Review: Beyond the Horizon by Ella Carey

Review: Beyond the Horizon by Ella Carey

Beyond the Horizon by Ella Carey is an historical fiction novel that tells the story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II. The concept is intriguing and the format of the novel gives the reader a sense of the ongoing battle women have to be recognized for their accomplishments. Although it is an interesting idea, the story does seem to drag in parts.

Review: Beyond the Horizon by Ella CareyTitle: Beyond the Horizon
Author: Ella Carey
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Genres: Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction
Publication Date: October 15, 2019
Rating: three-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

From the author of The House by the Lake comes a powerful novel of friendship during World War II, fighting for the truth, and making peace with the past.

At the height of World War II, Eva Scott’s dream comes true. Accepted into the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), she leaves balmy California and the man she loves for grueling training in Texas, ultimately landing at formidable Camp Davis in North Carolina.

Vastly outnumbered by men and amidst contempt, discrimination, and sabotage, Eva and her closest friends, the unconventional Nina and straightlaced Helena, remain loyal to their mission and to each other. They stay focused on the horizon, determined to prove themselves capable women pilots. Until a fatal mission sends Eva’s dream crashing to earth . . .

Now, decades later, is it possible to discover the truth about the night that changed her life? Is there any hope she’ll recover all that she’s lost? When Eva finds herself embroiled in the fight to get military recognition for the WASP, she’s forced to confront the past, and to make a decision that could forever change her future.

Thrilling and inspiring, Beyond the Horizon is a portrait of love, friendship, and valor in a time of war—and a tribute to the brave women who risked their lives for their country.

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: Beyond the Horizon by Ella Carey

Books that feature female involvement during World War II have always captured my attention. There are so many untold stories about the courageous and selfless women in history. Beyond the Horizon definitely sheds some light on the intense and valiant efforts that the WASP made for the US army. From detailed training experiences to the heartbreak of losing comrades, the novel will evoke emotions.

❀ Dual Timelines

The story is written in dual timelines (1977 and 1944), which gives an interesting look at the way women were perceived during both time periods. At the start of each chapter, the reader is given snippets of a 1977 hearing where Eva is being questioned about the WASP. Then the chapter goes back to 1944 and the reader dives deeper into the events that took place.

❀ Eye-Opening Details

While I love the idea and the eye-opening details about these female pilots, the story really begins to move slowly about a quarter of the way through. The pacing of the book really affected my enjoyment of the novel. Although I appreciated the very comprehensive facts about flight, at times it became quite tiresome to read.

❀ A Unique Concept

Fans of historical fiction, and especially women during World War II will want to give this book a try. It has a very unique concept that will appeal to many.

About Ella Carey

Ella Carey

Ella Carey is the international bestselling author of The Things We Don’t Say, Secret Shores, From a Paris Balcony, The House by the Lake, and Paris Time Capsule. Her books have been published in over fourteen countries, in twelve languages. Her sixth novel is Beyond The Horizon, set around the Women Air Force Service Pilots during World War Two.


About Lori

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15 thoughts on “Review: Beyond the Horizon by Ella Carey

  1. Sophie says:

    Loving that kind of story it is a little sad that the pacing dimmed your reading enjoyment Lori! But if you love that kind of stories, just with a faster yet steady pace, I can’t recommend enough The Huntress and The Alice Network, both by Kate Quinn!

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