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When Evie’s dreams come crashing down, she’s determined to still make something of herself in these trying times… It is 1939 and working class Evie Bishop has received a scholarship to study mathematics at Oxford when tragedy turns her life upside down. Evie must seek a new future for herself and, inspired to contribute to the war effort, joins the Women’s Auxiliary Air For When Evie’s dreams come crashing down, she’s determined to still make something of herself in these trying times… It is 1939 and working class Evie Bishop has received a scholarship to study mathematics at Oxford when tragedy turns her life upside down. Evie must seek a new future for herself and, inspired to contribute to the war effort, joins the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force as an Ops Room plotter. Posted to a fighter station on the Sussex Coast, Evie befriends two other WAAFs – shy, awkward May and flirty, glamorous Jess. Faced with earning the approval of strict officers and finding their way in a male dominated world, the three girls band together to overcome challenges, navigate new romances and keep their pilots safe in the skies. But the German bombers seem to know more than they should about the base’s operations, and soon Evie, May and Jess are caught up in a world more dangerous than they ever imagined...


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When Evie’s dreams come crashing down, she’s determined to still make something of herself in these trying times… It is 1939 and working class Evie Bishop has received a scholarship to study mathematics at Oxford when tragedy turns her life upside down. Evie must seek a new future for herself and, inspired to contribute to the war effort, joins the Women’s Auxiliary Air For When Evie’s dreams come crashing down, she’s determined to still make something of herself in these trying times… It is 1939 and working class Evie Bishop has received a scholarship to study mathematics at Oxford when tragedy turns her life upside down. Evie must seek a new future for herself and, inspired to contribute to the war effort, joins the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force as an Ops Room plotter. Posted to a fighter station on the Sussex Coast, Evie befriends two other WAAFs – shy, awkward May and flirty, glamorous Jess. Faced with earning the approval of strict officers and finding their way in a male dominated world, the three girls band together to overcome challenges, navigate new romances and keep their pilots safe in the skies. But the German bombers seem to know more than they should about the base’s operations, and soon Evie, May and Jess are caught up in a world more dangerous than they ever imagined...

30 review for The Ops Room Girls

  1. 4 out of 5

    Karren Sandercock

    Evie Bishop lives in Oxford with her parents Dora and Stan. Her family come from humble stock, working class and she’s lucky to have finished high school. Evie's awarded a math scholarship at Oxford University, when tragedy strikes her family and she’s unable to attend. Evie’s devastated, instead she decides to contribute to the war effort and joins the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force as an Ops room plotter. Her first posting is to the Sussex Coast, High Chalk House, working in The Hole and plotting Evie Bishop lives in Oxford with her parents Dora and Stan. Her family come from humble stock, working class and she’s lucky to have finished high school. Evie's awarded a math scholarship at Oxford University, when tragedy strikes her family and she’s unable to attend. Evie’s devastated, instead she decides to contribute to the war effort and joins the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force as an Ops room plotter. Her first posting is to the Sussex Coast, High Chalk House, working in The Hole and plotting for the Brimstone Squadron. Evie makes friends with two fellow WAAFs, May Lidford and she’s working as a driver and Jess Holloway who’s also an Ops room plotter. Both May and Evie are extremely nervous, they don’t have a lot of confidence and have left home for the first time. May blushes every time she has to drive or talk to Squadron Leader Peter Travis and Evie gets flustered when she’s around Scottish pilot Alex Kincaid and is it wise to start a wartime romance? The three girls become best friends, supporting each other through the stress of working in a high pressure environment and a dangerous one. The English Air Force knows the Germans are building up their air power near the coast of France, it’s just a matter of time before they attack, the Ops room plotters and Hurricane pilots have to be ready for action. Some odd things have been happening around the base, deliberate acts of sabotage and it’s almost like the German bombers have inside information. Do they have a spy that’s infiltrated the base, and could it be one of the mechanics or one of the Czechoslovakian pilots in Alex’s Hurricane squadron? I really enjoyed reading The Ops Room Girls, May and Evie are my favorite two characters, both come across as being very vulnerable and both are incredibly strong and brave women. Very interesting reading about the work the Ops room plotters did during WW II and what an important role they had guiding the pilots back to base and keeping them safe in the sky. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, I can't wait to read the next book in the series and five stars from me.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty

    I loved this book. I am a real sucker for anything WWII as long as it is done well and this certainly was. I loved the main character Evie and seeing her grow over the course of the book. I loved the friendship with her fellow WAAFs and I loved the romance. There was plenty of action and adventure over the course of the book to keep me hooked right the way through the book and I really didn’t want it to end. I cannot wait for the next one in the series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    NetGalley Member Review Cover Image: The Ops Room Girls The Ops Room Girls by Vicki Beeby Pub Date: 16 Jul 2020 Review by jeanie m, Reviewer Last updated on 31 May 2020 My Recommendation With grateful thanks to netgalley and canelo for an early copy in return for an honest review. Firstly I would just like to say what a fabulous book the saga of Evie Jess and May was. such an inspiration and incredibly well thought out plan, heart warming funny and intriguing. I just loved how the 3 girls were such a grea NetGalley Member Review Cover Image: The Ops Room Girls The Ops Room Girls by Vicki Beeby Pub Date: 16 Jul 2020 Review by jeanie m, Reviewer Last updated on 31 May 2020 My Recommendation With grateful thanks to netgalley and canelo for an early copy in return for an honest review. Firstly I would just like to say what a fabulous book the saga of Evie Jess and May was. such an inspiration and incredibly well thought out plan, heart warming funny and intriguing. I just loved how the 3 girls were such a great inspiration for each other. I can't wait to catch up with these wonderful girlies again and follow there journeys. I can't praise this book enough and can highly recommend this OUTSTANDING book and Author.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stina

    ★★★★★ 4.5 stars (rounded up) As I'm a real sucker for wartime sagas, and there is a slew of them to devour, so I wasted no time in jumping on THE OPS ROOM GIRLS by Vicki Beeby. The author is a new one on me having not come across her before and this can always be risk when you aren't familiar with any of their work. But I needn't have worried as this was a wonderful story focusing on three women who become friends when posted at the Amberton airfield in on the Sussex coast. As the story progresse ★★★★★ 4.5 stars (rounded up) As I'm a real sucker for wartime sagas, and there is a slew of them to devour, so I wasted no time in jumping on THE OPS ROOM GIRLS by Vicki Beeby. The author is a new one on me having not come across her before and this can always be risk when you aren't familiar with any of their work. But I needn't have worried as this was a wonderful story focusing on three women who become friends when posted at the Amberton airfield in on the Sussex coast. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that it is primarily Evie's story with the the other two women's stories to follow in "Christmas with the Ops Room Girls" and "Victory for the Ops Room Girls" thus completing the trilogy. But first we go back to the beginning to where it all began... Beginning in Oxford in December 1939, a working class girl who is academically gifted, Evie Bishop works in a grocery shop awaiting news of the scholarship she has applied for to read mathematics at Oxford University. Her hard work and dedication have earned the scholarship but when her beloved father falls ill, having never recovered from the mustard gas attacks in the Great War over two decades before, he urges Evie not to give up on her dreams before he passes away. But her mother has other plans believing that after spending money on Evie's private schooling, it was now high time that she paid her way. Still intent on pursuing her degree at Oxford she is shocked to discover the circumstances that now prevent her from following the path she had carved for herself in those dreams she had promised her father she wouldn't give up on. After exchanging heated words with her mother, Evie slams out of the house and finds herself in front of the recruitment office where she impulsively signs up for the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) to try and salvage something of her independence. Her mathematical ability sees her posted as a Clerk, Special Duties, as a plotter in the Ops Room at RAF Amberton on the Sussex coast. On the journey south, Evie befriends shy and reserved May who is also on the way to her first posting at Amberton. Upon arrival, the two women meet the glamourous effervescent Jess who gives them a tour of the base and their new digs in an old stately home overlooking the airfield. Together, the women become fast friends as they find camaraderie whilst navigating the male dominated world of the RAF. Evie and Jess work together in the Ops Room, otherwise known as "The Hole", overseered by the formidable Flight Officer Ellerby, nicknamed Hellerby for her fierce and imposing presence. But after a nervous and fumbling start, Evie soon earns the respect of her commanding officer as one of the base's best plotters. Although she is not on the battlefields, her skills and knowledge are essential in relaying information from the observers to the pilots in the air as they work at plotting the course of both British and enemy aircraft. It is a learning curve for Evie but it is one in which she excels whilst serving her country as well as finding a sense of purpose. One of the officers also overseeing operations in the Ops Room is Squadron Leader Alex Kincaith who, despite his discontent at being grounded, soon finds himself noticing new girl Evie...and she him. Of course, Jess had already given her the lowdown on Kincaith who was apparently known for his grouchiness as well as his good looks. But behind the facade lays the burden of a deep guilt and anxiety that eats away at him constantly. He longs to regain his squadron and redeem himself but over half of them were lost on their last mission. When he receives word that his squadron is being reformed his excitement is short-lived when he also learns that he is acquiring ten Czech pilots to replace those that were lost in France. The Czech airmen have escaped their occupied country to England in the hope of flying for the British in their fight against the Germans. The only problem is, their English is limited to non-existent. And while Alex can speak Czech, thanks to his paternal grandmother, the pilots must be fluent enough in English for radio transmission before they take to the skies. Evie and Jess are tasked with teaching the Czech airmen English in preparation for battle. Whilst Evie is serious about her work as a WAAF, she soon finds herself falling in love with the scowling Scot but it takes a week of sick leave as well as trip to Oxford for the pair before they admit their true feelings for each other. Upon returning to the airbase, Evie finds herself worried for Alex whenever he takes to the skies to battle the Germans. She knows it's his job but in his field there are no guarantees and Evie fears losing him. She finds herself losing concentration when plotting courses which can prove dangerous and even cost the lives of their men. Then when it appears there is a saboteur in their midst attempting to cripple their planes, Alex intends to uncover the traitor before any more lives are claimed. Desperate to help, Evie and her friends put the ears to the ground in the hope of picking up tidbits of information that could help lead them to the fifth column adversary. But will Evie's involvement come between her and Alex's budding relationship? I loved the characters of Evie, May and Jess and their supporting love interests in Alex, Peter and Milan. Throughout the course of the book the reader can see Evie really come into herself, finding the confidence to stand up for herself as well as her fierce loyalty for her newfound friends. Growing up, Evie never had friends and was also an only child. Her time at Oxford High School may have given her the qualifications for the scholarship she gained but it also left her the target for the upper class rich girls who made her time at school a misery. Joining the WAAF allowed her to gain more experience and qualifications as well as friends, something which she had never had. And as a result, Evie treasured them dearly. The friendship between the three girls is a delight for each of them for different reasons. THE OPS ROOM GIRLS is an enjoyable and easy read and a perfect segue for expanding on the other girls in the next two books. We love and laugh with them and we also cry with them as they each navigate life in a male-dominated field. The inclusion of a little mystery afield gave this delightful wartime saga a real twist which I personally enjoyed. I wasn't sure what to expect when starting out with this book, fearful that the wartime saga had been overdone in the slew of them already on the market, but I must say I was pleasantly surprised. THE OPS ROOM GIRLS is a satisfying read that will have you turning the pages eager to discover what happens next. I admit that there were the usual cliches where Evie self flagellates and second guesses herself in her relationship with Alex and vice versa which I think wears a little thing when so many heroes and heroines appear to do the same every time. It is predictable to say the least and I would rather this not happen with every book. Still, it didn't dissipate my enjoyment of the story that unfolded...particularly that nice touch at the end. A compelling read, THE OPS ROOM GIRLS sets the theme for the rest of trilogy with stepping into May's and Jess' shoes respectively with the forthcoming books that will undoubtedly follow their stories. I look forward to reading more about Evie, May and Jess. The perfect easy read for fans of wartime sagas and fans of Pam Howes, Nadine Dorries, Rosie Clark and Fenella Miller. I would like to thank #VickiBeeby, #Netgalley and #Canelo for an ARC of #TheOpsRoomGirls in exchange for an honest review. This review appears on my blog at https://stinathebookaholic.blogspot.com/.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    A good story. Learning about the Ops room work on an RAF station was very interesting. Evie, May and Jess are three very different girls but become very good friends. They each have their own 'hero' and their stories will be fleshed out in the other books. The coming of the Czech pilots to the station certainly heated things up. There is a saboteur on the base and the girls set out to find them. I wasn't sure about this part. It all seemed a bit simplistic. Also I find in this type of book latel A good story. Learning about the Ops room work on an RAF station was very interesting. Evie, May and Jess are three very different girls but become very good friends. They each have their own 'hero' and their stories will be fleshed out in the other books. The coming of the Czech pilots to the station certainly heated things up. There is a saboteur on the base and the girls set out to find them. I wasn't sure about this part. It all seemed a bit simplistic. Also I find in this type of book lately there is a lot of self pity in characters. Blaming themselves for the deaths of others or for some mishap that befell a friend when it's quite obvious it had nothing to do with the character. I find it tiring especially when one person carries it on too long. People who like stories set in this era will enjoy this one and I've downloaded the next one to read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    The Book Club

    It’s 1939 and Evie Bishop manages to get a scholarship to study mathematics at the Oxford University, unfortunately a loss in her family will turn everything upside down and will crush her dream. This brings Evie to join the WAAF to still make something purposeful with her life. In Amberton she will find love and friendship. This was such a compelling book I couldn’t put it down. I loved how the main character, Evie, in such a challenging environment, finds the self confidence that she couldn’t It’s 1939 and Evie Bishop manages to get a scholarship to study mathematics at the Oxford University, unfortunately a loss in her family will turn everything upside down and will crush her dream. This brings Evie to join the WAAF to still make something purposeful with her life. In Amberton she will find love and friendship. This was such a compelling book I couldn’t put it down. I loved how the main character, Evie, in such a challenging environment, finds the self confidence that she couldn’t find before, it’s nice to see her transformation throughout the whole book. The love story in the book it just felt dreamy and super romantic, I felt their feelings and imagined their reactions. But what made the book stand out to me was the mix of romance, historic but even suspense details present in it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    em

    The ARC of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. #TheOpsRoomGirls #NetGalley. This book was a pleasant surprise! It was well written and well paced, with loveable characters. I particularly enjoyed the development of the main three girls, it felt genuine and not too rushed. There was enough mystery left surrounding their pasts, so much so that I would eagerly read a book from both Jess's and May's perspective. Some scenes felt a tad repetit The ARC of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. #TheOpsRoomGirls #NetGalley. This book was a pleasant surprise! It was well written and well paced, with loveable characters. I particularly enjoyed the development of the main three girls, it felt genuine and not too rushed. There was enough mystery left surrounding their pasts, so much so that I would eagerly read a book from both Jess's and May's perspective. Some scenes felt a tad repetitive, for example, the constant emphasis on Evie's worries about Alex while he was flying and she was stuck in the Ops Rooms. However, the dialogue felt fresh as did the progression of the story. I see myself picking up the next book once it becomes available, all in all this was an enjoyable read!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tanya Phillips

    This book has the drama, upset, horrors of war alongside a story that shows the good and caring side of people in the war. It's set around the life of three WAAFs in an operational airfield who come from very different forms of life where it appears like they have not had any true friendships and struggles with family. The bond they firm is strong and it each helps the girls through situations. They look out for each other in mind, heart and physically. It's a book o couldn't put down and althou This book has the drama, upset, horrors of war alongside a story that shows the good and caring side of people in the war. It's set around the life of three WAAFs in an operational airfield who come from very different forms of life where it appears like they have not had any true friendships and struggles with family. The bond they firm is strong and it each helps the girls through situations. They look out for each other in mind, heart and physically. It's a book o couldn't put down and although I usually don't read Christmas books other than on November and December I ordered the sequel immediately.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Linda Oleniuk

    This book follows the experiences of 3 women in the Royal Air Force during WWll . The author presents well defined characters of different classes and experiences. I read this book and then the sequel very quickly . I still want more!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This is going to be a great series!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    i’m just so here for these badass women! i love the characters and am so excited to read the other books in the series!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the storyline was authentic and had romance, humour, danger all set on an airfield in England during WW2. I have pre-ordered the follow on Christmas with the Ops Girls.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Barker

    I absolutely devoured this must read by Vicki Beeby - although it took me a little longer as I was constantly looking up photographs and wanting to know even more about the Ope Room Girls. Wonderful characters and relationships - friendships, comradeship, love, family - and for me a fave was the mother-daughter dynamic between Evie and her mother, something that was explored so thoughtfully, I was in tears. The story is slice of life, a chapter in these young women's lives, but utterly satisfyin I absolutely devoured this must read by Vicki Beeby - although it took me a little longer as I was constantly looking up photographs and wanting to know even more about the Ope Room Girls. Wonderful characters and relationships - friendships, comradeship, love, family - and for me a fave was the mother-daughter dynamic between Evie and her mother, something that was explored so thoughtfully, I was in tears. The story is slice of life, a chapter in these young women's lives, but utterly satisfying and I have already bought the next in the series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Romina

    I was looking for a light read, bit of historical fiction and a bit of romance. I had all with a dash of good friendship to top it up. I really enjoyed it, and was able to get through it even despite a real busy time. I can't wait to continue this series that promise to be as great as this one was. I was looking for a light read, bit of historical fiction and a bit of romance. I had all with a dash of good friendship to top it up. I really enjoyed it, and was able to get through it even despite a real busy time. I can't wait to continue this series that promise to be as great as this one was.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kathy E

    From the very first chapter of The Ops Room Girls, I loved it from the first page, what can I say. Getting to know the characters, Evie, Jess, and May and not forgetting the boys Alex, Peter and Milan. Looking forward to the next book in their lives.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Emma Crowley

    The Ops Room Girls is the debut novel from Vicki Beeby and it follows three young women who join the WAAF-Women’s Auxiliary Air Force during WW2. It was the second book that I had read in a number of months that featured the work of women in the operations room and prior to this I knew nothing about the incredible work these women did. For nearly half of this book I was interested but there was nothing really gripping me, or nothing in particular that set it apart from other books in this genre, The Ops Room Girls is the debut novel from Vicki Beeby and it follows three young women who join the WAAF-Women’s Auxiliary Air Force during WW2. It was the second book that I had read in a number of months that featured the work of women in the operations room and prior to this I knew nothing about the incredible work these women did. For nearly half of this book I was interested but there was nothing really gripping me, or nothing in particular that set it apart from other books in this genre, but then all of a sudden there was a turning point and things just clicked with me and the book took on a whole new level of deception and intrigue and a sense of working as a team to solve a problem that if allowed to continue would have serious repercussions. From that moment I really became hooked and found this book to be a great read and by the time I reached the end I definitely knew that I wanted to hear more from these girls. Evie Bishop lives in Oxford and is hoping to study a maths degree at university. She has worked hard and when she is offered a scholarship she feels her dreams are about to come true. I loved that Evie was a bit different from the norm and wanted to better herself through further education. She was lonely and bullying during her school years meant a lack of friends, she hoped that university would change all this for her and help her break through the class barrier. But luck was not on Evie’s side as her father Stan, who had never fully recovered from a mustard gas attack during the first war, takes ill and passes away. Evie knows she can’t go on to do her degree now that her circumstances have changed. Her mother seemed a bit cold and aloof and when she says it’s time Evie pays her way. She knows her dream is gone or maybe it could just be put on hold for the moment? Evie pushes her own needs aside and volunteers for the WAAF. I thought she was so selfless in doing this as it was an entirely new experience for her. Her life changing decision pushed her out of her comfort zone and presented many challenges both emotional and physical but her mathematical talents would be put to good use as when she has completed her training she is chosen to go to the RAF base at Amberton in Sussex and is tasked with working in the ops room. Here she is on the front line so to speak. Yes she is not on the battlefields in Europe but her knowledge, talent and skills are pivotal in relaying information to pilots in the air and plotting the course of both enemy and British aircraft. It’s a steep learning curve for her but she wants to use her talents to serve her country and in doing so she hopes she will find a sense of purpose and comradeship. Her work as a plotter means people’s lives depend on her accuracy and she soon comes to learn through the two new friends she makes that sharing a problem and being able to laugh about it with someone else makes all her own personal issues weigh far less heavily. To a lesser extent than Evie, two other girls did feature and I am hoping that in subsequent books that these two may feature more heavily. Of course they were present and did have an important role to play but here the story did really centre around Evie and her experiences. When Evie arrives at the base she meets Jess Halloway, an actress who is glamorous and exuberant. There is a real sense of daring and fun about her, she takes her work seriously but you get the impression that she enjoys the good times too and always has her eye on a new man to keep herself entertained when not on duty. May has used this new opportunity to get away from her family as her life is dominated by her father and brothers. She doesn’t want to get mixed up with any men and she comes across as being shy and vulnerable. I wanted to know more about her past experiences and why she was so reluctant to become involved with anyone. It was as if she was down trodden from shouldering the burden at home and this new sense of freedom, opportunities and life experiences afforded to her well I hope she embraced them with open arms. But I could tell that wasn’t going to be easy for her. She develops a fondness for Squadron Leader Peter but seems so reluctant to act on it and given what her mother experienced with her father which is alluded to but never discussed in detail you could understand this but are all men really to be tarnished with the same brush. Squadron Leader Alex Kincaith featured heavily throughout the story and I was glad to really get a male perspective on events at the airbase on the ground and in the air. He is wrestling with a burden as the last time his squad went in the air it ended in disaster. Guilt and anxiety eat away at him and he wishes to redeem himself. I loved the friendship that you knew could turn into something more between Alex and Evie and I desperately hoped that could give into their feelings and allow it to become something long term. Alex had been grounded ever since but is desperate to get back in the air so when a Czech pilot lands at the base and he is believed to be an enemy this sets in motion a crucial part of the plot and this for me is when things really took off after what was a very slow start. Jiri Stepanek it turns out has had enough of what he has witnessed on his home soil and is determined to join the British and play his part in bringing about the downfall of Hitler. Alex is put in charge of this new squad with several more pilots from different countries and Evie and Jess are tasked with teaching them English. I loved seeing all the inner working of the base and how this was but one base and one small yet vital cog in the overall wheel of battle. There wasn’t too much detail as to over burden the reader and the plot would become lost amidst technical terms. Yet it was evident that the author had done such impeccable research into the subject matter and it gave me an even deeper appreciation for how so many people put themselves on the line during the war. There was the perfect balance between details re the work of the girls and other issues and plots so that none over took one or the other. When it becomes clear that the Germans really want to bash Britain into submission, I felt the story took on a whole other level. It felt very real, tense, dangerous, anxiety inducing and thrilling. The plot became edge of your seat stuff and I was rapidly turning the pages. Definitely the later half made up for the slow start as a real element of mystery and sleuthing took effect. Things start happening at the base that really shouldn’t and I could see the little clues and tit bits that were being dropped and I thoroughly enjoyed the girls trying to work things out. They went way beyond the call of duty which just shows how deeply invested they were in what they were doing. A real human element and a sense of everyone working together to solve the conundrum was evident and I lapped up every minute of it. Being a historical fiction book and having the added element of trying to solve the enigma was just brilliant and it really made all three girls step outside of their comfort zones and rash opinions you have formed of them initially were definitely turned on their head into perhaps more positive and admirable ones. Evie, Jess and May form a close bond and friendship and they bring out the best in each other and stick with one another in times of trouble and strife. Alongside the mystery to be solved before disaster strikes that will leave irreparable damage is the love stories for each girl and I enjoyed this but for me trying to have the good triumph over evil to uncover the secrets hooked me far more. So despite struggling to get into The Ops Rooms Girls initially there was a real turning point for me which made me really really enjoy this book and it left me certainly wanting to read more from this trio. Christmas with the Ops Room Girls was published in the last months of 2020 and it’s one I didn’t get round to reading over the festive season but I hope to rectify that as soon as possible.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rajiv

    [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] I didn’t expect to enjoy reading this book as much as I thought I would. This book was delightful and has everything from action, adventure, sabotage, espionage, romance and even humor. Firstly, I loved the author’s style of writing. The story-line flows so smoothly that you never have trouble following it. Even though I knew nothing about life at the Air Force, I was able to visualize the details perfectly. Moreover, the auth [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] I didn’t expect to enjoy reading this book as much as I thought I would. This book was delightful and has everything from action, adventure, sabotage, espionage, romance and even humor. Firstly, I loved the author’s style of writing. The story-line flows so smoothly that you never have trouble following it. Even though I knew nothing about life at the Air Force, I was able to visualize the details perfectly. Moreover, the author beautifully blends the romance with action and adventure that make this so entertaining to read. I also loved the three characters. Evie, Jess and May are unique in their own manner. It was so nice to see how Evie and May let their guard down to give their heart a chance. Jess is energetic and lively and lightened up the scenes. I loved Evie’s romance with Alex. May’s relationship with Patrick is also adorable. More than the relationship, I adored the friendship that the three girls shared. The climax is gripping as the group tries to figure out who is the culprit that is endangering their lives. If I had to criticize, it would only be wanting to know more about the characters. I would have loved it if we had more background on Jess’s past. Even after reading the story, she is somewhat of a mystery to me. I also felt that her relationship with Milan was not fully explored, when compared to the others. However, since this is book one of the series, I look forward to reading the next book and discovering the characters. Overall, “The Ops Room Girls” is a wonderful start to the series!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shreedevi Gurumurty

    WHEN EVIE’S DREAMS COME CRASHING DOWN, SHE’S DETERMINED TO STILL MAKE SOMETHING OF HERSELF IN THESE TRYING TIMES…It is 1939 and working class Evie Bishop has received a scholarship to study mathematics at Oxford when tragedy turns her life upside down. Evie must seek a new future for herself and, inspired to contribute to the war effort, joins the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force as an Ops Room plotter.Posted to a fighter station on the Sussex Coast, Evie befriends two other WAAFs – shy, awkward May WHEN EVIE’S DREAMS COME CRASHING DOWN, SHE’S DETERMINED TO STILL MAKE SOMETHING OF HERSELF IN THESE TRYING TIMES…It is 1939 and working class Evie Bishop has received a scholarship to study mathematics at Oxford when tragedy turns her life upside down. Evie must seek a new future for herself and, inspired to contribute to the war effort, joins the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force as an Ops Room plotter.Posted to a fighter station on the Sussex Coast, Evie befriends two other WAAFs – shy, awkward May and flirty, glamorous Jess. Faced with earning the approval of strict officers and finding their way in a male dominated world, the three girls band together to overcome challenges, navigate new romances and keep their pilots safe in the skies.But the German bombers seem to know more than they should about the base’s operations, and soon Evie, May and Jess are caught up in a world more dangerous than they ever imagined…Women were conscripted in December 1941. They were given a choice of working in industry or joining one of the auxiliary services.The Women's Auxiliary Air Force was founded in June 1939 to free up RAF personnel for front line duties. By 1943, the WAAF had 182,000 members. WAAFs undertook a variety of roles, including compiling weather reports, maintaining aircraft, serving on airfields and working in intelligence. Women recruited into the WAAF were given basic training at 1/5 sites, though not all of the sites ran training simultaneously. The five sites were at West Drayton, Harrogate, Bridgnorth, Innsworth and Wilmslow.WAAFs were a vital presence in the control of aircraft, both in radar stations and iconically as plotters in operation rooms, most notably during the Battle of Britain. These operation rooms directed fighter aircraft against the Luftwaffe, mapping both home and enemy aircraft positions.The Civilian Repair Organisation (CRO) was a branch of the British Air Ministry (later, of the Ministry of Aircraft Production), formed in 1939 to co-ordinate maintenance and repairs of military aircraft by civilian firms.Cowley is a residential and industrial area in Oxford, England.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jo Williams

    Thanks to the author and publisher for the e-book in return for my honest opinion. The story follows Evie, a reserved, academically gifted young woman whose hard work and dedication have earned her a prestigious scholarship to study at Oxford University. When tragedy strikes, she can no longer follow the path she has carved for herself and impulsively signs up for the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) to try and salvage her dreams in some way. Her talent in mathematics sees her posted to the Op Thanks to the author and publisher for the e-book in return for my honest opinion. The story follows Evie, a reserved, academically gifted young woman whose hard work and dedication have earned her a prestigious scholarship to study at Oxford University. When tragedy strikes, she can no longer follow the path she has carved for herself and impulsively signs up for the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) to try and salvage her dreams in some way. Her talent in mathematics sees her posted to the Ops Room as a plotter in an Air Force base near the Sussex coast. There she befriends shy May and glamorous Jessie as they navigate a male-dominated world where the danger of war comes ever closer. I grew up in a house next to a disused airfield, which came alive once a year for an air show. I would peep out of my bedroom window with excitement and wonder as all manner of aircraft flew overhead in preparation for it. I can only imagine what it must have been like to hear the roar of engines in the sky, knowing that people I knew were risking their lives, trying desperately to stave off an attack from enemy forces. And that’s where Vicki Beeby’s talent shines through, building the tension and emotions to fever pitch as she describes the world of the WAAFs and their emotions. I’ve seen the Ops Room and large plotting tables in wartime pictures and films but I didn’t understand until reading this book just how pressured and critical the roles of those within it were. I would have hidden behind a cushion to read the air raid scenes if I could have, settling instead for brewing a calming cup of tea before plunging back into the action. I loved how the characters came into their own, their talents shining through in ways they couldn’t have imagined. My heart was warmed as their friendship and confidence grew, and I can’t wait for the next instalment to be released!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Wilson

    This was my first historical fiction but it definitely won't be my last! Vicki Beeby has made a lasting impression on me and not only will I be reading more of her books (this is the first book in a series) but I'll also be picking up similar books. I liked the fact that even though this is set at the start of WWII in 1939 the focus isn't on the drabness and horror of war but instead it set on the happier times. The relationships and friendships that were built between everyone involved showed t This was my first historical fiction but it definitely won't be my last! Vicki Beeby has made a lasting impression on me and not only will I be reading more of her books (this is the first book in a series) but I'll also be picking up similar books. I liked the fact that even though this is set at the start of WWII in 1939 the focus isn't on the drabness and horror of war but instead it set on the happier times. The relationships and friendships that were built between everyone involved showed the true spirit of war, the determination and hope of everyone to do whatever they could to protect our soldiers, pilots and those out on the front line. Yes there are elements of the bloodshed and bombings but we all know about this already. I think Vicki has the perfect balance of the realism of emotions at the time, you go through the worry and stress of those who were on the front lines and the women with men out there fighting. But you also, and I think most importantly, see the happier times of comradeship, coming together for one shared goal and relationships that last a lifetime. I most definitely wasn't expecting the twists that unravel in this story and at first it confused me slightly. However, it was a nice surprise and gave another level to the book, it wasn't just a happy love story but had hidden depths which I really enjoyed.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    Evie has always put her focus on her studies and with a scholarship looming at Oxford, she is worried she still won't have the money to pursue her dreams. She has never really made any friends and other wealthy girls in her school have always mocked her. Still, she holds onto her dreams. Her father works hard and supports her but he makes little money at his job. Her mother is not in favor of her continuing with her studies. When her father's healthy condition worsens and with the war looming, s Evie has always put her focus on her studies and with a scholarship looming at Oxford, she is worried she still won't have the money to pursue her dreams. She has never really made any friends and other wealthy girls in her school have always mocked her. Still, she holds onto her dreams. Her father works hard and supports her but he makes little money at his job. Her mother is not in favor of her continuing with her studies. When her father's healthy condition worsens and with the war looming, she has to make a choice. She puts her dreams on hold and joins the Ops room as one of many other plotters tracking the enemy planes approaching England. It's a stressful job when the enemy aircraft start putting their full force onto England. Evie finds true camaraderie among the other girls and especially develops a close relationship with two other women. She is attracted to one of the pilots but becomes easily distracted when he is back in the air. His squadron is made up of mostly Czech defectors who want nothing more than to defeat the Nazi's. When there is a question of sabotage, Evie and her friends decide to try to help figure out who it might be. I have never read anything about being a plotter so was quite interested in learning more about this particular job that was employed during WWII. Will be reading the sequel.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Barnes Torie

    🖤 Review 🖤 Book: The Ops Room Girls Author: Vicki Beeby My rating: 3/5 ⭐ From back of book: When Evie’s dreams come crashing down, she’s determined to still make something of herself in these trying times… It is 1939 and working class Evie Bishop has received a scholarship to study mathematics at Oxford when tragedy turns her life upside down. Evie must seek a new future for herself and, inspired to contribute to the war effort, joins the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force as an Ops Room plotter. My Thoughts 🖤 Review 🖤 Book: The Ops Room Girls Author: Vicki Beeby My rating: 3/5 ⭐ From back of book: When Evie’s dreams come crashing down, she’s determined to still make something of herself in these trying times… It is 1939 and working class Evie Bishop has received a scholarship to study mathematics at Oxford when tragedy turns her life upside down. Evie must seek a new future for herself and, inspired to contribute to the war effort, joins the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force as an Ops Room plotter. My Thoughts 💭 This book is absolutely what I would consider a fluff book. Everything in it is a little bit too easy. It started in a somewhat heartbreaking tone. With loss and broken relationships. However as the book went on it was too easily resolved. The love story was again very easily resolved. But please don't misunderstand me. None of this puts me off reading the book. I actually enjoyed how easy this was to read. It highlighted how damaged individuals come together. That the friendships we build become integral to us. All the characters were likeable apart from the ones who weren't supposed to be. It had an almost made for T.V film vibe. Drama, friendship, love & a spy mystery. I enjoyed it enough to order the second in the series. It's not a life changing book but it's a great hot chocolate read. I'm looking forward to seeing how the author continues the series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cece

    Well, that was an utter surprise! In an attempt to step out of my comfort zone, I bought a few books I normally never would. The Ops Room Girls was among them. A female protagonist with two female sidekicks, WW2 storyline... It was meant to end in a disaster for me. Another year, another DNF. I braced myself for impact! Imagine my shock when I devoured this in, all in all, a day. Most of the reading I did yesterday, coupled with a few hours after work on Thursday / Friday. The ease with which I Well, that was an utter surprise! In an attempt to step out of my comfort zone, I bought a few books I normally never would. The Ops Room Girls was among them. A female protagonist with two female sidekicks, WW2 storyline... It was meant to end in a disaster for me. Another year, another DNF. I braced myself for impact! Imagine my shock when I devoured this in, all in all, a day. Most of the reading I did yesterday, coupled with a few hours after work on Thursday / Friday. The ease with which I read the book and my inability to put it down genuinely took me aback. Beautifully written, greatly paced, incredibly well researched.... What a joy. There was a streak of romance but ever so subtle, even a serial killer addict like me loved it! The action of the war kept me on my toes - another thing I fully expected to bore me to death but I was wrong. The mystery that engulfed the second half of the novel did not leave me feeling like an idiot either; bonus point! You know the types of mysteries I am on about? Where the author confuses you beyond the realms of the imaginable and is dead set against you figuring anything out? Yeah, hate these. The mystery in this book is enough of everything. Totally recommend and I personally am off to buy the second book in the series :)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Katy Cameron

    This book could really have done with the services of a good editor to polish it up. There were a few unfortunately grating errors, such as the hero scanning the skies for his incoming pilots, being happy to see 6 of them on one page and then on the following page being glad that all 5 had landed safely! There was also a moment where the heroine tells her love that she's one of the people buried in an air raid shelter rather than using the name of the friend that's actually down there. In additi This book could really have done with the services of a good editor to polish it up. There were a few unfortunately grating errors, such as the hero scanning the skies for his incoming pilots, being happy to see 6 of them on one page and then on the following page being glad that all 5 had landed safely! There was also a moment where the heroine tells her love that she's one of the people buried in an air raid shelter rather than using the name of the friend that's actually down there. In addition to those issues, there were some annoying reuses of words or phrases in a very short period of time (had the author had my junior school teacher she would never have done that, he insisted we all become familiar with a thesaurus!) Finally the psychoanalysing got a bit wearing towards the end as pretty much every member of the cast had some kind of existential angst! It was a passable love story with a bit of a thrill in it, but I had mistakenly imagined it would be more about the women and their service rather than about their love lives.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susan Wright

    What a treat! This is a sweet romance which is perfect for these times. Evie Bishop is a bright, working class girl who has won a scholarship to study Mathematics at Oxford University. The combination of family tragedy and the war means she has a change of plan; joins the WAAF and is noticed for her intelligence, efficiency as an Ops Room plotter and beauty. Not only are there glorious men in uniform she quickly makes friends with two other WAAFs. The book recognises the fear and danger of the R What a treat! This is a sweet romance which is perfect for these times. Evie Bishop is a bright, working class girl who has won a scholarship to study Mathematics at Oxford University. The combination of family tragedy and the war means she has a change of plan; joins the WAAF and is noticed for her intelligence, efficiency as an Ops Room plotter and beauty. Not only are there glorious men in uniform she quickly makes friends with two other WAAFs. The book recognises the fear and danger of the RAFs; the loss to lives as well as the camaraderie these amazing people during the second world war experienced. There are tragedies, intrigues and a mystery saboteur in the vicinity. But first and foremost this is a book showing how Evie blossoms into an incredible woman, who has love on her side. There needs to be a sequel now! Thank you to Net Galley for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    Evie Bishop is a working class girl in Oxford in 1939. She has just won a scholarship to read Maths at the University. Before she can take up the offer her father dies. Her mother tells her she could get herself a good job in a bank & has refused the scholarship. Evie is furious & whilst trying to walk off her anger sees a recruitment for the WAAF & signs up. Before long she is sent to a base near the South coast. On the train journey she meets May, another recruit & along with Jess, another WAA Evie Bishop is a working class girl in Oxford in 1939. She has just won a scholarship to read Maths at the University. Before she can take up the offer her father dies. Her mother tells her she could get herself a good job in a bank & has refused the scholarship. Evie is furious & whilst trying to walk off her anger sees a recruitment for the WAAF & signs up. Before long she is sent to a base near the South coast. On the train journey she meets May, another recruit & along with Jess, another WAAF the girls become close friends & share the ups & downs of their lives. This was a terrific well researched book about an area of war work I knew very little about. I've seen the bit plotting table & markers in films, but it was really fascinating to find out what was really going on. Tha characters were interesting & the story kept going at a good pace. It was a good satisfying read. Thanks to Netgalley & the publisher for letting me read & review it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jane Hunt

    This engaging story follows the lives of three young women during WW2. All are part of the Women's Auxillary Airforce (WAFF). Evie, Jess and May have different backgrounds and personalities, but they gravitate together when they meet on an airbase in Sussex. This friendship sustains them through adventure, danger, intrigue and romance. The characters are believable and likeable. The story's excellent sense of period brings WW2 to life, highlighting the sense of community and the tragic consequenc This engaging story follows the lives of three young women during WW2. All are part of the Women's Auxillary Airforce (WAFF). Evie, Jess and May have different backgrounds and personalities, but they gravitate together when they meet on an airbase in Sussex. This friendship sustains them through adventure, danger, intrigue and romance. The characters are believable and likeable. The story's excellent sense of period brings WW2 to life, highlighting the sense of community and the tragic consequence of war. This is a charming story, One that involves the reader in the women's lives. It's easy to imagine the airbase and its occupants as the author uses sensory imagery well. It would make a good television series. I received a copy of this book from Canelo via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is set in 1939 and follows Evie who after suffering a tragedy, joins the WAAF during the war. Thus follows romance, friendships and plenty of drama. I loved this book, as I am a fan of War time fiction and romance. The story was well written and was sometimes written from different perspectives of the main characters. Each character was written well and all varied in their part, with me liking Ellerby especially as she portrayed her officer role well but after a scare showed her softer This book is set in 1939 and follows Evie who after suffering a tragedy, joins the WAAF during the war. Thus follows romance, friendships and plenty of drama. I loved this book, as I am a fan of War time fiction and romance. The story was well written and was sometimes written from different perspectives of the main characters. Each character was written well and all varied in their part, with me liking Ellerby especially as she portrayed her officer role well but after a scare showed her softer side and true emotions. The ending of the book I could see coming, but not in the way it was done and this added to the excitement and brought all characters together to fight against the opposition. I hope there is a sequel to this book, to find out what happens to Evie as she pursues her role of an officer and hope she rejoins May, Jess and Alex.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    I have to say i really enjoyed reading this book about Evie Bishop and her dream to study at Oxford but when those dreams are stolen from her she flees and joins the WAAF.When On the train to camp Evie meets May who is a driver they travel together as they are both nervous.As they are leaving the station a bubbly girl joins them they learn her name is Jess and she shows Evie where she has to go as May is in a different part.Evie Bishop is now an Ops Room Plotter a great test for her brain.I have I have to say i really enjoyed reading this book about Evie Bishop and her dream to study at Oxford but when those dreams are stolen from her she flees and joins the WAAF.When On the train to camp Evie meets May who is a driver they travel together as they are both nervous.As they are leaving the station a bubbly girl joins them they learn her name is Jess and she shows Evie where she has to go as May is in a different part.Evie Bishop is now an Ops Room Plotter a great test for her brain.I have to say that this book was so different to others i have read and i do hope there will be a another to follow as i laughed,cried and got annoyed in parts.5*

  30. 5 out of 5

    M.W. Arnold

    What can I say? Brilliant! Gripping! Full of characters that I grew to care about - most important, of course - and a flow to it that made it impossible for me to put down. From a heart-warming and heart-stopping scene post Dunkirk - if you don't have tears in your eyes at reading this scene, you're not human! - to the way the author describes the duties undertaken by the ladies (ex-RAF reviewer with a big interest in this period), I can't think of a place the author went wrong. The characters hav What can I say? Brilliant! Gripping! Full of characters that I grew to care about - most important, of course - and a flow to it that made it impossible for me to put down. From a heart-warming and heart-stopping scene post Dunkirk - if you don't have tears in your eyes at reading this scene, you're not human! - to the way the author describes the duties undertaken by the ladies (ex-RAF reviewer with a big interest in this period), I can't think of a place the author went wrong. The characters have charm, but also realism. I can't wait to catch up with them in the next in the series. My thanks to both Canelo and Netgalley for allowing me to read this wonderful novel!

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