From the bestselling and award-winning author of Whistling Past the Graveyard comes an adventure tale about two daredevils and a farm boy who embark on the journey of a lifetime across America’s heartland in the Roaring Twenties.
Set in the rapidly changing world of 1920s America, this is a story of three people from very different backgrounds: Henry “Schuler” Jefferson, son of German immigrants from Midwestern farm country; Cora Rose Haviland, a young woman of privilege whose family has lost their fortune; and Charles “Gil” Gilchrist, an emotionally damaged WWI veteran pilot. Set adrift by life-altering circumstances, they find themselves bound together by need and torn apart by blind obsessions and conflicting goals. Each one holds a secret that, if exposed, would destroy their friendship. But their journey of adventure and self–discovery has a price—and one of them won’t be able to survive it.
As they crisscross the heartland, exploring the rapidly expanding role of aviation from barnstorming to bootlegging, from a flying circus to the dangerous sport of air racing, the three companions form a makeshift family. It’s a one-of-a-kind family, with members as adventurous as they are vulnerable, and as fascinating as they are flawed. But whatever adventure—worldly or private—they find themselves on, they’re guaranteed to be a family you won’t forget.
To say I loved this novel is an understatement. I have only read one other book by this author, Whistling Past the Graveyard, and I adored that one too. Now! I must add all of hers to my never ending TBR list.
There was a tremendous amount of research that went into this story. Who would think to write about a flying circus and all that goes into the tricks and stunts?
Cora, Gil and Henry sort of “fall into” being a flying circus. Henry is the mechanic and brains behind the tricks. Cora is a motorcycle rider and the stunt woman of the group. Gil is the pilot and owner of the plane. All three are running away from their pasts with severe consequences to their future.
I was captivated by so many aspects of this story, the stunts, the characters, the many towns they visited. I did not want the tale to end. A riveting read!
I received this novel from Netgalley for an honest review.