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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Diva Delight: Promise the Night

I have a fresh work to recommend with one feisty protag, and it's an ADVENTURE! When was the last time you picked up an historical work of fiction and were taken away to Africa? Michaela MacColl's latest work Promise the Night delivers.

Based on the true life of Beryl Markham, readers are taken on a journey alongside this British girl being taught by Nandi warriors in the early 1900s. Eventually, Beryl is the first pilot to fly solo from England to North America. The tales that Michaela MacColl weave together convince you of the spunk needed for such a feat. Beryl faces down a warthog, leopard, lion, and ultimately an abusive governess. She survives a year of training to be a proper young lady in order to return and find her place among the British in Africa, alongside the Nandi.

With convincing characters and an awesome sweeping setting, you'll fly right alongside Beryl. And cheer!

Promise the Night
by Michaela MacColl
Chronicle Books, 2012

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bookkm said...

Before I read this book, I did not even know who Beryl Markham was. This is a great intro to an exciting, feisty, true-life heroine.

Stephanie Guerra said...

Great review! I can't wait to read it.

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