Today the featured book is Bird’s Eye View by Elinor Florence and tells the story of Rose, A Canadian intelligence officer in Britain during World War II. It provides an insight into the role of Canadian women during this conflict and has received almost 90 great reviews. I have selected just two to share with you but suggest that you head over to Amazon to read some of the rest. Also Elinor has a blog devoted to the Second World War.. Wartime Wednesdays can be found here. Wartime Wednesdays
About Bird’s Eye View
Rose Jolliffe is an idealistic young woman living on a farm with her family in Saskatchewan. After Canada declares war against Germany in World War II, she joins the British Women’s Auxiliary Air Force as an aerial photographic interpreter. Working with intelligence officers at RAF Medmenham in England, Rose spies on the enemy from the sky, watching the war unfold through her magnifying glass.
When her commanding officer, Gideon Fowler, sets his sights on Rose, both professionally and personally, her prospects look bright. But can he be trusted? As she becomes increasingly disillusioned by the destruction of war and Gideon’s affections, tragedy strikes, and Rose’s world falls apart.
Rose struggles to rebuild her shattered life, and finds that victory ultimately lies within herself. Her path to maturity is a painful one, paralleled by the slow, agonizing progress of the war and Canada’s emergence from Britain’s shadow.
Just two of the many positive reviews.
My book club has just read and discussed this book and we would highly recommend it to others. The author attended our meeting and gave an excellent visual presentation and discussed the writing of her book. The story gives insight into many aspects of WW II especially the roles of Canadian women during that time. Through reading this book, I became more aware of the many ways that Canadians were involved in the war.
Because the heroine Rose joins The British Women’s Air Force, we also get a vivid picture of what it was like living and working in Britain at that time. There are some excellent descriptions and insights. An example is: ” War was a ravenous monster tearing chunks out of happy families leaving them crippled and bleeding”.We watch Rose’s life change from an idealistic farm girl to a mature woman who has experience sadness and loss.
Loved everything about Elinor Florence’s debut historical novel. It was a fascinating read from start to finish, easy to get into and kept me wanting to read on and on. Was sorry to see this novel end. So often in stories about the war one hears of the inconceivable and heartbreaking loss of life before getting home. I needed to know and believe that Rose’s fiancé Charles got home safely. Rose was a young Canadian woman from the prairies who grew up on a farm and understood the workings of farm life, applying some of her knowledge to her work as an aerial photography interpreter with the British Women’s Auxiliary Air Force.
This was a story of adventure, fear, love, betrayal, loyalty and coincidence. A wonderful story of the role of Canadian women in WWII. Have recommended it to many of my friends and would read it again. Nancy Christensen
Buy the book on Amazon: Bird’s Eye View
About Elinor Florence
She earned her English degree at the University of Saskatchewan, and studied journalism at Carleton University. She launched her career at her hometown newspaper, followed by the Western Producer in Saskatoon, the Red Deer Advocate, the Winnipeg Sun and the Vancouver Province.
Weary of city life, Elinor and her husband moved their young family to the mountain resort town of Invermere, British Columbia. For the next eight years, she was a regular writer for Reader’s Digest.
She returned to her newspaper roots when she purchased a fledgling local newspaper, the Columbia Valley Pioneer, and turned it into an award-winning community staple.
Elinor sold the newspaper in 2010 to pursue her lifelong goal of writing fiction. Her first historical novel Bird’s Eye View was published by Dundurn Press of Toronto in October 2014.
Married with three grown daughters, Elinor loves village life, historical research, and old houses.
About Elinor’s Blog
I started my blog one year before my book was published, mainly as a way to share all the research I accumulated while writing the novel. Since then it has taken on a life of its own! I write about many wartime subjects including interviews with living World War Two veterans. I have about 600 subscribers now but I would love to have more — mainly because my blog is very labour-intensive and I commit many hours of work in preparation.
Connect to Elinor via her blog and social media.
As always delighted to receive your feedback and your help in spreading the word about Elinor’s work.. thanks Sally