The Flying Circus (Paperback)

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In the years after WWI pilots would cross the country putting on feats of daring.  They would soar into the air, twirling and spinning, and occasionally, far too often, crashing.  Flight was new, no cross country airlines back then, travel was slower and the sight of a plane setting down in a field brought the towns folk out to investigate.  Then the shows would begin. Henry, Cora Rose, and Gil meet on a fateful afternoon in a cow pasture.  Each has something to hide, secrets that will cause heartache.  Henry, an orphan from a farming community, is fleeing a crime.  Cora Rose wants freedom, she comes from a privileged back ground, her mother expects her to make a good match and restore the family fortunes.  Gil carries many dark memories.  Cora Rose is a daredevil, fearless and competitive from the get go.  She is racing Gil’s plane on a motorcycle when a pond gets in the way.  Henry, trying to travel far away fast, sees the crash, not realizing the rider was a girl he rushes to help.  Gil lands with the same intention.   Three people brought together by chance in a cow pasture.  Henry has always been good with anything mechanical; he is smitten by Gil’s plane, and overjoyed at his good fortune when Gil agrees to let him ride along.  Gil makes a living of sorts landing and selling short rides when the people show up to investigate the arrival of his plane.  Gil and Henry have no sooner got settled in the next town than Cora Rose shows up, determined to be part of the show, to incorporate her motorcycle racing into a side event, pulling in a bigger crowd and launching her on the way to a career.  Before long a stray dog has joined the threesome.  As their act evolves the stunts with Cora Rose become more and more dangerous, setting the men’s nerves on edge.  Eventually they will involve wing-walking, with a long, long way to fall.   Secrets have a way of bearing consequences.  A fascinating tale of a bygone era and three good friends who reached for the sky.

— Deon Stonehouse

Description


The award-winning, national bestselling author of Whistling Past the Graveyard sends an unlikely trio on an exhilarating adventure high above the American Midwest of the 1920s in a spirited, “entertaining surprise” (Publishers Weekly) of a novel in league with Water for Elephants and The Aviator’s Wife.

They are barnstormers…the daredevil fliers whose airborne acrobatics are a thrilling spectacle crisscrossing the Heartland skies. Rising above each of their circumstances in their own “flying circus” are Cora Rose Haviland, a privileged young woman left penniless when her father’s fortune is lost; Charles “Gil” Gilchrist, a World War I pilot whose traumatic past fuels his death-defying stunts; and eighteen-year-old Henry Schuler, the son of a German immigrant farmer, on the run from shocking accusations. Each holds secrets that could destroy their makeshift family. And, on their adrenaline-charged journey of self-discovery, one of them must pay the price.

With the poignant and powerful storytelling voice that made Whistling Past the Graveyard “a classic, a book people want to pass along for generations to come” (Feathered Quill Book Reviews), Susan Crandall artfully weaves the stories of three unforgettable characters, each searching for salvation that waits just beyond the horizon.

About the Author


Susan Crandall is a critically acclaimed author of women’s fiction, romance, and suspense. She has written several award-winning novels including her first book, Back Roads, which won the RITA award for best first book, as well as Whistling Past the Graveyard, which won the SIBA 2014 Book Award for Fiction. Susan lives in Noblesville, Indiana, with her family.

Praise For…


Praise for THE FLYING CIRCUS

"Susan Crandall’s The Flying Circus is a fascinating story of love and loss set against the colorful background of barnstorming 1920s America. Every detail sings, and every character will touch your heart in this rip-roaring tale of three daredevils on the run, each with something to hide, drawn together by a desire to conquer the skies as well as their own demons. Romance, suspense, aerial thrills and spills—what more is there to ask for?”
— Melanie Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of THE AVIATOR'S WIFE

"The Flying Circus is Susan Crandall at her best—a colorful, rich and historical tale of the early years of flight. Heroes and villains and an achingly sweet romance will pull at the reader's heart long after the last page is turned. I loved this book!"
— New York Times bestselling author Karen White

"An exhilarating, memorable flight into the world of barnstorming in the 1920's, with all the twists and turns of an aerial acrobat. Compelling characters and a fascinating setting make this journey a sheer joyride. Satisfying and delightful!"
— Lynn Cullen, national bestselling author of MRS. POE

“Exciting adventures abound when three unlikely misfits take to the skies. Friendships are challenged, lives are risked, and dark secrets threaten to tear the trio apart as they barnstorm across America’s heartland. A spirited, big-hearted tale.”
— Beth Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of LOOKING FOR ME

"Deeply moving. A richly drawn story of love, loss, and redemption with characters as finely tuned as the planes they fly."
— Wendy Wax, USA Today bestselling author of A WEEK AT THE LAKE

“An engaging road saga."

“An entertaining surprise… this old-fashioned novel plays like a refreshed mash-up of William Faulkner’s Pylon and the 1970s Robert Redford vehicle The Great Waldo Pepper.”

“Historical fiction with appeal to both romance and adventure fans.”

"Crandall has crafted a wonderfully charming, memorable and thought-provoking read."

“Crandall has written an absorbing and frequently touching story that reminds us of the challenges of forming new communities with different people—and the rewards.”

Praise for THE FLYING CIRCUS

"Susan Crandall’s The Flying Circus is a fascinating story of love and loss set against the colorful background of barnstorming 1920s America. Every detail sings, and every character will touch your heart in this rip-roaring tale of three daredevils on the run, each with something to hide, drawn together by a desire to conquer the skies as well as their own demons. Romance, suspense, aerial thrills and spills—what more is there to ask for?”
— Melanie Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of THE AVIATOR'S WIFE

"The Flying Circus is Susan Crandall at her best—a colorful, rich and historical tale of the early years of flight. Heroes and villains and an achingly sweet romance will pull at the reader's heart long after the last page is turned. I loved this book!"
— New York Times bestselling author Karen White

"An exhilarating, memorable flight into the world of barnstorming in the 1920's, with all the twists and turns of an aerial acrobat. Compelling characters and a fascinating setting make this journey a sheer joyride. Satisfying and delightful!"
— Lynn Cullen, national bestselling author of MRS. POE

“Exciting adventures abound when three unlikely misfits take to the skies. Friendships are challenged, lives are risked, and dark secrets threaten to tear the trio apart as they barnstorm across America’s heartland. A spirited, big-hearted tale.”
— Beth Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of LOOKING FOR ME

"Deeply moving. A richly drawn story of love, loss, and redemption with characters as finely tuned as the planes they fly."
— Wendy Wax, USA Today bestselling author of A WEEK AT THE LAKE

“An engaging road saga."

“An entertaining surprise… this old-fashioned novel plays like a refreshed mash-up of William Faulkner’s Pylon and the 1970s Robert Redford vehicle The Great Waldo Pepper.”

“Historical fiction with appeal to both romance and adventure fans.”

"Crandall has crafted a wonderfully charming, memorable and thought-provoking read."

“Crandall has written an absorbing and frequently touching story that reminds us of the challenges of forming new communities with different people—and the rewards.”

Praise for THE FLYING CIRCUS

"Susan Crandall’s The Flying Circus is a fascinating story of love and loss set against the colorful background of barnstorming 1920s America. Every detail sings, and every character will touch your heart in this rip-roaring tale of three daredevils on the run, each with something to hide, drawn together by a desire to conquer the skies as well as their own demons. Romance, suspense, aerial thrills and spills—what more is there to ask for?”
— Melanie Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of THE AVIATOR'S WIFE

"The Flying Circus is Susan Crandall at her best—a colorful, rich and historical tale of the early years of flight. Heroes and villains and an achingly sweet romance will pull at the reader's heart long after the last page is turned. I loved this book!"
— New York Times bestselling author Karen White

"An exhilarating, memorable flight into the world of barnstorming in the 1920's, with all the twists and turns of an aerial acrobat. Compelling characters and a fascinating setting make this journey a sheer joyride. Satisfying and delightful!"
— Lynn Cullen, national bestselling author of MRS. POE

“Exciting adventures abound when three unlikely misfits take to the skies. Friendships are challenged, lives are risked, and dark secrets threaten to tear the trio apart as they barnstorm across America’s heartland. A spirited, big-hearted tale.”
— Beth Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of LOOKING FOR ME

"Deeply moving. A richly drawn story of love, loss, and redemption with characters as finely tuned as the planes they fly."
— Wendy Wax, USA Today bestselling author of A WEEK AT THE LAKE

“An engaging road saga."

“An entertaining surprise… this old-fashioned novel plays like a refreshed mash-up of William Faulkner’s Pylon and the 1970s Robert Redford vehicle The Great Waldo Pepper.”

“Historical fiction with appeal to both romance and adventure fans.”

"Crandall has crafted a wonderfully charming, memorable and thought-provoking read."

“Crandall has written an absorbing and frequently touching story that reminds us of the challenges of forming new communities with different people—and the rewards.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9781476772165
ISBN-10: 1476772169
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: February 16th, 2016
Pages: 384
Language: English