IF MY HEART HAD WINGS – Book Excerpt #1 – Prologue

Their wedding picture was so typical of the World War II years. Mom was dressed to the nines in a chic pearl grey suit with padded shoulders and a pencil-slim skirt, everything set off by pale pink accessories including a little hat that was perched toward the front of her head and surrounded with puffs […]

WORLD WAR II MARCHES ON: How It May Have Shortened Veteran’s Lives

World War II ended more than 70 years ago, but according to a 2010 study, it may have hastened the deaths of some of its veterans decades later. In as study published in Residential Aging, researchers analyzed data on the mortality risks of 300 WWII veterans who had passed on. They wanted to see if […]

THE D-DAY INVASION: Facing the Ultimate Test

Today is the 75th anniversary of one of the most ambitious and significant military campaigns in history – the D–Day invasion of Nazi-occupied France. Because of its strategy, scope and enormous impact on the future of the free world, historians today consider it one of the greatest military achievements ever. The basic plan was this: […]

WHO CAN FORGET THE ARMISTICE DAY BLIZZARD OF 1940?

There will always be days when everyone remembers exactly what they were doing at a certain time because something momentous happened. 9-11 is one of those days. The day that John F. Kennedy was shot is another. And for those who were living in the Midwest in the fall of 1940, November 11, Armistice Day […]

FLYING THE HUMP – A Deadly WWII Assignment

In early 1943, USAAF transport pilot Lyndon Raff, the hero of If My Heart Had Wings, finished his training and found himself whisked off to northern India. His assignment: flying the Hump, that is, piloting a slow clunky C-47 transport plane loaded to the max with gasoline, food supplies, ammunition and sometimes even bombs, straight […]

If My Heart Had Wings by Nadine Taylor

A true story of love, loss, denial, redemption and the devastating cost of war…


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About the Author

Nadine Taylor, Author

Nadine Taylor is the author, editor and ghostwriter of more than twenty books in the genres of memoir, health, and business, including New York Times bestsellers and national bestsellers. After twenty years as an author, she has written a fascinating World War II memoir about her discovery of her mother’s secret marriage to a pilot killed during the war, and how he continued to “reappear” in their lives, even long after her mother had passed on. Learn more…