Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A Flying Affair

GIVEAWAY

STEWART, CARLA
A FLYING AFFAIR

Ever since Mittie Humphreys agreed to join dashing brainstorming pilot Ames for a joyride in his airplane, her lifelong love of horses has been surpassed by one thing -- a longing for the skies. It seems she's not the only one. With Charles Lindbergh making his victory tour in the Spirit of St. Louis, aviation fever is spreading across the country. Mittie knows flying is the perfect focus for the soaring ambition and taste for adventure within her, and whenever she can slip away from her duties on her family's prosperous Kentucky horse farm, she heads to the airfield.

Considering their shared passion, it's no surprise that Ames begins to vie for Mittie's time. But when handsome British aviator Bobby York offers her flying lessons, he is equally surprised -- and beguiled -- by Mittie's grit and talent. Drvien to succeed, Mittie will do whatever it takes to compete in the Women's National Air Derby alongside Amelia Earhart. But when Calista 'Peach' Gilson, a charming Southern belle, becomes her rival both professionally and in love, Mittie must learn how to navigate her heart's romantic longings as well as the skies.

My Review:

What an exciting read! It's the late nineteen twenties and the world is all agog over aviation -- Lindbergh, Earhart, pioneering women who are beginning to break out of the conventional mold society has placed them in for centuries. And Mittie is just such a woman. Indulged by her father, she's the despair of her mother. A determined heroine with a mind of her own. And there's the problem. For all her adventurous spirit, there's a certain naivete about her and she learns some hard lessons in her quest to follow her dreams.

I don't want to say too much about the romance since there are two men vying for Mittie's attention. Suffice to say I had a clear favourite and  there was more than one occasion when I wanted to shake some sense into her. :-)

A tight plot with plenty of twists and turns and some hair-raising aerial scenes kept my nose buried in the book even though I had plenty of other things that needed doing. I do so love getting lost in a good story! You might say I spent most of the day with my head in the clouds right along with Mittie.

A captivating and exhilarating read.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  A Flying Affair please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 22 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

39 comments:

  1. Mittie sounds like an amazing strong woman. This will make a great story about early aviation.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Pioneer spirit in spades. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  2. thanks for the opportunity to read this novel, kav

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  3. I have always thought that the late 19th and early 20th century would be an interesting time to live in. So many exciting changes and inventions going on.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Yes -- the research for this novel must have been incredible. I wonder how the author chose what to include. Good luck, Patty.

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  4. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the opportunity!

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Samantha. Good luck.

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  5. Now this looks like a fun read. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom.

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  6. t looks great

    alysap at yahoo dot com

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  7. The cover alone would make me want to read this book. If the inside is as good as the outside, I can't wait!
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I do love book cover art. Good luck, Janet.

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  8. Hey Kav, I would LOVE to read more of Mittie's story. This novel is on my wish list! :)

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    1. Hope it's at the top of your wish list -- it's a wonderful book. Good luck.

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  9. I haven't yet read any of Carla's books though but I've seen them and thought they looked good (just haven't had time to get to them yet). A Flying Affair sounds like just the kind of book I like to read.
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. I've only read one other of hers. Must hunt the others down. Good luck, Pam.

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  10. Love how you worded this: "For all her adventurous spirit, there's a certain naivete about her and she learns some hard lessons in her quest to follow her dreams." I am going to pick the first guy, Ames, and not the newcomer good-looker. "Steady Freddy" is the one. :D Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

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    1. LOL -- you're just going to have to read the book, Kathleen. Good luck.

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  11. An early 1900's read is always fascinating because women were up and coming in a lot of things. Not wanting to "fit" the mold society had them in. I love a good story where the heroine goes against the grain to prove her own worth or that she can compete with any man :-)
    That being said, this sounds like just the kind of story I could go for! I read one other series by a different author (the name escapes me now) about a woman bush pilot in Alaska set in early times too. She was an avid pilot & had her own plane and her dream was to become the best bush pilot around. Of course when she landed her first job as a pilot, she got quite a lot of guff from the men! They thought it was bad luck to have a woman on the team :-) She quickly proved her grit and tenacity but not without a lot of grief! Wonderful series!
    Carla's a new-to-me author and I'd love to add "A Flying Affair" to my shelf...thanks for the chance, Kav!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Oh -- are you talking about Bonnie Leon's series? I loved that one too. There's something so intriguing about a pioneering woman pilot. Good luck, Trixi.

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    2. HAHA....Kav I KNEW if anyone knew who I was talking about, it would be you!! That's the series I'm talking about. Wasn't it amazing :-) This one sounds just as good. And me, myself & I, love pioneering women no matter the profession!

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    3. Yes -- I enjoyed Bonnie's series...even if it was one of those angsty continuing sorts. LOL

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  12. Sounds like a fascinating read!
    Lattebooks at hotmail dot com

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  13. A Flying Affair sounds delightful! Thank you for the chance to read Mittie's story!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Britney. Good luck.

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  14. I often feel the same way about wanting to shake some sense into the heroine when she has two men vying for her attention. I tend to get emotionally involved in the stories that read =)
    reneerachoyolsenATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Be prepared to have your emotions in gear, Heather. Good luck.

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  15. Kav, I've got this latest book of Carla's and loved it. Would love to win this one to give as a gift or donate to my church library! :)

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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  16. oh this sounds exciting! love this time period!

    Lea

    ladepooh AT hotmail dot com

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    1. Lots of exciting fodder for storytelling, that's for sure. Good luck, Lea.

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  17. Looks like a great read. I have read several books you recommend. Thanks
    grandmaneverstops(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Glad you have liked some of my recommendations, grandmaneverstops. Good luck.

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  18. Looks exciting! I'd love to be entered, Kav!
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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  19. I'd love to spend a day with my head in the reading clouds, also - Kav!! Thanks for your wonderful review, I've had my eye on 'A Flying Affair'. Since my brother was a pilot in the military, I live in Ky. near horse farms, and love fiction books based on historical fact - there are numerous elements in this book to attract me.

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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