Her Last Flight - Beatriz Williams

Her Last Flight

By Beatriz Williams

  • Release Date: 2020-06-30
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 275 Ratings


One of Summer’s Most Anticipated Reads, according to Goodreads, SheReads, and Bookish

“I think Beatriz Williams is writing the best historical fiction out there. It’s lush with period detail but feels immediate.”—Elin Hilderbrand

The beloved author returns with a remarkable novel of both raw suspense and lyric beauty— the story of a lost pilot and a wartime photographer that will leave its mark on your soul. 

In 1947, photographer and war correspondent Janey Everett arrives at a remote surfing village on the Hawaiian island of Kauai to research a planned biography of forgotten aviation pioneer Sam Mallory, who joined the loyalist forces in the Spanish Civil War and never returned. Obsessed with Sam’s fate, Janey has tracked down Irene Lindquist, the owner of a local island-hopping airline, whom she believes might actually be the legendary Irene Foster, Mallory’s onetime student and flying partner. Foster’s disappearance during a round-the-world flight in 1937 remains one of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries. 

At first, the flinty Mrs. Lindquist denies any connection to Foster. But Janey informs her that the wreck of Sam Mallory’s airplane has recently been discovered in a Spanish desert, and piece by piece, the details of Foster’s extraordinary life emerge: from the beginnings of her flying career in Southern California, to her complicated, passionate relationship with Mallory, to the collapse of her marriage to her aggressive career manager, the publishing scion George Morrow.

As Irene spins her tale to its searing conclusion, Janey’s past gathers its own power. The duel between the two women takes a heartstopping turn. To whom does Mallory rightfully belong? Can we ever come to terms with the loss of those we love, and the lives we might have lived?


  • yet again....

    By 🌸love
    Amazed. Dazzled. Exhausted from this emotional book. Just like everything she writes. Beatriz truly is gifted beyond measure. And although I am never surprised by her wonderful stories I am always in awe when I come the end. Eager to start another one of her devine treasures.
  • Good story

    By PierresFamily
    Reasons this book is worth your time to check it out from your local library: -Two very strong, inspirational female protagonists from two different generations, who are dedicated to their calling, their work passion - one a photographer and one a pioneering aviator -Accurate historical aviation details (checked them with my air traffic controller husband, who is knowledgeable). -Williams is a very gifted writer. -The author has an endearing way of including the reader in the story, by addressing some comments to us. -Easy to keep up with changes of time and location, because she delineates them by chapters. Easy to read. -Delicious suspenseful twists and turns, which I will not divulge Reason to not spend your money on it: In this time of not only the Covid-19 virus but also the most divisive election in US history, not to mention violent unrest, people need to be able to escape via books and movies. But the author just couldn't resist bringing politics into it, via the Leftist Republic. It was disappointing, but I should have known better than to read a book published in 2020. Most authors just can't seem to resist pushing their political beliefs down our throats. In this case, that even meant a character who praised the kind of government that is oppressing innocent and vulnerable people, as I write this. Lesson learned.
  • Her Last Flight

    By No No Nannette
    After I read the sample, I had my doubts about buying this book, but it’s by one of my favorite authors so I took a chance. I’m glad I did!