Book Review: Linda Carlton Air Pilot

One of my friends stumbled upon this book (and two others in the series), and knowing I’m writing a historical novel about a female bush pilot, she lent them to me. I have a feeling my Sally will be a big fan of them!


In this book, the first in the Linda Carlton series, the protagonist of the title learns to fly, gets her own plane, and saves several of the men in her life from arrest and death. She may be a sweet and polite society girl, but she knows her own mind.

Definitely a dime-novelesque story of its time, this book was published in the early 1930s. But what is so great, is that it is an adventure story for girls in an era when so many books – and society generally – didn’t always think it appropriate for women to fly planes and be the hero. It makes me so happy to think of young women picking up this book several generations ago and being inspired to be a pilot or follow their career dreams – over an unquestioned march into marriage after high school.

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