Crossing The Horizon focused on a group of rich and glamorous women who wanted nothing more than to be aviators and fly the skies. You’ve really got to look past the boring cover and title here, because the story within the pages was a total gem! Each chapter was devoted to a different woman and told about her love of flying. The author detailed how each aviator pushed her way into the flying race among greats such as Charles Lindbergh in an era when women weren’t supposed to wear pants, let alone control a plane.
Elsie Mackay, Mabel Boll, and Ruth Elder were the women aviators whose stories were depicted here. I will say that this was slightly hard to follow because there were so many characters since each woman was surrounded by several other people. That made it was a little hard to keep all the stories straight, especially when the women impacted each other’s flight plans. I liked that the novel provided a comprehensive look at a group of women who wanted to be just as famous as Lindbergh.
This was a historical fiction novel that was a fun read. The woman had colorful personalities that made the story come to life. A detail that was the most memorable to me was how one aviatrix always adorned herself with a significant amount of jewelry, even in the cockpit! The women all wanted to break barriers, and not just the social ones placed on them by their families, but the barriers of the horizons that attracted all aviators of the time. Many of the woman attempted to assimilate into the role of wife and obedient daughter before they realized their dreams of flight would not go away and that a life of domestic service was not fulfilling. Another aspect that made me admire these women was that they were assertive and persistent in their quest to get in a plane and break a record.
There were some places were the story just didn’t flow, and it was hard to follow what was going on. Overall, I thought this was a unique story and loved that it focused on women who are not well known, but who made huge advancements in flight even though it wasn’t socially acceptable for them to do so.