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Jeanette Vaughan is well established as a writer and story teller. Not only is she published in the periodicals and professional journals of nursing, but also in the genre of fiction. Out on her sheep farm, she has written several novels and scripts. She is the mother of four children, including two Navy pilots. She lives in a Victorian farmhouse out in the pastures of northeast Texas with her sheep, chickens, donkeys and sheep dogs.
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  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: AgeView, Inc. (May 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061561888X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615618883
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,853,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeanette Vaughan is an award winning writer and story teller. Not only is she published in the periodicals and professional journals of nursing, but also in the genre of fiction. Out on her sheep farm, she has written several novels and scripts. Her screenplay "Angel of Mercy" won the outstanding nursing research award from Texas Tech University Health Science Center. In addition, she was named Distinguished Alumni for the school of nursing in 2001 for her written work and volunteerism for the Sydney Olympic Games. Her debut novel FLYING SOLO won fourth place in the 2013 Reader's Favorite International Book Awards for southern fiction. FLYING SOLO also was a finalist in the Beverly Hills Book Awards. Her second novel, SOLO VIETNAM was awarded the silver medal for historical fiction by the Military Writer's Society and also received fourth place in the 2014 Reader's Favorite Book Awards. The finale to the trilogy WAITING IN THE WINGS was published in 2014. Jeanette has practiced nursing in the fields of critical care and trauma. A patriot and devoted to supporting our U.S. military, she is the mother of four children, including two Navy pilots. She lives in a Victorian farmhouse out in the pastures of northeast Texas with her sheep, chickens, donkeys and sheep dogs.



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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ronald L. Christopher on August 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
Sassy, absolutely sassy. I will state here that this story is written as a novel but in my opinion it is a true story told with name changes only of the real people, of this journey of a young woman taken in by the riches and wealth of a starch crazy family and of course, the misleading of her own mother whom we find out is not her real mother after all. The conduct of the husband reveals no love for his new wife from their beginning to their end. The main character, Nora, is sort of a renegade, wanting a few things for herself out of life, which I admire so she sets out to achieve what few women of her time achieved. She wanted to fly. But this desire led her to another desire in which, as the saying goes, actions and consequences, much like the wiper blades on a windshield, back and forth, back and forth. Sassy I say, with very explicit and explosive details of her romance which she undertook to find true love, but the consequences of her actions led to new adventures, some enjoyable and some not so enjoyable, but she persisted in her quest.
She is catholic, as is her family--and her new lover and his family. Twist and turns presents problems for Nora, things like divorce is disallowed by her church, presuming of course that one should suffer rather than feel free and loved. For this the church levies consequences but rather than continue to live in hell, Nora accepts those consequences and chooses a different and difficult route but she refuses to give up her religion, with a few exceptions that is. I can almost read her mind as she tried to separate her love of flying for the love of being truly loved.
There is some raw language, vulgarity if one wishes, in the first part of this story but without it, the sense of what really took place would be lost.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol B. on February 1, 2013
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This novel quickly grabs your attention and keeps hold of it until the very end. Fly away with Nora to the New Orleans of the 1960's. Sassy, saucy, and seductive. A great read beginning to end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dwatt on February 1, 2013
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Story about a strong woman set in New Orleans with Catholic elements in it. It wasn't just the weather that was steamy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By My Cozie Corner {Book Reviews} on February 21, 2013
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'Flying Solo' takes us to New Orleans and Tyler Texas in this novel, although fiction it's based upon true events. An inspirational love story where the characters are strong, believable and come alive on the pages. A real page turner that grips you and doesn't let go. Highly recommended for all readers.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Boyer on December 14, 2013
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Flying Solo by Jeanette Vaughn is a story about Nora Broussard Greenwood, a woman in the 60’s in New Orleans who learns to “fly solo” in more ways than one. She decides to learn how to fly, something that women did not do in those days. Married to an affluent man she does not love, she has an affair with her flight instructor. On another occasion she makes the momentous decision to leave her husband, which goes against all that she had been taught.

“Nora would marry way too young. She was the daughter of New Orleans natives, Nellie Shryock and the late Jack Broussard. As a young girl, Nora spent many an afternoon riding the streetcars up and down Carrollton Avenue while her mother worked at Hotel Dieu Hospital. … Her daydreams often were about the adventures she imagined her gypsy-like, Cajun father must have had riding the riverboats up and down the Mississippi.”

By making the decision to learn to fly, Nora set in motion a new, independent life just as adventurous as she imagined her father’s life had been. Her decisions conflicted with the life that she was supposed to be living as a Catholic wife and mother.
Nora had help in her flight from the oppressive life she was leading to a future with promise. Many of her friends advised her, but after considering their advice, the decisions to do the things she did were hers.
In her quest for independence, she discovers an old family secret that involves her whole life. To learn this secret and how she dealt with her old and new life, read Jeanette’s well-written, believable book.
Jeanette Vaughan is well established as a writer and story teller. She has published in periodicals and professional journals of nursing and also in the genre of fiction. She has written several novels and scripts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joan A. Adamak VINE VOICE on July 26, 2012
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Nora Broussard's mother, Nellie Broussard, was determined that Nora would marry into wealth, she having been married to Jack, a man who seemed to be either wealthy or broke. Jack, a fascinating man although away much of the time, died when Nora was eight years old. He was always an enigma to her for Nellie never said much about him. Nellie, a nurse, worked hard, even extra hours to send her daughter to Ursline high school where she would mingle with the elite of New Orleans. Nora met a man a few years older, Frank Greenwood, son of a local old wealthy family. Although Frank didn't kiss well and was not affectionate, instead forever grabbing her, finally after her graduation and she was eighteen years old, they married in a small ceremony at the Greenwood residence. They flew to New York for their honeymoon and on the way Nora day-dreamed of their first romantic wedding night. On this, her first flight, she also contemplated learning to fly for it meant freedom to her. When she ventured some thoughts to Frank about going to college and learning a profession of her own he brusquely replied that she was his wife and that's all she needed. She didn't realize that this would be her future with him.

Their wedding night ended up to be anything but romantic. As soon as they were in their room, he grabbed her, tore her clothes off, literally marital rape. He hurt her. Determined to have a son, he took her weekly in the same manner. There was never any cuddling nor affection and although she hated it, she submitted, glad to get pregnant for the only time he left her alone was when she was pregnant or having her period. Over time she had three girls and finally the boy he so desperately wanted. Then he more or less left her alone and she discovered he was unfaithful.
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