When We Had Wings by Ariel Lawhon, Kristina McMorris, Susan Meissner #audiobook #audiblebook #bookreview @harpermusebooks


From three bestselling authors comes an interwoven tale about a trio of World War II nurses stationed in the South Pacific who wage their own battle for freedom and survival.

The Philippines, 1941. When U.S. Navy nurse Eleanor Lindstrom, U.S. Army nurse Penny Franklin, and Filipina nurse Lita Capel forge a friendship at the Army Navy Club in Manila, they believe they’re living a paradise assignment. All three are seeking a way to escape their pasts, but soon the beauty and promise of their surroundings give way to the heavy mantle of war.

Caught in the crosshairs of a fight between the U.S. military and the Imperial Japanese Army for control of the Philippine Islands, the nurses are forced to serve under combat conditions and, ultimately, endure captivity as the first female prisoners of the Second World War. As their resiliency is tested in the face of squalid living arrangements, food shortages, and the enemy’s blatant disregard for the articles of the Geneva Convention, the women strive to keep their hope—and their fellow inmates—alive, though not without great cost.

In this sweeping story based on the true experiences of nurses dubbed “the Angels of Bataan,” three women shift in and out of each other’s lives through the darkest days of the war, buoyed by their unwavering friendship and distant dreams of liberation.


Three women, Eleanor, Penny and Lita, become great friends as they are nurses in the US military. But, things change quickly in the Philippines as WWII rages around them. They become prisoners of war under the Japanese Army. Every day is a day filled with terror, hunger and death.

A lot of the books set in this time period of WWII are about the tragedy of the Jews. But, you forget how awful the Japanese were. This book brings that to light. And let me tell you, it is heartbreaking in so many places. I could not stop listening to it.

What these women went through…and I do believe the authors softened their mistreatment! The strength and resilience of these characters will have you cheering in one breath and crying in the next!

The narrator, Saskia Maarleveld, is amazing! She kept the emotions at just the right tone and all the voices…WOW! What a fantastic job!

Need an intense, emotional historical fiction you will not soon forget…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today.

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.

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1 Response to When We Had Wings by Ariel Lawhon, Kristina McMorris, Susan Meissner #audiobook #audiblebook #bookreview @harpermusebooks

  1. Thanks for your wonderful review!!

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