Fans of Velva Jean Learns To Drive, Niven's fictional debut, will welcome back the high-octane Velva Jean as she flees from her husband and North Carolina mountain home for Nashville. Hell-bent on recording her mountain ballads, Velva Jean gradually becomes disheartened as she struggles to break into the music business. Soon Pearl Harbor is attacked, and her brother Johnny Clay informs Velva Jean that he is joining the army. Before Johnny Clay leaves, he persuades Velva Jean to take flying lessons. The apprehensive Velva Jean is elated as she learns to pilot a plane. With the war interrupting her musical ambitions, she enlists as a female pilot trainee in Texas and launches a new career. On base, her tattered musical soul is revived when she reconnects with blues singer Butch Dawkins. Never believing in failure, Velva Jean surmounts dangerous obstacles facing female pilots in that male-dominated era, with her moxie eventually ruling the day.
Verdict Readers who enjoy Fannie Flagg and other down-home Southern writers will be entertained by this saucy adventure sprinkled with a gamut of human emotions.
Causes Jennifer Niven Supports
Alley Cat Allies
The American Cancer Society