If My Heart Had Wings: A World War II Love Story

 
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Amazon Bestseller! Not the usual WWII story, If My Heart Had Wings is a loving tribute to first love, shattering loss, buried secrets, and a young widow’s long search for fulfillment and her own identity.

“Loved it! The Greatest Generation all have their secrets in this endlessly fascinating & compelling memoir.” - Reedsy Discovery

“Superb! A wonderful story of devotion and tough times...” - Nat’l WWII Museum

“A unique book, written about real people and events... one of the best in the WWII genre.” - Amazon Reader

Imagine it’s 1966 and you’re a teenager, digging through an old box of photos, when you suddenly find a picture of your mom wearing a white wedding dress. Yet you know she wore a suit when she married your dad! You race to find her, waving the picture and demanding an explanation. And, reluctantly, she confesses that she was married before... to a pilot who was killed in World War II. After the shock wears off, you become insatiably curious about this long-held secret. But your mother refuses to talk about it, until you finally wear her down and the whole fascinating story tumbles out—a riveting tale of star-crossed marriage, the brutality of war, a suffocating second marriage, and the indelible bonds of true love.

This is the story of a daughter’s decades-long unraveling of her mother’s hidden life, full of secrets, lies, oppression, and a hard-won journey to self-discovery and fulfillment. If you listen carefully, you may hear your own mother’s voice.

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"This book is subtitled A World War II Love Story... but it is so much more than that... I recommend it to anyone who likes World War II tales and stories about strong women who never give in to adversity." - Vine Voice

[Taylor has] mastered a conversational yet detail resonant style of prose. I know I can hear my mother and grandmother in her writing, musing and conversing.” - Misanthropester.com

A deeply moving tribute, meticulously researched and engaging from start to finish.” - Carol Starr Schneider, author

What readers say about If My Heart Had Wings:

“Compelling, unique and easy to read, this is a special story about the Greatest Generation. But ALL generations can relate to its themes of young love, loss, struggle and rediscovery. Wonderful read!!”

“This is a different perspective of the war and well worth the read.”

“I loved this book from start to finish!”

“I just cannot get this story out of my head. This book was superb... You won't be sorry you read it.”

“A truly wonderful account of the life (and death) of one of our young American pilots and what happened to his young widow. Definitely worth reading!”

“Each chapter left me wanting to find out what happened next, so I finished it in one sitting. It's the best book I've read all year!

What a compelling, romantic book – filled with longing and well-researched historical information!”

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a tale of war time romance, disappointments, life’s sometimes harsh realities, and a reckoning of old vows.”

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About the Author:

Nadine Taylor has authored, edited, and ghostwritten more than twenty books, including New York Times bestsellers and national bestsellers, many of which have been translated into several languages and sold internationally. A registered dietitian, Nadine began her writing career in the health field, editing the New York Times #1 bestseller "The Arthritis Cure" and penning the popular "Arthritis for Dummies" and "Green Tea: The Natural Secret to a Healthier Life," before branching out into memoir, psychology and business. In 2018, Nadine's memoir/biography of her mother, "If My Heart Had Wings: A World War II Love Story" was published to excellent reviews. It's the fascinating story of Nadine's discovery, at age 13, of her mother's secret marriage to a pilot who was killed during World War II, and how the pilot continually "reappeared" in their lives, eventually changing them for the better. Nadine lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Barry Fox, who is also a best-selling author.

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"...endlessly fascinating... [Taylor has] mastered aconversational yet detail resonant style of prose. I know I can hear my motherand grandmother in her writing, musing and conversing." - Daniel Casey, Misanthropester.com

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Book Description Taylor-Fox, Inc., United States, 2018. Paperback. Condition: New. 2nd Edition ed. Language: English. Brand new Book. At the height of WW2, 22-year-old Nina Raff learns that her beloved pilot husband has been killed in plane crash. To escape her grief, she upends her life, moves across country, and plunges into another marriage far too soon. For the next twenty years, she buries her sadness and ignores the past to appease her jealous alcoholic second husband.But when her teenage daughter discovers a long-hidden wedding photo, an unforgettable story of love, heartbreaking loss, oppression, and family secrets tumbles out, compounded by a mystery the daughter is determined to solve.It's war and its aftermath, told from a woman's point of view. Perfect for anyone who loves the history, drama, and romance of the World War II era!"Superb! A wonderful story of devotion and tough times." - C. Paul Hilliard, Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees, World War II Museum"Loved it! The Greatest Generation all have their secrets in this endlessly fascinating & compelling memoir." - Reedsy Discovery"This book is subtitled A World War II Love Story. but it is so much more than that. I recommend it to anyone who likes World War II tales and stories about strong women who never give in to adversity." - Vine Voice[Taylor has] mastered a conversational yet detail resonant style of prose. I know I can hear my mother and grandmother in her writing, musing and conversing." - A deeply moving tribute, meticulously researched and engaging from start to finish." - Carol Starr Schneider, author What readers say about If My Heart Had Wings: "A unique book, written about real people and events. one of the best in the WWII genre."Compelling, unique and easy to read, this is a special story about the Greatest Generation. But ALL generations can relate to its themes of young love, loss, struggle and rediscovery. Wonderful read!!"This is a different perspective of the war and well worth the read."I loved this book from start to finish!"A truly wonderful account of the life (and death) of one of our young American pilots and what happened to his young widow. Definitely worth reading!". Seller Inventory # LIE9780692057803

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