A Pair of Wings by Lorna K. Grant
Colleen Vaughn, a US Army nurse, has experienced the effects of war firsthand. When she’s told her fiancé’s been killed in action, she vows never to fall in love again. Until she meets a pair of haunting blue eyes and dimples. Only problem is–he’s another pilot flying into danger.
As a P-51 pilot, Captain Daniel Ryan has one mission: protect the bombers and get back alive. The last thing he needs is to fall in love. Soon he wonders just who is more dangerous – the enemy firing back at him or the woman who fights the love they share.
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“Ms. Grant paints a wonderful picture of wartime romance, with realistic plotting, likable characters, and just the right balance of hopeful perseverance amid the danger and devastation of war. Lovers of historical romance will enjoy this heart-warming story.” CoffeeTime Romance 4 Cups
“A PAIR OF WINGS is a poignant story set against the background of war. The strength of the story lies in the characters and the accuracy of the time period. It is very easy for readers to understand and empathize with the pain and hope the characters feel as they react to the very real devastation of war. A PAIR OF WINGS will leave readers moved by the depth of love and friendship Colleen and Daniel discover, while also serving as a reminder that life and love are never to be taken lightly.” Fallen Angel Reviews – 4 Angels
“A PAIR OF WINGS is a wonderful book set against WWII that showcases the loyalty and strengths of lovers from the Greatest Generation. It makes me wish for more books from this time period. I can’t wait to see what Ms. Grant comes up with next.” Jaycee Clark, Author of Deadly Obsession, Nominee for Romantic Time's Best Small Press Romance 2004
"A PAIR OF WINGS is a wonderfully moving story about the power of love, the value of friendship and the resiliency of the human spirit during desperate times. Set in WWII London, the characters will grab your heart as they face danger and treachery where they least expect it. Keep a stack of hankies close while you read this tender, gripping tale." Laurie Paige, USA Today Best Selling RITA Finalist
"With fantastic attention to detail Lorna K. Grant has crafted a hauntingly lovely war time romance with A PAIR OF WINGS. Daniel and Colleen are two characters who both tug at your heart and beg for your support in following them in their quest for love." – Kally Jo Surbeck,
2005 EPPIE Winner for For the Love Of...
"Lorna Grant takes us back in time to WWII when lives intersected on the battlefields and hearts were broken amid the war. Grant's story pulls the reader into the romance, the fears, the joys of those who bravely served their country. As an ex-Air Force nurse myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the tale of the Army nurses and could vividly picture their lives during the war--and the loves they found. A great, warm sensual read!" Lori Avocato, Award-Winning Mystery Author
"A PAIR OF WINGS is a must-read. It will tug at the heart strings and seep into the soul of the reader. Please keep a box of Kleenex handy for this one. The prayer is so touching, it should move you to tears. I know it did for me. Lorna K. Grant has a rare gift. She stirred up such deep emotions in the characters, and brought each emotion out for the world to experience and enjoy on page after exciting page in this heart-felt novel." Sime-Gen Reviews – 5 Stars
“In this heartfelt romantic story, Lorna K. Grant proves she is an author who can call forth a myriad of emotions from readers. As I watched Colleen and Daniel's lives during the dark days of World War II, I found myself cheering them on at times while other moments had me become teary. Ms. Grant definitely shows how war can give as well as take from someone. A PAIR OF WINGS is an outstanding story about the enduring power of love, and will stir reader's own emotions from the first to last page." Single Titles/Cataromance – 4½ Stars
"The settings are by turns beautiful and brutal. Grant does a wonderful job of touching on the human cost of war, the risk of loving in the midst of it, the power of friendship and the triumph of the human spirit." Romantic Times – 3 Stars
"Lorna Grant's A Pair of Wings is a poignant romance that takes us back to a time when the world was at war and the future so very uncertain. What a stirring tribute to the men and women who sacrificed so much for the freedom we now enjoy!" Merline Lovelace, USA Today Best-selling Author
"Lorna Grant pens a poignant tale of ever-lasting love through the misery and sadness of war in her novel A PAIR OF WINGS. Her characters are full and rich and her attention to detail make the book come alive with the sights, sounds and smells of the era. A PAIR OF WINGS is a touching WWII love story you won't want to miss!" Elle James, Award Winning Author
"A Pair of Wings will be a trip down memory lane for some readers. Ms. Grant’s characters clearly deliver all of the qualities of life and love in the 40’s. A Pair of Wings has sad and glad moments and left me near tears at some times and laughing at others. Ms. Grant never loses sight of the fact that this story is a romance. Ms. Grant delivers a fine piece of writing, and, from strictly a reader’s opinion, this novel was as near perfection in editing, style and deep characterization as any I’ve read. Simply put, I just loved Daniel and Colleen’s story and highly recommend this nostalgic trip down memory lane." Novelspot – Rating: 9
Tami Brady "TCM Reviewer" (Calgary, Canada) (Amazon)
Colleen Vaughn is a US Army nurse who has seen more than her share of tragedy. She and her fellow nurses had been stationed on the front line in North Africa where comforting dying soldiers and tending broken bodies as best they could was the norm. Now the ladies had been transferred to London, where counting the second between bomb landing was the often the only way to move from place to place.
Beyond steeling herself to do the best she could for the wounded and dying, Colleen was also facing a personal crisis. She had fallen for a pilot and the two had become engaged. Unfortunately, the couple's happiness was extremely short lived, as the flyer was shot down over enemy territory only days after their betrothal. Colleen wanted love in her life but couldn't face the possibility of loosing anyone else that she loved.
I have a new favorite author and a romance novel that I know I'll reread until the cover gets ratty. Several of the scenes (when Daniel is waiting at the train, the soldier's last words to Daniel, when Daniel brings news of Rick's demise and of course the scene on Christmas Eve) will haunt me forever. I've never been so completely swept away by a romance story before reading A Pair of Wings.