On the Wings of the Morning
I love seeing historical romances set in the early 20th century and, since I also find the history of aviation fascinating, I was doubly thrilled to stumble across On Wings of the Morning. This tale of two restless souls finding peace and love has a beauty about it that made the story linger in my mind long after I finished reading.
Morgan Glennon, raised in Oklahoma by his mother and grandparents, grew up knowing almost nothing about his father. Though his lot was difficult as an illegitimate child in that time and place, the love of his family kept him on the right path as he grew up to realize his dream of flying.
Georgia Carter likewise grew up without a father. With an immature mother who acted more like her sister than a parent, Georgia grew up suspicious of men and with a more unconventional aspiration. After seeing Charles Lindbergh as a child, George knew that she was meant to fly. This dream brought her to wait tables by an airfield so that she could gather up the money for flying lessons.
When World War II begins, Morgan and Georgia cross paths. Morgan is a pilot, and Georgia is flying as a Women’s Air Service Pilot (WASP). After seeing action in the Pacific, Morgan has been sent back to the States for more flight training. While traveling to a flight check, he finds himself forced to make an emergency landing – right on the air base where Georgia is assigned.
While Morgan and Georgia do not immediately hit it off, there is a definite chemistry between the two. Though it has takes time, Georgia comes to realize that there is more substance to Morgan than she initially gave him credit for, while Morgan finds himself impressed by Georgia’s ability and by the woman herself. The stage is set for a wonderful, rule-breaking romance.
Like many a wartime romance, Morgan and Georgia’s tale is filled with separations and reunions and things develop more slowly than in the average historical. However, the author does a wonderful job of maintaining the chemistry between her lead characters while telling a fascinating story. The novel is written in chapters alternating between Morgan and Georgia’s points of view, and the result is a rich tale in which the reader feels as if she or he has gotten to know both characters and their lives very well.
While there are some historical liberties taken in the story (including a large one involving Morgan’s past history) that I found off-putting, On Wings of the Morning still ranks as one of the most beautiful and most romantic stories I have read in a long time. Unlike many writers, Bostwick does not rely on mental lusting to convince readers that her story is a romance, but instead dives deeply into her characters’ hearts to tell a much more emotional story. This quality, together with her obvious delight in her historical setting, make for an unforgettable story.