The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse: A Book Review


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Alexander McCall Smith is a popular highly prolific writer but I found The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse, a romance set in World War II, to be what I would call a bit of fluff.

Val is a landgirl who works on a farm close to home. A nearby airport and an American desire for eggs in rationed England sees her meeting an American pilot, Mike. They of course fall in love. Her mentally challenged cousin frees an abused dog on the farm he is working and the dog eventually makes it to the airbase where he becomes a mascot for the forces stationed there. Mike and Peter Woodhouse fly off on a mission only to go missing in action, where in reality they are being sheltered in a Dutch village aided by a German soldier Ubi. Val by this stage is pregnant.

I won’t tell you the entire story in case you read this book but needless to say Mike and Ubi’s life criss cross after the war is over as do the lives of their wives Val and Ilse. It does give a good impression of what life was like for Germans at the end of the war – and that I found the most engaging feature of this book.

Would I recommend this book – it wasn’t for me but I read it to the end. My Mother enjoyed it. If you want some light reading that doesn’t require all your concentration and give you sleepless nights you may find this book fits the bill.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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