Updated: Aug 3, 2020
A story as suspenseful, beautiful and breathtaking as those first remarkable flights into the sky.
Janey Everett is a photographer and war correspondent in 1947. She is on a mission to write a biography of the forgotten aviation pioneer Sam Mallory, who joined the loyalist forces in the Spanish Civil War and never returned. Janey is in Hawaii to track down Irene Lindquist, the owner of a local island-hopping airline, whom she believes might really be the legendary Irene Foster, who was Mallory’s flying partner. Foster’s disappearance during a round-the-world flight in 1937 remains one of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries.
Mrs. Lindquist denies any connection to Foster. But Janey informs her that the wreck of Sam Mallory’s airplane has recently been discovered in a Spanish desert. Piece by piece, the details of Foster’s life emerge: from the beginnings of her flying career in Southern California, to her complicated relationship with Mallory, to the collapse of her marriage to her manager and publicist, George Morrow.
As Irene spins her tale to its searing conclusion, Janey’s past also comeS to light. The duel between the two women takes a heart-stopping turn. Can we ever come to terms with the loss of those we love, and the lives we might have lived?
What if America Earhart had survived? What would her story have been? The author notes this book was not intended as veiled biography or theory of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance. Instead it’s a suspenseful and fascinating fictional story featuring two strong-willed women and the perseverance to get what they want in life.
HER LAST FLIGHT is so captivating, I had to keep reminding myself that it’s a work of fiction. Author, Beatriz Williams had me when Janey finds a long lost plane, crashed in the desert surrounding Bardenas Reales, Spain. From there you can’t stop reading because every chapter leaves you on the edge of your seat, with a careful ascent to a stunning conclusion.
I loved the the way that Irene’s and Sam’s story in the years 1928 to 1937 was brilliantly told thru skillfully-crafted book excepts written by Janey. One of my favorite things was the organization of the chapters blending the past into the present days of the 1947 and alternating between Irene and Janey quests. The organization propels you through the story with a ride as breathtaking as those first flights into the sky
Williams writing magically transports us to another time, the years when aviation was still new, exhilarating, and fascinating. Both Janey and Irene are well developed characters; strong, independent women well ahead of their time. They are just another of my favorite things about this book.
Williams passion is historical fiction and she does it well. She lives with her husband and four children in Connecticut where she divides her time between writing and laundry. She is the bestselling author of 11 novels recently including The Glass Ocean and The Golden Hour.
Thanks to LibraryThing for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher William Morrow
Published June 30, 2020