This is the second book I have read from the Women in Action series. I have to admit, if they are all of this caliber, I want to read all of them! Seized by the Sun is the story of Gertrude Tompkins, a female pilot from World War II.
This biography is well-written telling us about Gertrude and her life as a young child until the moment of her disappearance. It was never discovered as to what happened to her ergo the title of the book “Seized by the Sun”.
The author, James W. Ure, does an excellent job of showing the struggles that Gertrude had over her life. I read parts of this book to my lad while waiting to see the doctor. The ladies sitting across from us were astounded by the thoughts people used to have about stuttering. I know the remedies suggested surprised me. Makes me feel so sorry for the children who stuttered back in the day.
The love of flying seized ahold of Gertrude and many other young women of the day. We learn about the injustices they faced as a civilian part of the army. Not fully recognized for the sacrifices they made, it was an uphill battle for them, but as women in action, they paved the way for women in the air force today.
This was an inspiring read, and closes out with the family still wondering whatever happened to Gertrude. The use of photos from the day that were inserted, just brought to life the struggles these ladies had as they learned to be the best pilots they could. Following military standards so closely some thought they were part of the military.
The determination these young ladies showed, to serve their country, to work against the odds, and to hold their heads up high despite the opposition they faced. Humour amidst the hurt. It was an excellent addition to the series.
It would be a great book to give to any young lady with dreams bigger than her reality, give her that same determination to win through. Would be a lovely thing indeed you know?
Seized by the Sun The life and disappearance of World War II pilot Gertrude Tompkins James W. Ure Chicago Review Press Hardcover, 195 pages Series: Women Of Action Biography, women, pilot, world war 2 Reviewed for: Chicago Review Press. Where to find? Amazon Link.
Other books on the wars that I’ve reviewed?