Under A Sky Of Memories – Soraya M. Lane
Sicily, 1943. Three American women, all nurses in the Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron, are determined to do all they can for their country. Vita is fun-loving, Dot shy and sweet-natured, and Evelyn practical and determined, but for all their differences, a life of military service pulls the three together as firm friends.
When they’re selected for a daring mission, the women are proud to play their part. But disaster strikes when their plane crash-lands behind enemy lines in occupied Albania. Together with twenty-three other medics, they find themselves trapped, cut off from all communication with the squadron, and in terrifying and unimaginable danger.
As days and nights pass without hope of rescue, the group must travel on foot across unfamiliar terrain thick with Nazis and their violent local allies. Can Evelyn, Vita, and Dot survive the perilous journey through enemy territory—and finally find their way home?
Oh my goodness! This book was so good. A historical fiction following three very different young American girls (Dot, Vita, and Evelyn), each with their own background, personality, personal drama, bonded by shared experiences during WWII.
This book is intense, dramatic, and heartwarming. Sent overseas to Sicily during WWII to help injured soldiers, a disastrous plane crash leaves them stranded in Albania. From there, it is a story of survival, hope, love, and friendship.
Each chapter is told from the perspective of one of the girls, each one written so humanely that I felt for each of them. I was stressed and nervous for each of them, and loved reading each of their stories.
The friendship between the three girls is beautiful. Each one comes from a very different background, but through training and their experiences they form a strong bond. They are serious, goofy, funny and at times emotional, and I loved reading about them.
I do typically enjoy wartime historical fictions, but this was the first one I’ve read that is set in Italy/Sicily/Albania, and I liked seeing a different side of the war.
I received this ARC copy via Netgalley, this is my honest review.