Her Last Flight – Beatriz Williams – independent book review – Historical Fiction (United States)

When I think about this novel, I think of it as a pile of legos. At first they are scattered on the floor. Then as you work through the book, one by one, each lego takes its place in a perfectly created whole that leaves you feeling completely satisfied. Awarded four stars on Goodreads.

Beatrice Williams again proves herself a master storyteller. She understands how to skillfully piece together bits and pieces of narrative, from different periods of time, so that the full story builds steadily and with increasing suspense.

In this novel, the three main characters are:

  • Janey Everett – a noted photojournalist working in the months following the end of World War II on a book about a 10-year-old aviation mystery.
  • Sam Mallory – a highly skilled aviation instructor working in the early days of the industry, when figures like Charles Lindbergh were making daring trips that fired the imagination of the press and public.
  • Irene Foster – a pioneering aviatrix cut from the same cloth as Amelia Earhart.
Beatriz Williams
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In no way do I want to spoil your own enjoyment of the story, but I will add a bit about some of the drama that gets layered on. The Spanish Civil War makes an appearance, there are several plane crashes, assorted marriages and love affairs, and a romance that is challenged by both people and circumstance. It’s a very engrossing read!

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You may be interested in my reviews of other novels by Beatriz Williams:

The Secret Life of Violet Grant

Our Woman in Moscow

All the Ways We Said Goodbye

The Golden Hour

Along the Infinite Sea

Tiny Little Thing

A Hundred Summers

A Certain Age

The Wicked City

The House on Cocoa Beach

The Summer Wives