The Heroine: Evie Chase, a wealthy debutante with a passion for flying airplanes. At the beginning of World War II, she decides to join "the beauty chorus" – a group of female pilots working with the British army to ferry supplies to bases across England. Evie is witty, sharp, stubborn and surprisingly steadfast; she sticks to her guns and faces the world with a "come-and-get-it" attitude that I wish I could harness. Evie is not the stereo-typical rich girl in most novels, which is so refreshing.
The Highs: I really enjoyed the different perspectives provided in this novel, through the other female pilots, Stella and Megan. I liked how the author discusses issues important to women, like post-partum depression and inheriting/running a business, through these characters. I found that between Evie, Stella and Megan, there is a personality that everyone can relate to.
The romance between Evie and her commander, Beau, recalls the Elizabeth Bennett/Mr. Darcy love story. I personally adore love/hate relationships, as I think it gives sexual tension and suspense to a story. I'm also a sucker for military men!
The Lows: I didn't like the third-person omniscient POV, as sometimes the author randomly slipped in bits of information that the characters didn't know about each other. I found it confusing and odd. I also didn't appreciate the abundant amount of sub-plots; most of them seemed unnecessary and as a result, I am unable to deduct any real meaning from the novel that reads like a biography.
The random interjections by Amy Johnson at the beginning of the book seemed really pointless and it was never made clear why they were included. I think the book probably would have been better if it was based exclusively on the life of Amy Johnson!