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  • Beautiful story of bravery and love

    Let me say right away that I unhesitatingly recommend The Long Flight Home. If you like a solid story with good, strong characters this book is for you. It’s beautifully written and will make you think and it will stay with you. I enjoy historical fiction, especially when it’s based on actual facts or events, and World War II is a favorite period to read about. But I somehow missed pigeons playing a part in the British resistance. The resourcefulness and innovation were amazing, and the stories of everyday people standing up and banding together to protect their country touch your heart. The Long Flight Home is a slow deliberate read, loaded with details, the words painting a very clear picture of the circumstances and the devastation, both Ollie’s and Susan’s surroundings and of them as people. You will want to savor every page. It’s full of vivid characters that are strong and courageous and weak and cowardly – in short, human. The setting and atmosphere are lush, taking you from “Oliver from Maine” to Susan and her grandfather Bertie in Epping to Madeleine and her truffle hog Louis in France to an escape to Spain, and back around again. They are all fighting to “. . . give us back our sky.” as a man in a shelter says. The Long Flight Home is a wonderful story. It’s about friendship and loss and love and sacrifice and doing what you must – as Bertie says, “Be an egg.” This means you can be soft with fear inside but hard as slate outside. Words to live by. Thanks to Kensington Publishing Between the Chapters Book Club for providing the beautiful advance copy of The Long Flight Home with accompanying historical material for my reading pleasure and honest opinion. This was a totally satisfying read and I recommend it without hesitation. I am looking forward to the next book by author Alan Hlad.

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  • Not to be missed!

    historical-novel, historical-places-events, historical-figures, historical-research, England, France, love, WW2, war-is-hell This is essentially a love story. Love for homeland and way of life, love for the pigeons that gave their lives in the war effort, love of family, love of men to fly airplanes, and the author's love of a historical footnote. It's also about man's inhumanity to man. But mostly about perseverance in the face of insurmountable odds. It is an excellent read. I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books.

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  • Wonderful informative story

    In Epping, England in September 1940, Susan Shepherd and her grandfather, Bertie are raising pigeons for The National Pigeon Service to be used in the war. A chance meeting on a train between Susan and Oliver Evans, a potato farmer from Maine, add a romantic element to the book. I really enjoyed the history in this book concerning the use of pigeons during the war. I had heard mention of it but never heard the details so this was very interesting to me. This is a very exciting book and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves World War II historical fiction. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC of this very interesting book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • A compelling tale of bravery and intelligence

    There's a story behind every person alive during the Second World War. This was compelling tale of another feature of the war that I hadn't heard about before. Strong and sympathetic characters kept me glued to the book and its fascinating background covering the use of carrier pigeons to gain intelligence to help the British free France.

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  • So good!

    I highly recommend it. I was captivated from beginning to end!

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