I’ve also got a review for you today on the blog tour of the amazing Beyond the Horizon by Ella Carey; a wonderful, WWII historical fiction novel, inspired by true events that I absolutely adored…
book blurb & info
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.
Published by: Bookouture on 26th August 2020
Formats available: Paperback, audiobook, MP3 CD and eBook
Honestly, I adored this – I’m not sure my words can do it justice! Read in one day, I couldn’t put this down and was completely pulled into the amazing storyline.
Told from the viewpoint of Eva, we’re with her in 1977 when she’s drawn into the fight for the militarisation of the WASP. Following an accident decades before, Eva has avoided flying and thoughts of her past. But when the opportunity pops up, she can’t ignore it. But will she be opening a can of worms? And will she find out what really happened on the fateful day of the accident?
We’re also back in time with Eva from 1943 onwards as she gets her pilots license and trains as a WASP. We’re taken on the journey with her as she’s recruited, starts training, experiences the highs and lows of military training, the camaraderie, loss of friends, the start of her career…..and the end. But what caused it? And what happened to her friends and fellow WASP?
Everything about this book was brilliant. I loved the characters, I loved the plot, I loved the history behind it, I loved the setting, I loved the writing style….honestly, I loved it all!
So starting with the characters. Eva is fantastic. Determined to do what she loves, despite her Mum not approving and the opposition of men during the war, she persists and it pays off. She is strong, independent, supportive, brave and amazing. Her fellow WASP are exactly the same. Amazing women who want to do something for their country, doing the thing they love. They get crap for it, but they all continue. I absolutely loved the way they bonded, supported each other and genuinely had each other’s backs and imagine this is exactly what it was like it real life.
There are some amazing male characters in this too. I loved Harry – even though I wanted to give him a massive kick up the bum; but I never really warmed to Jack. Some of the male instructors were fantastic and believed in the women; which was rare at that time, so the respect for them was huge.
The plot and the history behind it are just amazing. I wasn’t aware of the WASP, and reading about them made me proud to be a woman. The storyline of the fight with congress to get them militarised was fantastic and the fact that something similar did take place is brilliant, and well deserved. I loved learning about the WASP, how they trained and what they did. These really were amazing women and I’m glad their efforts was finally recognised – imagine being used as target practice!
I found the whole story fascinating. Learning about the different planes and flying wasn’t something I realised I had an interest in but I genuinely didn’t want to put this down. I loved every second of every page!!
The settings were also amazing, and Carey does such a superb job with her description that I literally felt like I was there. I could feel the heat, the sticky wind, the creepy crawlies and the excitement and nerves of the girls. I felt like I was in this novel with them. I found this so easy and enjoyable to read.
The storyline is not only fascinating, but heartwarming and heart wrenching at the same time. It will bring out all your emotions as you immerse yourselves into the lives of these amazing women. There are also some fantastic twists in this that I didn’t see coming at all!
If you’re looking for a fantastic book, that will make you feel amazing and proud as a woman (or proud of women), where you will learn some fantastic information about WWII that you might not have known before; be sucked in and immersed with the characters and not want to ever stop reading, then you need to check this out. Absolutely 100% recommended by me.
about the author
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.
Organised by: Bookouture
Thanks to Sarah at Bookouture for inviting me on to the tour, and to Ella and Bookouture for gifting me with a copy of the book. All views and opinions are my own.