A Flying Affair
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Fearless 1920s barnstormer Mittie Humphries loves competing in air shows---and being mentored by famous British aviator Bobby York. But when she decides to enter the Women's National Air Derby, southern belle Calista "Peach" Gilson becomes her rival in the air and in love. Will Mittie learn to navigate her heart as well as the skies? 320 pages, softcover from Faithwords.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: FaithWords
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 1455549991
ISBN-13: 9781455549993

Publisher's Description

Ever since Mittie Humphreys agreed to join dashing barnstorming 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. Driven 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.




Author Bio

CARLA STEWART is an award-winning author of six novels. With a passion for times gone by, it is her desire to take readers back to that warm, familiar place in their hearts called "home." Carla's novels from FaithWords include Chasing Lilacs, for which she won the American Christian Fiction Writer's Genesis Award, Broken Wings, Stardust, Sweet Dreams, and her most recent work, The Hatmaker's Heart.
Learn more: CarlaStewart.com

Editorial Reviews

"A well-written romance with characters willing to do what they need to achieve their dreams. The storyline is believable, and some of it is based on true events. Stewart did her research and brings to attention a forgotten piece of history, the Women's National Air Derby."—RT Book Reviews
"Compelling action scenes, clever dialogue, and believable characters add spice and depth to a multidimensional tale....The historical detail and vivid action scenes anchor an enjoyable story."—Publishers Weekly
"Fans of Carla Stewart's work won't be disappointed with this Jazz Age tale. With lush sensory details, Stewart brings us deep into this historical setting. . . readers will savor the sweet escape."—Julie Cantrell, New York Times bestselling author of When Mountains Move on The Hatmaker's Heart
"Stewart writes about powerful and basic emotions with a restraint that suggests depth and authenticity; the relationship between Sammie and her mother Rita, the engine that drives the plot, is beautifully and delicately rendered. Coming-of-age stories are a fiction staple, but well-done ones much rarer. This emotionally acute novel is one of the rare ones."—Publishers Weekly on Chasing Lilacs, starred review
"While the story is heartbreaking, there is much more to this book. The lives of Mitzi and Brooke are told both in present time and with flashbacks, weaving together love, loss, tragedy and friendship. Stewart skillfully entertains and engages the reader with each character's private pain and survival skills."—RT Book Reviews on Broken Wings
"Romance, danger, rebellion, exploration...and it's all delivered with the intricate sensory details and historical research readers have come to expect from Stewart's work."—Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Into the Free and When Mountains Move
"Rich and complex....In A FLYING AFFAIR, the world is just opening up to women aviators, and Stewart does a beautiful job of capturing the exhilaration and anxiety of the era."—Judy Christie, award-winning author of Wreath, A Girl
"Deftly written, with a keen eye toward history, Carla Stewart's latest is sure to delight!"—Lisa Wingate, national bestselling author of The Prayer Box and The Story Keeper
"Captivating characters, skilled storytelling, and impeccable research....From a 1920s horse farm to the exciting world of women aviators, Stewart combines adventure, romance and faith in a truly compelling story."—Myra Johnson, author of When Clouds Roll By, historical fiction winner of the 2014 Christian Retailing Best Award
"Carla Stewart has written a novel to remember...With a plot that kept me turning pages from engaging beginning to exhilarating end, A FLYING AFFAIR positively soars!"—Karen Halvorsen Schreck, author of Sing for Me and Broken Ground
"Carla Stewart makes her readers...run with the horses, and fly with the pilots. A FLYING AFFAIR is more than a great read--it's an experience!"—Ane Mulligan, author of Chapel Springs Revival
"Tons of adventure and a sprinkling of romance...A FLYING AFFAIR will whisk you away to the fascinating worlds of saddlebred horses and women's aviation in the 1920s. It's a journey you won't want to miss."—Anne Mateer, author of Playing by Heart
"[A] breathtaking tale of love, ambition, and self-discovery....Stewart once again captures our fascination in this ongoing saga of high society, romance, jazz, and the wealth and drama of the Roaring Twenties."—Camille Eide, author of Like There's No Tomorrow

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  1. Rachel
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An Overall enjoyable read
    December 5, 2015
    Rachel
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Mittie Humphreys is a rather free spirit. Much to the disdain of her socialite mother. She loves the horses on her father's horse training farm, especially her own horse Gypsy. When the book starts, we find her tacking care of the day to day running of the family business because her father has been injured. During the first few chapters we jump into the story of Mittie and her new found passion for flying. This is where it all begins.

    Reading this book was somewhat fascinating. The historical standpoint is something I really enjoyed. I loved reading about the old planes and the things the first flyers used to do. There is a lot going on in this book. Some of what happened in this book seemed a little far fetched to me. For instance (without spoilers) Mittie always seems to find herself in compromising situations. You will see what I mean when you read it. It just seemed like the things that happened couldn't possibly happen to one person in the course of a year. There was also somewhat of a mystery element that I liked. I just wish that she had completed that part of the story better. As I said before I really enjoyed the historical element and the writing was very good. Overall the book kept me coming back, which is definitely something you want in a book. A good book with lots of action.

    I was blessed with this book by TBCN in exchange for my review. A positive review was not required.
  2. An Old Fashioned Girl
    Minnesota
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A fast-paced novel of the Roaring Twenties
    November 15, 2015
    An Old Fashioned Girl
    Minnesota
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    If I were to sum the story up in one word, it would have to be Fast. The author does a good job bringing out the frenzied pace of the Roaring Twenties, both in Mitty and in the tone of the story. When Mitty gets interested in something, she jumps into it. She's not one to wait around when she can do something right now. She is absolutely a risk-taker, though she eventually learns to be wiser in which risks she takes. And the world around her is racing at a frenzied pace--aviation taking off not just for men, but for women in all kinds of publicity stunts. Investments are skyrocketing. People all over are teetering on the edge of the laws of prohibition.

    I enjoyed the tug between Mitty's two loves--horses and flying. While aviation is her passion, horses are her roots. She loves both worlds, and she is good in both worlds. It's a rare person who only has one interest in life, and Mitty is realistically not one of them. Contrary to my expectations, I ended up liking Calista, Mitty's competition and fellow female aviator. It was encouraging to read about how close and supportive the women aviators were, even though they were also fierce competitors--their love of the sport surpassed any rivalry.

    The thing I didn't care for was Mitty's choices in the romance department; she moves fast, like in every other aspect of her life, and not always wisely. It fits her personality, but I don't think I would read this novel just for the romance. There is a minor faith thread to the story, though not anything too profound. This is the first book I've read by the author, and I doubt it will be my last. I got the impression that some of the secondary characters might have had stories of their own, though it didn't impede this story in any way.
  3. Sarah Sundin
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    What a fun read!
    October 21, 2015
    Sarah Sundin
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    What a fun read! Mittie is a daring, avant-garde heroine, full of vim and vigor. Bobby and Ames are perfect romantic foils, each compelling in different ways. In A Flying Affair, Carla Stewart has captured the excitement and danger of early aviation, plus all the roar of the Roaring Twenties. The research forms a solid foundation, but the characters take the story! I loved this book and highly recommend it.
  4. eLynda
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Aviation and a Love Triangle
    September 21, 2015
    eLynda
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I like to read about various periods in history, and when a romance is included, I enjoy it even more. In A Flying Affair, Carla Stewart serves up a fascinating slice of history, when women were just beginning to take flight, and populates the novel with interesting characters, intriguing situations, and a turbulent romance.

    Mittie Humphreys is a dreamerdespite being anchored to the ground running the family horse farm while her father recovers from an injury, she wants to soar through the skies. A dangerous hobby, she just cant help herself, even over her mothers objections. There are plenty of people to encourage and support her, however, and the challenge proves irresistible. And it isnt merely in flying that Mittie dares defy convention; I loved her tenacity and outlook on life, finding her both likeable and well-developed, even if a bit frustrating at times when she fails to see what is often obvious to me as the reader.

    The love triangle is an interesting thread but not the dominant one, especially as Mittie is more enamored with flying than men. The two men are very different despite both being pilots and I found myself riveted throughout the novel, watching the pull and tug she experiences in her emotions. The conclusion of the triangle makes sense and is emotionally satisfying.

    The history is absorbing and detailed enough that I could really understand both the challenges and rewards to the early aviators. I found the rivalries and friendships almost unbelievable in their ferocity, but then again, if I risked my life in a competition, I would imagine the bonds formed would be nearly unbreakable, even with my rivals. Womens issues such as equality, competence, prejudice, and the like are also addressed with some depth.

    The only complaint I have about this book is that there are several instances of cursing. Each time it is the same phrase, and while it may have been a cultural norm for that character during that time, I dont find it necessaryI would have preferred a different way to develop and demonstrate that particular characters quirks.

    I enjoyed this novel and would recommend it for adults who enjoy aviation history, especially women, but mostly because it is written from a womans perspective. I dont find the romance to be too heavy or a turn-off for a male reader or anyone who may not find romance their genre of choice.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for this honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
  5. tmurrell
    TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Good history, not so great romance
    August 31, 2015
    tmurrell
    TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Mittie is in love with two things - horses and flying. But flying is her passion. She's currently helping her father at the farm while he recovers from some health problems. But what she's really like to do is buy her own airplane and fly. So when two men enter her life that have a love of flying, Mittie is in heaven. But she must trust her faith and her instincts to make the right decision when it comes to choosing the man who will have her heart.

    The story is rich with the history of flying and brings the era to life. Since the main character lives on a horse farm there is also parts about horse races and the life style that includes. The author did a great job of creating the main character and having her be likable and relatable. Since my husband is a pilot, I enjoyed reading more about flying in its infancy. The story is more about the main character and her path into flying than romance. But she does have two love interests and the romance is woven into the plot. Her romantic story was a little bit confusing for me. I was unable to feel the connection she had with either man and couldn't see how she chose the one for her so quickly in the end. But overall, it was an enjoyable read that I know fans of flying and history will enjoy.

    I received this book free of charge from Book Club Network in exchange for my review.
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