Ahoy there me mateys! I received this young adult historical fiction eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .
nothing but sky (Amy Trueblood)
Title: nothing but sky
Author: Amy Trueblood
Publication Date: TODAY!! (paperback/e-book)
The beautiful cover led me to looking into this one. It is about a female barnstormer in the roaring twenties. What is a barnstormer ye ask? Well a barnstorming act is basically a flying circus. The pilots do aerial tricks and sell airplane rides. Some of these acts had wing-walkers, like Lillian Boyer, who would do car-to-plane transfers, walk on the wings while the plane was in flight, and do parachute jumps. Tricks like this:
This story tells the fictional account of a wing-walker named Grace. Orphaned as a child, she grew up with her bachelor pilot uncle. Under duress, she became his wing-walker at the age of 13. Now 18, Grace has plans for her team to make it to the World Aviation Expo in Chicago and from there earn a contract to work in Hollywood. But competition is fierce and one team owner in particular seems determined to poach her or otherwise ruin her shot at Chicago. Can Grace’s dream come true?
This book was a lovely look into a slice of American history. It was a quick read that I read in one sitting. While I had heard of barnstorming before, I didn’t know that much about it. Grace was feisty, hard-working, determined, stubborn, loyal, and sometimes had a wicked temper. I was immersed in Grace’s story and the details of the planes and aerobatics. I have to admit that I was surprised by a couple of the plot twists. Though I don’t prefer romance, it was handled well.
The author seems to have done a stellar job at research. Better yet this book led me to further reading on figures who appear in the book like, Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman and Native-American descendant to earn a pilot license. I love when historical fiction makes me interested enough to do factual research. I recommend this one if any of the above sounds interesting.
So lastly . . .
Thank you Flux!
Netgalley’s website has this to say about the novel:
Grace Lafferty only feels alive when she’s dangling 500 feet above ground. As a post-World War I wing walker, Grace is determined to get to the World Aviation Expo, proving her team’s worth against flashier competitors and earning a coveted Hollywood contract. No one’s ever questioned Grace’s ambition until Henry Patton, a mechanic with plenty of scars from the battlefield, joins her barnstorming team. With each new death-defying trick, Henry pushes Grace to consider her reasons for being a daredevil. Annoyed with Henry’s constant interference, and her growing attraction to him, Grace continues to test the powers of the sky. After one of her risky maneuvers saves a pilot’s life, a Hollywood studio offers Grace a chance to perform at the Expo. She jumps at the opportunity to secure her future. But when a stunt goes wrong, Grace must decide whether Henry, and her life, are worth risking for one final trick.
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