From the author of The House by the Lake comes a powerful novel of friendship, love, and valor in a time of war.
At the height of World War II, Eva Scott’s dream comes true. Accepted into the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), she leaves home and the man she loves for grueling training in Texas, ultimately landing at formidable Camp Davis in North Carolina.
Vastly outnumbered by men and amid contempt, discrimination, and sabotage, Eva and her closest friends remain
loyal to their mission and to each other, determined to prove themselves capable women pilots. But then a fatal mission sends Eva’s dream crashing to earth . . .
Now, decades later, Eva still doesn’t have answers about the night that changed her life. When she finds herself embroiled in the fight to get military recognition for the WASP, she’s forced to confront the past, and to make a decision that could forever change her future.
A heartbreakingly powerful, epic love story about courage, love and the valour of the WASP fleet and is rightfully dedicated to their bravery; Beyond The Horizon is an unforgettable story perfect for fans of credible historical fiction with fantastic characterisation and a real insight into the times they lived through.
This gripping novel takes us back in time to World War Two and was a perfect read in the year where have been celebrating the 75th Anniversary of VE day – sometimes it still feels like the war was a bit of an ‘all boys’ endeavour and this well-written tale seeks to ensure that we learn a bit of HER-Story with our History. It tells the tale of Eva whose dream is to fly as a pilot and be the equal of any man she leaves behind her on the ground. The situations that these brave women of the WASP encounter and you cannot fail to be pulled into their airborne adventures as you read on and uncover what befalls them across the sweep of this novel’s exciting and thought provoking arc.
The novel tells the story of the resourceful Eva, along with her pilot buddies Nina, Rita, Nancy, Helena and Beatrice. The first section is set during 1977 and describes the ongoing investigation into some of the WASP activities during WWII – and then we are taken back in time to Sweetwater Texas to spend time at the training camp with the girls and see their story evolve as they bond as a crew, in 1943 and start to discover that if you want to beat men at their own game in the skies – then sometimes there are high prices to be paid.
If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I really love a novel where you explore events from more than one perspective present really allows for this during this gripping read. and the dual timeline of past and I think that Ella Carey is equally skilled at portraying the characters from both the past and the present and these characters come to life for the reader as you get caught up in the way the events of the past and the present day collide. She paints a vivid portrait of their struggles and their epic levels of courage at a time when mortality rates were high and many people did not even think that they should be in the skies in the first place. I hate including spoilers so all I’ll say is that their characters definitely put them in situations in this historical period that will draw you in and keep you turning the pages to see what connects the past and the present and how their courage was not always something that brought them positive repercussions…
The way that this novel brings the war and its effects on these women so vividly to life on the page absolutely gripped me and made me frustrated that we do not learn more about the bravery of these women in school. . I just couldn’t tear myself away from their stories. The fact that my school is a military one where we have just celebrated our centenary lent Beyond the Horizon an added poignancy for me and made me reflect on the idea that even though this is a novel, the stories it tells were very much a reality for these women and salute their determination to be treated as equals and turn a blind eye to their critics in their determination to serve their nation.
If you love a historical read that brings this fascinating period vividly to life and enjoy being totally immersed in a story that highlights the contribution of women to our history then you’ll love Beyond the Horizon. I will definitely look out for more from Ella Carey as the balance of historical detail and wonderful characterisation was a winning combination for me. Buy yourself a copy here
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Thrilling and inspiring, Beyond the Horizon is a tribute to the brave women who risked their lives for their country—and who remained unrecognized for thirty years.
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.