“It is 1953, and the last great transcontinental air race from London to Christchurch is about to begin, but even before the KLM plane has left the runway, it has already become famous as the bride flight. Of its 60 emigrating passengers, many are brides-to-be flying out to join their fiances on the other side of the world. Among them are Ada, Marjorie and Esther, each of them with their own reasons for wanting to leave behind the hardships of post-war life at home, and their own pasts. During the trip they meet Frank, a charismatic bachelor, who will come to have a dramatic influence on their lives, and who exerts a continued hold over each of the women as they follow their very different paths in New Zealand. It is only when they meet again, years later at Frank’s funeral, that the three women – now brides in black – get to hear each other’s stories for the first time and realise just how closely their lives have been bound together by what happened on the bride flight.”
I love modern historical fiction but good historical fiction with commercial appeal can be hard to find. Bride Flight is the perfect mix. It’s multiple character view points and historical detail make for a tale of sweeping proportions that comes across almost with a movie-like feel which is perfect since it has recently be made for the big screen.(Movie details here).
Originally the novel was a screenplay and this is easily spotted when one begins reading. The book hooks you from the first chapter with teasing tidbits to keep you going. Marieke van der Pol is a talented writer who weaves a story that is impossible to predict. Twists and turns and emotional moments seem to hide behind every other page keeping the book fresh and enticing. It’s part historical fiction, part love story…and it’s impossible to put down.
Three lucky readers of Stiletto Storytime will win their very own copy of Bride Flight. Giveaway ends midnight EST July 14, 2011. US addresses only please. Winners will be chosen by random.org and notified by e-mail address. Good Luck to all and Happy Reading!
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