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.
Author: Amy Trueblood
Publication Date: March 27th 2018
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Guess who doesn’t read Historical Fiction? ME! And guess who was pleasantly surprised by this book? ME AGAIN! If you didn’t know, me and Historical Fiction don’t really get along… I get bored. But, I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and requested this since it sounded interesting and I am glad I did.
Eighteen-year-old wing walker Grace Lafferty, is the star of the troupe known as The Soaring Eagles. She performs stunts and tricks for audiences across Nebraska and neighboring states with her Uncle Warren and two other members, Nathan and Daniel. Grace strives to outdo herself with risk after risk to secure her team in the world of barnstorming. On the way, her uncle hires Henry, the new mechanic. Of course sparks fly, but the romance is not the focus at all.
Being transported in to the 1920’s was more fun than I anticipated, considering I don’t really pay attention to the setting in books. But it was the characters that stole show, specifically Grace. I loved Grace. I thought her stubborn, headstrong personality would be overbearing and annoying, but thank you for proving me wrong. We understood why she did the things she did, why she reacted the way she did. And she’s no perfect snowflake; she makes her far share of mistakes. But never once did I feel that the actions that led her there were unnecessary.
We meet Henry fairly early in the story and their dynamic was great. The banter and the slow burn. How Him and Grace went from unfriendly to trust to something more. The way his PTSD was handled was also done nicely. I liked how it didn’t magically go away in the end and he dealt with it throughout the whole book. Grace helping him and being patient and understanding just made me love them even more together.
One aspect I wasn’t expecting was the female friendships and empowerment that appeared. Grace has two amazing friends- Mary and Ethel- who were never used as a plot device or magically disappeared when it as convenient. And the plot twist? Wasn’t expecting any of that at all. Overall, yes, I highly recommend this quick read.