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In 1947, photographer and war correspondent Janey Everett arrives at a remote surfing village on the Hawaiian island of Kauai to research a planned biography of forgotten aviation pioneer Sam Mallory, who joined the loyalist forces in the Spanish Civil War and never returned. Obsessed with Sam’s fate, Janey has tracked down Irene Lindquist, the owner of a local island-hopp ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 30th 2020 by William Morrow
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Taylor Reid
Beatriz Williams delivers time and time again. This story is about a war correspondent in 1947 named Janey Everett who is in search of information about a lost war pilot named Sam Mallory. Her search brings her in contact with a female pilot named Irene Foster, who begins to unravel her story. So good.
DeAnn
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Happy publication day to Beatriz Williams!

*4.5 aviatrix stars (rounded up)

This is my kind of book – historical fiction with some romance and even a twist or two! Think Amelia Earhart and America’s golden era of aviation. There are a few aviation races, the beauty of Hawaii, and even war elements with the Spanish Civil War.

This one has dual storylines with photojournalist Janey Everett writing a story about the famous aviator, Sam Mallory, and his mysterious disappearance. Janey has spent years t
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Katie B
I love reading about the early days of aviation and have enjoyed other novels by this author so it isn't a big surprise I enjoyed this one. Out of the books I have read by Beatriz Williams this one is actually my favorite. The setting of Hawaii for most of the plot helped contribute to this overall relaxing feel I had while reading.

In 1947, Janey Everett travels to the island of Kauai in search for answers. She wants to find info about Sam Mallory, an aviation pioneer. Janey has tracked down a
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Lorna
Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams was a lovely book. Now I will admit that I am drawn to aviation whether it be the Wright brothers or Charles Lindbergh or Amelia Earhart or Beryl Markham. I love the idea of flight and this book was a treasure. While it had shadows of Amelia Earhart and her missing flight, this went in an entirely different direction. I love historical fiction and as an avid reader of the books by Beatriz Williams, this kept me hanging on for all of the twists and turns as we ...more
MicheleReader
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Her Last Flight is Beatriz Williams at her best. It’s Williams’ signature Historical Fiction genre that she has perfected but its different than most of her other books which are focused on family relationships. This book, set in two time periods, is loosely based on the life and disappearance of Amelia Earhart. Williams clearly did a large and thorough amount of research on flight during this period. Fascinating.

In 1947, Janey Everett, a photographer, is seeking to uncover the mystery of famed
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Karren  Sandercock
In 1947, Janey Everett is a girl who doesn’t like to be in one place for too long, she’s a busy war correspondent and talented photographer. Janey arrives in Hawaii determined to find out what happened to aviation pioneer and dare devil Sam Mallory. He was flying a plane for the loyalist forces during the Spanish Civil War, he disappeared 10 years ago and no one has seen or heard from him since.
She believes the one person who might know what really happened to Sam is his ex student and co pilot
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
4.5 Beautiful Stars!

This was so beautifully done with threads that were interwoven and knitted together so well that most of it I didn't even see coming. I absolutely loved the historical details about planes and those brave pilots that really laid the foundation for flight today from both women and men alike. Truly an engaging story that kept me eagerly turning the pages as each story unfolded over time. And thought this wasn't about Amelia, I can totally see the similarities in these two chara
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Lisa
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A story as suspenseful, beautiful and breathtaking as those first remarkable flights into the sky.


SUMMARY
Janey Everett is a photographer and war correspondent in 1947. She is on a mission to write a biography of the forgotten aviation pioneer Sam Mallory, who joined the loyalist forces in the Spanish Civil War and never returned. Janey is in Hawaii to track down Irene Lindquist, the owner of a local island-hopping airline, whom she believes might really be the legendary Irene Foster, who was Ma
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Marilyn
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 very strong stars! Beatriz William was brilliant when it came to writing Her Last Flight. This novel was loosely based on Amelia Earhart and her disappearance. I listened to the audio CD that was masterfully read by Cassandra Campbell. Beatriz Williams used a dual time frame to tell this story. Her Last Flight was an engaging and intriguing story that provided lots of twists along the way. I particularly enjoyed the ending since I didn’t see it coming. All the characters were well developed ...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
HER LAST FLIGHT is another beautifully detailed book telling the story of two pilots, Irene Lindquist and Sam Mallory.

It is also about Janey Everett, a war correspondent/photojournalist, who is trying to get the story of Sam Mallory out of Irene who has hidden herself from the public.

The book smoothly moves back and forth between 1928 to 1947 telling the background stories of each character.

The characters are likeable for the most part, and pull you into the story.

HER LAST FLIGHT is a mesmeriz
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Jane
Oct 02, 2020 rated it liked it
3 stars

You can read all of my reviews at Nerd Girl Loves Books.

This was our September book club choice. This is a slow, quiet story about a young woman's search to write the biography of forgotten aviation pioneer Sam Mallory, who joined the loyalist forces in the Spanish Civil War and never returned.

She goes to a remote surfing village in Hawaii to seek out Irene Foster, Mallory’s onetime student and flying partner. Irene is hesitant to talk about Sam, but eventually starts to share her story.
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Annette
Aug 28, 2020 rated it liked it
California, 1928. Irene Lindguist is “athletic, a natural at surfing and pretty much any sport.” The story begins with a lot about beach, waves and surfing. That’s not something I was connecting with.

Kauai, 1947. Janey Everett, a photojournalist, doing research on forgotten aviation pioneer Sam Mallory. On this Hawaiian island, she approaches Irene.

I struggled from the very beginning to connect with any character. I also struggled with the style of writing. A lot of descriptions or dialogue was
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ABookwormWithWine
Oh Beatriz Williams you sneaky devil!! Williams has hit it out of the park (again) with Her Last Flight. The more I read this author, the more I appreciate her novels and if you are a historical fiction lover you really can't go wrong with any of her books. I loved this book immediately and it was incredibly good on audio. The narrator for the audiobook is Cassandra Campbell and I was incredibly impressed with her skills.

Her Last Flight switches back and forth in between excerpts of Janey Evere
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Natasha Lester
Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My first Beatriz Williams and definitely not my last! The narrative voice in this book was pitch perfect and I loved Williams's vulnerable, imperfect and slightly messy characters. Throw in female pilots, a beautiful love story, a compelling dual narrative and you have a book that was hard to put down and one of my fave reads so far this year. ...more
Tracy
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really struggling with the rating of this book! I think I will settle it with 3.5 stars.

I first want to say I have been waiting for this book since last year! So, my expectations were very high. If you've never read a Beatriz Williams book, don't start with this one. Start with The Secret Life of Violet Grant which is fantastic without question!

Her Last Flight started good. Finding bones in an old abandoned airplane! I was interested. Then, after a bit I got bored. Then, I couldn't believe
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Lynn
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was a slow start for me, but it got better as it went along.

Told in two time periods, about 10 years apart, it explores the life of Janey Everett, a photojournalist who is writing a book on Sam Mallory, a famous aviator who mysteriously disappeared during the Spanish Civil War; and Irene Foster Lindquist, a world famous aviatrix who is now leading a secluded, quiet life in Hawaii.

The book starts with Janey finding Sam Mallory’s missing plane, crashed in the middle of a Spanish desert,
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Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Janey Everett, an accomplished photographer and war correspondent, is visiting the gorgeous island of Kauai. While here, she hopes to research and write her book on Sam Mallory, a famous aviator who went off to fight in the Spanish Civil War and was never seen again. While on Kauai, Janey hopes to find Irene Lindquist, who she believes is the one-and-only Irene Foster, who was once Mallory's flight student as well as eventual flight partner turned lover. Irene has been hiding out from the world, ...more
Nursebookie
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a great escape read and Beatriz Williams continues to be one of my absolute favorite authors in the Historical Fiction genre.

In HER LAST FLIGHT, Williams takes us on a journey full of mystery, intrigue, deception and romance. We meet Janey Everett in 1947, writing about the mysterious disappearance of Sam Mallory. her investigative skills leads her to Irene Lindquist, who runs the local flying tours in Kauai, HI. Janey soon discovers the mystery behind the elusive Irene Foste
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Rachel
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams is an amazing historical fiction gem that alternates between two female characters in two different timelines ( 1947ish with Janey Everett and late 1920s-1937 with Irene Foster/Lindquist).

The author gives the reader insight into both strong, fierce, and fiery women in each alternating chapter and weaves an intricate and intriguing story where the reader learns all about both Irene and Janey through their upbringing, background, passions, failures, flaws, trium
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Marisa
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy book hangover can I give more than 5 stars?!? Loved, loved, loved. Beautifully written! Characters I’ll never forget.


I love Beatriz williams and all of her books but I was absolutely blown away by this story. HER LAST FLIGHT is historical fiction, inspired by Amelia Earhart. It is not a fictionalized biography but the inspiration is there. I’ve always loved historical fiction because to me it allows me to escape my daily life fully: the year, the place everything. This book was in a word O
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Heather~ Nature.books.and.coffee
Unique, entertaining and enjoyable!! I found this story so fascinating and it felt so real and Beatriz does a fantastic job transporting the reader to another time. After a few chapters to get into the story, wow, you are left with quite the page Turner. I can tell that alot of research went into this story. Such a beautifully written book!! So good!!!


In 1947, photographer and war correspondent Janey Everett is investigating about Sam Mallory who was a war pilot/aviator gone missing, to write a
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Rebecca
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 00-own-a-copy
When photojournalist Janey set out to write a biography about famous pilot, Sam Mallory, she didn't realize she was embarking on the adventure of a lifetime! After years of frantic searching, an unexpected source leads Janey to Sam's remains in a Spanish desert. Determined to learn more about his mysterious disappearance and his last moments, Janey relentlessly tracks down Sam's missing co-pilot (and rumored lover), Irene.

"Minding your own beeswax goes against basic human nature, and besides, I
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Stephen Kiernan
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This terrific novel is a great example of historical fiction done with seemingly no effort. There's no grandstanding of facts, no waving around the culture of another time. There's just a gripping story (actually, two of them), in flawless prose, that conjures another era wonderfully vividly.

Imagine a story based in part on a character like Amelia Earhart, and a parallel narrative that is as poignant and wartorn as The English Patient. Pepper it with sharp dialogue between two smart (and smarti
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Erin
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book through Goodreads First Reads.

A pleasant surprise, especially with the twist on (view spoiler) which I had not expected but enjoyed nonetheless. I would highly recommend this novel.
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Christina Boodhan Juras
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This new novel from Beatriz Williams tells the story of Jane Everett, a photojournalist who embarks upon researching and writing the story of Irene Foster, one of the first women in flight some 20 years earlier.

(At first, I thought this book might have been an historical fiction about Amelia Earhart which would have been quite interesting, but this was a close second. There is a reference in the epilogue to Amelia Earhart so it may be that this story is loosely based upon her life and work).

The
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Renee
4.5 to 5 for various elements of this historical page-turner. Pluses for me: One of the main characters, Janey Everett, broke my heart! Great historical feel & details. Immersive storytelling. Healing, hopeful ending. The part of this story that touched me the most was a young woman’s search for family, human connections, purpose & assurance that her life has value.

(Caution: crude descriptions of intimacy & possible trigger warning—abuse, predatory behavior towards young women)
The Bookend Diner
Thank you to William Morrow Books for gifting me a copy of HER LAST FLIGHT to read and provide an honest review of.

I have followed Beatriz Williams’ work for years now. I first became invested in her writing style while reading Summer Wives and then fell in love with The Golden Hour last year. When I read that she was releasing another book this summer, HER LAST FLIGHT, I couldn’t wait to begin reading the novel as I have always been interested in Amelia Earhart and was eager to see the way tha
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Kasia
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, giveaways
Decent read that was just too theatrical and overdramatized to be to my liking.

We have two really well written women - Janey Everett and Irene Lindquist. Janey is writing a book about what happened to Sam Mallory - a famous pilot that mysteriously disappeared couple years before - and Irene, his former lover, could possibly have some information about him. The whole story takes place between 1928 and 1947 but to be honest both characters are behaving and thinking in such a modern way that it was
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Allison Keith
I have always been fascinated by Amelia Earhart, and this tale was inspired by the mystery of her disappearance. The two main characters, Irene and Janey, are strong women carving out a place for themselves in the male dominated worlds of aviation and photojournalism. The timeline is split between the 1920s and 30s and the late 1940s. As in most books with multiple timelines and narrators, I found myself far more invested in Irene’s story and her love for the daring man who first gave her wings. ...more
Bev
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a great book! I have always been fascinated by flight. I remember reading a book about Amelia Earhart when I was very young & being so engrossed in that book. Well this sure brought back those memories.
Beatriz Williams does a great job in this historical novel, seamlessly covering different characters and different time lines. I really hated when I turned to the last page since I had to say goodby to the characters.
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