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Her Last Flight

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I love love love Beatriz Williams. She finds the most unique and interesting characters to write about. Her story telling superb and she writing style always sweeps you away. This would be great for other historical fiction lovers.
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Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams is definitely an enjoyable historical fiction, and I am kind of surprised it was not more widely talked about. I previously enjoyed books Williams co-wrote as part of the 3W's and I am glad I checked out one of her individual works. I hope to read more from her in the future.
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DNF @ 30%

While I usually enjoy Beatriz Williams books, I could not for the life of me get into this one. It was just too slow of a build to stick with and the reporter character, Janey, drove me nuts with her presumptuousness and entitled attitude to know information that doesn't pertain to her.
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I did find this story very interesting, I like the mystery with the bones found in the plane, but it just did not hook me, as I thought it might when I first heard about it. The war correspondent Janie was very plucky and I think the made the story all the more readable, but there was just something about the book that I struggled with. Maybe as another reviewer mentioned the choppy style of the story, back and forth, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I know it took my much longer to complete than past books by this author.
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I usually love Beatriz Williams novels, but this was her worst one yet. I did not like the characters. Irene was a loudmouth and abrasive, which made her annoying. I also didn’t like Janey and the foolish decisions she made. The story is predictable, and you could figure out the story from the first page. The romance was not developed and felt like instant love. The story also dragged. I had hoped for a story about aviation and learn more about female pilots. However, I did not get it because it focused on two uninteresting romance from the main characters. I recommend this for fans of Lucinda Riley, Kate Morton, and Susannah Kearsely. However, if you are a Beatriz Williams fan, I suggest you would skip it and read her other novels which has better romances.
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Another amazing read from Beatriz Williams! This book was highly enjoyable. Beatriz has a way of writing characters and experiences that you can really feel what they are feeling. Any book by this author is worth the read.
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This is a fascinating story told in two time periods by two woman.  The main character, Irene Foster, is a pioneer for women in aviation and her journey is legendary all of the world.  The parallel post-war story is the journey of a unshakeable photojournalist determined to find out what happened to Irene who was lost on a race around the world as well as Irene’s mentor and lover, Sam who was flying in Spain. I really enjoyed the character development and the relationships that developed over time as well as the twists and secrets that were revealed.  I’d think fans of aviation and historical fiction will really enjoy this book!
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Another great read by Beatriz Williams!  She always writes an amazing historical fiction story and this one is no exception.
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Very enjoyable read, would definitely make a great gift for a loved one. Rich characters with interesting stories to tell.
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Historical fiction is my very favorite genre and Beatriz Williams is one of my favorite authors, and this book is WHY! 

An incredible story rich with detail that invited readers into the fascinating early days of aviation, Her Last Flight was a knockout of a read. Typical of William’s books, there was so much I learned here. Ready to hear what one of the highlights of this book was for me? I loved the addition of the book excerpts woven in between the chapters of the main storyline, which gave readers a look into other characters key to the story in a unique way. Which, speaking of characters, their relationships were so fun to come alongside and I admired the strength and determination they each carried. They really were a memorable group, who left me sad to leave when I turned the last page.

The element of suspense and intrigue to this one kept the pages turning for me, and even being a lengthier book, it never once dragged. I enjoyed my time immersed in it from start to finish. 

Compelling and complex, complete with twists and turns, this is an HF read that has officially landed on my favorites shelf. 

Thank you so much NetGalley and William Morrow for the gifted e-copy!
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Williams has yet another hit novel, her historical fiction can’t be beat. As usual after reading one of her books, I was scrambling to the internet to learn more about these female pilots. It also made me want to take to the skies and remote Hawaiian islands everything was so well described.
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Inspired by Amelia Erhardt we are introduced to Irene Foster Lundquist, who was a female pilot in the 1930s, only to disappear. What unfolds is both a story of history reimagined and of family. It is about love, dedication and loss. 

Beatriz always writes engaging novels and this one is up there in the list!
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Anything by Beatriz Williams in wonderful. I love how she brings her characters to life, especially women whose story is lost to history. I highly recommend this book for those who love historical novels.
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This is my first Beatriz Williams novel, but it won’t be the last. Some parts were a bit far fetched, but overall, I enjoyed this story.
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This book was excellent.  I highly recommend it to readers who enjoy historical fiction.  Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
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The early days of aviation had many heroes and heroines -- Lindbergh, Earhart, Markham. Author Beatriz Williams takes a bit from each to create Irene Linquist, a young daredevil female pilot whose association with fellow flight pioneer Sam Mallory was the stuff of newspaper headlines. Then the two part, airplanes become more commonplace, and Linquist must fight to maintain her place as a folk heroine. Prompted by her husband, she takes off on an around the world race; hours from being declared the winner, she and her plane disappear, never to be seen again. A decade later, a bold, often caustic photo journalist named Janey Everett arrives on an Hawaiian island ready to uncover the final story of Sam Mallory and Irene Linquist. Readers will quickly get caught up in this tale of surf, flight, young love, and tangled secrets. Beatriz Williams is a master of stories built on fascinating times and places of the near past, society's expectations, and decisions made, sometimes for survival, sometimes for power or greed, but often for love. I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are mine.
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I honestly had a hard time with this one. I enjoyed the premise a great deal, but the different storylines felt a bit scattered, and I had a hard time connecting to them. I loved Beatriz's last book, The Golden Hour, but this one just did not click for me.
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In this novel Williams provides an excellent storyline by which the reader can get a glimpse into the early years of aviation. The characters are so enamored with flying, success, love, truth and themselves that it is a whirlwind read. The relationships that evolve and the plot twists that are revealed make this a suspenseful read. My main criticism was that in listening to the audio book, it was sometimes hard to discern which character was speaking in the early chapters.
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Loved this! One of my favorite Beatriz novels. As a women in a male dominated industry (engineering) I love to see a women lead kick butt and pave the way! Her witty banter that draws me in to all her books is prominent and did not disappoint.
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Janey Everett is a photojournalist who honed her skills during WWII in Europe. Now she turns her attention to investigating a mystery surrounding missing aviators. Sam Malone was a famous pilot who survived numerous mishaps, including being stranded at sea for many days, clinging to the wing of his downed plane. His last fateful flight was in 1937 when his plane disappeared. It’s now 1947 and Janey has finally located the remains of Malone and his crashed plane in the Badlands of Spain.

After locating the wreck, Janey heads to Hawaii, determined to follow a lead and track down Sam’s former flight partner, Irene Foster. While Sam was flying his last mission for the Spanish Republic in 1937, Irene was on the final leg of a highly publicized airplane race that ended with her sudden disappearance. She was Sam’s protégé but her notoriety had surpassed her mentor’s and her disappearance was even more newsworthy than his. A decade later, Irene is surprised to be found by the young journalist and she’s also skeptical of Janey’s interest in Sam. The story of Sam and Irene’s celebrity status fits with the time that also produced the likes of Lindbergh and Earhart. Aviators were the stars of the day, as famous as our pop stars or athletes. It’s not a coincidence that Amelia Earhart disappeared in 1937. Williams used the story of the early aviators as a springboard to create her fictional account of Sam and Irene. 

The plot unfolds in a timeline that follows the events of 1947 but interspersed are alternating chapters that are excerpts from a book called Aviatrix, which details the story of Sam and Irene. As the story progresses, there are secrets and surprises that add to the intrigue, and keep a firm hold on readers’ interest. 

The characters are skillfully drawn and the relationships that exist between Fannie, Sam, Irene and the remarkable secondary characters, enliven the storyline, adding dimension and depth. It’s Janey who’s probably the most memorable one of all. Her behavior reveals hurts that she endured as she was growing up. Besides the strength of the characters, another reason this book works so well is the plot complexity. Williams has cleverly woven in enough revelations to make the book compelling. It’s a captivating read that will add to the reputation of Williams as a writer of great historical fiction.
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