By: Mary Davis
Publisher: Barbour Fiction
Publication Date: February 2022
Reviewed by: Tripti Kandari
Review Date: December 20, 2021
Mary Davis relays the tale of WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) in Mrs. Witherspoon Goes to War to ensure that the unsung story of these WWII warriors is not brushed over.
Peggy Witherspoon, a lately widowed WASP pilot continues to perform her duty of relieving men pilots of overseas tasks for their combat in WWII, a battle that the WASPs are deemed unfit for. Her fate collides with Major Berg, the WASP new reporting officer, and affection develops between them that both doubts, try to avoid, and eventually succumbs to. Peggy is skeptical about God’s grace on her in the wake of mishaps in her life. However, He appears to have big plans for the bold and compassionate Peggy. Is it, however, going to drive her to follow in the footsteps of her husband George, or her father and brother, all martyrs of war?
Peggy, a mother of two girls, is driven (like other WASP) to establish her skills as a pilot on par with men. Three WASP, Peggy, Jolene, and Brownie, with a propensity to courage equal to none, have a rare opportunity to represent all of WASP competence in tasks not perceived as up to their abilities. Given the scenario of army and government embroiled in war politics, the three WASP are willing to rescue soldiers after obtaining intelligence that the soldiers are held captive in Cuba, despite the fact that Cuba is their ally...What will their task (not to mention the clandestine mission) entail in terms of risk or departure from the WASPS' traditional role? Will Mama Bird's (Peggy’s call name) selflessness keep her safe this time?
The WASP in this Christian fiction novel exude a laudable sense of boldness and strength throughout. The romantic thriller keeps developing events that put the two main protagonists in close contact with God for support, despite their periodic lack of faith in God's plan and blessings. The subtle but constant tenderness between Peggy and Berg remains a pleasant element to the fiction. Mary David has explored the misconceptions surrounding the role of female pilots, highlighting people's persistent endeavor to blend in with their surroundings, neglecting adversities in order to establish their worth, which is so readily taken for granted at any given opportunity.
Quill says: Covering a period during WWII, Mrs. Witherspoon Goes to War beautifully and explicitly demonstrates a sense of environmental loss, zeal to fight for our own, and a longing for affection.