Review of ‘The road to wings’ by Julie Tizard.

Good debut novel by Julie Tizard that describes the training process of a woman Air Force pilot in the 1990s with a slow-burn romance in the background. The author is a pilot so the book often gets very technical on flying issues and sometimes feels more like a chronicle than a novel, so consider yourself warned. However, you don’t need to be an expert to enjoy it but I think at least a minor interest in flying and aircrafts is still essential. In that case, the book is quite informative, entertaining and some scenes keep you turning pages.

Those readers looking for a romance might be disappointed because it is very much in the background. Having said that, the chemistry between the main characters works fine and the cast of supporting characters gives realism to the plot.

It’d be interesting to read in the future another work by Ms. Tizard that wouldn’t be so closely related to her personal experience to see if she’s got the ability to write outside of her comfort zone.

Overall an informative and sometimes entertaining read on Air Force pilots’ training and the situation of women (and lesbians) within the force in the 1990s with a slow-burn romance at the side. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

ARC provided by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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