Feb 16, 2010

When She Flew by Jennie Shortridge (Review)

When She Flew, Jennie's fourth novel, is the fictionalization of true events, and after much research, she let her imagination run wild to create this evocative story of an Iraq war vet raising his daughter in the wild and the single mom/policewoman who breaks all the rules when ordered to separate them, risking everything to help them escape. This story explores the issues of raising children in today's world, living within the system as opposed to rejecting it, the toll of war on families, and introduces a young heroine raised in the forest who thrives through the worst of circumstances.


Author Jennie Shortridge has published four bestselling novels: When She Flew (2009), Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe (2008), Eating Heaven (2005) and Riding with the Queen, (NAL 2003). When not writing books, teaching writers workshops, or volunteering with kids, Jennie stays busy as a founding member of Seattle7Writers.org, a collective of Northwest authors devoted both to raising funds for community literacy projects and to raising awareness of Northwest literature. On occasion, Jennie and her husband Matt record music in their Seattle home studio.

To find out more about the author visit her website at http://www.jennieshortridge.com


This is a great story about a father desperate to provide a life for his daughter but unable to hold a job to support themselves. Pater made a life for himself and his daughter Lindy by hiding in the woods, and they lived secretly and undetected for a long period, with their only income a small veteran's pension.  One day Lindy was spotted in the woods, and reported to the authorities.  An overly zealous police force tracked them down and brought them into custody.  One member of the police force oversteps her authority and helps them to escape and go into hiding.  She is confident she is doing the right thing, but her actions jeopardize her own career.  Making a stand for what she believes in will cost the police officer so much, and this decision also affects her relationship with her own daughter.

I really enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a good escape into an unforgettable story. 

My rating - 4.5 out of 5 stars! 

I won an autographed copy of this book in a blog giveaway at Book Chatter. I was not required to write a review for this book, but enjoyed it immensely and wanted to share my thoughts with readers of this blog.

# Paperback: 352 pages
# Publisher: Signet (TRD) (Nov 3 2009)
# Language: English
# ISBN-10: 0451227980
# ISBN-13: 978-0451227980

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