Poor Splendid Wings" ."
Foreign Titles: German
The war has brought tragedy to Victoria Craig-Bell but with quiet courage she copes with the many challenges that come her quiet way, and tries to keep what is left of her family together. Victoria falls deeply in love with Owens, and he soon reciprocates her feelings, but he is a lead pilot during the darkest days of the war, and he knows his chances of survival are slim. The responsibility for bringing his crews safely home from missions dogged by staggeringly heavy losses is crushing. He is accustomed to the risks on the ground -- the blackout, the sirens, the enemy air attacks, but now he must deal with his fears for Victoria's safety.
When the ambitious and ruthless Cynthia Stuart refuses to free him from their engagement, Owens faces a different kind of battle. He thinks he has all the burdens he can carry, but gradually it becomes apparent that a new danger is looming: a danger that threatens not only his life but his honour, and appears to involve the woman he loves. His crew and friends support him loyally, but the web that closes around him is so cunningly contrived that there seems little hope of proving his innocence, even if he survives the second strike at a target dreaded by all combat fliers.
Lisa St. Andrews
Sally St. Andrews
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