Isabella Grayson, the eldest daughter of a wealthy, English newspaper magnate, longs to become a journalist, but her parents don’t approve. They want her to marry well and help them gain a higher standing in society. After she writes an anonymous letter to the editor that impresses her father, her parents reluctantly agree she can write a series of articles about aviation and the race to fly across the English Channel, but only if she promises to accept a marriage proposal within the year. When James Drake, an aspiring aviator, crashes his flying machine at the Grayson’s new estate, Bella is intrigued. James is determined to be the first to fly across the Channel and win the prize Mr. Grayson’s newspaper is offering. He hopes it will help him secure a government contract to build airplanes and redeem a terrible family secret. James wants to win Bella’s heart, but his background and lack of social standing make it unlikely her parents would approve. If he fails to achieve his dream, how will he win the love and respect he is seeking? Will Bella’s faith and support help him find the strength and courage he needs when unexpected events turn their world upside down?
I could tell by the cover of this book that this story would be one with adventure and romance! It was another delightful read from Carrie Turansky. I have never read a historical fiction based around advancements in aviation and found it exciting and interesting. I enjoyed both Bella and Jame’s characters. I thought it was great that both of these characters were working hard towards achieving their dreams in spite of obstacles. This book had a slight mystery element tucked away in its pages as well. I love a little mystery in a story, and I thought it added interest and depth to the character’s story. The historical facts about aviation and airplanes from this time period were effortlessly mixed into the story providing the reader a glimpse into the technolgies and advancements of the time. The flights across the channel made me anxious, anticipating who would have the first successful crossing and who would fail, or crash, or give up. No spoilers here! This book was everything I enjoy in a historical fiction! I love the way Carrie Turansky writes characters, and Bella and James were no exception. Definitely pre-order this book if you are a historical fiction fan! This book will release in February and you won’t want to miss it!
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*I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.