Although I’m pretty new to reading historical fiction of this sort, I’m really enjoying this genre now. I thoroughly enjoyed Beyond The Horizon and will be looking out for more books from this author.
Beyond The Horizon
Suddenly, it became hard to breathe and the sound of the engine throbbed in Eva’s head. The plane crashed and skidded. She heard the wail of sirens. The last thing she remembered was pulling her body across the tarmac an inch at a time—before her world went black.
Sweetwater, Texas, 1943. Eva has always wanted to fly away. She jumps at the chance to train with the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots and help the war effort, even if the days are exhausting, the southern nights sweltering. When she’s in the air, it’s all worthwhile: her heart soars, as close to infinity as you can get. And since she met handsome Jack, she has someone to fly back to. But on one dangerous night, everything goes wrong. When she awakes, her body is broken and her memory is gone…
Los Angeles, 1977. Eva seems like a normal married woman with a family to be proud of. When she woke up after that terrible night—a blank in her memory—Jack was smiling down at her. But so many decades later, Eva is still searching for answers about the night that changed her life forever. Why have letters to her fellow pilots gone unanswered for thirty years?What really happened on her last flight?
Ever since that catastrophic crash, Eva has lived with the worst fear imaginable: did she do something terrible enough to make her friends cut her off? Increasingly overcome by frightening flashbacks, where she is fighting to escape from a tiny cockpit filled with smoke as her plane falls to the ground, she desperately tries to uncover the truth. But are some secrets best left buried in the past?
From bestselling author Ella Carey comes a sweeping story, inspired by true events, about the brave, forgotten female pilots who helped America win the war. A story you will never forget, and one that will always stay in your heart.
This book was first published in 2019.
Beyond the Horizon is a beautifully written historical fiction about the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) that served in WWII. One one level it’s the story of Eva Scott, a young girl who loves to fly and her experiences. Its the story of her love, her friendships, her feelings of failure and how she has arrived at the present time.
On a deeper level it is the story of the WASPs, their training, their bravery and their fight to get recognition as a military unit long after the war is over.
I confess that it took me two chapters to really get into the book. But once I got in I read it straight through. I love how the author wove facts about the WASPs into the story of Eva and her friends.
I really enjoyed the story and the author managed to keep me invested in each of the characters as well. Eva standing up for justice and fighting for recognition of the force and the contribution of these brave young women to their country is very inspiring.
The book with its descriptions, endearing characters, historical references and inspiring female friendships swept me away.
Ella Carey is the international bestselling author of The Things We Don’t Say, Secret Shores, From a Paris Balcony, The House by the Lake, and Paris Time Capsule. Her books have been published in over fourteen languages, in twelve countries, and have been shortlisted for ARRA awards. A Francophile who has long been fascinated by secret histories set in Europe’s entrancing past, Ella has degrees in music, nineteenth-century women’s fiction, and modern European history. She lives in Melbourne with her two children and two Italian greyhounds who are constantly mistaken for whippets.
Ella loves to connect with her readers regularly through her facebook page and on her website.
Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review!