Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I am so pleased that I was accepted for this book on NetGalley. It’s a complete gem, and it makes me want to go out and splurge on loads of historical fiction novels.
Amy Trueblood’s writing is so addictive. It is completely immersive; there were times where I felt like I could hear the sounds of soft jazz music and smell cigar smoke. Amy did a truly wonderful job of transporting me to 1920s America.
The story follows Grace, a wingwalker who is determined to make a name for both herself and for her team in the world of barnstorming. In order to do this, she pushes herself to try new and daring tricks in the air, so that they can get to Chicago, compete in a competition that will win them a Hollywood contract.
Grace is such a strong character. She lives in a world where she’s constantly put down and threatened for her gender, constantly told that her job in the air isn’t proper for a lady. She’s stubborn to a fault, but you can’t help but admire her spirit and determination. No matter how many set backs she faces, she keeps going.
Henry is a mechanic, back from the war, and looking for a way to make money to achieve his own dream. He suffers from PTSD and flashbacks, and fights on a daily basis to keep them at bay. In his world of darkness, he soon comes to rely on Grace (or Gracie, as he calls her, which just melts my heart) as his light.
Hate to love romances are so much more satisfying than love at first sight. Grace and Henry constantly rub each other the wrong way. I loved seeing Henry go from questioning Grace’s career choices to trusting and respecting her fully. Their romance is so sweet, it had me sighing dreamily.
I adored this book. I’m so pleased I requested it, and I’m also incredibly thankful to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this wonderful novel.