, which featured kitchen equipment for making and serving doughnuts and coffee. Some carried phonographs and loudspeakers to provide music for the troops, and the women often danced with the servicemen. On the continent, the women had to drive and service their trucks.
Many American servicemen had never traveled far from home. At Red Cross clubs and clubmobiles in far-flung places around the globe, they received a connection to home and civilian life through friendly American women and familiar food. The Red Cross served a basic purpose of raising morale.
Carol Doucet of Soar Like Eagles was proud to be a Red Cross Doughnut Girl.