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The Roaring Days of Zora Lily by Noelle Salazar is a two timeline story, but just barely. One story just bookends the other. As a reader, I invest in Zora Lily’s story. The ideas of big dreams, the courage to keep those dreams alive, and the determination to make big decisions to bring those dreams to fruition are powerful ones. The fact that the journey is filled with helpers and detractors and with successes and failures grounds the story.

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Reviewed for NetGalley and a publisher’s blog tour.
njmom3 | 5 outras críticas | Dec 16, 2023 |
Noelle Salazar's fascinating novel The Roaring Days of Zora Lily begins in 2023 with a curator at the Smithsonian Museum of American History's discovery while working on an exhibition of iconic movie costumes from 1920's through today. She finds a label underneath another label with the name of Zora Lily on it.

Who is Zora Lily and why was her label hidden underneath the label of a famous costume designer? That takes the story back to the days of Prohibition and the 1920's. Zora Hough was a teenager from a poverty-stricken family in Seattle. Zora helped her mother support her family as seamstresses, repairing clothes for others.

Zora's talents lay in designing and sewing beautiful dresses for wealthy women in Seattle. She spent all her time either in school or working to help her mother. Zora's best friend dances in a club downtown and convinces Zora to join her in some well-deserved fun at the clubs.

Zora is introduced to a whole new world in the dance clubs, and catches the eye of a handsome and wealthy man, a man whom all the other women desire for themselves. The dicotomy of her life at home and her night life in the clubs is striking.

Soon Zora's talents are put to use repairing the costumes for the dancers and when Zora's friends are drawn to the bright lights of Hollywood, Zora accompanies them and gets a job at a studio as a seamstress.

Although Zora was led to believe that she would be designing clothes for the movies, in fact she spent all her time sewing and repairing other people's designs. She became frustrated and was set to return home for good when an opportunity arose for her to possibly realize her dreams.

Noelle Salazar transports the reader to the 1920's era in The Roaring Days of Zora Lily. You can almost hear the music in the clubs, taste the fizzy drinks, and see the beautiful dancers moving. I also liked the Hollywood setting, meeting people like Greta Garbo. Zora being torn between her loyalty to her family and her own big dreams is something people can relate to as well.

Fans of Karen White's jazz-era Wicked City trio of novels (The Wicked City, The Wicked Redhead, The Wicked Widow) and Adriana Trigiani's All The Stars in the Heavens, (a fictionalized account of actress Loretta Young's life) should put The Roaring Days of Zora Lily on their TBR list. I recommend it.

Thanks to Harlequin Books for putting me on their Fall 2023 Blog Tours.
bookchickdi | 5 outras críticas | Oct 11, 2023 |

Who is Zora Lily Hough?

She is a character you will fall in love with as you follow her through her days helping her family cope with poverty and tragedy and as she works as a day nanny for the Harringtons and as she waits for her dreams to come true.

Zora and her friend, Rose, take us through speakeasies and their lives as young women in the 1920's.

We follow them through heartbreaks and Zora's wish to become a fashion designer and to own her own boutique. I loved hearing about her sewing skills and fashion ideas.

You will be pulled in immediately with Ms. Salazar's marvelous, detailed writing and story line.

I didn't want the book to end because of Zora. She is a character who made you want all good things happen to.

Do not miss this gem.

It is such a beautiful read, I was actually crying. Not sad tears, but just overwhelmed at the beauty of the story. 5/5

Thank you to the publisher and Book Browse for the advanced reader copy. All opinions are my own.
SilversReviews | 5 outras críticas | Oct 6, 2023 |
The Smithsonian museum is working on an exhibit featuring movie costumes from the 1920s to present day. As one of the curators is preparing one of the costumes worn by Greta Garbo, she makes an unusual discovery. The tag in the costume is fake. When the tag accidentally falls off the costume, it reveals the name, Zora Lilly. No one at the museum has ever heard of this costume designer.

To say I loved this novel us an understatement! I loved everything and everyone in it, especially Zora. She is struggling to keep her family together after her father’s accident and her brother’s death. She is giving up her life to make sure everyone is taken care of. Until…her best friend makes her go out on the town to a speakeasy. This opens more than one world for her.

This story captivated me from start to finish. Zora, Harley, the speakeasies, old Hollywood create a tale you do not want to miss!


Need a story that will transport you to the jazz age…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today.

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest opinion.
fredreeca | 5 outras críticas | Oct 2, 2023 |
Taking place in Seattle during the 1920s during Prohibition, Zora Hough seems to be doomed to a life of poverty. Zora helps her mother bring in extra money as a seamstress. But Zora has incredible sewing skills and a mind full of clothing designs. She can envision how a simple fabric and needle and thread can create an outfit that looks beautiful on each person. Tragedy strikes the family, a tragedy that forces Zora out into the world, away from her family. However, this opens Zora’s eyes to the possibilities available to her both in career and in love.

Salazar’s writing paints a picture of life in Seattle in the 1920’s. It is so easy to imagine Zora’s life throughout the various stages as she leaves her family and gains independence and empowerment. Salazar does a wonderful job of describing scenes without making it dull. The reader can imagine sitting in mansions and speakeasies, scenes filled with music and fashion. Salazar does a great job focusing on Zora’s growth and independence, rather than the setbacks. For each setback Zora faces, she seems to come through the other side stronger for it.

While this book was fun to read, I would have liked it if Salazar spent more time on the conflicts that arose between various characters. It might have been nice if Salazar explored the supporting characters a little bit more. However, I recommend this book to historical fiction readers, especially those who enjoy reading about the Prohibition era.

Thanks to Net Galley, Noelle Salazar, and MIRA for providing a complimentary copy of this book in hopes that I will leave my unbiased review. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and the above review is simply my opinion of the book.
BlueBookReviews | 5 outras críticas | Sep 30, 2023 |
This historical fiction book is very well written and researched. It's a dual timeline book but not really. The modern day part of the story is only about 10% of the novel to introduce Zora and the mystery surrounding her at the beginning and the result of the research at the end. Most of the story is about the transformation of a quiet shy poor girl who takes in sewing to becoming a well known designer who manages to find love along the way while constantly fighting her feelings of not being good enough no matter what success she was having.

In 2023, Sylvia is a conservator for the Smithsonian. She is in charge of a group working on a presentation of the clothes worn in a movie that came out in the 1920s. Every piece of clothing had to be perfect which meant repairing tears and sewing sequins back on. When she is working on a dress worn by Greta Garbo in the movie, the label of the dress designer falls out and she sees the name Zora Lily under the tag. This is enough to make her want to research who Zora Lily was and why her name is on the movie dresses.

We first meet Zora in 1924. She lives an improvised life with her mother, alcoholic father and 6 siblings. She spends her days repairing dresses with her mother even as she dreams of designing dresses. One night her friend Rose talks her into going out to a club and it begins to change Zora. She enjoys the freedom and when she gets a job as a nanny for a rich couple, she sees how rich people live. The more she is around people other than her family, the more she is sure that she needs to follow her dreams and become more self-reliant. Her ambition even takes her to Hollywood but is the fame worth losing her family and her dreams? She has to make major decisions about what she really wants out of life and whether the cost of the dreams is worth making them come true.

I loved the character of Zora. She remained true to herself even when she was put into difficult situations. Her family remained her touchstone and she was always happiest when she was with them. Her romance is really exciting even though I was never sure of what the outcome would be and if there was too much difference between Zora and Harley to keep them from having their happily ever after.

The other thing that I found exciting about this book was the description of the clothes. The clothes Zora designed for the women in the clubs and for a Hollywood movie and how her experience made her an even better seamstress and designer. I ended up goggling a lot of the fashion from this time in history so that I could picture what was being described.

This book is a tremendous coming of age novel full of fantastic characters and descriptions of lots of beautiful clothes. I highly recommend it!
susan0316 | 5 outras críticas | Sep 2, 2023 |
Two young sister lived with their mother in the Netherlands. Life has been very normal for them in Haarlem even though the rumors of war are getting stronger. In 1940, the Nazis invaded their country and life changed dramatically. Lien is 14 and wants to be part of the Resistance like her older sister. She believes that she's much braver than Elif and she desperately wants to do her part to rid her beloved country of the Germans. The resistance leaders soon realize that Lien would be a perfect courier. Because of her young age, the Nazis won't suspect her. Once the leaders find out that both sisters had been taught to shoot by their late father, their involvement becomes even more dangerous. The author goes into great detail about some of the brave missions that the sisters were part of. One of the parts of the book that I enjoyed the most was the loving relationship between the two sisters. They always tried to take care of each other no matter what was going on.

I learned in the author's notes that this book was based on two young sisters who were part of the resistance - Truus and Freddie Oversteegen. The author also added other real people to the story such as Carrie Ten Boom who lived near the sisters. This book is a beautifully written and well researched book that looks at the true exploits of two young sisters who made a difference and put their lives in danger to bring freedom to their country.
susan0316 | 7 outras críticas | Jul 28, 2023 |
I have learned that evil cannot be bargained with - to destroy it, one must almost become it. Where will I be when this is all over? Will I even know who I am? — thoughts from Lien as she becomes more and more involved in the resistance.

Taken from true events, this novel will keep you awake and very observant of what is going on around you even at this time. Learning who could be trusted, how to hide in the shadows while making a difference and more importantly how to survive were lessons no parent wanted for a young lady. But during wartime, they were so very important. I found myself needing to set this story aside until the morning as the shadows started to fall around me and even the smallest noise became a distraction. What an incredible thing to have survived! War truly provides a devastating education.

This ebook was received through Harlequin and NetGalley. These thoughts and impressions are my own and were in no way solicited.
Eamace | 7 outras críticas | Dec 22, 2022 |
Thank you to the author for this book. I loved the cover and can picture the sisters looking like this.

I don't give out 5 stars lightly so you know I absolutely loved this book about sisters Lien and Elif during the war in the Netherlands.

These sisters, barely in their teens, doing what they did was unbelievably brave but they wanted to do it. The missions they did and the risks they took were undeniably brave and much more more.

Now I see that they were really angels and the other characters involved too.

I love epilogues and this one was longer than the usual ones I've read in other books and it was what I hoped and expected from these now adults in their 20's I think.
sweetbabyjane58 | 7 outras críticas | Dec 11, 2022 |
This is the first book I have read by Noelle Salazar, and I was blown away. It was beautifully written with wonderful characters.

Set in the Netherlands during WWII, it follows teenage sisters Elif and Lien Vinke as repressive changes come to their homeland. Their family has a history of standing up for what is right, so it is natural that the sisters become part of the Dutch Resistance. Lien also feels guilty for a tragedy that took the life of her baby sister and feels she has to help save lives now. The training they went through was grueling. They began by passing messages and forging identity cards. But they soon moved up to killing Nazi soldiers and their collaborators, blowing up railroads, and helping transport Jews and downed pilots to freedom.

Elif and Lien have an innocent look that makes them appear much younger than they really are. Their now-deceased father always called them his “angels.” Because of their appearance, they are often overlooked which aids them in their mission.

I was astounded by the courage and fortitude the Dutch Resistance members had and their loyalty to each other. It is hard to even contemplate the changes these innocent teens went through to become the brave young men and women of the Resistance. So many completely lost their childhoods, forced to grow up much too quickly.

This riveting and suspenseful book is the result of a newspaper article about the real-life Dutch sisters Truus and Freddie Oversteegen who were courageous and played a vital role in the Resistance. It is obvious that Salazar did extensive research in creating this powerful novel. She even included the Ten Boom family of whom much has been written about.

Perfect for fans of Kristen Harmel and Pam Jenoff. I highly recommend this book.
BettyTaylor56 | 7 outras críticas | Dec 11, 2022 |
Lien and her older sister, Elif, are recruited to be in the Dutch resistance. Both are very young, so they are perfect for passing messages and other various forms of espionage. But, Lien struggles with the death of her young sister. She feels it is her fault so she tends to take unnecessary risks. This invariably puts everyone’s lives at stake.

I really enjoyed the setting of the Netherlands during WWII. Now, I did feel there are a good many day to day, unimportant details in this story. But, that is a minor issue. The characters and the setting kept this novel moving for me.

I loved Lien. She is one tough young lady. And her struggles just enhance the story and create a bond with the reader. She and her sister make a great team. And these two young ladies grew up on the pages of this book.

Need a unique WWII novel…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.
fredreeca | 7 outras críticas | Nov 30, 2022 |
What we take for granted! This is a page turning read, and we put faces to those who are willing to give everything for freedom and justice. A WWII story set in the Netherlands, and young people, still in school, but stepping up to fight the evil that has invaded their country.
I guess we never know if we are capable to doing what these young patriots did in the war effort, but because of their actions, we know how history played out.
This read was a gift, tough at times, but we need to not forget what happened, and give faces to those who stepped up. At times you will have your heart in your throat, and also found myself holding my breath, will these now friends all survive?
We are also gifted with an epilogue!
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Mira, and was not required to give a positive review.
alekee | 7 outras críticas | Nov 7, 2022 |
This was a spectacular and enthralling read. Just when you believe that you've heard all the World War II stories which can be told, along comes this deeply moving story of tremendous bravery, skill, fortitude and moxy. To top that off, it is based on the very real lives of two Dutch teenage sisters, Freddie and Truus Oversteegen, who, by joining the Dutch Resistance, effectively thwart the heinous actions of their Nazi occupiers. Yes, there are many dark moments within this story. Yet, arching above it all is the message, "Endure what you must, help one another and hold fast to hope."

Author Noelle Salazar writes smartly and she beautifully captures the emotions of her well-developed characters. We observe the youthful exuberance of the two sisters and their friends. Over the course of the story we observe their push into adulthood, given the harsh realities of an occupied homeland. We embrace their sorrow when missions aren't pulled off as planned and cheer them on when they succeed.

The first half of the story is a slow build with gradually increasing tension which is tautly held nearly to the end at which point the story gently eases into a satisfying conclusion. The story deftly holds the reader's attention right through to the finish. To historical fiction fans, I highly recommend this book. Or if you know such a fan, the book is due out on the bookstore shelves November 29 2022, just in time for the holiday gift-giving season.

I am grateful to Noelle Salazar and her publisher, Mira Books, for having provided a complimentary copy of this book. Their generosity, however, has not influenced this review - the words of which are mine alone.½
KateBaxter | 7 outras críticas | Oct 4, 2022 |
5 stars, Aspiring Angels


By: Noelle Salazar

The depth of this novel is amazing. It has the power to make you giggle, cry, wail, and more. Dutch sisters Lien and Elif are two teenage girls who want to join the resistance when the Nazis take over their small village.

Their mother doesn't want Lien to join, because she's the baby of the family and thinks Lien is too young. Their father used to take them shooting, and Lien always hit the mark. Her family nicknamed her "Sure Shot."

The novel follows their training and missions in the Resistance. Lien rationalizes it with 'A Life for a Life.'

I would hope if our country was ever taken over in this way, that I'd have the guts to stand up to the interlopers and be a positive member of the resistance. I'm afraid that I might be too soft.

I thankfully received a complimentary copy of #angelsoftheresistance from #mira I was under no obligation to post a review.

#ww2 #resistance #fighters #innocence #basedontrueevents #favoritebooks
HuberK | 7 outras críticas | Sep 26, 2022 |
This book grabbed my attention purely by the title and front cover. This is the first book written by Noelle and it was brilliant. She divides the book into three sections, leading her main character Audrey through WWII. The book starts off in Pearl Harbor, in which Audrey is a civilian contractor training pilots. She meets a man named James who is a second main character in the book. The second and third sections take place in Texas as Audrey is in the Women Airforce Service Pilots and Ferry Command. Throughout the book Noelle does a fantastic job of putting the reader in Audrey’s shoes and bringing them into the story. I shed tears twice while reading this book. This book will stay with me for a long time. The book sheds light on women in the army and their contributions to the war effort here at home as well as how badass women can be. Loved this book and I will be recommending this one for a long time. Noelle is a fantastic storyteller and I’m anxiously looking forward to reading more from her.
dabutkus | 10 outras críticas | Sep 4, 2022 |
Another well researched work of Historical Fiction. Flight Girls is the story of women pilots who help ferry aircrafts so US soldiers can be relived. These women fight to be recognized as true pilots but the Army and most men do not give them the credit of being true professionals.

This novel is definitely one of empowerment for the Greatest Generation to the grandchildren.
Gingersnap000 | 10 outras críticas | Aug 6, 2022 |
Although this was a work of fiction, the book was based on the actual program. This book was both enlightening and inspiring for the most part. There were some glaring mistakes: Lake Grapevine was not there until the 50's and radios were the source of news, not television.
With that aside, I did enjoy the rest of the book. Audrey met James in Hawaii in 1941 while she and 3 other women were part of a program training pilots. The book is written in the first person with Audrey being the narrator. The rest of the book deals with Audrey, her friends and the WASP program. When James is listed as MIA, Audrey goes looking for him.
travelgal | 10 outras críticas | Feb 13, 2021 |
This very heartwarming war-torn love story is a beautiful endearing tale that radiates the strength and power that deep bonds of friendship can bestow upon us during times of war.

To put it simply, The Flight Girls knocked my socks off. Blending the history of the inception of the WWII WASPS, the sisterly comraderie between a group of the bravest women known in the 1940's, and a love story that readers will be frantically rooting for, this top-notch historical novel will grab you and not let you go.

I found the depth of friendship and love that the female pilots shared together as they confided their hopes and dreams to one another through the worst years of World War II, the best part of the book.

The history of early aviation for women was fascinating as well as disheartening due to the way the military treated them, but..history is history and we can't change that!

As for the love story, I will only say it is a very, very, sweet one and I will let you fill in the blanks yourself when you read this 5 star novel! Don't miss this debut from a shining new author in the realm of historical fiction. Clap clap clap.. standing ovation!!
vernefan | 10 outras críticas | Jun 4, 2020 |
Romance novel, thinly masked under a "Historical Fiction" label. Stopped listening after the first 20 minutes.
Pmaurer | 10 outras críticas | Apr 21, 2020 |
I loved this story. Audrey is a strong woman but kind and her character is what made this book. I liked learning about a lesser known program of woman pilots during WWII (this is loosely based on a true group of women). This book is less about the war and more about the women and I loved that perspective!
clp412 | 10 outras críticas | Dec 2, 2019 |
This is a historical romance novel. I normally do not read romance novels but I liked this one. It was interesting to learn about women's involvement in WW2 air support. I thought the friendship between the women was inspiring and I liked the characters. This book was chosen for the book club and I am glad to have read it. I recommend this strongly to those who like romance novels.½
GlennBell | 10 outras críticas | Nov 30, 2019 |
This is not what I thought it was about. I'm sloughing through it. This is a romance novel wrapped up in historical background.

Alphawoman | 10 outras críticas | Sep 16, 2019 |
*I received this book through a GoodReads Giveaway.*

I'd not heard of the Women Airforce Service Pilots prior to this novel and I appreciated this fictionalized introduction to these remarkable women. The main character, Audley, witnesses the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and she goes on to serve in the WASP, a role she is uniquely prepared for by a lifelong love of flying. While the work she and other women performed was within the United States, their jobs were still dangerous, and this book includes a number of unfortunate accidents. I also enjoyed the love story between Audley and James, but I had mixed feelings about this couple's ending, especially due to Audley's perspective on marriage and chlldren throughout the book. Overall, a fun read about a remarkable group of women.
wagner.sarah35 | 10 outras críticas | Jul 8, 2019 |
Audrey has always wanted to fly! Her dad taught her when she was very young and this led her to train military pilots. She meets a young Lieutenant and their romance is just beginning. Then the bombs rain down on Pearl Harbor. This changes the course of their lives for several years.

Audrey is a great female character. She does not follow the norm of society, due to her mother’s great dear distress. She becomes a flight trainer for the army and meets Lieutenant Hart. But, they are JUST FRIENDS! He is a great guy…heck I partially fell in love with him. They do not realize the extent of their love for each other until Lieutenant Hart is missing in action.

I enjoyed the rich history of this story. I knew a little about the flight girls but Noelle Salazar really expanded my knowledge. I did feel like the conversations were a little stilted and spoke the obvious. But, it is still a good read with LOTS of action and anticipation. It basically has a little bit of everything…war, romance and adventure.

I met this sweet lady at Book Expo. She is over the top nice!

I received this novel from Harlequin-Mira books for a honest review.
fredreeca | 10 outras críticas | Jul 2, 2019 |
The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar is a fascinating, fictionalised account of the role female pilots played on the home front during World War II.

With dreams of one day owning her own small airfield in her home town, Audrey Coltrane is one of a handful of female civilian flight instructors assisting in the training of airforce recruits in Hawaii as World War II rages in Europe. She’s content spending her days in the air, and her nights in the company of her roommates, determined to avoid any romantic entanglements which could jeopardise her future plans.
And then, on an ordinary day in December during a training flight with a new recruit, Audrey encounters a squadron of Japanese planes on their way to devastate Pearl Harbor. While Audrey narrowly escapes with her life, thousands, including a close friend and colleague, are not so lucky.
In the wake of the attack, Audrey returns home to Texas but soon grows restless and accepts an invitation to join the newly formed Women Airforce Service Pilots.

Audrey Coltrane is a well developed character, the story unfolds from her first person perspective and I found her to be relatable, admiring her passion, courage and strength. The character of Audrey seems to have been in part inspired by Cornelia Fort, Like Cornelia, Audrey comes from a well off family, and graduated from Sarah-Lawrence College. Fort was the first aviator to encounter a Japanese pilot during a training flight on the day of the Pearl Harbour attack, and was one of the first women to join the WASP program, though tragically, Fort was killed during a mission in 1943, attributable to another (male) pilot’s error.

I was fascinated by the activities of the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) and Women's Flying Training Detachment (WFTD), which were later combined and became the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), though this isn’t the first time I’ve encountered it in fiction. Fannie Flagg’s The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion also tells the story of this group of female aviators. These women were incredible, coming from a variety of backgrounds, volunteering to serve their country. They risked their lives flying aircraft cross-country, testing both new and repaired aircraft, and towing targets for live artillery practice. They were required to complete intensive military training, but the government took little responsibility for their well-being. They did not qualify for any military benefits, and the women were required to pay for their own room and board, transportation, uniforms, and flight gear, and if they were killed (a total of 38 women died), all funeral expenses, including the return of their loved one, was at the family’s cost.

The women with whom Audrey served, and the bonds that formed between them, is definitely a strength of the novel. The supporting characters are well crafted with distinct personalities, and I think representative of the varied women who joined the WASP. Salazar creates a genuine sense of camaraderie between these women, who both live and work together. Their support of one another is heartwarming, and Audrey’s friendship with Carol Ann is particularly delightful.

There is a strong romantic storyline through the book. Though Audrey believes there is no room in her life for love, marriage or children if she is to achieve her dreams, her relationship with airman Lieutenant James Hart, whom she first meets in Hawaii, causes her to question her convictions. After the attack in Pearl Harbor, James is deployed to Europe and while the two write to each other, Audrey is unwilling to admit the depth of her feelings for him until she receives word that he is missing in action, presumed dead or captured by the Germans.

What dulled my enthusiasm for the story slightly was the imbalance between ‘showing and telling’, with a single first person perspective, at times the narrative dragged. In her enthusiasm, I also think Salazar occasionally got carried away with including too many details that didn’t necessarily advance the story, and glossed over more important issues. There is the odd anachronism too, but I think overall Salazar managed to accurately portray the sense of time and place.

The Flight Girls is entertaining, touching, and interesting. I think it tells an important story that recognises and appreciates the contribution these women made to the war effort.½
shelleyraec | 10 outras críticas | Jun 26, 2019 |
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