This story is about the many thousands of working women that I summed up in the antics of six twenty-something gals and a mid-thirty cop’s wife, based on actual on-the-job events. They worked in a gigantic airplane factory under the leadership of a wise, down-home black Southern woman… and oh, the trials of watching over that misfit team!
In sisterhood, they experience love, romance, sexual harassment, alcoholism, and control while working together in a “man’s world”; one that will send these ladies down a rabbit hole of espionage, intrigue and the attempted murder of two fellow workers.
On the job, they share great laugh-out-loud humor along with some tear-jerking, heart-wrenching times while trying to find who’s sabotaging the airplanes they build. Could it be the inspector, a supervisor… or the person they work with every day? And just who is the preacher, the lesbian or of royal blood?
During all these great concerns our gals still need to earn a paycheck and do anything to get that damned plane built…well, almost anything.
“(Lady) Jane drew off not just her personal experience at Boeing, but her mom, one of the ‘Rosie the Riveters’ who forged the way to be accepted into a “man’s” workplace.”
C. Kelliher, editor; Aero Mechanic District 751 newspaper– read by aerospace workers worldwide.
This story comes from actual happenings that occurred during my many years as a factory worker plus situations that transpired while my mother worked at the same Boeing Airplane Company during World War II. And yep—she was a riveter! Lady Jane Davis
“Sharp, funny, tragic and fun. A great read; romance and scandal, espionage and sabotage– everything a good historical fiction novel should have. The writer has a sharp wit and a keen sense of sarcasm.” Christopher Bailey, author of the Starjumper Legacy.
“Women’s fiction? It’s more like real life! From my own experience, this is exactly what goes on behind the scenes in the real world of factory workers. From hilarious one-line humor to intense heartbreaks, this was a great emotional ride.” J. Carol Johnson, author of The Lonely Life of a Pornographer’s Wife.
“What a funny, exciting and heart-wrenching story! I never really knew what went on with the women who did this kind of work. The author really helped me understand how hard-working those women were, how their lives were turned upside down and yet they fought their way through the back-breaking labor, the bigotry, and the sexist attitudes to succeed in an industry that, until then, had been dominated by men”. F. Hornsby, literary editor.
Following a tumultuous but short marriage, as a single mother Ms. Davis worked her way through college in the restaurant trade. She then took a job as an electrical technician with the Boeing Company where she worked until retirement.
While working she pursued many aspects of the do-it-yourself field to become proficient in household electrical, carpentry and plumbing work. She also learned house painting, interior decoration and design, landscaping and even cement work. Her hobbies include silk and dried floral arrangements, jewelry making, dressmaking and tailoring. This woman is a Jane of all trades and a master of most.
Lady Jane feels that her writing has been a God-given gift since middle school. She has written many poems, sonnets, song lyrics, short stories and three other novels.
She has dealt with life-long bipolar disorder, manic depression and epilepsy. To cope with these illnesses, she had self-medicated with alcohol and prescription drugs which led to an addiction, from which she has long recovered. Arthritis, osteoporosis and chronic asthma have tried to slow her down as well. Ms. Davis is no stranger to the wheelchair either, having had major surgeries due to broken bones weakened by the osteoporosis.
For having been a battered and abused child and wife, she counseled others having gone through this in their lives. As an evangelist she worked in single adults’ ministry, suicide prevention and domestic violence.
Through all these areas of life, she has gained insight into the tragedies, traumas, and difficulties of others. Lady Jane says, “Been there, done that. I understand how you feel and so does God. It was the Lord who got me through all of this and He will be there for you too, if you let Him”.
She’s able to write from her heart through all these experiences.