Fly Away Home
Ruby Elixir Press
Self Preservation has never looked more tempting.
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.
The new friendship sparks, the project soars, and a faint suspicion that she is fall for this uncommon man grows in Callie's heart. When the secrets of Callie's past are exhumed and hung over her head as a threat, she is forced to scrutinize Wade Barnett and betray his dirtiest secrets or see her own spilled.
Here 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.
I was very familiar with this book, even before I read it- it's been advertised all around my blogosphere circles lately, and seemed to be popping up everywhere I looked. But I still wasn't planning on buying it- until I read an excerpt. The vintage-y and likable writing style instantly captured my attention, and I dove into purchasing it. And the story was adorable- with a refreshing message I loved to pieces.
I said it was adorable, and it was. But that doesn't mean it was full of fluff. While chock-full of fun, 1950s references and lingo- and a Dickensian cat- it also had a deeper message that's perfect for not only Callie, but our own lives and time as well. And Wade Barnett- *grins* Loved him to bits.
For a self-published, independent book, it was remarkably well edited. There were a few scenes that were a bit choppy and that I thought could have transitioned more smoothly, but that's about all. There were a few uses of the word D**n; however it was not condoned in the context of the story.
Overall, Fly Away Home is a thoughtful, lovely read that was full of nostalgia and all the charm of a classic black-and-white film.
Rating: 8 1/2