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Publisher's Summary

Amazon Best Seller! Not the usual WWII tale, If My Heart Had Wings is a true story that sounds like a novel - a heartfelt tribute to first love, shattering loss, buried secrets, and a young widow haunted by the past while confronting a difficult, uncertain future.

“Loved it! The Greatest Generation all have their secrets in this endlessly fascinating and compelling memoir.” (Reedsy Discovery)

“Superb! A wonderful story of devotion and tough times....” (Nat’l WWII Museum)

At the height of WW2, 22-year-old Nina Raff learns that her beloved pilot husband has been killed in plane crash. To escape her grief, she upends her life, moves across country, and plunges into another marriage far too soon. For the next 20 years, she buries her sadness and ignores the past to appease her jealous alcoholic second husband. 

But when her teenage daughter discovers a long-hidden wedding photo, an unforgettable story of love, heartbreaking loss, oppression, and family secrets tumbles out, compounded by a mystery the daughter is determined to solve. 

It's war and its aftermath, told from a woman's point of view. Perfect for anyone who loves the history, drama, and romance of the World War II era.

©2018 Nadine Taylor (P)2020 Nadine Taylor

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Beautifully done!

Such a compelling and interesting story! Love, loss, mystery and intrigue - highly recommend! The narration is superb.

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Great Read

If My Heart Had Wings: A World War II Love Story was a great read by Nadine Taylor. This was a true story of star-crossed love, a brutal war, and family secrets that get unraveled. Nina was 22 years old during World War II when she found out that her husband has died overseas. She is running from her grief and decides to upend her life. She moved across the country and remarried very soon. When her daughter is a teenager she discovers a wedding photo that she never seen before and wasn’t of her mother and father. She starts to question things as her mother tells her of a life she never knew existed. I enjoyed reading this great true story.

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Great Naration! Excellent story. Very interesting

Loved it!! Excellent Naration by Ms Taylor! Excellent recording. Easy to listen to. Buy it.

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Poignant wonderful story rich in historical detail!

As a senior citizen I really appreciated that the sound quality and diction were so easy to follow. I really enjoyed the story. I found myself on a personal very American journey led by the warm expressive voice of the narrator, who is also the author. The clarity of her spoken words gave me insight into her family’s complex experiences starting just before WWII. I soon realized that she gave voice to my family’s story as well. The powerful connections of generations across time , and most especially, the deep mother-daughter bonds, are beautifully laid out in this telling.

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Great WWII love story

I really enjoyed this true life, multi generational, story about love during WWII and the years after. It is also a coming of age story for the daughter as she learns about her mother’s hidden love for her first husband. The author brings to life conversations with her mother. The author/ narrator did an excellent job reading and the sound quality was very good. I was given a free copy of this audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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If My Heart Had Wings Touches MY Heart

It is to the reader's great benefit that this book is not only narrated by its author, Nadine, Taylor, but that she is also sharing with us her OWN experience of family discoveries. With her clear and feminine vocal tone she beautifully describes the characters, events, and time period within this moving love story. Ms. Taylor infuses her storytelling style with nuanced inflection, humor, and excellent verbal articulation. Upon first listening to this audiobook, I was immediately drawn in; with every word of this fascinating tale I felt like I "was there."

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Pulls You Right In

Books read by the author have an immediacy and authenticity that books read by professional narrators often lack. Nadine Taylor combines the skill of a professional reader with the truth that only an author can bring to a reading. I loved the story and loved her recounting of it.

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Well done

I read this earlier. listening to it is the superior experience. Ms. Taylor reads with an interest that lets the listener know her story is personal. I was interested all the way through. It's a story of families - and how missed communication and assumptions can change one's life. Highly recommended.

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An amazing experience

Ms. Taylor‘s warm courageous and inspiring voice engage me totally as I listen to her personal story of moving past the challenges and traumas of her parents, during and after World War II, in order to establish a positive hopeful and loving life for herself and afraid of reaching for the truth, she pushed through a number of mysteries To discover the sources of inappropriate behaviors and much unhappiness, to determine the realities behind the secrets. Through many of these realities brought pain and sorrow, they also helped her to think more maturely and add compassionate understanding to her love for her mother I commend her strength, resilience and desireTo share her story with others

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Heartfelt Family Story!

First of all, the sound quality was excellent! The inflection of the narrator’s voice helped drive this personal story. Truly interesting narrative was amplified by factual evidence to support the narrator’s/author’s story. If My Heart Had Wings expresses the unique relationship between mother,daughter, and a hidden history and is an enjoyable listen!