A Flying Affair: A Novel

A Flying Affair: A Novel

by Carla Stewart

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Ever since Mittie Humphreys agreed to join dashing barnstorming pilot Ames for a joyride in his airplane, her lifelong love of horses has been surpassed by one thing--a longing for the skies. It seems she's not the only one--with Charles Lindbergh making his victory tour in the Spirit of St. Louis, aviation fever is spreading across the country. Mittie knows flying is the perfect focus for the soaring ambition and taste for adventure within her, and whenever she can slip away from her duties on her family's prosperous Kentucky horse farm, she heads to the airfield.

Considering their shared passion, it's no surprise that Ames begins to vie for Mittie's time. But when handsome British aviator Bobby York offers her flying lessons, he is equally surprised-and beguiled-by Mittie's grit and talent. Driven to succeed, Mittie will do whatever it takes to compete in the Women's National Air Derby alongside Amelia Earhart. But when Calista "Peach" Gilson, a charming Southern belle, becomes her rival both professionally and in love, Mittie must learn how to navigate her heart's romantic longings as well as the skies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455549993
Publisher: FaithWords
Publication date: 06/02/2015
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.12(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

CARLA STEWART is an award-winning author of six novels. With a passion for times gone by, it is her desire to take readers back to that warm, familiar place in their hearts called "home." Carla's novels from FaithWords include Chasing Lilacs, for which she won the American Christian Fiction Writer's Genesis Award, Broken Wings, Stardust, Sweet Dreams, and her most recent work, The Hatmaker's Heart.
Learn more: CarlaStewart.com

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A Flying Affair 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
A delightful step back in time... A Flying Affair By Carla Stewart Mittie Humphreys has a passion for excitement and exhilaration, unfortunately her mother doesn't think her chosen way of expressing it is proper. Just wait until she hears about Mittie's newest passion - flying. It's 1927 and women flying is just starting to be recognized, though many still scoff at the idea of women with their delicate natures and constitutions being able to handle such a machine. But Mittie has never let the opinion of others dissuade her when she sets her mind to something. And her father is her secret champion when he doesn't attempt to crush her dreams and even introduces her to Bobby York, a young man who has similar interests - horses and flying. Bobby may be perfect but Ames Dewberry fascinates Mittie with his daredevil flying and his cavalier ways. Having first introduced Mittie to the freedom of flight, Ames has a special place in her thoughts. Could one of these two very different men capture a heart which she thinks uncapturable? Join Mittie as she joins the earliest ranks of women to take to the skies during the later years of the Roaring Twenties a time of change in all areas of the American life and the role of women. If you like post WWI historical fiction give this book a spin. It is interesting to see many of the things we take for granted today not the norm for everyday living in 1927. Planes, cars, phones, etc are just coming into their own and slowly making a change to life as people knew whether or not they wanted this change to come. I was provided a copy of this book through TBCN/BookFun in exchange for my honest review.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
A Flying Affair is an entertaining historical romance. It covers the early history of women aviators. This story deals with a woman's love of both horses and flying. It deals with family, conflict, love, faith, competitions, and trust. I look forward to reading more of Carla Stewart's books. I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
SarahSundin More than 1 year ago
What a fun read! Mittie is a daring, avant-garde heroine, full of vim and vigor. Bobby and Ames are perfect romantic foils, each compelling in different ways. In A Flying Affair, Carla Stewart has captured the excitement and danger of early aviation, plus all the roar of the Roaring Twenties. The research forms a solid foundation, but the characters take the story! I loved this book and highly recommend it.
eLynda More than 1 year ago
Aviation and a Love Triangle I like to read about various periods in history, and when a romance is included, I enjoy it even more. In A Flying Affair, Carla Stewart serves up a fascinating slice of history, when women were just beginning to take flight, and populates the novel with interesting characters, intriguing situations, and a turbulent romance. Mittie Humphreys is a dreamer—despite being anchored to the ground running the family horse farm while her father recovers from an injury, she wants to soar through the skies. A dangerous hobby, she just can’t help herself, even over her mother’s objections. There are plenty of people to encourage and support her, however, and the challenge proves irresistible. And it isn’t merely in flying that Mittie dares defy convention; I loved her tenacity and outlook on life, finding her both likeable and well-developed, even if a bit frustrating at times when she fails to see what is often obvious to me as the reader. The love triangle is an interesting thread but not the dominant one, especially as Mittie is more enamored with flying than men. The two men are very different despite both being pilots and I found myself riveted throughout the novel, watching the pull and tug she experiences in her emotions. The conclusion of the triangle makes sense and is emotionally satisfying. The history is absorbing and detailed enough that I could really understand both the challenges and rewards to the early aviators. I found the rivalries and friendships almost unbelievable in their ferocity, but then again, if I risked my life in a competition, I would imagine the bonds formed would be nearly unbreakable, even with my rivals. Women’s issues such as equality, competence, prejudice, and the like are also addressed with some depth. The only complaint I have about this book is that there are several instances of cursing. Each time it is the same phrase, and while it may have been a cultural norm for that character during that time, I don’t find it necessary—I would have preferred a different way to develop and demonstrate that particular character’s quirks. I enjoyed this novel and would recommend it for adults who enjoy aviation history, especially women, but mostly because it is written from a woman’s perspective. I don’t find the romance to be too heavy or a turn-off for a male reader or anyone who may not find romance their genre of choice. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through The Book Club Network in exchange for this honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
annelr More than 1 year ago
A Flying Affair is an entertaining novel about early women aviators. The 1920s was an exciting time of history when things were changing for women and Mittie, an ambitious, unafraid to speak her mind young woman, was at the forefront in aviation. She just wanted to fly like the wind whether it was on her beloved horse or in an airplane. Between barnstorming accidents, possibly rigged horse races, and broken hearts, author Carla Stewart has her readers on the edge or their seats. Will Mittie find out what is really important in life? Which of the men in her life will she give her heart to? With the blending of fictional characters with historical figures, Stewart tells a believable story of competitions and friendships, betrayals and trust, family and faith. The characters are engaging and conversations and prose flow well. And with the occasional humorous play on words, A Flying Affair is an enjoyable read. I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review. I have posted reviews on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Deepershopping.com, Christianbook.com, Bookfun.org, Booksamillion.com, and GoodReads.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Mittie is in love with two things - horses and flying. But flying is her passion. She's currently helping her father at the farm while he recovers from some health problems. But what she's really like to do is buy her own airplane and fly. So when two men enter her life that have a love of flying, Mittie is in heaven. But she must trust her faith and her instincts to make the right decision when it comes to choosing the man who will have her heart. The story is rich with the history of flying and brings the era to life. Since the main character lives on a horse farm there is also parts about horse races and the life style that includes. The author did a great job of creating the main character and having her be likable and relatable. Since my husband is a pilot, I enjoyed reading more about flying in its infancy. The story is more about the main character and her path into flying than romance. But she does have two love interests and the romance is woven into the plot. Her romantic story was a little bit confusing for me. I was unable to feel the connection she had with either man and couldn't see how she chose the one for her so quickly in the end. But overall, it was an enjoyable read that I know fans of flying and history will enjoy. I received this book free of charge from Book Club Network in exchange for my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Women can have many loves and passions. Mittie’s love was flying. Aviation was mostly a man’s world in 1927, but when Ames, a barnstormer, took her up for a ride in his plane, her horses started moving into second place in her heart. It was no surprise when she began taking flying lessons from Bobby York. I imagine you can guess what comes next. No, not that. It was a determination to have her own plane. Along the way she meets “Peaches” Gilson and all of a sudden her love life is complicated by a triangle – or is it a rectangle? Well, that might be a complication, but not a deterrent. Mittie is determined to fly in the Women’s National Air Derby. It’s not going to be easy. Neither is trying to figure out her love life. Thank you, Ms Stewart, for teaching me more about early aviation and packaging it in such a good read. ***A special thank you to Katie Connors for providing a review copy.*** Submitted by sunny island breezes.
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
An adventurous spirited young woman, Mittie Humphreys, finds her interest in horses surpassed by the new, exciting world of aviation, and will do just about anything to learn to fly. Her family's business of raising and training saddlebred horses still demands her attention, but every chance she gets finds her pushing the limits at the local airfield. She learns that in life and in love, it takes risks to reach a goal, and has many lessons to learn besides how to pilot a plane. This was a book filled with exciting adventures! It was interesting to read about how women's roles drastically changed in the 1920's, especially in fields like aviation. The adventures Mittie had and all the setbacks due to injuries and heartaches made me realize how different it was for a young woman almost a hundred years ago. Her "mother-daughter" dance struck a chord, and the pressure she got from her family to fulfill their perceived goals for her felt timeless. Even today women experience this balancing act of reaching out for their own dreams, and the expectations of their family. Some of the dialogue was fun and snappy, between Mittie's friends and fellow aviators. It was hard at first to keep some of the people straight, but it all became clear after awhile. Great descriptions of flights, and planes of the time, including the dangers. Those gals were gutsy! Recommend for readers who enjoy historical fiction with a bit of flare and a little romance, set in the jazz era. (Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ebook provided in exchange for this unsolicited, honest review.)
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
Title: A FLYING AFFAIR Author: Carla Stewart Publisher: Faith Words June 2015 ISBN: 978-1455549993 Genre: historical romance Ever since Mittie Humphreys agreed to join dashing barnstorming pilot Ames for a joyride in his airplane, her lifelong love of horses has been surpassed by one thing--a longing for the skies. It seems she's not the only one--with Charles Lindbergh making his victory tour in the Spirit of St. Louis, aviation fever is spreading across the country. Mittie knows flying is the perfect focus for the soaring ambition and taste for adventure within her, and whenever she can slip away from her duties on her family's prosperous Kentucky horse farm, she heads to the airfield. Considering their shared passion, it's no surprise that Ames begins to vie for Mittie's time. But when handsome British aviator Bobby York offers her flying lessons, he is equally surprised-and beguiled-by Mittie's grit and talent. Driven to succeed, Mittie will do whatever it takes to compete in the Women's National Air Derby alongside Amelia Earhart. But when Calista "Peach" Gilson, a charming Southern belle, becomes her rival both professionally and in love, Mittie must learn how to navigate her heart's romantic longings as well as the skies. Ms. Stewart is a hit or miss author for me. Since recently I’ve read more hits than misses I thought I’d give A FLYING AFFAIR a try. I have to say that the writing is impeccable, and as the story is told completely from Mittie’s POV we are left guessing about whether she’ll marry Ames or Bobby—though it’s a given she’ll fall in love with a fly-boy. I liked this aspect of the book very much. I didn’t like the use of so much slang. It felt forced and not natural. I also thought there was too much telling, including a few times when the reader is told what would happen next. Mittie loved two things—horses and aviation. Not necessarily in that order. As a socialite, she’s also active in community events. A busy book with many subplots. If you like books with a lot of plots and subplots, this will be something you’re interested in. I also have to add I’m a very conservative Christian and the use of cigarettes and alcohol bothered me. There were a few prayers, but otherwise I didn’t notice any faith message. 3 stars. I obtained this book from the publisher (via Book Fun Magazine) in exchange for my honest review.
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a sweet story. Covering the years of 1927 to 1929, Mittie is a young woman who is passionate about learning to fly and become an aviatrix. She comes from a well-to-do family that raises saddlebred horses. She is a strong-minded woman who is willing to follow her dreams - and we get to go along for the ride. I enjoyed the way the book wove so many different elements of Mittie's life - the horses, the planes, the men, the barnstormers, the other pioneer women pilots, her family. There was a lot going on and I was cheering for Mittie all the way.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Carla Stewart, in her new book, “A Flying Affair” published by FaithWords takes us into the life of Mittie Humphreys. From the back cover: Ever since Mittie Humphreys agreed to join dashing barnstorming pilot Ames for a joyride in his airplane, her lifelong love of horses has been surpassed by one thing–a longing for the skies. It seems she’s not the only one–with Charles Lindbergh making his victory tour in the Spirit of St. Louis, aviation fever is spreading across the country. Mittie knows flying is the perfect focus for the soaring ambition and taste for adventure within her, and whenever she can slip away from her duties on her family’s prosperous Kentucky horse farm, she heads to the airfield. Considering their shared passion, it’s no surprise that Ames begins to vie for Mittie’s time. But when handsome British aviator Bobby York offers her flying lessons, he is equally surprised-and beguiled-by Mittie’s grit and talent. Driven to succeed, Mittie will do whatever it takes to compete in the Women’s National Air Derby alongside Amelia Earhart. But when Calista “Peach” Gilson, a charming Southern belle, becomes her rival both professionally and in love, Mittie must learn how to navigate her heart’s romantic longings as well as the skies. What do you do when you discover your real passion but not everyone is favorable to you pursuing it? Well if you are Mittie then you just plunge ahead despite all the obstacles that are placed in your way. It is 1927 and there are certain individuals that are taking to the skies. Mittie is one of them and she is trying so hard to be good at flying so that she can compete in the Women’s National Air Derby. And of course there is the romance. Not one but two men are trying to win her but one of them is a fraud. Which one? Ms. Stewart has done a wonderful job in her exploration of a woman’s role. Ms. Stewart is terrific in bringing us back to America as it was back then to show us how women were treated and how they wanted to be treated. Mittie is such a great character and it is terrific the way she interacts with all the other characters that are in this book. “A Flying Affair” is a delightful book that you will not want to end. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from FaithWords. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
A Flying Affair was a good read. 1920s era, early aviation and horses were a perfect combination to keep my attention throughout the story. Great read! 4 stars.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Mittie Humphreys is a girl with a lot of spunk, but she also has a lot of compassion for her fellow man and animals, especially horses. She also has a passion of flying, with Lucky Lindy, Charles Lindbergh, having flown his Sprit of St. Louis across the Atlantic, she is longing for the skies. Mittie lives with her family on a Kentucky horse farm, and has a passion for showing horses, but her love of flying is pulling her. We have two main male characters here, and without realizing it, both are vying for Mittie’s heart. The author has provided a lot of information at the end of the book, and characters although fictional are based on real people and real happenings. We face a lot of obstacles to woman flying, not surprising with the feelings at that period of time, we also meet head on some of the problems facing Mittie and females like her. There is a bit of romance here, and as we read we wonder which of these young men will win her hand, and which one is the honest one. Who is sabotaging her horses and her planes? The answers really surprised me, and some of my questions were left up for me to solve What a great read, keep me up late turning the pages, and really enjoying a story that could have really happened, just the way the author wrote. I received this book through the Publisher Hachette and their Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
CamilleEide More than 1 year ago
An exhilarating ride through the Roaring 20s, A Flying Affair is an intriguing journey into the world of early aviation. Young Mittie’s passion for the wind in her face and the freedom of the skies grows as she earns her wings. But wind resistance is the least of her troubles. This determined young heroine competes as a pilot at a time when women were frowned upon for proving themselves “capable.” And her love life only adds to the conflict. Mittie knows her mind, she just can’t be so sure she knows her heart. Two very dashing, knowledgeable men vie for her attention, but only one can win her heart.  Stewart’s seamless storytelling style captivates as always, rich with vivid historic detail. A Flying Affair is an intriguing and sometimes breathtaking tale of passionate dreams, adventure, societal prejudices, a unique sisterhood, and the magic of self-discovery.
SusanCole75 More than 1 year ago
Ever since reading "Stardust," I have been a fan of Carla Stewart. Her way of writing about transitions in a woman's life is endearing and encouraging. And I love how we share a kindred spirit for the decades and generations that have come before us. I am truly transported while reading Carla's books, and "A Flying Affair" is no exception. Mittie is a spit-fire! I thoroughly enjoyed being able to preview this book. Carla's descriptive writing took me straight into the world of daring women in the 1920s. I am looking forward to reading more about Mittie's quest for freedom and adventure.