Take flight with the women who were pioneers of the airline industry

26154388Growing up, I struggled in history class.  Everything just seemed so boring.  Some of it I think was the teachers who didn’t make it interesting.  Who sat at their desks and just had us read from the text book.  But now that I’m an adult, I enjoy learning about historical events.  I especially enjoy history that involves women who have accomplished incredible things.  In Crossing the Horizon by Laurie Notaro, we learn about the wonderful and fascinating story about women who were brave and determined to make history.

The women in this book are pioneers of our airline industry.  They had no fear of dying and were determined to be the first female to cross the Atlantic Ocean.  Before Amelia Earhart, Anne Lindbergh, and Beryl Markham burst upon the aviation scene, three other women were vying to be the first.  The main characters of In Crossing the Horizon are Mabel, a glamorous society girl, Elsie McKay, daughter of an Earl and Ruth Elder “America’s girl” and pageant queen.  Mabel and Elsie are trying to cross the Atlantic from Europe to America and Ruth are trying to cross the Atlantic from America to Europe.

Laurie tells each woman’s story with such passion and detail that I became invested in all of them.  I was rooting for some and wishing other would give it up, like Mabel.  She was very desperate and annoying.  Even though Mabel, Elsie, Ruth and the other women who tried to cross the Atlantic are real people, this fictional telling of their lives is full of rich dialog that brings them to life.

Laurie’s excellent research on these women allowed her to stay very close to the correct historical facts in a way that I didn’t feel like this was a history book.  Before I was even finished reading In Crossing the Horizon, I was looking up more information about each woman and the people in their lives.  This story is a must for anyone who loves historical fiction.

Book Description:
Soar back to the fearless 1920s with #1 New York Times bestselling writer Laurie Notaro—beloved author of The Idiot Girls’ Action Adventure Club—in a stunning historical novel that tells the true, little-known story of three aviatrixes in a race to be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic.

Ten thousand feet in the sky, flipping and twirling through the air, aviatrixes from London to Paris to New York—fueled by determination and courage—have their eyes on the century’s biggest prize. The year is 1927, and Amelia Earhart has not yet made her record-breaking cross-Atlantic flight. Who will follow in Charles Lindbergh’s footsteps and make her own history?

Three women’s names are splashed daily across the front page: Elsie Mackay, daughter of an Earl, is the first Englishwoman to get her pilot’s license. Mabel Boll, a glamorous society darling and former cigar girl, is ardent to make the historic flight. Beauty pageant contestant Ruth Elder uses her winnings for flying lessons and becomes the preeminent American girl of the sky.

Inspired by true events and real people, Notaro vividly evokes this exciting time as her determined heroines vie for the record. Through striking photos, meticulous research, and atmospheric prose, Notaro brings Elsie, Mabel, and Ruth to life, pulling us back in time as the pilots collide, struggle, and literally crash in the chase for fame and a place in aviation history.

Until next time…enjoy the view from your passenger seat