From the best-selling and award-winning author of Whistling Past the Graveyard comes an adventure tale about two daredevils and a farmboy who embark on the journey of a lifetime across America's heartland in the Roaring '20s.
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.
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Another great book from Susan Crandall.
- MissSusie66 "MissSusie"
Let's go fly!
I would have added more details about aviation, that was pretty light. I felt like it was written from a tour at a museum and some old movies, did not really give me a strong sense of the planes and era (I should add I'm an early aviation historian so I might come in with more knowledge than others and what was provided might be enough for lay people). That lack of depth also turned Gil into a bit of a cliche
It was quite enjoyable, that doesn't need fixing. Maybe more romance.
He was a good reader whose performance did not get in the way of the story- you know how sometimes you listen to a book going "ooo, good voice, like what he's doing with that part of the story," This one blended into the background. Except at the change of chapters. Each time he started a new chapter, his voice was stronger and sounded like a different reader. I actually looked to see if it was a two narrator book.
No, all loose ends were tied up
The problem with the book was Henry set himself up as an unreliable narrator and while it comes out why, you still doubt everything he says and the book feels untrustworthy so when you get to the end, it feels a bit shallow.
- Pamela "Walking Gal"