This captivating, breakout novel—told in alternating viewpoints—brings readers from the skies of World War II to the present day, where a woman is prepared to tell her secrets at last.
Estranged from her family since just after World War II, Mary Browning has spent her entire adult life hiding from her past. Now eighty-seven years old and a widow, she is still haunted by secrets and fading memories of the family she left behind. Her one outlet is the writing group she’s presided over for a decade, though she’s never written a word herself. When a new member walks in—a fifteen-year-old girl who reminds her so much of her beloved sister Sarah—Mary is certain fate delivered Elyse Strickler to her for a reason.
Mary hires the serious-eyed teenager to type her story about a daring female pilot who, during World War II, left home for the sky and gambled everything for her dreams—including her own identity.
As they begin to unravel the web of Mary’s past, Mary and Elyse form an unlikely friendship. Together they discover it’s never too late for second chances and that sometimes forgiveness is all it takes for life to take flight in the most unexpected ways.
Another wonderful read about the WWII era. What I really thoroughly enjoyed about this book is that the strong will and character of Mary. I instantly fell in love with her. I am an avid fan of aviation and so as I was reading this book I could easily put myself in her shoes for her love of flying as well. The switch back and forth from past to present was so smooth that I never missed a beat. Although, the past was my favorite part of this story. The vivid descriptions of the wide open sky, the planes, and the friendship Mary made were lovely. I was so lost in this book that the pages just flew by. A quick read. I look forward to reading more books by this author.