Pluck. Fictional accounts of true historical characters can be a bit hit and miss. I find myself wondering which parts are true and which are contrived. While reading Paula McLain’s novel titled, Circling the Sun, I barely gave a thought to that distinction. Beryl Markham lived a full and exciting life in Kenya in the early part of the twentieth century, both as a horse trainer and a pilot. Thanks to McLain’s fine writing, the drama of Markham’s relationships provides momentum for the plot. Fans of The Paris Wife will be drawn to this book, and many book clubs will find this to be a selection that will lead to animated conversation.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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