Velva Jean Learns to Fly
Book two in the Velva Jean series

Velva Jean Hart, the fiercely independent heroine of Jennifer Niven's debut novel, Velva Jean Learns to Drive, returns in a captivating adventure that literally sends her soaring. Bridling under the limitations faced by a woman in rural Appalachia and fueled by the memory of her late Mama telling her to "live out there," Velva Jean hits the road to pursue her dream of singing at the Grand Ole Opry. After a string of auditions, she begins to lose hope-until her brother pays her a surprise visit and treats Velva Jean to a flying lesson that ignites a brand new dream: to become a female pilot. After Pearl Harbor, Velva Jean signs up for military service and gets her wings, risking her life-and her heart. Funny, poignant, and utterly unforgettable, Velva Jean Learns to Fly will have fans cheering all over again.

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Los Angeles Magazine's "To Read" list for August 2011

The September Read of the Month by the Southern Literary Review

Velva Jean Hart is a heroine with grit, grace, determination, and enough humanity to hook readers with ferocious tenderness, making them want to find and befriend her.Booklist (starred review)

A tasteful blend of comedy, inspiration, and endurance.Publishers Weekly

Saucy.Library Journal

An endearing portrait of a young woman with a big heart — Velva Jean Learns to Fly illuminates the power of going after a dream and the courage it takes to never let go.Beth Hoffman, bestselling author of Looking for Me and Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

This gripping, heartwarming action-adventure tale stays with you long after you turn the last page.James Earl Jones, Tony Award-winning, Emmy Award-winning actor

A sweeping adventure that takes the reader from the streets of Nashville to the belly of a WWII bomber.Benjamin Percy, award-winning author of Red Moon and The Wilding

The perfect read for any girl of any age who yearns to soar beyond her dreams.Susan Gregg Gilmore, author of The Funeral Dress and Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen

As soon as I devoured Velva Jean Learns to Fly, I immediately began spreading the word: this one is not to be missed!Cassandra King, bestselling author of Moonrise, Queen of Broken Hearts, and The Same Sweet Girls

A wonderful book — very hard to put down.Ann Howard Creel, author of The Magic of Ordinary Days