Sweetwater, Texas, 1943. Eva has always wanted to fly away. She jumps at the chance to train with the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots and help the war effort, even if the days are exhausting, the southern nights sweltering. When she’s in the air, it’s all worthwhile: her heart soars, as close to infinity as you can get. And since she met handsome Jack, she has someone to fly back to. But on one dangerous night, everything goes wrong. When she awakes, her body is broken and her memory is gone…
Los Angeles, 1977. Eva seems like a normal married woman with a family to be proud of. When she woke up after that terrible night—a blank in her memory—Jack was smiling down at her. But so many decades later, Eva is still searching for answers about the night that changed her life forever. Why have letters to her fellow pilots gone unanswered for thirty years? What really happened on that last flight?
Ever since that catastrophic crash, Eva has lived with the worst fear imaginable: did she do something terrible enough to make her friends cut her off? Increasingly overcome by frightening flashbacks, where she is fighting to escape from a tiny cockpit filled with smoke as her plane crashes to the ground, she desperately tries to uncover the truth. But are some secrets best left buried in the past?
Eva nearly sent her bag of mandarin oranges tumbling all over the farmer’s market floor.ONE, LOS ANGELES, 1977
(@bookouture, 26 August 2020, 331 pages, ebook, #ARC from the publisher via #NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed, #BlogTour 26 August)
This book ripped my heart right out of my chest and made me cry so much. I enjoyed this book so much, fell in love with the characters, setting and everything that was happening and didn’t want the book to end. This is well-written and engaging with fantastic characters. About 90% of the book is set in 1943-1944 but there is an extract at the start of each chapter and some chapters at the start and end of the book set in 1977 when Eva finally gets to the truth about the accident that cost her flying career and why she’s heard nothing from her old friends all these years. The book was a lot darker than I was expecting especially towards the end. I’d never heard of the WASP’s so I found the historical information and detail fascinating. My heart ached for Eva as she discovered the truth about her accident and why it was kept from her for so long. The book uses a third person POV but I was in Eva’s head so much it felt like a first person POV. This is an incredible book.