The Second World War has stolen Rosalie’s fiance from her. But rather than wallow, Rosalie throws herself into her work at the Boeing plant in Victory Heights, shooting rivets into the B-17 bombers that will destroy the enemy. A local reporter dubs her Seattle’s Own Rosie the Riveter, and her story lends inspiration to women across the country. While Rosalie’s strong arms can bear the weight of this new responsibility, her heart cannot handle the intense feelings that begin to surface for Kenny, the handsome reporter. Fear of a second heartbreak is a powerful opponent – but will it claim victory over love?
About the Authors
TRICIA GOYER is the award-winning author of more than a dozen novels. She lives with her husband and three children in Arkansas. OCIEANNA FLEISS is a published author and editor. She lives with her husband and their four children in the Seattle area. This is the authors second book together.
Rosalie sends her fiance off the war in a plane named after her to keep him safe and is heartbroken and a little gun-shy of relationships when his plane was shot down. She has her own secret regrets as well about their relationship, secrets she hopes no one ever finds out! On her way to work from the memorial, one year later, her life changes when someone spills a coke on her. A reporter, no less, which she shares no small amount of animosity towards simply because of his profession. Their lives inter-connect in many ways she never dreamed after that day and she is forced to confront many of her secrets, rather than just drowning them in hard work. She works as a highly skilled “Rosie the Riveter”, and this book goes into some details in true Goyer fashion, giving us much of the history of the factories and the work the women did there. I would have loved a couple of pictures in the back, there were a couple really tiny ones in the book of real women. It made me want to go look up the real pictures and see the real ones.
This book is a romance, but not a sappy one, it dips into a historical time period of ration cards, war heroes and war brides, but it really shows and highlights many of the heroes that were at home, working behind the scenes. My grandmother was one of those women as she was a tool designer that drew the plans for many of the tools the women used the factories to put together the planes and other things used in the war. This book is a little more than a romance, it is a tribute to those heroes and heroines who though it has been many years ago, reminds us of what they went through for us.
I throughly enjoyed every page of this book and savored it until the end. One of my favorite parts was when one of the girls is talking about driving in a car all alone and Aunt Tilly says that by wasting all that fuel on just herself, she is taking the fuel right out of the boys planes overseas….and she may as well have Hitler riding next to her on the seat. That is paraphrased, of course, but I laughed, because I wonder what so many people would say to that now…
Link to buy the book: Amazon
Contest info: Tricia is giving away 5 Victory Prize packs during the blog tour. This contest is open to both you and your blog readers so please share it in your blog post too. That info can be found on this blog post (which will be live on August 14th). http://triciagoyer.blogspot.com/2010/08/win-victory-prize-pack.html
Also, this is the whole blog tour schedule