What I Loved:
Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and books like this are exactly why I love the genre! I loved the peek into the world of early aviation, and it was great to see it from a female’s view!
How I Felt:
The story is told through two timelines, one in the ’40s and one in the ’30s. I love stories that unfold this way! In Her Last Flight, there were so many details that just came together towards the end, and I loved that I wasn’t expecting so many of them! It was an amazing story!
The characters in the story are Irene and Sam, two women who become famous in the infancy of the world of aviation, and Janey, the photojournalist who becomes interested in finding out what happened to the flying duo. The loved the strength of all three of these women. I thought it was interesting that they were all women working their way through a male-dominated career. Following each of them in their story was wonderful.
The mystery of what happened to Irene is the major pull into this story. I was so interested in what happened to Irene, and I liked the way the author chose to provide pieces of the story through Irene’s chapters as well as Janey’s.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book! The plot drew me into the story with its well-written details that brought everything together. I felt captivated by the aviation history, which I thought was extremely well researched, and written in a way that made me just melt into the story.
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend Her Last Flight to readers that enjoy a historical fiction story with an unfolding plot told through two timelines. If you are interested in aviation, this won’t let you down!
Where to Find This Book:
Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams is available at these sites.
The beloved author returns with a remarkable novel of both raw suspense and lyric beauty— the story of a lost pilot and a wartime photographer that will leave its mark on your soul.
In 1947, photographer and war correspondent Janey Everett arrives at a remote surfing village on the Hawaiian island of Kauai to research a planned biography of forgotten aviation pioneer Sam Mallory, who joined the loyalist forces in the Spanish Civil War and never returned. Obsessed with Sam’s fate, Janey has tracked down Irene Lindquist, the owner of a local island-hopping airline, whom she believes might actually be the legendary Irene Foster, Mallory’s onetime student and flying partner. Foster’s disappearance during a round-the-world flight in 1937 remains one of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries.
At first, the flinty Mrs. Lindquist denies any connection to Foster. But Janey informs her that the wreck of Sam Mallory’s airplane has recently been discovered in a Spanish desert, and piece by piece, the details of Foster’s extraordinary life emerge: from the beginnings of her flying career in Southern California, to her complicated, passionate relationship with Mallory, to the collapse of her marriage to her aggressive career manager, the publishing scion George Morrow.
As Irene spins her tale to its searing conclusion, Janey’s past gathers its own power. The duel between the two women takes a heartstopping turn. To whom does Mallory rightfully belong? Can we ever come to terms with the loss of those we love, and the lives we might have lived?
Just the Facts:
Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams
Genre: Historical Fiction
Page Count: 400 pages
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pub Date: June 30, 2020
I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.