Genre: Historical Fiction
Bird’s Eye View is fact-based fiction about a young woman from Saskatchewan who joins the Royal Canadian Air Force and becomes an interpreter of aerial photographs. Stationed with hundreds of other intelligence officers at a converted mansion in England called RAF Medmenham, Rose Jolliffe spies on the enemy from the sky, watching the war unfold through her sterescope. Lonely and homesick, she keeps in touch with the home front through letters from her family and friends back home.
Why I recommend this book:
What I enjoy most about reading historical fiction is the glimpse into a by-gone era. It’s the small things that hold my attention — the slap of liver to a plate, the scratch of woolens, the damp of grey slush — and Bird’s Eye View offers many such insights. That Elinor Florence tells the story through a Canadian lens adds an interesting layer, as does her young protagonist, Rose Joliff, a farmer’s daughter who learns some painful personal and professional lessons during the war. The writing is superb, the setting and characterization are fascinating and the story will squeeze your heart.
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