Bird's Eye View Paperback – Oct 25 2014
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This debut novel is filled with drama, romance and plenty of colourful Canadian wartime history.
While the story may be one of fiction, Florence hasn’t escaped her reporting past so easily, with large amounts of research and historical facts surrounding her characters. (Penticton Western News)
Simply put, Bird's Eye View is the best book I have read in the past year. Not only is the book well-crafted and researched, but so convincing that it is hard to believe it is a novel and not an autobiography. I could hardly put the book down, but did so after each chapter or two because I didn't want to race through it, and preferred to savour the story over more time. Although aviation research is a major field of my work, I knew virtually nothing about wartime photo interpretation, so a bonus for me was learning about that. Elinor's book provides an accurate picture of an aspect of wartime life both for those in uniform and the effects on civilians, centered on the mail character in the story. This book will be of interest to anyone with an interest in the Second World War, but stands on its own as a fine read for anyone who appreciates good literature. I have recommended it to many family and friends, and after reading the book they share my opinion of it. (John Chalmers, Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame, Amazon review)
Everything Florence writes is vividly alive, but those who remember V-E Day will feel it’s April 1945 on reading this story. (Charlottetown Guardian)
Bird’s Eye View is a great work of historical fiction. (Cochrane Eagle)
And this is where the book becomes amazing. I learned more about British and allied wartime intelligence than in any other book I’ve read on the subject. (Rural Roots)
About the Author
Elinor Florence is a journalist whose career spans five provinces, from editing daily newspapers, including the Winnipeg Sun, to writing for Reader's Digest Canada. Most recently she published her own award-winning community newspaper. Elinor grew up on a Saskatchewan farm and now lives in the mountain resort town of Invermere, British Columbia.
Top Customer Reviews
But the book is much more than this. It is a coming of age story in the best tradition. Rose suffers homesickness, culture shock, military rules, and class snobbery. She makes mistakes, falls for the wrong man, is badly injured in a London bombing, and suffers severely during her convalescence.
The author has created a compelling story with excellent research underpinning it all and a very believable protagonist. Though I knew something about the work of photo interpreters, this book filled me in on this fascinating and vital work. I was fully engaged with Bird's Eye VIew from beginning to end. It's a page turner.
Highly recommended for those who enjoy good historical fiction and also perhaps for some military history buffs.
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.
I also was completely unaware, even to this day, how aerial photography was used and interpreted (by Canadians also) with such clever and imaginative results.
The story was so well written that at the beginning of the read wondered if it was in fact an autobiography. Thoroughly recommend.
I will be putting this book back on the shelve (once my wife reads it) and plan to re read it at a later date.
Most recent customer reviews
I have read this book three times since I bought it. I love it. My favorite genre is historical fiction and this book is perfect. A young female during the second world war. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Lynn Hawkes
Enjoyable story backed up by detailed research into the fascinating world of photographic intelligence in WW2.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
At first, I was not terribly interested in reading another wartime novel. But, I am glad I read this one! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Margaret Gibb
Was a gift for my husband who is a history buff...he absolutely loved it and was amazed at the research that the author did to create such accuracy in a fictional story.Published 3 months ago by sharewithu
I really loved this book. So much so that I purchased enough copies to make a Book Club Kit for our library. I can't wait to share it with my friends.Published 3 months ago by Shhhh