Thursday, July 22, 2021

Review: Radar Girls by Sara Ackerman

Radar Girls
by Sara Ackerman

Publisher: MIRA
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Daisy Wilder prefers the company of horses to people, bare feet and salt water to high heels and society parties. Then, in the dizzying aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Daisy enlists in a top secret program, replacing male soldiers in a war zone for the first time. Under fear of imminent invasion, the WARDs guide pilots into blacked-out airstrips and track unidentified planes across Pacific skies.  

But not everyone thinks the women are up to the job, and the new recruits must rise above their differences and work side by side despite the resistance and heartache they meet along the way. With America’s future on the line, Daisy is determined to prove herself worthy. And with the man she’s falling for out on the front lines, she cannot fail. From radar towers on remote mountaintops to flooded bomb shelters, she’ll need her new team when the stakes are highest. Because the most important battles are fought—and won—together.

Kritters Thoughts:  Hawaii must have seemed like the ideal place to live until the attack on Pearl Harbor and although Daisy Wilder had been through some things, a house on the beach and working with horses was the perfect set up.  Once the attack on Pearl Harbor happened, the military were looking for women to fill some of the roles that men were having to leave as they left for war and Daisy and some of the local women were trained and able to help in the air defense group.  

Another great historical fiction that takes a detailed view of a part of history that some of us may not know about, while I knew that women took a part in the military effort, to read specific stories of women and the jobs they filled was entertaining.  I loved that the author included a variety of women and we got to know different women who were living in Hawaii and their different responses to the jobs they were taking on and the men off at war.  

With a bit of romance sprinkled in, but still maintaining a focus on the women and their jobs, this book was great.  I say this often, but if you feel as though you have read ALL the World War II historical fiction books, I would try this one, it felt unique with a focus on women and the location of Hawaii. 

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 89 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from HarperCollins.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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