The story in Nothing But Sky is phenomenal – it’s based on events in history – and is combined with a fantastic heroine.
Grace Lafferty only feels alive when she’s dangling 500 feet above ground. As a post-World War I wing walker, Grace is determined to get to the World Aviation Expo, proving her team’s worth against flashier competitors and earning a coveted Hollywood contract.
No one’s ever questioned Grace’s ambition until Henry Patton, a mechanic with plenty of scars from the battlefield, joins her barnstorming team. With each new death-defying trick, Henry pushes Grace to consider her reasons for being a daredevil.
Annoyed with Henry’s constant interference, and her growing attraction to him, Grace continues to test the powers of the sky.
After one of her risky maneuvers saves a pilot’s life, a Hollywood studio offers Grace a chance to perform at the Expo. She jumps at the opportunity to secure her future. But when a stunt goes wrong, Grace must decide whether Henry, and her life, are worth risking for one final trick.
With this topic, Trueblood hits it out of the park. I’m such a fan of historical fiction and reading about this time period, about the sexism in society, and about Grace’s stunt was fantastic. It combined a plotline that is sure to thrill with a character who is a definite hit. There’s such rampant sexism against her, not only as a woman, but in the profession as well. And Grace is dynamite. She’s determined, ambitious, and spunky. I loved this fresh take on a subject I know little about – I’d read another book!
At the same time, there’s a romance in the book which I really enjoyed. It doesn’t blind you and it is so sweet in how similar they are. At the same time I enjoyed that he didn’t fall into a trope and instead had a detailed history (including an incident where he proves himself brave without the need for violence – there are other brawl kind of fights, but I’m talking about one in particular).
Additionally, I liked how Grace’s character changed and grew within the book. Sometimes our determination, our ambition, blinds us from seeing what’s really in front of us – or acknowledging the other people in our lives. Grace is told to never change, to never compromise, and what I ultimately couldn’t get enough of, was how she has to remain true to herself. Check out Nothing But Sky on Goodreads. (Also the ending is so meaningful)