Happy Valentine's Day, dear readers! I have the great pleasure of sharing about a romantic new release with you today: Fly Away Home - a debut by blogger extraordinaire (The Inkpen Authoress) and fellow self-pubbing friend Rachel Heffington. You can purchase signed copies from the author (learn more HERE), or you can buy the book on Amazon in either e-book or paperback formats! Read on to see what the book's about and to hear my thoughts...
"1952 New York City: Callie Harper is a woman set to make it big in
the world of journalism. Liberated from all but her buried and troubled
past, Callie craves glamour and the satisfaction she knows it will
bring. When one of America's most celebrated journalists, Wade Barnett,
calls on Callie to help him with a revolutionary project, Callie finds
herself co-pilot to a Christian man whose life and ideas of true
greatness run noisily counter to hers on every point. But when the
secrets of Callie's past are hung over her head as a threat, there is
space for only one love, one answer: betray Wade Barnett to save her
reputation, or sacrifice everything for the sake of the man she loved
and the God she fled. The consequences of either decision will define
the rest of her life.
Self-preservation has never looked more tempting."
The book begins with lots of sass, an intriguing setting, and a voice that both echoes the classics and injects both humor and wisdom in a fresh way. It's an interesting blend, and one that took me a bit to get comfortable with, but ultimately charmed me as the story progressed with lovely wording and great plot construction.
The heroine, Callie, frustrated me throughout a good deal of the book, and yet there was enough earnestness in her, enough hidden hurt visible through the holes in her mask, and enough hope for her character that she endeared herself to me and made me not mind being in her first-person POV. Plus, she loves her cat, chocolates, and writing - there's no way we couldn't be friends on at least some level!
And the hero... *happy sigh* He really is quite wonderful, despite his sometimes patronizing and occasionally foolish ways. Getting glimpses into his thoughts and heart through letters really added a touch of class and made the story that much sweeter and interesting.
There really is a lot to love - a trip back to the 1950s, the back-and-forth clash and banter between two journalists, a fascinating array of settings and situations, a dash of suspense, a lesson in true love, and some absolutely fabulous lines worthy of highlighting or underlining (either for their wittiness or their lyrical beauty). While there are a couple of borderline preachy scenes, this really is a unique and clever take on inspirational fiction, with one part of the storyline being a bit reminiscent of the movie Miss Potter. Heffington's voice shines like the New York skyline, and Fly Away Home is a brilliant debut.
*With thanks to the author for providing me with an e-copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.*