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)
What is the last historical fiction book you’ve read?
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