Friday, April 2, 2021

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Love at First Flight by Linda Shenton Matchett

Book:  Love at First Flight

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Christian Historical  Romance

Release date: September 15, 2020

Can two people emerge from the clouds of past hurt to find a silver lining of love?

Evelyn Reid would rather fly than do anything else, so when war engulfs the U.S., she joins the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron. One of the program’s top pilots, she is tapped for pursuit plane training…the dream of a lifetime until she discovers the instructor is her ex-fiancé, Jasper MacPherson.

Collecting enough points to rotate stateside, fighter pilot Jasper MacPherson is assigned to teach the WAFS how to fly the army way. Bad enough to be training women, but things take a turn for the worse when his former fiancée shows up as one of his students.


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Christian Historical Romance is always a great genre to read. I really
have come to adore books by Linda Shenton Matchett and Love at 
First Flight is the latest book by Linda Shenton Matchett that I have 

The setting and time period is WWII. Evelyn Reid has always 
dreamed of being a Pilot and flying. Her took the opportunity 
during War time to enlist in the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron
(WAFS). Her turn to train for the elite Pursuit Plane Training and she
is excited. Her excitement turns to shock when she learns that her 
ex-fiance, Jasper MacPherson, is tapped to be her Instructor. Jasper
is just as shocked when he sees Evelyn's name on his student list. 
The 2 of them are determined to make it through the training, especially
Evelyn, who is a strong and determined woman. During the training, 
Evelyn has a near accident. due to mechanical issues with the plane. 
Could someone be not happy that WAFS are training and trying to 
destroy their planes? Will Evelyn accomplish her goal of Flying? 
Will Evelyn and Jasper be able to reconcile or do they not want 
to have a romance again? 

I really enjoyed this short, but exciting book by Linda Shenton
Matchett. The relationship between Evelyn and Jasper was rocky
to begin, but seeing Second Chances happen, melted me. I really
appreciated how the author told of the 2 leaning on God to guide 
them in the possibility of a reconciliation. I was so interested 
in the time period, the WAFS and the whole story line that I 
finished the book in a couple of hours. GREAT BOOK!  

Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry. Linda has lived in historic places all her life, and is now located in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities include serving as a volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, exploring historic sites, and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.


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Dear Readers:


It’s all I can do to parallel park my car…well, actually I can’t. I’m terrible at that sort of thing, which is why I’m so impressed with the Women’s Air Service Pilot who served during World War II. Created in August 1943 by merging the Women’s Flying Training Detachment and the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron, the WASP was a civilian organization that came under the authority of the Air Force and freed male pilots for combat or other duties. Their leader was the intrepid Jacqueline Cochran, an award winning pilot who set and broke numerous records during her career.


Qualifications for the program were stringent, and of the more than 25,000 women who applied, only 1,800 were accepted. Of that number, 1,074 completed the program. These women flew over sixty million miles and transported every type of military aircraft from the ninety-nine foot long B-29 Bomber that weighted over 100,000 pounds to the P-51 Mustang that could fly at over 400 miles per hour.


The WASP also towed targets for live anti-aircraft gun practice, simulated strafing missions and transported cargo. Thirty-eight WASP members lost their lives and one disappeared while on a ferry mission, her fate still unknown. Disbanded in December 1944, the WASP did not receive military status or benefits for their service. However, after nearly three decades its members were granted veteran status, and in 2009 they were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.


It is my hope that Love at First Flight honors these brave women in some small way.



Linda Shenton Matchett

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To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize package of an autographed paperback edition of Love at First Flight, eco-friendly reusable shopping bag with image of Women’s Air Service Pilots, stuffed WASP bear, Norman Rockwell notecards, VJ Day book mark, and I {heart} Spam socks!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Deana said... Best Blogger Tips

Really good review. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the book.

Linda Matchett said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for being part of my tour and for your lovely words about the book. I'm so glad you enjoyed Evelyn's and Jasper's story.

Caryl Kane said... Best Blogger Tips

Excellent review, Kendra! "Love at First Flight" sounds fascinating. Thank you for sharing.

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