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Maddy’s Wings

“It was difficult to tell what was lightning, air fire or ground fire. It seemed we were trying to navigate a sky filled with fireworks within the middle of a storm. The plane shuddered, losing altitude in a dive that was too steep and too fast. Concerned that the stalling engine’s fire and tail rip may ignite the load of ammunition within, I instinctively banked, aiming offshore to the water below.”

“Maddy’s Wings is a heartwarming coming of age story!”

Maddy survived and now she wants to know why.
Racked with survivor’s guilt and beginning to suffer from Alzheimer’s in her old age, 92-year-old Maddy has a painful recollection stuck on repeat – the moment she crashed a loaded B26 bomber during her role as an Air Auxiliary Pilot in World War II.
Maddy’s relives poignant memories; growing up during the Great Depression, war traumas, the death of her daughter and unborn grandchild, and yet it is the plane crash that she cannot get out of her head.
As Maddy’s memories fade and life draws to a close, she seeks to live her last moments to the fullest. From intriguing new neighbours to a pet pig and giggle brownies, humour and heartbreak abounds as she struggles to shake off the survivor’s guilt that has haunted her for so long. Maddy’s free-spirited adventures are thwarted by a ruthless elder care worker, who is making her life a misery. Strange events unfold – the decades old cold case of a murdered local Pastor surfaces, and shocking truths come to light about little sister Rosie’s life during and after the war.
What really caused that fateful plane crash? Why did Maddy survive while others lost their lives? What really happened to her little sister Rosie during the war?
As she faces the final challenges of life to set herself free from the shackles of culpability, Maddy may just redefine what it means to be a hero.

Jan Porter is an award-winning author of literary fiction and personal growth books.

Keywords: literary fiction, history, Canadian, the Great Depression, WW2, aging, Alzheimer's, unsung hero, janporter, strong female lead, social issues, drama, humour, post traumatic stress, contemporary women, female pilot, R.A.F., Air Auxiliary

Reviews

"The book is a good historical fiction read. The characters are good. The story is a heartfelt story of elderly telling their stories, and dealing with long ago mistakes. The story is a good read for readers that like historical fiction."

 "A timeless heart-rending story that will appeal to discerning lovers of literary fiction with a strong female lead Maddy's Wings is unreservedly recommended.

      Absorbing and powerfully written, Maddy's Wings is a story about life and looking back on it with Porter ably managing to avoid the genre's many syrupy dangers. Sometimes flashbacks in fiction work, more often than not they don’t as far too many novels creep with unendurable inevitability to a foregone conclusion. But in Porter's capable hands plot structure proves a wonderful distraction and wholly unpredictable with its narrative charm stemming from vivid and unique characterizations along with her nuanced eye for period detail. Wandering through notes of longing, romantic angst, tragedy and deceit she takes these themes and turns them to full volume as momentum gathers pace. Readers can expect subtle touches of humour, poignant turns of phrase and the artifices of mystery as she weaves a narrative with an abundance of feeling. Using the devices of time, the decades fall away and secrets are unravelled as she draws us in with surprising ease and you can’t help but be impressed by the quality of execution. Take a moment to close your eyes and you can imagine events unfolding on celluloid, which invariably proves the mark of a good book."

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About Jan Porter

Award-winning author and philosophical muse Jan Porter brings indigenous cultures, spiritual phenomena and unsung heroes to life in her notable collection of prize winning books.

     A connoisseur of literary fiction with a strong female lead and universal self-help books, Jan not only seeks to move and entertain with her humorous and heartfelt novels, but also to advise her worldwide audience as they look to her for counsel on angels, spiritual fulfillment and life after abuse.

     Born in rural Ontario, Canada, contemporary women’s fiction author and self-help guru Jan grew up in the great outdoors, where she was captivated by the otherworldly allure of indigenous cultures, mysticism and tales of northern wilderness.

     She discovered her destiny to become an author during her teenage years when she came across old copies of Voltaire’s Candide, Margaret Caven’s I Heard The Owl Call My Name and the works of William Shakespeare.

     All masterpieces in their own right, the worn covers and tattered pages of these books, plays and novellas unearthed a passion for writing, and inspired Jan to transform her thoughts into words.

     Handwritten scribbles became typewritten short stories, articles and poetry, but it was only after a long career in Human Services that Jan decided to shine the spotlight on her writing and bring her female protagonists to life.

After completing a Spiritualist / Metaphysical Minister’s degree, she cocooned herself in a northern Ontario lakeside sanctuary, where she penned books with strong female heroines and self counsel course materials that had long been in various stages of completion. Little did she know that one day her work would win various book awards!

     With each new release, Jan continues to share the wisdom of unsung heroes and explore the human condition in literature. As a philosophical muse of human nature, quantum physics and the spirit world, Jan’s popular fiction novels and self-help books are profound, moving, and inspiring, and often humorous and entertaining to boot.

Awards:

  • Two-time winner of the Bookworks Book of the Week Award

  • Reader’s Favorite Award for ‘Soul Skin, Woman, have you had enough?’ and ‘Angel Guides, love communication’

Proud member of:

  • The Writer’s Union of Canada

  • The Mohawk College Alumni Association

  • The Bancroft Spiritual Centre

  • Founder of the Soul Works Gifting Foundation (ad hoc)

Published Books (formerly published with Moose Hide Books, Canada):

Literary fiction novels and novellas

  • NEW RELEASE: Maddy’s Wings – brand new fiction book!

  • Soul Skin, Woman, have you had enough?

  • Peaceful Warrior Woman

  • Izzy's Ghosts – in progress

  • Barefoot Annie – in progress

Self counsel books

  • Angel Guides, love communication

  • Angel Guides, love communication – workbook journal

  • Spiritual Biz, passion and fulfillment in a changing global community

  • Soul Calling, your angel guided life purpose

  • Sacred Space, body mind soul after sexual abuse

  • Life After Abuse, a practical healing guide for survivors

Published Articles

  • Cofounder of Mystical Voices Magazine

  • Mosaic Magazine

  • Owen Sound Sun Times

  • Wiarton Echo News

  • Tobermory Press

  • Medium Online

  • One Thousand Trees Magazine – “Sharing: Our stories, ourselves, our success”

  • Link Magazine

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/inspiredsoulworks

All books by Jan Porter

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