Book Review: Fly Away Home

Fly Away HomeHappy Valentines Day everyone! In honor of the day, here’s a review of a sweet, newly released love story. Yes. It is a love story and I am reviewing it. Miracles do happen. And, as I said, it’s very sweet. And clean. The giveaway is open to residents of the continental USA. To enter just leave a comment explaining why you’d like to read the book. The winner will be announced on Thursday (or as close to Thursday as my schedule permits).

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Calida Harper has big dreams, a depressing reality, and a pain ridden past. When she’s offered a position as assistant to one of the countries most famous and successful reporters, she knows she’s just had the biggest break of her career. But one false step and she’s out of a job. Matters get further confused as Callie’s emotions begin tying themselves in knots. Her boss, Mr. Burnett, is infuriating and “a darling” all at the same time. His down to earth boyishness and Christian faith remind Callie of things she’s sworn to leave in the past. But when a jealous co-worker presents her with a dreadful either or, Callie must face both her traitorous emotions and her past.

When Rachel Heffington contacted me to ask if I’d like to review her soon-to-be-released book, I was a little skeptical. After all, she presented it as a “christian/historical romance” and I don’t read those! She assured me the romance was clean, and I agreed to give it a try. I’m glad I did. This is as much a story about friendship, trust, and forgiveness as a romance. And the romance aspect is my kind of love story too. Both characters fall for each other’s character and heart instead of lusting over physical characteristics. This isn’t a story I’d hesitate to recommend because of blush factors.

Knowing it was self-published also made me a little wary at first. At the beginning of the book, I occasionally felt the description and historical detail was a bit heavy handed, but I suspect that might have been a result of hyper-awareness more than anything else. Over all the book was well written and well told. Thumbs up.

Note: I received a review copy of this book from the author. I was under no obligation to give a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.

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16 Comments

  1. Annie Hawthorne

     /  February 14, 2014

    I’d be thrilled to own this book for three reasons:

    1. The authoress is a good friend of mine.
    2. I love the characters/storyline.
    3. I REALLY want my own copy of it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thank you for the review, Leah! I was excited to see it. =)

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  2. Jennifer Sauer

     /  February 14, 2014

    Oh wow!!! This sounds really awesome!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  3. Heeeere we go. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Isn’t this book set in the 40s? If so, YES I want to read it. I love, love, the 30s and 40s. So much.

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  4. Becky B.

     /  February 15, 2014

    I’m not particularly interested in winning the book draw (I have too many books on my to-do list as it is) but I did want to say: Wow, great cover design! And is the girl on the front the authoress? She has beautiful eyes!

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  5. I would love to own a copy of this lovely book! I got the chance to read it for Rachel in a PDF version – but everyone knows hard copies are better.

    I really enjoyed your review. It really is a snazzy book, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. OnionTea

     /  February 16, 2014

    Hmm, you know I’m not much of a romance reader myself, but
    if it’s got your approval, than it sounds like it’s worth reading ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. I don’t read very many romance novels, but this one has definitely got me interested! I like historical novels and I love the 1950’s, so I think I would enjoy reading ‘Fly Away Home’.

    Thanks for sharing your review! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. I’ve been greatly interested in Fly Away Home for a while now, pretty much ever since Rachel first put up snippets on her blog. I loved the snippets and loved the historical aspect of it, and now I simply cannot wait to read it! I love that she released it on Valentine’s Day!

    Excellent review, Leah! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Leah W

     /  February 17, 2014

    I came in contact with the author, Rachel Heffington, last year. She is a lovely woman and I have been following her blog ever since. When I found out she was publishing her first book, I was so excited and couldn’t wait to read it! It sounds amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. I would love to win a hard copy of this book because I’ve known the characters for what seems like forever, I love the story, and I can’t wait to have Rachel’s name on a shiny cover on my bookshelf. Splendid review! ^.^

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  11. Ooh, I want to own a copy of this book so I can read it!

    . . . wait, duh. Let me reiterate that.

    I want to own a copy of this book so I can FINALLY read it.

    . . . a little better, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  12. I would like to own this book because
    A. I would like to read it ๐Ÿ™‚
    B. I would like to read something of Rachel’s work
    C. I’m too miserly to but my own copy ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. spencer819

     /  February 22, 2014

    I know I’m kind of late but I still wanted to get my entry in to maybe win the book! I’d like to read it because it looks very interesting and I trust your recommendations! Plus, the last time I won a giveaway on your site I the book was way better than I expected.

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  14. Spencer R.

     /  February 25, 2014

    I won “Angel on the Square” (and loved) (and made my sister read it) (and she loved it) shortly after I found your blog from a comment you left on http://tomorrowsforefathers.com/gracenotes. I’ve enjoyed you blog a lot ever since!

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