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This captivating, breakout novel—told in alternating viewpoints—brings readers from the skies of World War II to the present day, where a woman is prepared to tell her secrets at last.
Estranged from her family since just after World War II, Mary Browning has spent her entire adult life hiding from her past. Now eighty-seven years old and a widow, she is still haunted by secrets and fading memories of the family she left behind. Her one outlet is the writing group she’s presided over for a decade, though she’s never written a word herself. When a new member walks in—a fifteen-year-old girl who reminds her so much of her beloved sister Sarah—Mary is certain fate delivered Elyse Strickler to her for a reason.
Mary hires the serious-eyed teenager to type her story about a daring female pilot who, during World War II, left home for the sky and gambled everything for her dreams—including her own identity.
As they begin to unravel the web of Mary’s past, Mary and Elyse form an unlikely friendship. Together they discover it’s never too late for second chances and that sometimes forgiveness is all it takes for life to take flight in the most unexpected ways.
"It was my eighty-seventh birthday when my sister Sarah walked into the meeting room of the Carnegie Library. Somehow she was still a young girl of about fifteen, with pale blond hair in a single braid down her back, just as she'd been when she scrambled up the climbing tree in the backyard and tossed apples to me on the ground down below. Of course, I knew it couldn't actually be my sister. Perhaps the Sarah-sighting was yet another side effect of again. After all, the older I've become, the more everyone I come across reminds me of someone I once loved. I had no inkling that the girl with the braid might change everything."
"Who's the blond cartoon character?" I asked, pointing to the patch sewn onto the shoulder - of a little gremlin girl with the blue wings and big, red boots.
"Fifinella, the patron saint of the fly girls. And she's not blond, my dear; that's her golden helmet. Go ahead, try it on," she added, holding out the jacket.
I hesitated for just a second and then allowed her to slip it over my shoulders. I pushed my arms into the sleeves. The jacket fit perfectly."
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Why did you start your blog?
Shortly after my daughter was born in 2003, I found a site online called "Maya's Mom". It was a hang-out for moms of all ages, with kids of all ages. It was a special place, and I made a lot of internet friends. A couple of years down the road, Maya's Mom was sold to "BabyCenter". Aside from the change in focus away from including older children, the place did not have the same spirit. So, the time I had put into schmoozing there had to go somewhere. So I started a blog. At first it was a mommy blog. Now I mostly review/promote books.
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