When We Had Wings comes by way of bestselling historical fiction authors Ariel Lawhon, Kristina McMorris and Susan Meissner, who work together for the first time on this World War II novel, which explores women serving in the South Pacific, a side of the war you may never have heard about before reading this book.
A U.S. Army nurse, a U.S. Navy nurse and a Filipina nurse meet while stationed in Manila, looking for fresh starts and becoming fast friends. As the tides of war change, their friendship and their lives are tested to the limits. Based on the true story of the Angels of Bataan (members of the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, who were stationed and served in the Philippines), this historical fiction provides insight into a lesser-known group of inspirational women.
As a bonus for Minnesota readers, one of the three main characters hails from Minnesota, and there are multiple local references that will be very familiar to Twin Cities readers.
Raela Schoenherr works in marketing at a publishing company and is a lifelong lover of books and reading.