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Her Last Flight

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I was not able to get into this book so I am going to DNF it. I thought the writing was okay and I liked the plot of the story but I had a hard time staying engaged while reading. I think at another time this book might work for me just not right now. I am also not a huge fan of dual timelines as it can get confusing and this one had that element to the story. Thank you for the opportunity to review it.

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This book kept me engaged from the first to last page. It is a great historical fiction book centered on women in the early days of aviation. The plot is intriguing, it has well-developed characters, and the reader leaves the book feeling satisfied with the result. Excellent book!

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Inspired by the legend of Amelia Earhart, Beatriz Williams imagines the lives of two pioneering aviators, Irene Foster and Sam Mallory. Their stories are uncovered by a young photojournalist, Janey Everrett, who purports to be writing a book on Sam, an MIA Spanish war pilot. Janey is a live wire of a character with an interesting story of her own, which is revealed as she gets closer to Irene and others who knew and loved Sam.

Set in Hawaii, the book has dual timelines, 1929 when Sam and Irene chased their aviation dreams and 1947 as Janey uncovers the mysteries surrounding their lives and disappearances. The book seamlessly moves between these two timelines, weaving their stories together as one. Along with strong leading character, there are fascinating supporting characters, like publishing giant George Morrow, and the cat!

Readers who like historical fiction and like the idea of returning to the time where brave men and courageous women were pushing the bounds of what was possible in flight will enjoy this book. While I enjoyed the story, it moved slowly at times.

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of Her Last Flight in exchange for an honest review.

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This novel focuses on two female characters: Irene who is are female pilot and Janey who is a photojournalist. Loosely based on Amelia Earhart's experiences, the book delves into the drama and romance of the characters. The author held my interest throughout the book. I was entertained and thrilled at the unexpected prot twists towards the end. I would recommend this novel.

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I enjoy reading Beatrice Williams books. I enjoyed the historical drama but couldn’t quite get into this book..

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Beatriz Williams is an auto-buy author for me and I really enjoyed this one, as usual. I love how she can draw you into a historical setting and make the characters feel modern. The aviation details were obviously so well researched and it was overall an emotional, beautiful read.

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I usually love Ms. Williams ' work, but this one left me wanting. I found the storyline boring and unbelievable.

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From my blog: Always With a Book:

It's no big secret that I am a huge fan of Beatriz Williams' books. I love nothing more than getting lost in her stories. There is just something about her books - they are the perfect blend of historical fiction, compelling characters and fantastic writing that bring me back time and again. I just can't get enough of this perfect combination!!!

With each book I read by this author, I realize just how talented she really is and with this latest book, she really shines here. The way this book is crafted, and how it all comes together at the end - just pure brilliance! While I know that most historical fiction tends to be more of a slower burn - and I am all for that and enjoy it all the more because of that - this one kept me glued to the pages right from the start and never let up. Yes, it was still on the slow side, but the story captivated me to keep reading so that I felt like I flew through it.

I loved how the book moved back and forth between Janey's book about Sam Mallory and Janey's firsthand view. It kept it so interesting and I loved all the characters that we meet along the way - they were all so dynamic and well-drawn, as I have come to expect from a Beatriz Williams novel.

This book slowly reveals all it's secrets at just the right moments and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by some of them. But even more than that are the two strong women that this book showcases. This was probably my favorite part of the book. These two women were so similar, working in male dominated fields, not willing to cower to their counterpoints. I loved that message.

I loved this book, as I have all of Beatriz Williams' books and I'm always so bummed when I finish them because I have to wait so long until the next one. If you haven't read anything by this author, you are definitely missing out.

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Beatriz Williams is one of those authors that I stick with because I loved her older books, but her last couple of books were pretty disappointing. When I read the premise of this book and that it was loosely based on Amelia Earhart and the mystery surrounding her disappearance I was definitely intrigued and thought I would give it a try.

You could tell that Williams did a lot of research for this one and it ended up being one of my favorites. To be honest, I have been struggling with the historical fiction genre during this pandemic because I just haven't had the attention span. This ended up being a captivating read and I look forward to what Williams writes next. 

Thank you to William Morrow for the gifted copy in exchange for my honest feedback.

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Janey Everett, a photojournalist, is focusing her work on writing a biography about the famous aviator, Sam Mallory. In order to write a complete story she travels to Hawaii to meet Irene Lindquist who Everett believes is really Irene Foster. In the 1920s Sam Mallory and Irene Foster were a tag team in a historic flight from Los Angeles, Californis to Sydney, Australia. Since 1937 both Foster and Mallory have been missing, both presumed dead.

Will Janey get to the heart of the true story behind Sam Mallory and Irene Foster's suspected romantic relationship? Is is just coincidence that they both disappeared the same year?

Beatriz Williams is a gifted story teller. In this book she brilliantly tells the story of two women, Irene Foster and Janey Everett. The stories are told in mutiple timelines which are easily followed. Not only are the main characters well-developed but the supporting characters are key in building our understanding of the main characters and how their lives became intertwined.

Thank you to NetGalley and William Morrow for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Classic Beatriz Williams. Engaging story line. Well developed characters. Beautifully written. Read it on your front porch...or back deck. You will not be disappointed. Five stars.

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Irene Foster, an early and famous female pilot, goes missing in the 1930s. After the war, Janey tries to find her in order to tell her story and that of her flight instructor and mentor, Sam Mallory. The story moved between 1947 and the 1930s, between Janey and Irene. Good story, good characters, a few great twists!

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I did not care for the constant use of the "f-word" and the main character - a loose approximation of Amelia Earhart, was not believable.

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Absolutely loved this novel. I didn't want it to end. Excellent character development. Many twists and turns in the plot. Loved the setting - can't beat Hawaii. Fun fiction merging with history. As all good historical fiction should do - this novel made me want to devel into aviation history and research the facts surrounding Amelia Earhart's life. There are secrets revealed that I didn't see coming. There is romance and lost love. There are strong characters with human flaws. Compelling and captivating. I already want to read it again. Would love to see it on the big screen.

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This book was Awesome!!! I loved the mystery and intrigue if this book. The whole time I kept wondering if this is really based on a true story. I still believe it is!!

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This was my first Beatriz Williams book. I was so impressed by the style of writing and how every chapter makes you want to read “just one more”. My First Flight easily made my top 5 of my favorite books this year.

The story takes place during the 1920s-1940s. Irene foster isn’t sure of what she wants to do with her life. She thought desperately that she would become a nurse, but with an alcoholic father and the passing of her mother, that becomes a further away dream.

Then, she meets Sam Mallory. Sam introduces her to the world of flying and Irene falls madly in love with aviation. Sam and Irene become the most talked about flying duo, and there’s chemistry between them, but Sam is a married man with a family of his own.

Sam and Irene both disappear off the face of the earth.

Many years later, Janey, a photojournalist, finds the wreckage of a plan in the Badlands, a man’s skeleton is found along with his diary. A diary entry eludes to a woman also being on the aircraft, but sounds as though she was rescued from the wreckage.

Janey, who has a troubled past herself, tracks down Irene in Hawaii. She eventually gets Irene to tell her just what happened in those years of flying and why she felt she needed to just disappear.

The story switches between Janey and Irene, and each of their stories is so riveting and heartbreaking, you cannot put the book down.

Even though the book is based during WWII, and yes, WWII is talked about, the author introduces you to the Spanish Civil War. The events described are so tragic and painful to read. Beatriz Williams did such a beautiful job describing the events it felt as though you were there.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction genre or anyone who loves a heart-reaching love story.

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The premise of this book is interesting, the locations the plot takes readers are beautiful and fascinating, and the promise of strong female characters is appealing. What I liked: there were a few twists in the plot/character reveals that I was not expecting. Overall, this novel was just "okay" to me. I found Janey and Irene, the two protagonists, unlikable and at times incredibly annoying. Also, the love interest between Irene and Sam felt underdeveloped. Their relationship seemed one of proximity rather than anything substantial.

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Janey Everett, a young photojournalist, is traveling around the world, trying to uncover the story of a well-known pilot who disappeared, Sam Mallory. When she meets Irene Lindquist, Sam's past flying partner, you start to see the story become clear through two plot paths - one post-World War 2, and another starting with Irene and Sam's first encounter.

Beatriz Williams' writing keeps you engaged as you learn more about the risk and reward of flight, expectations of people, and the impact of war. I look forward to reading more of her books.

I received an ARC courtesy of Netgalley and William Morrow in exchange for an honest review.

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Once again, Beatriz Williams knocked my socks off. Her writing is beautiful and this story, like the others, is amazing. I love that she continues to have little details that tie the characters in each book to each other - even though they are not a series - while letting each story be complete and wonderful on its own. As always, I devoured this one and can't wait for her next release.

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When photojournalist Janey set out to write a biography about famous pilot, Sam Mallory, she didn't realize she was embarking on the adventure of a lifetime! After years of frantic searching, an unexpected source leads Janey to Sam's remains in a Spanish desert. Determined to learn more about his mysterious disappearance and his last moments, Janey relentlessly tracks down Sam's missing co-pilot (and rumored lover), Irene.

"Minding your own beeswax goes against basic human nature, and besides, I've made a pretty decent living so far off of other people's beeswax."

What started out as a slow burn soon turned riveting as I learned about the history of aviation in this suspenseful, heartbreaking, and hopeful mystery. It was definitely the opposite of a “crack up,” the term aviators use for an airplane crash. In fact, I'd call it a soaring success!

If you'd like to learn more about female aviators, then I'd recommend The Huntress (5 stars) by Kate Quinn and Daughters of the Night Sky (4 stars) by Aimie K. Runyan. If you'd like to learn more about Spain's history, then I'd recommend The Fountains of Silence (4 stars) by Ruta Sepetys.

Location: Spain, California, and Hawaii

I received an advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

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