On the Horizon – nothing but sky (Amy Trueblood)

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

Publisher: Flux

Publication Date: TODAY!! (paperback/e-book)

ISBN: 978-1635830163

Source: NetGalley

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!

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7 thoughts on “On the Horizon – nothing but sky (Amy Trueblood)

    1. I had forgotten about flygirl even though it is still on the ports for plunder list. In fact yer review is what put it there in the first place! Hardy har har. But rereading yer review certainly makes me want to read it. Glad it be back on the radar. Thanks matey!
      x The Captain


    1. I have to admit that I while I don’t mind planes, I will be sticking to the inside of one. Reading about how Bessie Coleman died cemented that. Not that I was tempted to climb on the wings in the first place!
      x The Captain

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  1. Very impressed! Love the history behind the female barnstormers. You’re the first I’ve seen to mention Bessie Coleman. Yes, she had to get a pilot’s license in France, I believe, because of the prejudice in the U.S. Would love to read this one!

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