By now, you may have noticed that I don’t really post reviews. My posts are more the recounting of my adventures between book covers and a few of my thoughts thrown in for good measure. Yes, this may be a little eccentric or ‘odd ball’ but it is my way of doing things …
Fly Away Home
by Rachel Heffington
The Rule of Three is a personal favourite of mine, and so I’ll use it for this recounting.
But first off … the description from Goodreads:
Self Preservation has never looked more tempting.
1952 New York City:
Callie Harper is a woman set to make it big in the world of journalism. Liberated from all but her buried and troubled past, Callie craves glamour and the satisfaction she knows it will bring. When one of America’s most celebrated journalists, Wade Barnett, calls on Callie to help him with a revolutionary project, Callie finds herself co-pilot to a Christian man whose life and ideas of true greatness run noisily counter to hers on every point.
The new friendship sparks, the project soars, and a faint suspicion that she is fall for this uncommon man grows in Callie’s heart. When the secrets of Callie’s past are exhumed and hung over her head as a threat, she is forced to scrutinize Wade Barnett and betray his dirtiest secrets or see her own spilled.
Here there is space for only one love, one answer: betray Wade Barnett to save her reputation, or sacrifice everything for the sake of the man she loved and the God she fled. The consequences of either decision will define the rest of her life
The Writing Style
Peppered with humour, references and wonderful turning of phrase, the writing style immersed me in Callie’s world; it is something that you shouldn’t skip through but read slowly, and thus be able to fully appreciate it.
At first, I couldn’t really read of Mr Barnett without seeing and hearing this man:
Gregory Peck, ladies and gentlemen
But this faded after a while and it was Mr Barnett himself speaking his own words. I liked him very much so, and found him to be very multi-dimensional. His humming of songs was quite enjoyable and just added that extra ‘umph’ to his personality.
Callie … I struggled with her at first. She seemed to lose her temper easily, her dreams seemed quite vaporous and dare I say, silly – I couldn’t really sympathize with her [… but then, my dreams consisted of saving the world, being excellent in combat and having everyone oooh and ahhh over my gymnastics whilst I saved the world … so really …]. In the end, she had her reasons and there’s ‘nought so queer as folk’ as the saying goes.
I throughly enjoyed reading about Archibald Scarrowby – a side-character who only appears once, yes. But one appearance was enough to earn him a place on my ‘List of Favourite Characters in this Book’.
The plot is solid and it was, overall a very enjoyable adventure – made doubly so by its writing style.
A SIDE NOTE: I have come to the conclusion that Misunderstandings are the bread and butter of most romance novels, and so I applaud a certain Mr Barnett for showing intelligence and good sense.
YET ANOTHER SIDE NOTE: This is a self-published book but the belief that all self-published books are sloppy and badly done doesn’t hold the slightest bit of water here.
OH – LOOK! ANOTHER SIDE NOTE: It has come to be a tradition of mine to include a favourite quote. So, here it is:
Callie, if you never think of the present then you can never do a thing about the future. The future’s just made up on dozens of right-nows strung together.
HONESTLY, THIS IS THE VERY LAST SIDE NOTE: I found the sparrow feeding scene to be my favourite one – the conversation about Christianity was just right and vastly interesting to read. Fine. No more side notes. I promise.