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The Uncharted Flight of Olivia West by Sara Ackerman

Ackerman’s novel is wonderfully written, switching between Livy’s thrilling adventures in the 1920s and Wren’s quest for answers in the 1980s.
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The Uncharted Flight of Olivia West is an extraordinary tale that intertwines the lives of two women across six decades. Inspired by real events, this novel offers a captivating, white-knuckle exploration of aviation history through the eyes of a pioneering female aviator.

Our story begins in 1927 with Olivia “Livy” West, a fearless young pilot brimming with a love for adventure and an unquenchable desire to conquer the skies.

She sets her sights on the Dole Air Race, a daring competition to be the first to fly 2,400 miles from the West Coast to Hawai’i. However, Livy faces a big challenge: only men are allowed to compete. Despite the odds, her tenacity lands her a position as a navigator for one of the male pilots.

Her journey is filled with danger, and not everyone will make it to the end.

Fast forward to 1987, we meet Wren Summers, who is struggling with money problems when she inherits a piece of land on the Big Island. The dilapidated barn and overgrown macadamia nut grove she receives are more than they seem. Within the barn, Wren discovers relics hinting at a forgotten chapter of history.

Curious and determined, Wren teams up with the residents of a nearby retirement home to uncover the truth about Livy’s daring flight. What she discovers changes everything she thought she knew.

Ackerman’s novel is wonderfully written, switching between Livy’s thrilling adventures in the 1920s and Wren’s quest for answers in the 1980s.

The 1927 storyline is rich with the details of early aviation, capturing the thrilling and often dangerous world of pioneering pilots. Her determination and bravery in a male-dominated field will prove to be an inspiration to all readers.

Wren’s story is just as engaging.

As she digs deeper into the past, she not only learns about Olivia’s incredible journey but also finds strength and purpose in her own life. The mystery unfolds at a perfect pace, keeping readers hooked until the very end.

Ackerman’s vivid descriptions and thoroughly researched historical details make the story come alive. You can almost feel the wind in your hair as Livy soars through the skies and sense the mystery in the old barn as Wren uncovers long-lost secrets.

This book is perfect for anyone who loves historical fiction, aviation stories, or simply a good tale of triumph over adversity.

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