Book Blurb: (Goodreads)
Soar back to the fearless 1920s with #1 New York Times bestselling writer Laurie Notaro—beloved author of The Idiot Girls’ Action Adventure Club—in a stunning historical novel that tells the true, little-known story of three aviatrixes in a race to be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic.
Ten thousand feet in the sky, flipping and twirling through the air, aviatrixes from London to Paris to New York—fueled by determination and courage—have their eyes on the century’s biggest prize. The year is 1927, and Amelia Earhart has not yet made her record-breaking cross-Atlantic flight. Who will follow in Charles Lindbergh’s footsteps and make her own history?
Three women’s names are splashed daily across the front page: Elsie Mackay, daughter of an Earl, is the first Englishwoman to get her pilot’s license. Mabel Boll, a glamorous society darling and former cigar girl, is ardent to make the historic flight. Beauty pageant contestant Ruth Elder uses her winnings for flying lessons and becomes the preeminent American girl of the sky.
Inspired by true events and real people, Notaro vividly evokes this exciting time as her determined heroines vie for the record. Through striking photos, meticulous research, and atmospheric prose, Notaro brings Elsie, Mabel, and Ruth to life, pulling us back in time as the pilots collide, struggle, and literally crash in the chase for fame and a place in aviation history.
Laura Notaro takes readers on a remarkable historical journey that tells the story of 3 women who entered a race to fly across the Atlantic. While this story is a work a fiction it is based on real women and true events. Elsie Mackay, Mabel Boll, and Ruth Elder all came from vastly different backgrounds but shared the same goal. This story was so well researched and I felt as though I had slipped into the 1920’s.
While the story started off a little slow it quickly picks up as we learn more about each women. They are different from one another but you couldn’t help but become fascinated with each of them. Notaro re-imagines their triumphs and hardships and the fact that she used real events truly enhanced the story.
These women were completely new to me and I found myself researching more about them after I had finished the story. It’s an interesting piece of women’s history and I felt the book read like fiction novel but stayed true to the true events that took place. I think the highlight of this book for me was seeing the strength and determination these women had. If you are a Historical Fiction reader then I would highly suggest you add this one to your “To-Be Read” list!!
Thank you Simon & Schuster Canada for proving me with a copy