Flying Solo

An Unconventional Aviatrix Navigates Turbulence in Life

Fiction - Womens
323 Pages
Reviewed on 02/19/2013
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Author Biography

Jeanette Vaughan is an award winning writer and story teller. Not only is she published in the periodicals and professional journals of nursing, but also in the genre of fiction. Out on her sheep farm, she has written several novels and scripts. Her screenplay "Angel of Mercy" won the outstanding nursing research award from Texas Tech University Health Science Center. In addition, she was named Distinguished Alumni for the school of nursing in 2001 for her written work and volunteerism for the Sydney Olympic Games. Jeanette has practiced nursing in the fields of critical care and trauma. She is the mother of four children, including two Navy pilots. She lives in a Victorian farmhouse out in the pastures of northeast Texas with her sheep, chickens, donkeys and sheep dogs.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

"Flying Solo" by Jeanette Vaughan begins with a shocking surprise for Nora; she is pregnant. This is not the happy occasion you may expect; her husband is not the father. Nora married Frank Greenwood, the son of a wealthy family and several years older than her. It was not a fulfilling marriage; their intimate life was more marital rape than romantic union. Nora wanted to take flying lessons but Frank forbade it. Her life was to revolve around him. Frank was determined to have a son. After giving birth to three girls they finally had a boy. They lived with his parents where her only friends were the maids. Eventually she met Charlene Hebert and they became close friends. Nora still wanted to learn to fly and answered an ad for lessons. The instructor was Steve Novak; the sexual tension between them was overwhelming and soon they found themselves in bed together. Steve was married and had six children. He had no plan to leave his wife. What would happen to Nora and her baby?

"Flying Solo" is a romance filled with twists and turns. The plot will draw the reader deep into its depths. Nora is a delightful character showing resilience, unwavering determination, and a headstrong personality. She lives life her way, not bending to the will of the society. Although this is a romance, it is much more; this is a psychological thriller that will keep the reader up all night reading so that they could learn the answers to all their questions. There is a message too in this book: money cannot buy happiness.


As a person who has always been around aviation, I have to say that this book makes one feel that you are right there in the cockpit! This is a journey of the driving human spirit that lies within all of us, including the dream to actually take wings and fly. Mix in the unconquerable perseverance of a woman, who seeks to find her real niche in the scheme of life, and you have a story that is very compelling, fascinating to the last page, and a credit to the writing of true adventure! If you want a gripping story, than look no further than this page turner that keeps you on the edge of your chair.