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Suddenly, it became hard to breathe and the sound of the engine throbbed in Eva’s head. The plane crashed and skidded. She heard the wail of sirens. The last thing she remembered was pulling her body across the tarmac an inch at a time—before her world went black. Sweetwater, Texas, 1943. Eva has always wanted to fly away. She jumps at the chance to train with the Women’s A Suddenly, it became hard to breathe and the sound of the engine throbbed in Eva’s head. The plane crashed and skidded. She heard the wail of sirens. The last thing she remembered was pulling her body across the tarmac an inch at a time—before her world went black. Sweetwater, Texas, 1943. Eva has always wanted to fly away. She jumps at the chance to train with the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots and help the war effort, even if the days are exhausting, the southern nights sweltering. When she’s in the air, it’s all worthwhile: her heart soars, as close to infinity as you can get. And since she met handsome Jack, she has someone to fly back to. But on one dangerous night, everything goes wrong. When she awakes, her body is broken and her memory is gone… Los Angeles, 1977. Eva seems like a normal married woman with a family to be proud of. When she woke up after that terrible night—a blank in her memory—Jack was smiling down at her. But so many decades later, Eva is still searching for answers about the night that changed her life forever. Why have letters to her fellow pilots gone unanswered for thirty years? What really happened on her last flight? Ever since that catastrophic crash, Eva has lived with the worst fear imaginable: did she do something terrible enough to make her friends cut her off? Increasingly overcome by frightening flashbacks, where she is fighting to escape from a tiny cockpit filled with smoke as her plane falls to the ground, she desperately tries to uncover the truth. But are some secrets best left buried in the past? From bestselling author Ella Carey comes a sweeping story, inspired by true events, about the brave, forgotten female pilots who helped America win the war. A story you will never forget, and one that will always stay in your heart. This book was first published in 2019.


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Suddenly, it became hard to breathe and the sound of the engine throbbed in Eva’s head. The plane crashed and skidded. She heard the wail of sirens. The last thing she remembered was pulling her body across the tarmac an inch at a time—before her world went black. Sweetwater, Texas, 1943. Eva has always wanted to fly away. She jumps at the chance to train with the Women’s A Suddenly, it became hard to breathe and the sound of the engine throbbed in Eva’s head. The plane crashed and skidded. She heard the wail of sirens. The last thing she remembered was pulling her body across the tarmac an inch at a time—before her world went black. Sweetwater, Texas, 1943. Eva has always wanted to fly away. She jumps at the chance to train with the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots and help the war effort, even if the days are exhausting, the southern nights sweltering. When she’s in the air, it’s all worthwhile: her heart soars, as close to infinity as you can get. And since she met handsome Jack, she has someone to fly back to. But on one dangerous night, everything goes wrong. When she awakes, her body is broken and her memory is gone… Los Angeles, 1977. Eva seems like a normal married woman with a family to be proud of. When she woke up after that terrible night—a blank in her memory—Jack was smiling down at her. But so many decades later, Eva is still searching for answers about the night that changed her life forever. Why have letters to her fellow pilots gone unanswered for thirty years? What really happened on her last flight? Ever since that catastrophic crash, Eva has lived with the worst fear imaginable: did she do something terrible enough to make her friends cut her off? Increasingly overcome by frightening flashbacks, where she is fighting to escape from a tiny cockpit filled with smoke as her plane falls to the ground, she desperately tries to uncover the truth. But are some secrets best left buried in the past? From bestselling author Ella Carey comes a sweeping story, inspired by true events, about the brave, forgotten female pilots who helped America win the war. A story you will never forget, and one that will always stay in your heart. This book was first published in 2019.

30 review for Beyond the Horizon: Heartbreaking and gripping World War 2 historical fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    San

    Beyond the Horizon is a historical novel set during World War II and is about Women Airforce Service Pilots, group of heroic women. I have to be honest and say that it's the first time I have heard about WASP group. During the WWII (and not only then) there are many stories about courageous, inspiring women and I always love to read fiction books which include that topic. The main character is Eva Scott and other female pilots: Nina, Rita, Nancy, Helena an Beatrice. Those women trained at Avenger Beyond the Horizon is a historical novel set during World War II and is about Women Airforce Service Pilots, group of heroic women. I have to be honest and say that it's the first time I have heard about WASP group. During the WWII (and not only then) there are many stories about courageous, inspiring women and I always love to read fiction books which include that topic. The main character is Eva Scott and other female pilots: Nina, Rita, Nancy, Helena an Beatrice. Those women trained at Avenger Field in Sweetwater Texas in really bad living condition to become women pilots. But after graduation they still have to deal with discrimination and they work wasn't easy one. There's dual timeline in the book. The beginning of the chapter is set in 1977 when Eva is on hearing during investigation about WASP and after this fragments we are going back to events in 1944. This story is so powerful and shows how brave and determinated women can be even if they have to fight for their dreams. I will definitely keep an eye for more of Ella Carey's book. Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Karren Sandercock

    Thanks to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing, Ella Carey for giving me the chance to read and review her new book: Beyond The Horizon. Beyond the Horizon is a historical story about Eva Scott and a group of brave women who during WW II joined the Women's Air Force Service Pilots Scheme. Male pilots are busy defending the skies over England and fighting in the Pacific. America during WW II, lady pilots are needed to transfer planes to different air bases, to test fly planes that have been repaired a Thanks to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing, Ella Carey for giving me the chance to read and review her new book: Beyond The Horizon. Beyond the Horizon is a historical story about Eva Scott and a group of brave women who during WW II joined the Women's Air Force Service Pilots Scheme. Male pilots are busy defending the skies over England and fighting in the Pacific. America during WW II, lady pilots are needed to transfer planes to different air bases, to test fly planes that have been repaired and new planes. Eva and her fellow pilots, Nina, Helena, Rita, Nancy and Beatrice, start five months of intense training at Avenger Field in Sweetwater Texas, it's extremely demanding both physically and mentally. On a daily basis they have to deal with hot weather, very basic living conditions, and use or wear flying equipment designed for men. The girls were very focused, determined to pass and they soon become best friends. After they graduate, Eva, Nina and Helena are sent to Camp Davis in Carolina, here they deal with more shocking discrimination, sabotage, its a very dangerous place to live and work. During one mission tragedy strikes, Eva's plane crashes and will she ever fly again? Years later, Eva goes to Washington, she gives evidence in an investigation into how badly the members of the WASP's were treated during and after WW II. Eva finally discovers what really happened after her plane crashed all those years ago and how she was betrayed by two people she trusted. I loved Beyond The Horizon, it's a story about WW II, friendship, secrets, justice, Eva confronting her past, discovering the truth and understanding the accident wasn't her fault. I received a complimentary copy of this book, opinions expressed in this review are completely my own and I gave Beyond The Horizon four stars. I have shared my review on Goodreads, Twitter, NetGalley, Barnes & Noble, Australian Amazon and my blog. https://karrenreadsbooks.blogspot.com/

  3. 5 out of 5

    Literary Soirée

    BEYOND THE HORIZON is a stirring tribute to the courageous American women who flew as WASP (Women’s Airforce Service Pilots) during WWII. The author based her gripping narrative on true stories she unearthed through meticulous research. We grow to care about Eva and Nina and the women who trained as flyers in 1943 in Texas’ searing heat and freezing sleet. We feel their anger when they are belittled by male instructors, forgotten by society and denied military benefits. We share their grief when ho BEYOND THE HORIZON is a stirring tribute to the courageous American women who flew as WASP (Women’s Airforce Service Pilots) during WWII. The author based her gripping narrative on true stories she unearthed through meticulous research. We grow to care about Eva and Nina and the women who trained as flyers in 1943 in Texas’ searing heat and freezing sleet. We feel their anger when they are belittled by male instructors, forgotten by society and denied military benefits. We share their grief when horrific accidents kill beloved friends. We cheer mightily when Eva testifies in 1977 with other WASP to demand military benefits and recognition. And we’re totally captivated by the emerging love stories, with an end twist that leaves you breathless. Highly recommended for fans of WWII fiction and romance à la Jennifer Robson and Soraya M. Lane. 5 of 5 Stars Pub Date 26 Aug 2020 Thanks to the author, Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine. #BeyondTheHorizon #NetGalley

  4. 4 out of 5

    Soraya Lane

    This was a fantastic, true to life (although fictional) account of the amazing women pilots of the WASP during WWII. If you enjoy wartime fiction, I highly recommend this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tammy(PeaceLoveBooks)

    Beyond the Horizon is an inspiring and heartbreaking story of the Women's Airforce Service Pilots(WASP) program during WWII. A must read for historical fiction fans! Beyond the Horizon is an inspiring and heartbreaking story of the Women's Airforce Service Pilots(WASP) program during WWII. A must read for historical fiction fans!

  6. 4 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    Full Review on The Candid Cover Beyond the Horizon by Ella Carey is an historical fiction that tells the story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II. The concept is intriguing and the format of the novel gives the reader a sense of the ongoing battle women have to be recognized for their accomplishments. Although it is an interesting idea, the story does seem to drag in parts. Books that feature female involvement during World War II have always captured my attention. There are Full Review on The Candid Cover Beyond the Horizon by Ella Carey is an historical fiction that tells the story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II. The concept is intriguing and the format of the novel gives the reader a sense of the ongoing battle women have to be recognized for their accomplishments. Although it is an interesting idea, the story does seem to drag in parts. Books that feature female involvement during World War II have always captured my attention. There are so many untold stories about the courageous and selfless women in history. Beyond the Horizon definitely sheds some light on the intense and valiant efforts that the WASP made for the US army. From detailed training experiences to the heartbreak of losing comrades, the novel will evoke emotions. ❀ DUAL TIMELINES The story is written in dual timelines (1977 and 1944), which gives an interesting look at the way women were perceived during both time periods. At the start of each chapter, the reader is given snippets of a 1977 hearing where Eva is being questioned about the WASP. Then the chapter goes back to 1944 and the reader dives deeper into the events that took place. ❀ EYE-OPENING DETAILS While I love the idea and the eye-opening details about these female pilots, the story really begins to move slowly about a quarter of the way through. The pacing of the book really affected my enjoyment of the novel. Although I appreciated the very comprehensive facts about flight, at times it became quite tiresome to read. Fans of historical fiction, and especially women during World War II will want to give this book a try. It has a very unique concept that will appeal to many.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ann Creel

    Thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the advance reader's copy in exchange for an honest review. I'm a huge fan of historical fiction, and it's a great feeling to start a new book and know after only a page or so that I'm going to love it. This book opens with interesting characters and more questions than answers, and the pace never lets up. As we follow Eva's journey before, during, and after her time as a WASP during World War II, we experience the thrill of flying, the courage it Thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the advance reader's copy in exchange for an honest review. I'm a huge fan of historical fiction, and it's a great feeling to start a new book and know after only a page or so that I'm going to love it. This book opens with interesting characters and more questions than answers, and the pace never lets up. As we follow Eva's journey before, during, and after her time as a WASP during World War II, we experience the thrill of flying, the courage it took to succeed, and the agony of failing. Along the way we get to know Eva's friends and a man she can't help loving, and we get an inside look at the mostly unknown story of these American heroes. Two big surprises come near the ending, which is satisfying and feels just right. I highly recommend this novel.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com ‘I am here because we are not recognized in the history of this country. Our contribution to the Allied victory in World war II is not recorded by historians writing official books. Consequently, many Americans do not know the WASP existed.’ The bestselling author of The House by the Lake introduces a brand new story that unveils life during and after World War II. Beyond the Horizon is a novel that examines the bonds of friendship, secrets and the unrecognis *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com ‘I am here because we are not recognized in the history of this country. Our contribution to the Allied victory in World war II is not recorded by historians writing official books. Consequently, many Americans do not know the WASP existed.’ The bestselling author of The House by the Lake introduces a brand new story that unveils life during and after World War II. Beyond the Horizon is a novel that examines the bonds of friendship, secrets and the unrecognised female push during the war. It is an illuminating tale, that will open your eyes to a hidden pocket and triumph in the war that has been largely disregarded. Beyond the Horizon is an informative tribute to the skies. In the midst of the war, a young woman named Eva has big dreams. All Eva wants to do is contribute to the war effort, by joining the fight in the skies. Eva signs up and is accepted into the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots division. She is over the moon to be blessed with such an opportunity. To take up this lucrative position, Eva must leave the sanctuary of her life in California and her relationship, for the training grounds of Texas. Eventually, Eva is transferred to the renowned Camp Davis Site in North Carolina. Eva and her crew negotiate life in a man’s world. They face sexism, clear discrimination, sabotage and complete opposition. It is a tough gig, but Eva is among a set of women who are determined to make things work. The women in Eva’s company are contrasted and have their own quirks, but they accept one another, build friendships and support each another in a time of peril. This is dangerous work and one deed sends Eva over the edge, can she prove herself to be just as worthy as the male pilots? Another path follows Eva’s life years down the track, as she comes to terms with the secrets of the past that she has worked hard to keep buried. Despite that fact that Eva put this hazardous period in her life behind her years ago, she must revisit the past again. It will see Eva face the fight of her life, yet again, as she battles to gain recognition for the tireless and fearless work conducted by her WASP team. Captivating and charged, Beyond the Horizon reminds of us of the bravery, selflessness and the strong bonds that were evident during a time of great turbulence. War time novels such as Beyond the Horizon continue to astonish me. I consider myself quite informed in the World War II history department, but yet again I am confronted with an important branch of the war effort that I wasn’t aware of until I read Ella Carey’s latest. Beyond the Horizon is a historical fiction novel centered on life during and after World War II. It pays specific attention to the female experience of war. Carey highlights the brave work of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) division, who operated in the crowning point of the Second World War. I really admired the arrangement of this novel. Carey divides the Beyond the Horizon into two distinct routes. The first route takes the reader into the heart of World War II, which is specifically centered on the years 1943 and 1944. On the other hand, Carey delves into post war life, by taking us right the way up to the 1970s. For many in the 1970s, the war had been put behind them, but for those who fought tirelessly and bravely without recognition, they were still fighting to gain recognition for their efforts. Beyond the Horizon is about the process of gaining respect and acknowledgement for their valor, but we soon learn that this is not an easy feat. I am aware of the fact that Ella Carey conducted a vast range of research to formulate her novel. This involved first hand visits to various locations essential to this story, along with many hours pouring over accompanying research books on the WASP division. What emerges is a rich and authentic story, which will compel you to reach out and do some more research on the WASP initiative. Not only is this a story of the strength of the human spirit, self-sacrifice, courage and the gallantry displayed by these women, it is also a story of strong alliances. These women faced true tests to their strength and opposition from those who deemed them too inferior to succeed in their role in the skies. It was daring work, but essential, contributing much more to the war than we will ever be aware of. What was just as shocking was the fact that these women who risked it all were soon put back in their place after the war, they had to resume their inferior position, which lacked the freedom and independence they experienced during the war. This would have been a tough transition period, which Carey draws our attention to in Beyond the Horizon. Eva’s fight shows us just how far women were prepared to strive during and after the war. Beyond the Horizon brings all the vital components of an engaging historical fiction novel together to appeal to the reader. Convincing characters, a credible setting, a hidden aspect of the war and an emphasis on the female war experience ensures that we all stand up and listen to the voices present in Beyond the Horizon. *I wish to thank the author, Ella Carey, for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes. Beyond the Horizon is book #5 of the 2020 Australian Women Writers Challenge

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ruthie Jones

    "I guess war makes either fools or heroes of us all." Beyond the Horizon by Ella Carey will draw you in and take you on an unforgettable ride across the sky, across relationships, and across time. Eva Scott wants to do her part for the war effort, but being a Rosie the Riveter is not enough. She wants to fly! Eva's friend and secret childhood crush, Harry, teaches her to fly and prepares her to apply to the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program. When Eva and her best friend, Nina, are acce "I guess war makes either fools or heroes of us all." Beyond the Horizon by Ella Carey will draw you in and take you on an unforgettable ride across the sky, across relationships, and across time. Eva Scott wants to do her part for the war effort, but being a Rosie the Riveter is not enough. She wants to fly! Eva's friend and secret childhood crush, Harry, teaches her to fly and prepares her to apply to the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program. When Eva and her best friend, Nina, are accepted into the program in 1943 and journey to Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, their fascinating, incredible, and extremely dangerous adventure finally begins. But in the 1940s, at the height of WWII, the life of a female pilot is anything but rosy. Ella Carey paints an interesting and often frustrating picture of the struggles, heartache, and triumph of these brave girls, who simply want to fly and do their part for their country. Beyond the Horizon follows two paths. At the beginning of the book and at the start of each chapter, Eva is appealing to Congress to have the WASP recognized as military personnel, with all the benefits that entails. It is 1977, and Eva recalls all the details of her time as a WASP, except for the accident that ended her career as a female pilot during WWII. The chapters then outline her experience as a trainee at Avenger Field and as a pilot at her first and only assignment at Camp Davis in North Carolina. First and foremost, this story is about the indestructible bond of friendship that withstands both time and death. While Beyond the Horizon is a work of fiction, it is ultimately a tribute to the real women who weathered the harsh training conditions to learn to fly any military aircraft, the discrimination for being a woman doing a man's job, and the dangerous missions that took grit and fortitude to carry out. These women deserve respect and acknowledgement, and Beyond the Horizon does just that. Ella Carey's writing is solid and substantial, delivering some 1940s lingo and amazing characterization that make the overall story believable, entertaining, and crazy hard to put down. According to Nina, "Sounds like a gas," and Beyond the Horizon is definitely a gas. All fun aside, the story is well researched and well executed. This intricate and fabulous tale will appeal to both history buffs and people who simply enjoy a good story about love, life, loss, and self-discovery. The ending chapters are filled with enough emotional turbulence to bring down a Helldiver and to blur your vision with tears as Eva finally discovers the truth about that long-ago accident and as she safely lands in the exact spot in which she was always meant to be. I received a free copy of this book from Lone Star Book Blog Tours in exchange for my honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Niki (nikilovestoread)

    Thanks so much to Lake Union for the review copy in exchange for an honest review! Beyond the Horizon by Ella Carey tells the story of a fictional pilot during WWII. Eva Scott was determined to do something to help the war effort and joining WASP was an ideal way for her to serve. Her story is told through a dual timeline during WWII and later in 1977 when the US Congressional hearings were held to determine if WASP should be formally recognized as part of the military. I was completely fascinate Thanks so much to Lake Union for the review copy in exchange for an honest review! Beyond the Horizon by Ella Carey tells the story of a fictional pilot during WWII. Eva Scott was determined to do something to help the war effort and joining WASP was an ideal way for her to serve. Her story is told through a dual timeline during WWII and later in 1977 when the US Congressional hearings were held to determine if WASP should be formally recognized as part of the military. I was completely fascinated with the story, especially when it came to learning more about the WASP program. Eva was a determined and courageous woman who fell apart following a tragic accident in 1944. I loved following along as the story of her past unfolded and she searched for answers to her missing memories. The only thing that held this one back from being four stars was the strange dialogue between the characters sometimes. There were times when characters said things so strangely that it was not realistic and rather annoying to the point that I would be jarred out of the story. 3.5 stars

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sydney Young

    I continue to be surprised by the number of secrets women keep. Ella Carey's Beyond the Horizon told me of yet another incredible war secret, again held by women who are basically of the silent generation. The story humanized the events and helped me celebrate at last knowing of heroic WASP sacrifice and effort. It also make me glad that we've come a long way with our attitudes to women in service! It also taught me something about Sweetwater, Texas, that I never knew, and I wish I had. Imagine, I continue to be surprised by the number of secrets women keep. Ella Carey's Beyond the Horizon told me of yet another incredible war secret, again held by women who are basically of the silent generation. The story humanized the events and helped me celebrate at last knowing of heroic WASP sacrifice and effort. It also make me glad that we've come a long way with our attitudes to women in service! It also taught me something about Sweetwater, Texas, that I never knew, and I wish I had. Imagine, the WASPs in training there, rattlesnakes, scorpions, and all. I loved that Beyond the Horizon, at it's core, is more of a love affair of flying, girl power, and sorority. There are some relationship stories and affairs tucked in, but "can they or can't they" is the central question the book answers. I enjoyed reading of a real sense of "we're in this together," and "let's keep fighting." Eva Scott and her pilot sisters were brave and fought hard, and that is a great image I'll never forget. Some of the men in the book were huge helps, others not so much, still others greatly fought against the women and their war efforts. It's great as a reader to see what feels to be reality reflected. Structurally, the book reveals events after short transcripts of Eva in later life attempting to help the WASPs gain official recognition. I think that story is just as powerful and feel that more story development for that fight could have had even more impact for the reader. There wasn't much connectivity to that bit, other than to highlight the reality that what these women did was fraught with danger and was not meaningless. So, I enjoyed the book but was also left with questions. Bottom line is, I didn't know a thing about the WASPS. Now I know a story I'll never forget! Thank you to the author and publisher for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a true review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sydney Long

    I was first introduced to the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) just last summer so when this book popped up on NetGalley, I immediately requested it because I wanted to know more about these courageous women. Through fiction, we are often led on a path of actual historical events or given enough details about something to send us on a search for more information. And that was the case for this particular story. Beyond the Horizon is about a courageous women, Eva Scott. Eva is a “riveter” at I was first introduced to the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) just last summer so when this book popped up on NetGalley, I immediately requested it because I wanted to know more about these courageous women. Through fiction, we are often led on a path of actual historical events or given enough details about something to send us on a search for more information. And that was the case for this particular story. Beyond the Horizon is about a courageous women, Eva Scott. Eva is a “riveter” at the local factory but she longs to be a pilot. When she hears of WASP, she immediately applies for the program. She faces opposition from her mother and encouragement from her father and friends. Together with her dearest friend Nina, they eventually find themselves on a train to Sweetwater, Texas and training to become service pilots for the military. The women they meet along the way not only become friends but sisters. Some are lost along the way but forever friendships are formed by the women in this unique experience. What I love most about this book is each chapter stars with Eva speaking before a Congressional Committee in an attempt to get the WASPs recognized as part of the military. They played a vital role in freeing up men to fly during the war. They were trained just as the men were but were never recognized as military. Eva provides an amazing account of all that these women did and why they deserve recognition. The rest of each chapter travels back to the 40’s and at different stages of Evas training and assignments. I “flew” through this book. It captivated me from page one and I was truly sad to see it end. I so wanted an epilogue or a reunion of sorts. I definitely wasn’t ready to turn the last page. I’m so grateful for the inclusion of Authors Notes which I think are vital to historical fiction. The author also provides a “further reading” list which I intend to check out. Thank you so much to NetGalley for approving my request and to the author Ella Carey for bringing such wonderful characters to the page and shedding more light on the untold stories of WWII.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    I am a big fan of Ella Carey’s stories and I devoured this one, it was a compelling read for me hearing how the wonderful woman from America took to the skies during World War 2 to do what they could to support their country, the battles they fought with some of the men and the military then and years later to win the recognition they deserved. The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) was what Eva Scott wanted to join she wanted to be a pilot and do her bit for the war effort, she grew up in Burb I am a big fan of Ella Carey’s stories and I devoured this one, it was a compelling read for me hearing how the wonderful woman from America took to the skies during World War 2 to do what they could to support their country, the battles they fought with some of the men and the military then and years later to win the recognition they deserved. The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) was what Eva Scott wanted to join she wanted to be a pilot and do her bit for the war effort, she grew up in Burbank California her best friend Nina also had this dream and they had been taught by their friend Harry to fly, both worked in the airplane manufacturing plant, but as soon as they had the chance they joined up, at their training camp they met Helene, these three woman became the best of friends. They arrive at Camp Davis determined to not complain and do what has to be done under circumstances that would never be accepted in this day, with more men than woman and deliberate sabotage that could cause danger, they stayed on course to become the best pilots. A terrible accident changes all of their lives Eva returns home injured and heart-broken but gets on with life marries Jack and has a son never knowing what has happened to her friends. Thirty odd years later Eva finally gets a chance to help the WASP’s get the military recognition that they should have been given in the first place, but she also gets answers to what had happened in the past. This story shows the strength and courage that Eva, Nina and Helene as well as the other WASPs went through, the friendships that were made, and the loves that were lost and found during a time of war, the story is moving and at times heart-wrenching, I shed tears but I also cheered these woman on, and it has such a beautiful ending one that left me smiling. Thank you MS Carey for another keeper.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette

    Such a wonderful story and one that i will stay in my mind for a while to come. I knew about the brave women fighter pilots and how courageous they were, but i now know so much more. Well worth a read. Hope to read more books by this author. My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers. This is my honest review, which i have voluntarily given.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Book Reviews

    Beyond the Horizon is a beautifully written historical fiction about the WASP’s that served in WWII. Eva Scott loves to fly. When she gets her pilots license she decides to join the WASP’s. Throughout this story you will follow her journey with her friends, her personal life and the fight to be recognized as a military pilot in WWII. There is tragedy and loss, love and hope. Ella Carey has done an excellent job portraying the women of WWII that were so long forgotten. It’s an extremely well writ Beyond the Horizon is a beautifully written historical fiction about the WASP’s that served in WWII. Eva Scott loves to fly. When she gets her pilots license she decides to join the WASP’s. Throughout this story you will follow her journey with her friends, her personal life and the fight to be recognized as a military pilot in WWII. There is tragedy and loss, love and hope. Ella Carey has done an excellent job portraying the women of WWII that were so long forgotten. It’s an extremely well written story that keeps the reader invested in the characters. I truly enjoyed this story. It is a work of historical fiction but you can definitely feel as if you were part of it as you continue through the story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    Girls in the Air "Beyond the Horizon" fascinated me from the beginning. I knew of the WASP, but had read much about it. This story is beautifully written. Experiences, hardships, poor recognition of roles, and even the loss of life, line the pages. I was entranced from beginning to end. I loved the story and reading about the characters. I became part of them. Thank you Ella for the wonderful research and for writing an exquisite story. I will always be one of your American fans. Girls in the Air "Beyond the Horizon" fascinated me from the beginning. I knew of the WASP, but had read much about it. This story is beautifully written. Experiences, hardships, poor recognition of roles, and even the loss of life, line the pages. I was entranced from beginning to end. I loved the story and reading about the characters. I became part of them. Thank you Ella for the wonderful research and for writing an exquisite story. I will always be one of your American fans.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    This dual time line historical fiction book is about the WASPs - Women Airforce Service Pilots - that were created during WWII. The goal of this group was to free up male pilots for overseas combat by using female pilots in the US to fly planes from the factories to the US military bases. There had never been any female pilots in the military and they were met with prejudice and worse by the male service members. Beyond the Horizon is about this brave group of women who defied history and did th This dual time line historical fiction book is about the WASPs - Women Airforce Service Pilots - that were created during WWII. The goal of this group was to free up male pilots for overseas combat by using female pilots in the US to fly planes from the factories to the US military bases. There had never been any female pilots in the military and they were met with prejudice and worse by the male service members. Beyond the Horizon is about this brave group of women who defied history and did their part to help the US during WWII. The book is the story of Eva during WWII and in the 1970s when the WASPs were trying to get military benefits. Eva and her best friend Nina loved to fly and when they read about the new women's group being formed, they both knew that they wanted to be part of it. When they received their acceptance letters on the same day, they were elated and went to training in Texas together. In training they met Helena who became a close friend and they were all thrilled when they were sent to the same base after training. They were able to encourage each other both on the ground and in the air as they were faced with prejudice and sometimes sabotage from the male military personnel. Eva loses her memory after a devastating crash and moves back home, loses contact with all of her friends and tries to put the war out of her mind. Her memories all come flooding back when she goes to Washington DC to testify before Congress to try to get military benefits for the WASPs. This is a heartwarming story about women who tried to make a difference during WWII. Eva is a great character and her enthusiasm about becoming a pilot is exciting while her confusion after the war is difficult to read about. Seeing her open her mind and her life back to her memories is a significant part of the story. This is a story about love and friendship ; courage and sacrifice about the brave women who did their part in the war effort. If you enjoy well-researched historical fiction, you don't want to miss this novel. Thanks to the publisher for a copy to read and review. All opinions are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I’m a fairly new reader of historical fiction but it is quickly becoming a favourite of mine. While I typically like to read books set earlier in history than this I can’t say no to books with female characters that defy expectations. You can’t get much more defiant than a group of women choosing to become pilots during WW2 when they were significantly outnumbered by men. I was completely enamoured and invested in Eva’s journey towards ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I’m a fairly new reader of historical fiction but it is quickly becoming a favourite of mine. While I typically like to read books set earlier in history than this I can’t say no to books with female characters that defy expectations. You can’t get much more defiant than a group of women choosing to become pilots during WW2 when they were significantly outnumbered by men. I was completely enamoured and invested in Eva’s journey towards justice and recognition for herself and the women who also flew for their country. Like all the best historical fiction books I’ve read Beyond the Horizon was incredibly vivid and descriptive. I’ve never flown a plane, I’ve never experienced the Texan heat, I’ve never travelled across the country in a train for 24 hours but Ella Carey helped me experience all these things. I felt the highest highs and lowest lows right along with Eva. I had a feeling this book was going to be heavy on the emotions so I read it alongside other, lighter books but before long this one won out and it was the only one I found myself reading. I was sad at the end and sad for the end. I would never have guessed at what the truth was Eva was searching for. I am predominately a romance reader so I was thrilled to find a little romance in my fiction. This was my first Ella Carey book and I am already excited for the journey I’ll go on when I read the next one.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Stumpf

    Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC of this outstanding book! I absolutely adored it! What a beautiful story of the women who trained as WASPs in WWII. I enjoyed reading about these courageous women and their sacrifices made during the war. The way the novel was written was gripping and so difficult to put down. I loved the leading lady, Eva, and her attraction to her dear friend, Harry. I absolutely loved their dynamic and was rooting for them against all odds! Eva’s story is so mov Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC of this outstanding book! I absolutely adored it! What a beautiful story of the women who trained as WASPs in WWII. I enjoyed reading about these courageous women and their sacrifices made during the war. The way the novel was written was gripping and so difficult to put down. I loved the leading lady, Eva, and her attraction to her dear friend, Harry. I absolutely loved their dynamic and was rooting for them against all odds! Eva’s story is so moving and I appreciated reading about this snippet of our history. 5 stars!

  20. 4 out of 5

    ROBIN RUIZ

    Beyond the Horizon is a fantastic historical fiction novel! This book opens up with Eva’s teenage son excited to let Eva know that there are congressional hearing to get the woman fighter pilots the recognition they deserved from their service in World War 2! I enjoyed this book and I couldn’t put it down. Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and Net galley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    “Ferrying planes around might seem glamorous and exciting, but believe me, the excitement will wear thin once the reality of military training hits.” I have thoroughly enjoyed Ella Carey’s previous novels (found HERE) and looked forward to her latest story which recalls the heartbreaking story of the Women's Airforce Service Pilots(WASP) program during WWII. A definite must read for historical fiction fans. I was intrigued by the whole premise as the WASP program was not something that I was fami “Ferrying planes around might seem glamorous and exciting, but believe me, the excitement will wear thin once the reality of military training hits.” I have thoroughly enjoyed Ella Carey’s previous novels (found HERE) and looked forward to her latest story which recalls the heartbreaking story of the Women's Airforce Service Pilots(WASP) program during WWII. A definite must read for historical fiction fans. I was intrigued by the whole premise as the WASP program was not something that I was familiar with. The way Ella has also structured the novel demonstrates that the recognition these women were owed was still an outstanding and ongoing issue. Written both during the war period of 1944 and then later at the Hearing of 1977, it is a dual timeline that works well. The snippets given from the Hearing are just enough to both highlight the battle for recognition and lead into the next passage from the supporting storyline of the war period, providing an in depth view of the events. Although the story is a little slow in parts laden with many flying details, you cannot help but appreciate the accuracy and detail regarding the untold story of these courageous and selfless women whose valiant efforts and sacrifices provided essential support to the war effort. I believe the author captures well the difficult journey these women endured from their flight training, to the rampant sexism of the time, to the logistical difficulties and the heartbreak of losing fellow pilots. Fans of unique historical fiction are bound to appreciate this tale as it provides a realistic portrayal of both the facts and fallout of this program for WWII. Were they to be accepted as part of the official military campaign or were they just supportive civilians? Are you telling the committee that you honestly believe your contribution to the war effort was equal to any man’s in the war and so you were worthy of a full military release? This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The quoted material may have changed in the final release.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sydney Young

    I continue to be surprised by the number of secrets women keep. Ella Carey's Beyond the Horizon told me of yet another incredible war secret, again held by women who are basically of the silent generation. The story humanized the events and helped me celebrate at last knowing of heroic WASP sacrifice and effort. It also make me glad that we've come a long way with our attitudes to women in service! It also taught me something about Sweetwater, Texas, that I never knew, and I wish I had. Imagine, I continue to be surprised by the number of secrets women keep. Ella Carey's Beyond the Horizon told me of yet another incredible war secret, again held by women who are basically of the silent generation. The story humanized the events and helped me celebrate at last knowing of heroic WASP sacrifice and effort. It also make me glad that we've come a long way with our attitudes to women in service! It also taught me something about Sweetwater, Texas, that I never knew, and I wish I had. Imagine, the WASPs in training there, rattlesnakes, scorpions, and all. I loved that Beyond the Horizon, at it's core, is more of a love affair of flying, girl power, and sorority. There are some relationship stories and affairs tucked in, but "can they or can't they" is the central question the book answers. I enjoyed reading of a real sense of "we're in this together," and "let's keep fighting." Eva Scott and her pilot sisters were brave and fought hard, and that is a great image I'll never forget. Some of the men in the book were huge helps, others not so much, still others greatly fought against the women and their war efforts. It's great as a reader to see what feels to be reality reflected. Structurally, the book reveals events after short transcripts of Eva in later life attempting to help the WASPs gain official recognition. I think that story is just as powerful and feel that more story development for that fight could have had even more impact for the reader. There wasn't much connectivity to that bit, other than to highlight the reality that what these women did was fraught with danger and was not meaningless. So, I enjoyed the book but was also left with questions. Bottom line is, I didn't know a thing about the WASPS. Now I know a story I'll never forget! Thank you to the author and publisher for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a true review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I’ve been reading and reviewing Ella Carey’s work since she published her very first novel, and I’ve been a fan of her work almost as long, so when I had the opportunity to read and review Beyond the Horizon, there was no question that I was excited to do so. What I did not expect to find was a deep connection to the piece. This novel is about a woman named Eva who was a WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) during World War II. Set in both the late 1970s, (which is now technically historical even I’ve been reading and reviewing Ella Carey’s work since she published her very first novel, and I’ve been a fan of her work almost as long, so when I had the opportunity to read and review Beyond the Horizon, there was no question that I was excited to do so. What I did not expect to find was a deep connection to the piece. This novel is about a woman named Eva who was a WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) during World War II. Set in both the late 1970s, (which is now technically historical even though it’s when I grew up) against a Congressional commission to accept women pilots in the general air force, with flashbacks to the 40s and the war, this novel moves between time periods effortlessly. You always know when you are, but each period is written with equal vividness. So, why the deep connection? I have a great-aunt who, while not a WASP, was an army medic in WWII, and, like Eva, part of her story involves the fact that the women who served in that war were not always given the appropriate acknowledgement for their contributions. Even without a personal connection, this novel is a rich and fascinating read. It’s an historical adventure with a dash of romance – Eva’s only love is not the sky, after all – but it’s also a very human examination of the choices we make as we grow up, and grow older, and the compromises we sometimes make between our dreams and our necessities. One detail that I really liked was the image of oranges, used in the opening scene at a 1977 farmers’ market and then in a flashback when the woman wanted oranges that were reserved for the men. Oranges seemed to be a symbol of freedom and identity in this novel, and it was a subtle touch I really appreciated. Ella Carey’s novels are always well crafted, and this book is no exception. If you like stories that are both gentle and frank, while still compelling, read Beyond the Horizon.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karen M

    I have discovered over the last few years that I am a WWII junkie. In other words, I am addicted to books about WWII and especially about the women who each served in their own way. Many women during WWII stepped up and replaced the men who had been drafted. They worked in defense plants, they helped build the equipment needed to fight the war and they volunteered to help the military. This is one of many stories from that time period and yes, it is fiction but probably very close to what was a I have discovered over the last few years that I am a WWII junkie. In other words, I am addicted to books about WWII and especially about the women who each served in their own way. Many women during WWII stepped up and replaced the men who had been drafted. They worked in defense plants, they helped build the equipment needed to fight the war and they volunteered to help the military. This is one of many stories from that time period and yes, it is fiction but probably very close to what was actually occuring. The characters were very well drawn and certainly very easy to picture in my mind. Although this book will be classified as historical fiction, the storyline was believable and based on actual events or possible happenings during WWII. I was drawn to this book especially because it was about the female pilots who ferried airplanes around the U.S. There is a reason and it’s a simple one. My Dad was in the Army Air Corp which later became the U.S. Air Force and he would talk about the female pilots who flew in with this his babies, the B17 bombers. He said some of those women pilots were better than the men. This was one of the better WWII books that I have read because of all the details and the emphasis on the comradery of these women who came from very diverse backgrounds but still considered each other as sisters. I won this book in a First Reads giveaway. Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and Ella Carey.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Hudson

    ENGAGING & INTRIGUING! BEYOND THE HORIZON by Ella Carey is historical fiction that has a very realistic feel to it. Carey’s writing style makes it easy for the reader to quickly become engaged and intrigued with her plot. It tells the history about the WASP program and the incredibly brave women who made a conscious decision to join. However, it is mainly about friendships during WWII. 1)Two of them have been best friends since they were 5 years old. 2) Two of them have a special relationship (ma ENGAGING & INTRIGUING! BEYOND THE HORIZON by Ella Carey is historical fiction that has a very realistic feel to it. Carey’s writing style makes it easy for the reader to quickly become engaged and intrigued with her plot. It tells the history about the WASP program and the incredibly brave women who made a conscious decision to join. However, it is mainly about friendships during WWII. 1)Two of them have been best friends since they were 5 years old. 2) Two of them have a special relationship (male/female) as friends since they were little children. They both love to fly & they understand in their souls what flying means to each other - particularly flying in wartime. 3) The WASP had so much living during their days together! Their friendships became almost like families. So much growing up, so much maturing, so much training, so much endurance and so many experiences shared that other people will never be able to understand. 4) It is also about friends who made the ultimate sacrifice in order that America might continue to stay FREE. After the War is over, these young people return will return. They will never be the same carefree, young adults who left with excitement, determination and optimism. They will forever be changed and when they learn to cope, they can make major contributions to their worlds! I was provided an ARC of this novel by Lake Union Publishers and NetGalley. The opinions expressed here and are completely my own and without influence.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shirley McAllister

    Girls can Fly Beyond the Horizon is the story of the WASPs, lady flyers in WWII. These brave girls left their homes and trained to fly airplanes at an abandoned military base with civilian flight instructors. They flew for the military on many different assignments and under much discrimination from the men. I was very interested in this part of history. I had heard the WASP units mentioned briefly before but didn't know that much about them. It is amazing what they accomplished and that they fina Girls can Fly Beyond the Horizon is the story of the WASPs, lady flyers in WWII. These brave girls left their homes and trained to fly airplanes at an abandoned military base with civilian flight instructors. They flew for the military on many different assignments and under much discrimination from the men. I was very interested in this part of history. I had heard the WASP units mentioned briefly before but didn't know that much about them. It is amazing what they accomplished and that they finally were allocated Military rank and benefits thirty years later. Eva's story was heartbreaking. There was so much love between her and Nina. Then later Rita, Helena and Bea all fellow WASPs. I think what Jack did was so wrong. I loved this book, loved the ending, and would recommend it to anyone wishing to read a great book. Thanks to Ella Carey, Lake Union Publishing, and Net galley for allowing me to read and review an advanced copy of the book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sue Plant

    would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this amazing book trained pilots in the war only they are women...they were the wasps pilots and they went unrecognised doing their jobs they are laughed at and reviled by most of the men in the forces but they are needed for the jobs so that the men could go to the front... they worked hard and were trained hard and had to be held accountable for their actions in work and out, higher standards to be kept at all times even if the would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this amazing book trained pilots in the war only they are women...they were the wasps pilots and they went unrecognised doing their jobs they are laughed at and reviled by most of the men in the forces but they are needed for the jobs so that the men could go to the front... they worked hard and were trained hard and had to be held accountable for their actions in work and out, higher standards to be kept at all times even if the men were better fed and housed and even clothed but these wasps were fighting for their own place in history...to be acknowledged this is their story and its brilliant this author captured their story and i was gripped right to the very end

  28. 5 out of 5

    River

    The WASPS have always been an inspiration of mine. The way that Ella wove their story completely drew me in and brought to life those amazing and strong women. Eva’s story is told in both 1977 as Congress was deciding on whether to acknowledge WASPS as military and 1944 during the height of the war. It was difficult seeing how Eva struggles through PTSD and how hard she fought through it with no support and I cried with her. Her relationship with her son Alex is absolutely beautiful and reminds The WASPS have always been an inspiration of mine. The way that Ella wove their story completely drew me in and brought to life those amazing and strong women. Eva’s story is told in both 1977 as Congress was deciding on whether to acknowledge WASPS as military and 1944 during the height of the war. It was difficult seeing how Eva struggles through PTSD and how hard she fought through it with no support and I cried with her. Her relationship with her son Alex is absolutely beautiful and reminds me of how amazing and caring my own sons are. Every character in the story is so real and raw and shows just how different and painful those years during and after the war were. This book will be one of the best you read this year!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I enjoyed reading Beyond the Horizon and learning about the woman flyers off WWII in the WASP unit. The book is written in two time periods. We follow Eva during WWII and her courage, difficulties, and friendships she has as she is approved to fly and transport planes in the U.S. This unit is not considered part of the military service. The second time period is set in 1977 as Eva and her fellow pilots testify before a committee in Congress to get the congressman to vote in favor of giving benef I enjoyed reading Beyond the Horizon and learning about the woman flyers off WWII in the WASP unit. The book is written in two time periods. We follow Eva during WWII and her courage, difficulties, and friendships she has as she is approved to fly and transport planes in the U.S. This unit is not considered part of the military service. The second time period is set in 1977 as Eva and her fellow pilots testify before a committee in Congress to get the congressman to vote in favor of giving benefits and recognizing the service of these historic women. I learned a lot about these heroic women who served our country. I did feel at times the book moved very slowly. Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    Prepare to be swept away by Beyond the Horizon, Ella Carey’s latest evocative tale of women at the forefront of history. Beautifully written and impossibly moving, this book is perfect for readers who like their historical fiction meticulously researched and their heroines gutsy. Made even more special by the author’s personal connection, the story of women serving as Women Air Force Service Pilots in the Second World War combines overlooked elements of history and inspiring female friendships, Prepare to be swept away by Beyond the Horizon, Ella Carey’s latest evocative tale of women at the forefront of history. Beautifully written and impossibly moving, this book is perfect for readers who like their historical fiction meticulously researched and their heroines gutsy. Made even more special by the author’s personal connection, the story of women serving as Women Air Force Service Pilots in the Second World War combines overlooked elements of history and inspiring female friendships, creating a thrilling tribute to the past and a reminder of its legacy.

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