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Daring aviators take the skies by storm in this historical romance filled with unconventional women―and the men strong enough to love them. Saint Louis, 1923. The golden age of flight has just begun, and pilot Mattie McAdams refuses to cede the skies to cocky flyboys. She longs to perform daring stunts in her family’s flying circus, but the men in her life stand in her way― Daring aviators take the skies by storm in this historical romance filled with unconventional women―and the men strong enough to love them. Saint Louis, 1923. The golden age of flight has just begun, and pilot Mattie McAdams refuses to cede the skies to cocky flyboys. She longs to perform daring stunts in her family’s flying circus, but the men in her life stand in her way―including the show’s star performer, Leo Ward. They can wring their hands all they want; Mattie won’t stay grounded for long. In the Great War, Leo Ward watched his best friend and Mattie’s twin brother, Alfred, perish in the skies over German territory. Since then, he’s vowed to protect the McAdams family, taking on the most perilous stunts himself. But the skies are too big for any one man. Mattie joins a female-dominated flying circus, kicking off a tantalizing aerial dance as the two pilots make efforts to one-up each other in the skies across America. As planes and passions soar, can Mattie and Leo look beyond their egos to see the great heights they might reach together?


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Daring aviators take the skies by storm in this historical romance filled with unconventional women―and the men strong enough to love them. Saint Louis, 1923. The golden age of flight has just begun, and pilot Mattie McAdams refuses to cede the skies to cocky flyboys. She longs to perform daring stunts in her family’s flying circus, but the men in her life stand in her way― Daring aviators take the skies by storm in this historical romance filled with unconventional women―and the men strong enough to love them. Saint Louis, 1923. The golden age of flight has just begun, and pilot Mattie McAdams refuses to cede the skies to cocky flyboys. She longs to perform daring stunts in her family’s flying circus, but the men in her life stand in her way―including the show’s star performer, Leo Ward. They can wring their hands all they want; Mattie won’t stay grounded for long. In the Great War, Leo Ward watched his best friend and Mattie’s twin brother, Alfred, perish in the skies over German territory. Since then, he’s vowed to protect the McAdams family, taking on the most perilous stunts himself. But the skies are too big for any one man. Mattie joins a female-dominated flying circus, kicking off a tantalizing aerial dance as the two pilots make efforts to one-up each other in the skies across America. As planes and passions soar, can Mattie and Leo look beyond their egos to see the great heights they might reach together?

30 review for The Aviatrix

  1. 4 out of 5

    Karren Sandercock

    Mattie McAdams longs to perform her stunts in her families flying circus, standing in her way are her three over protective older brothers, and flying ace Leo Ward. Mattie meets Vera Jones, a very modern woman, and she plans to start a female flying circus, and she offers Mattie a job. Vera’s circus is called Flying Flappers, Mattie and Carrie are the two stunt pilots and Vera and Alice preform aerial acrobatics. Leo Ward was a pilot in the Great War and he flew with his best friend and Mattie’s Mattie McAdams longs to perform her stunts in her families flying circus, standing in her way are her three over protective older brothers, and flying ace Leo Ward. Mattie meets Vera Jones, a very modern woman, and she plans to start a female flying circus, and she offers Mattie a job. Vera’s circus is called Flying Flappers, Mattie and Carrie are the two stunt pilots and Vera and Alice preform aerial acrobatics. Leo Ward was a pilot in the Great War and he flew with his best friend and Mattie’s twin brother Alfred. Leo feels like he owes the McAdams family a lot, he feels guilty, he survived the war and Alfred was killed. So he’s very protective of Mattie, he cares about her a lot and doesn’t want her to get hurt. Mattie and Leo join the circus together, life in Chicago is amazing, she goes to her first ever speakeasy club, starts wearing modern clothes, has her hair cut, gains confidence and it’s all very liberating. Mattie has an idea that could change the aviation industry, make flying safer, she needs someone to take her seriously and at a time when men didn’t listen to women. The Aviatrix is a story that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, it’s full of action and a cast of interesting characters. If you like a narrative about strong innovative women taking the lead and this could be the book for you. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, an enjoyable read and three and a half stars from me. https://karrenreadsbooks.blogspot.com/

  2. 5 out of 5

    Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)

    📚 Hello Book Friends! I love reading books about strong female protagonists. THE AVIATRIX by Violet Marsh offers a fantastic group of female dare-devils, ahead of their times. When her father’s flight school is at risk of defaulting on a loan payment and close, Matti joins a female-dominated flying circus where she demonstrates her phenomenal skills at flying. Her long-time friend, Leo joins as well, and they both discover that their friendship might be something more. The book is filled with ac 📚 Hello Book Friends! I love reading books about strong female protagonists. THE AVIATRIX by Violet Marsh offers a fantastic group of female dare-devils, ahead of their times. When her father’s flight school is at risk of defaulting on a loan payment and close, Matti joins a female-dominated flying circus where she demonstrates her phenomenal skills at flying. Her long-time friend, Leo joins as well, and they both discover that their friendship might be something more. The book is filled with acrobatics and dangerous stunts. The cast is made of strong-willed women who are not afraid to show that they can do as well or more than any man. It is also a love story that will melt your heart. The story takes place post WWI in America. This is a light and enjoyable read. #bookstadog #poodles #poodlestagram #poodlesofinstagram #furbabies #dogsofinstagram #bookstagram #dogsandbooks #bookishlife #bookishlove #bookstagrammer #books #booklover #bookish #bookaholic #reading #readersofinstagram #instaread #ilovebooks #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #bookreviewer #bookcommunity #bibliophile #canadianbookishlovers #theaviatrix #violetmarsh #amazonpublishing #montlakepublishing #bookreview

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nerdette Nicole

    A wonderful book full of the adventures of a bold and brilliant heroine who rubs up against sexist views of women in aviation. The details of the planes and technology of the time period were fascinating--just the right amount of information. The hero is adorable if overprotective, but with good reasons that have been torturing him, and the resolution was brilliantly done. I love friends to lovers love stories--great chemistry between the hero and heroine.. If you like bold heroines, learning a A wonderful book full of the adventures of a bold and brilliant heroine who rubs up against sexist views of women in aviation. The details of the planes and technology of the time period were fascinating--just the right amount of information. The hero is adorable if overprotective, but with good reasons that have been torturing him, and the resolution was brilliantly done. I love friends to lovers love stories--great chemistry between the hero and heroine.. If you like bold heroines, learning a bit about history, clever plots, some action scenes, science-minded heroines, a diverse cast of characters, and sweet, happy endings, you will love this book!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Andree V.M.

    I absolutely loved this book! I feel it’s a book we all should read to be reminded of all the women who fought befor us to give us the chance to chase our dreams, just as any man would. The courage of Mattie was inspiring, I loved how fierce she wad and how she never gave up on the goals she had for herself and for the good of her family. Leo was so sweet, even though he sometimes came as overprotective. I felt for him and all the fears he had, and how much he wanted Mattie to be happy. I loved I absolutely loved this book! I feel it’s a book we all should read to be reminded of all the women who fought befor us to give us the chance to chase our dreams, just as any man would. The courage of Mattie was inspiring, I loved how fierce she wad and how she never gave up on the goals she had for herself and for the good of her family. Leo was so sweet, even though he sometimes came as overprotective. I felt for him and all the fears he had, and how much he wanted Mattie to be happy. I loved the fact that he never believed Mattie was incapable to do what she wanted, he just was scared and felt responsible for her. I loved seeing both of them grow and learn together and slowly realizing the love they always had for each other. The supporting cast was also wonderful, I loved seeing so many great examples of wonderful and talented women who wanted to prove how capable they were to achieve anything. Thank you so much NetGalley and the Author for gifting me an early copy of this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alexanderia

    A big Thank You to NetGalley for access to this advanced copy! I loved everything about this: the characters, the story, the old time language, the history, the relevance to what women still face today. EVERYTHING. I really felt like I was on this journey with Mattie and her friends. I was cheering them on from decades away knowing that even though these ladies were fictional, they were based on real women. Women that pioneered inventions, went to school, not just basic school but higher educati A big Thank You to NetGalley for access to this advanced copy! I loved everything about this: the characters, the story, the old time language, the history, the relevance to what women still face today. EVERYTHING. I really felt like I was on this journey with Mattie and her friends. I was cheering them on from decades away knowing that even though these ladies were fictional, they were based on real women. Women that pioneered inventions, went to school, not just basic school but higher education, they were smart and driven, didn’t let the negativity pull them down but let it push them harder. There is something infectious about the writing that left me feeling empowered to push myself towards bigger and better things. To find whatever makes me feel like I’m soaring. There is a dash of romance but so delicately written that it complemented the story completely. I like feeling good about a book even if I saw the romance coming from page one. It makes me happy to see it all work out. Mattie’s character didn’t have anything handed to her, she had her fair share of bumps and setbacks. To see it all come to fruition in the end left me satisfied and happy. I’ll be eagerly awaiting more from Violet Marsh.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anna Reads Here

    For those who like: » Historical romances » The Roaring 20’s » Stories about women empowerment » Strong, independent, powerful, smart and sassy women » Broody, grumpy, loving men » Planes! Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Steam: 🔥🔥 Review: The Aviatrix was such a treat! It’s a historical romance that is 100% about women empowerment. And Violet Marsh did such a wonderful job crafting this world, the characters and this story. If you read her acknowledgements and her historical notes, you’ll see how much she was inspired For those who like: » Historical romances » The Roaring 20’s » Stories about women empowerment » Strong, independent, powerful, smart and sassy women » Broody, grumpy, loving men » Planes! Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Steam: 🔥🔥 Review: The Aviatrix was such a treat! It’s a historical romance that is 100% about women empowerment. And Violet Marsh did such a wonderful job crafting this world, the characters and this story. If you read her acknowledgements and her historical notes, you’ll see how much she was inspired by the women of that era and the things they were able to achieve when the world was working against them. In The Aviatrix, we are introduced to a group of women who won’t let anyone or anything stand in their way of making a name for themselves. “But here, she didn’t feel like she straddled two spheres. Among these women—who fixed automobiles, chased after trespassers, and embraced little girls who treated their airplanes like dolls—Mattie may just have finally found her place.” Mattie McAdams is the youngest in her family and the only girl, so her brothers and her father have always gone out of their way to protect her. But Mattie is a pilot and she knows her way around a plane better than anyone else. She even taught Leo Ward, the only non-family member of the McAdams troupe, how to fly. Being a woman, everyone believes that she needs to be protected and stopped from doing reckless stunts that everyone else can do. Truth is, Mattie is better than all of them combined. And Mattie isn’t afraid to let them know. So when she gets an offer to join an all-female flying circus called the Flying Flappers, Mattie knows this is her only way to show her family and the world that women can do everything men do. Much to her family’s chagrin, Mattie takes the job and Leo tags along and that is where the story gets interesting. Like I said, it’s a story about women empowerment. In 1923, when the book is set, women were obviously meant to stay at home and be housewives or look good and flounce around at parties and the like. But Mattie is not one of those women. She believes that she can do everything a man does, but better. I loved Mattie. She’s a tough woman and she doesn’t back down from a fight, no matter who she’s going up against. She’s also extremely smart and talented, which just lends to her overall awesomeness. Mattie was born for adventure and she’s not going to let her brothers, Leo or other men she meets along the way stop her from achieving that goal. She’s truly such a powerful character, but she’s not only reckless and adventurous, Mattie is kind and genuine and she’s lovely in a way that so few notice. Mattie has spent her whole life around men, so when she meets the Flappers, she takes some time to adjust to being around so many women. But she never loses her sparkle and shine, all the things that make Mattie who she is. “She always managed to look like adventure, even after she’d nearly terrified his soul into leaving his body.” While it’s a story about the Flying Flappers and Mattie McAdams, it’s also a story of love. And that’s where Leo Ward comes in. Broody, silent, grumpy and protective Leo. After the Great War, Leo’s taken on the responsibility of taking care of the McAdams family. Which includes Mattie, the one great love of his life. Sure, nobody even knows how Leo feels about Mattie, but he’s never needed to tell her, because he’s always been around her and she’s his best friend in that sense. Leo is such a wonderful character. While he’s difficult at times and always getting in Mattie’s way when she wants to do something that he considers reckless, Leo is also willing to learn where he’s going wrong. He’s not just being difficult for the sake of it, he knows that Mattie can take care of herself, but he also wants to be the one she leans on when she needs assistance. But like any man, he comes at it the wrong way. However, Leo learns that in order to have a relationship with Mattie, he first needs to build a partnership with her. I was really glad that we got to see two PoVs, even if they were in third person, because seeing Leo’s side of things really amplifies your respect for Mattie and the women. Ah, the Flappers. These women are so brilliant and so different from each other, but they support each other too. Every single one of them brings something to the circus and the friendships, relationships and bonds they create are so wonderful and powerful. I really enjoyed seeing these women interact with each other, exploring topics like sexism and racism through their dialogue. There are women of colour, there are women from all fields of life and altogether, they make up the most brilliant Flying Flappers. “Being near you is like being hooked up to a dynamo. I’ve never felt more alive, more filled with life. I would never call you a vamp. If anything, you are an amp, a bolt of raw energy. You charge me, Mattie McAdams.” The romance! So brilliant. I loved the slow burn, I loved how Mattie and Leo are constantly bickering and arguing with each other before they realise that all of this just means one thing. The moment their relationship shifts, you see a difference in the characters too. Mattie is still an independent woman who wants to make a stand and Leo is still a broody, grumpy man who wants to protect her, but they become softer and more loving. And the more Leo and Mattie smile, the more you fall in love with them. It’s mostly closed-door, but there are some truly steamy scenes that you’ll wish were longer and you got to go further. The one thing I haven’t spoken about, but really loved about this book was the time period it was set in. It’s not your typical historical novel, but it’s set in the Roaring 20’s and it includes all of the wonders of prohibition and the introduction of flight, and all of that wonderful fashion. There’s so much information about that era packed into this book to transport you there and it’s so wonderfully written. I admire how much research went into making this book grounded in the time period, which also includes the language and the slang. I find that those are things that really completes the whole historical element. Thanks to Violet Marsh, Montlake and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Read more of my reviews on anna reads here

  7. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Carey

    There was a lot to enjoy about this story! The 1920s setting was fantastic and I loved the friendship and the camaraderie of the “Flying Flappers”. Leo and Mattie’s relationship took a little while to grow on me, but I was rooting for them by the end of the book. I enjoyed watching their relationship and partnership develop. This is a great read if you’re a fan of historical fiction with a good dash of romance!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Peter Baran

    I have seen enough romance in the last year watching lockdown TV with my Mum to know that writing stridently feminist romance is difficult. The classic set up of the genre is fight, a flirt, a falling-out and a finale - and in all four of those stages there is often the temptation to use it to reduce the agency of the lead. In Hallmark Christmas movies that is usually the point when the architect/lawyer/journalist realises they have their priorities wrong, and actually wants the annoying single I have seen enough romance in the last year watching lockdown TV with my Mum to know that writing stridently feminist romance is difficult. The classic set up of the genre is fight, a flirt, a falling-out and a finale - and in all four of those stages there is often the temptation to use it to reduce the agency of the lead. In Hallmark Christmas movies that is usually the point when the architect/lawyer/journalist realises they have their priorities wrong, and actually wants the annoying single dad who lives in Christmas Indiana, even though the town has no buildings/law or newspaper to work at. The Aviatrix is a full blooded romance above all, but wants to ensure that its lead Mattie is first and foremost striving against the challenges of her period to become a stunt flyer. There is plenty of wish fulfilment here but again this is a romance, things don't have to end in misery and despair, a well fought happy ending is fine. And the world of flying circuses (the term did come from somewhere), and aviatrixes are all real - I watch enough silent films to know that it more than just a novelty. The book does well to summon up the twenties, as roaring as you like. Perhaps I found some of the psychology a bit simplistic, the minor impediment to the actual romance of childhood friends turns out to be relatively weak sauce - though plenty of books have hung on equally simplistic "secrets". What is central to the book is the understanding that the relationship has to be a partnership, and there is some very nice work done about making that point without being didactic. I really rather enjoyed the Aviatrix as a read in the sun. Marsh manages to evoke the freedom of flying and the excitement of being a daredevil - particularly when its not expected. She also manages to conjure up a diverse bunch of female flyers and mechanics (whilst the touches upon race in the book are simplistic, they are not downplayed - though with this many women together I was a little surprised not to see a similar reach out to LGBTQ representation). Yes it is broad, I'm sure the villain even twirls his moustache at one point, but that is kind of the point. Its a romance yes, but the real winner is the protagonist succeeding in everything against the odds.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joelle

    Mattie McAdams is not just a good pilot, she's a great one, and she is determined not to let anyone between her and the sky. Not her family and certainly not her longtime friend Leo, who has a special knack for infuriating her. When a wealthy flapper offers Mattie the chance to join an all-female flying circus, she jumps at the chance to make a name for herself and prove once and for all that women belong in the skies. What she doesn't realize is that this new adventure could bring love of all k Mattie McAdams is not just a good pilot, she's a great one, and she is determined not to let anyone between her and the sky. Not her family and certainly not her longtime friend Leo, who has a special knack for infuriating her. When a wealthy flapper offers Mattie the chance to join an all-female flying circus, she jumps at the chance to make a name for herself and prove once and for all that women belong in the skies. What she doesn't realize is that this new adventure could bring love of all kinds into her life. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in return for my honest opinion, and while I loved the premise of this book, I was disappointed in the execution. The pacing was slow, with many of the scenes bogged down by superfluous details or wordy similes. The dual point of view didn't add much since Leo's narration was muted compared to Mattie's. Although I was rooting for the romance by the end of the book, the "spark" between the main characters was not evident at first. The strong female voices were the highlight of this book. I loved the empowerment that the members of the flying circus lent each other and the heavy feature of Mattie's accomplishments. Early aviation is fascinating and provided a compelling topic; I felt the same excitement reading this book that I feel when I visit museums with historic planes on display. I think any reader looking for these qualities in a book should give this one a try. While the writing style didn't work for me, it may be more suited to someone else's taste!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Pesnell

    I loved it, though I've never read this author before. History and a good story is always a good combination for me. Well done by the author. I loved it, though I've never read this author before. History and a good story is always a good combination for me. Well done by the author.

  11. 5 out of 5

    rafia ✿

    5 stars ✧ “Danger. A word designed to intimidate. But for Mattie, it was utterly thrilling and beyond tempting.” ahh, what a great book!! I actually ended up reading this twice (not planned at all) but the fact that I could completely restart three-fourths through and enjoy it just as much as I did the first time really says something. Now, I'm pretty dumb and forgot that netgalley arcs EXPIRE and I was enjoying this too much to realize that I was being too slow... long story short, I ended up los 5 stars ✧ “Danger. A word designed to intimidate. But for Mattie, it was utterly thrilling and beyond tempting.” ahh, what a great book!! I actually ended up reading this twice (not planned at all) but the fact that I could completely restart three-fourths through and enjoy it just as much as I did the first time really says something. Now, I'm pretty dumb and forgot that netgalley arcs EXPIRE and I was enjoying this too much to realize that I was being too slow... long story short, I ended up losing all of my highlights and notes when I was quite far so I had no other choice but to start over. “Upending of traditional gender expectations. What a delightful, tantalizing turn of phrase. Mattie wanted to take it apart as much as she did the machinery a few yards away.” I loved everything about this !! The feminist theme was so so relevant and it was done so well. I loved the characters and their friendships/relationships I just wish they were fleshed out a bit more. There are meaningful bonds created between all the characters and I just LOVE the group so much !! “Mattie was used to people trying to dismiss her contributions as a woman. But she never had to think about being shut out completely because of her race. The realization barreled into her that Carrie was not just fighting for females to be seen and acknowledged, but her efforts were also making a difference for her entire race.” There are 2 poc main characters which I liked. They, for me personally, didn't feel like checkboxes of diversity and I think they really added to the story overall in a great way. I also really liked the moment we got with Mattie and Carrie where Carrie talked about her home life and her parents and how hard they were working 🥺 Also -- Mattie and Carrie just reminded me of Peggy Carter and Maria Rambeau in the best ways?? yes. What a powerful and strong duo. It wasn't just a 'mentions race once and were done' thing, it came up in very relevant ways and it was written so well alongside the treatment of females during that era. “If Mattie felt any stirrings of longing, she wouldn’t hide them. She’d act on them. Openly. Honestly. Boldly. Just like she did everything in life.” Before I say my thoughts about the romance, I REALLY love Mattie (have I said love enough by now? I think so) but she's seriously such a great character, I LOVE her. I don't know how to explain but she just...she's the best. Deserves the world. “He could dodge German Albatrosses and their incendiary bullets, but he very much feared that he lacked the skills to outmaneuver a determined Mattie McAdams.” There are so so SO many cute quotes that I marked that this review would go on for ages. The romance might be obvious so I hope it doesn't spoil it for anyone that MATTIE AND LEO ARE SO CUTE. I love their growth and how the conflict actually ended with both of them learning things instead of a 'they could've just talked about it' and they just kiss and make up thing -- because IT WAS ACTUALLY TALKED ABOUT. “And when Mattie wanted something, really wanted something, she never hesitated and always raced toward it, throttle open, caution be damned." I'm not a usual romance reader (book with romance: yes! but main focus romance: eh) so I don't know if it's right to call it fluffy? I don't know but every one of their moments was so wholesome and cute ahh I just can't stop thinking about them. It was written so well and I just can't help how AMAZING March writes some lines, truly. ★ I started this in December of 2020, finishing in February of 2021 and I thoroughly enjoyed this and I hope this review urged you to give it a try! It comes out June 15th 2021! Thank you to Netgalley for providing this ARC for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sabani Das

    "There’s always a bit of enchantment in the world as long as you know how to look for it." Saint Louis, 1923.. The golden age of flight has just begun, and pilot Mattie McAdams refuses to cede the skies to cocky flyboys. She longs to perform daring stunts in her family’s flying circus, but the men in her life stand in her way—including the show’s star performer, Leo Ward. They can wring their hands all they want; Mattie won’t stay grounded for long. In the Great War, Leo Ward watched his best frien "There’s always a bit of enchantment in the world as long as you know how to look for it." Saint Louis, 1923.. The golden age of flight has just begun, and pilot Mattie McAdams refuses to cede the skies to cocky flyboys. She longs to perform daring stunts in her family’s flying circus, but the men in her life stand in her way—including the show’s star performer, Leo Ward. They can wring their hands all they want; Mattie won’t stay grounded for long. In the Great War, Leo Ward watched his best friend and Mattie’s twin brother, Alfred, perish in the skies over German territory. Since then, he’s vowed to protect the McAdams family, taking on the most perilous stunts himself. But the skies are too big for any one man. Mattie joins a female-dominated flying circus, kicking off a tantalizing aerial dance as the two pilots make efforts to one-up each other in the skies across America. As planes and passions soar, can Mattie and Leo look beyond their egos to see the great heights they might reach together? Review : The Aviatrix stands out as a unique historical romance, as while most are set pre-1900 (most set after are marketed as historical fiction), this one is set during the 1920s. It also piqued my interest as I love to read about historical women engaged in atypical professions and pursuits, and the fact that this one depicted a flying circus, a phenomenon that I had not heard of, but clearly was a source of entertainment at this time in history.  I generally liked Mattie as a heroine, and rooted for her as she pursued her flying ambitions. The fact that the other women in the circus were also centered was also a plus.  The relationship between Mattie and Leo took time to grow on me, but I liked it once it did. I did feel like Leo’s POV had less to offer than Mattie’s, as while he has a connection to Mattie due to him having served with her brother in the Great War and generally being a friend of the family, it felt like her growth as a person was more important.  This book also felt like a bit too slow of a burn, so I felt my investment flagging at times. There’s excitement when the circus puts on shows, but the pacing between those feels uneven.  Nevertheless, this was a charming read, and while I did have issues with it, I still more or less enjoyed this book for what it has to offer. If you like historical romance, but want a different setting from the norm, I recommend trying this one. 

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lynette

    Thank you to NetGalley for providing a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The Roaring Twenties were a time of discovery – of oneself and the boundaries established by societal norms. For daring pilot Mattie, she is discovering what she will do with her life now that her twin brother Alfred perished in the war and the family flight school is in financial distress. Leo, Alfred’s best friend and war comrade, along with her three older brothers are trying to keep a caged bir Thank you to NetGalley for providing a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The Roaring Twenties were a time of discovery – of oneself and the boundaries established by societal norms. For daring pilot Mattie, she is discovering what she will do with her life now that her twin brother Alfred perished in the war and the family flight school is in financial distress. Leo, Alfred’s best friend and war comrade, along with her three older brothers are trying to keep a caged bird born to fly. Mattie is determined not to let that happen all the while proving them wrong and that she warrants freedom. Mattie throws caution to the wind and takes on challenges boldly – from accepting a spot in Vera’s Flying Flappers group, to enjoying an evening at a Speakeasy, pitching her business idea to a businessman, to accepting a challenge waged by Leo and Alfred’s former war pal and ultimately, breaking down the wall Leo built to unveil his romantic potential. On a journey to prove herself and quest to be American’s Aviator, it isn’t until she links up with Vera’s fly girls that she feels confident to live the life she imagined. She is surrounded by a group of unconventional, encouraging, supportive females, also on their own paths to greatness and dreams realized. It isn’t enough that they have to shout a little louder just to be heard among their profession’s male voices and accomplishments. But they don’t mind, nor do they care, because they will capture the unwanted attention and captivate the audience wherever they go. Overall, I enjoyed this book! Loved the historical detail, along with strong female characters that didn't let "the times" slow them down in their pursuits.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Caitlyn (delightful.reading)

    This was a sweet romance! I loved the flying aspects (especially the flying circus!) Leo Ward is a man who has taken on the mantle of the McAdams family's guardian angel, especially after the death of his best friend Alfred McAdams during WWI. Alfred's twin sister, Mattie McAdams, wants to fly without restrictions, so when she's offered a spot in a female Flying Circus, she jumps at the chance. Unfortunately, her friend-turned rival, Leo, is also invited to join. Will sparks fly between the two p This was a sweet romance! I loved the flying aspects (especially the flying circus!) Leo Ward is a man who has taken on the mantle of the McAdams family's guardian angel, especially after the death of his best friend Alfred McAdams during WWI. Alfred's twin sister, Mattie McAdams, wants to fly without restrictions, so when she's offered a spot in a female Flying Circus, she jumps at the chance. Unfortunately, her friend-turned rival, Leo, is also invited to join. Will sparks fly between the two pilots? Or will the chance for something more crash and burn? I loved the characters in this! Leo was a sweetheart and Mattie was the feisty red-haired pilot with something to prove. Vera Jones stole the show with her outside-the-box attitude and wit. Her comments towards Leo and Mattie made me laugh a few times. (I think she might be my favorite character because of her eccentric nature.) The other characters had their moments, too: Alice and John were sweet, Aida and her book were great, the twins Sadie and Lily were something else, and Carrie Wilcox was great. My only quibble is that there were so many flying circus performers (and other side characters) that it was sometimes a little difficult to keep track, but the characters were distinct enough that it is possible, with a little effort. While this book isn't 100% historically accurate, I enjoyed reading the author's note about where she got the inspiration for this novel from. (I also learned about some aviatrixes and amazing historical ladies from the 1920s). All in all, sweet book that has undercurrents of powerful messages. Many thanks to NetGalley and Montlake for this eARC! I really appreciate it!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Holly Hayes

    Thank you to NetGalley for giving me access to Violet Marsh's The Aviatrix in exchange for an honest review. I come from an aviation family, and I was immediately and utterly entranced by Mattie's passion for flight and dedication to her craft. And I love that this book showed that this is what Aviation is - a craft and an art form. I loved that, without expressly saying it outright, Ms. Marsh was able to make so much of this book relevant to today while firmly grounding it in the 1920s. She obv Thank you to NetGalley for giving me access to Violet Marsh's The Aviatrix in exchange for an honest review. I come from an aviation family, and I was immediately and utterly entranced by Mattie's passion for flight and dedication to her craft. And I love that this book showed that this is what Aviation is - a craft and an art form. I loved that, without expressly saying it outright, Ms. Marsh was able to make so much of this book relevant to today while firmly grounding it in the 1920s. She obviously has done her research, and there was nothing that felt out of place or made up. I loved the characters, the story, the history, and especially the flying! "This. This was the best way to celebrate being alive." I loved being able to cheer on not just Mattie and Leo but their friends as well. All of them were well-drawn and interesting characters. One of my only complaints about this book was that there were far too many of them. I sometimes thought Mattie and Leo got lost in the crowd of personalities and messages. And while I read this because it was billed as a romance, I think it could have easily been read as purely historical fiction. The romance is present but is a bit too cautiously written. It is a fantastic story of adventure and love. We discover the meaning of partnership and support in romantic relationships and friendships. I loved the mechanical and aviation description, but they might be overdone for someone not as familiar with the terminology. If you are a fan of slow-burn simmering romance, bold men and women, history, and happy endings, then this is a book for you.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    I received an ARC from the publisher and am voluntarily posting a review. All opinions are my own. The Aviatrix stands out as a unique historical romance, as while most are set pre-1900 (most set after are marketed as historical fiction), this one is set during the 1920s. It also piqued my interest as I love to read about historical women engaged in atypical professions and pursuits, and the fact that this one depicted a flying circus, a phenomenon that I had not heard of, but clearly was a sour I received an ARC from the publisher and am voluntarily posting a review. All opinions are my own. The Aviatrix stands out as a unique historical romance, as while most are set pre-1900 (most set after are marketed as historical fiction), this one is set during the 1920s. It also piqued my interest as I love to read about historical women engaged in atypical professions and pursuits, and the fact that this one depicted a flying circus, a phenomenon that I had not heard of, but clearly was a source of entertainment at this time in history. I generally liked Mattie as a heroine, and rooted for her as she pursued her flying ambitions. The fact that the other women in the circus were also centered was also a plus. The relationship between Mattie and Leo took time to grow on me, but I liked it once it did. I did feel like Leo’s POV had less to offer than Maddie’s, as while he has a connection to Maddie due to him having served with her brother in the Great War and generally being a friend of the family, it felt like her growth as a person was more important. This book also felt like a bit too slow of a burn, so I felt my investment flagging at times. There’s excitement when the circus puts on shows, but the pacing between those feels uneven. This is a charming read, and while I did have issues with it, I still more or less enjoyed this book for what it has to offer. If you like historical romance, but want a different setting from the norm, I recommend trying this one.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Raelene

    This book felt like it had a lot going on. Because of that, I felt like it took me a little while to really get into the story. However, once the story had developed a little further, I could not put it down until I finished. I am predominantly a romance reader, and while there was so much more to The Aviatrix than the romance… my goodness, did I love the romance. The pining, the growing trust, the communication, I loved it all. The reason I gave this book a 4/5 instead of a 5/5 is because of the This book felt like it had a lot going on. Because of that, I felt like it took me a little while to really get into the story. However, once the story had developed a little further, I could not put it down until I finished. I am predominantly a romance reader, and while there was so much more to The Aviatrix than the romance… my goodness, did I love the romance. The pining, the growing trust, the communication, I loved it all. The reason I gave this book a 4/5 instead of a 5/5 is because of the amount of times Leo is referenced as “rubbing the back of his head” or “jamming his hand into his hair” drove me mad. I did understand that that was just ‘his thing’ he did, but it was just said SO much. I always love reading about women supporting other women, and that was so prevalent in this book. So many of the characters truly won me over, but Vera especially has a special place in my heart. She was such a lovely woman, and a great friend to everyone. I loved reading about Mattie and Leo, they were both great main characters, but I had to mention Vera too. Thank you to Montlake & NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Camille Bouchard

    3.5 stars A historical romance with a context you have not read any other book before! A first book for Violet Marsh and I am excited to see what she will write next. The context with the flying circus is very entertaining and it does not feel like you already read this story in the past. I got transported in this book so easily, it’s such a positive story even with the struggles Mattie faces. Somehow, Marsh managed to talk about the misogyny present in society, feminist issues, personal growth w 3.5 stars A historical romance with a context you have not read any other book before! A first book for Violet Marsh and I am excited to see what she will write next. The context with the flying circus is very entertaining and it does not feel like you already read this story in the past. I got transported in this book so easily, it’s such a positive story even with the struggles Mattie faces. Somehow, Marsh managed to talk about the misogyny present in society, feminist issues, personal growth without making it heavy. The bonds between all the girls in the circus is great and an amazing example of positive feminine friendship. Even if I would categorize the book as a historical romance, when I finished the book, it was not the only thing I remember from this story. Leo’s character development is great and he learns to manage being supportive and protective of the woman he loves. This book can be read by a younger audience as much as a more adult audience since there are no sex scenes. The biggest thing you will read is that Leo is thankful for the current fashion as pants are not as tight as they used to be, so a bit more comfortable in the predicament he finds himself.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I received an advance copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! 2.5 stars This book promised more than it delivered. The storyline was an interesting, but it didn't go in enough detail to make me feel I was in the room with any of the characters. Every time a historically accurate description was added, it felt like the author was beside me saying, "did you catch that reference?" As a reader, I like to be given a little more credit than was given as the word was painted a I received an advance copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! 2.5 stars This book promised more than it delivered. The storyline was an interesting, but it didn't go in enough detail to make me feel I was in the room with any of the characters. Every time a historically accurate description was added, it felt like the author was beside me saying, "did you catch that reference?" As a reader, I like to be given a little more credit than was given as the word was painted around me. The romance aspect was wanting, and I felt awkward witnessing their cringy-awkward, not cute-awkward stumbles toward love. There were needlessly gendered moments, the main character, Mattie was a Mary Sue,. and her big invention (which I won't mention here for the sake of spoilers) had been in use since 1916. I love reading books about female empowerment and bucking the patriarchal mould, but sadly, I really didn't find any of that in this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    This was a charming read, inspired by the real-life women who were determined to fly, invent, and live lives equal to men's despite the prejudices of post-World War I America. The story focuses on Mattie McAdams, who literally joins a (flying) circus in a last-ditch attempt to raise funds for her family's struggling flight school. This circus, however, has only female stunt artists -- with the exception of Mattie's longtime friend and ace pilot, Leo Ward. The flying circus travels across the cou This was a charming read, inspired by the real-life women who were determined to fly, invent, and live lives equal to men's despite the prejudices of post-World War I America. The story focuses on Mattie McAdams, who literally joins a (flying) circus in a last-ditch attempt to raise funds for her family's struggling flight school. This circus, however, has only female stunt artists -- with the exception of Mattie's longtime friend and ace pilot, Leo Ward. The flying circus travels across the country, delighting and impressing audiences, but also provoking negative reactions from men who argue that women pilots are unskilled and unnatural. Mattie and her female colleagues fight back, but as the negative reactions take a dangerous turn, will Leo try to hold Mattie back in the name of keeping her safe? Or will he trust in her skills and help her fly free? An inspirational story full of powerful female role models. (Reviewed thanks to a free advance copy from NetGalley.)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Savannah

    The Aviatrix by Violet Marsh was an interesting historical that touched upon the role of women in the early 1920's, while also being a charming romance between two friends. Mattie is a really fierce character, she laments about show she has all the skills she needs to go out into the world and fly, but is held back by being a women. In this book we get great examples of her fighting that while also building strong bonds with the other women around her. The romance between Mattie and Leo was sweet The Aviatrix by Violet Marsh was an interesting historical that touched upon the role of women in the early 1920's, while also being a charming romance between two friends. Mattie is a really fierce character, she laments about show she has all the skills she needs to go out into the world and fly, but is held back by being a women. In this book we get great examples of her fighting that while also building strong bonds with the other women around her. The romance between Mattie and Leo was sweet and light and was just cherry on top to this book. I loved seeing Leo learning how to support Maddie and vice versa for Leo. I loved the face that they were friends first. My one issue was at some points I thought this book was saying that this was a feminist story while also showing it and it didn't need to be said all that much because that story showed through with the ideas that wanted to get across. ARC kindly provided my netgalley

  22. 4 out of 5

    Desiree Bowser

    I really enjoy reading this author no matter her “name”! She’s such a wonderful storyteller. I love that this one was so different from other romances I’ve read! I loved the intriguing information on planes and technology of that time. Mattie is such a great strong bold heroine! She shows us that the fight for women to be treated equal or have jobs the same as men is worth the fight! She’s a female flyer & joins a flying circus to help her family who needs money for their business. I absolutely I really enjoy reading this author no matter her “name”! She’s such a wonderful storyteller. I love that this one was so different from other romances I’ve read! I loved the intriguing information on planes and technology of that time. Mattie is such a great strong bold heroine! She shows us that the fight for women to be treated equal or have jobs the same as men is worth the fight! She’s a female flyer & joins a flying circus to help her family who needs money for their business. I absolutely adored the women in this story! They were a great addition & it wouldn’t have been the same without them! Leo is our hero who is def a sweetheart but worries over Mattie. The two have great chemistry and lots of learning and growing to get to their HEA! It was also a slow burn which I LOVE! All in all a wonderful historical read! I was given an advanced copy for my review

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Loved The Aviatrix by Violet Marsh! Set in the 1920's it deals with the early days of a flying circus and the brave men AND women that were a part of this. This is the kind of book you read and want to learn more about this! Mattie McAdams lost a brother in the war and her family is very protective of her and doesn't want her to do the daring stunts she desperately wants to try. She joins an all woman flying circus called the Flying Flappers and it's just so exciting to see what they accomplish Loved The Aviatrix by Violet Marsh! Set in the 1920's it deals with the early days of a flying circus and the brave men AND women that were a part of this. This is the kind of book you read and want to learn more about this! Mattie McAdams lost a brother in the war and her family is very protective of her and doesn't want her to do the daring stunts she desperately wants to try. She joins an all woman flying circus called the Flying Flappers and it's just so exciting to see what they accomplish in a time when this was something everyone thought only men could do. Really enjoyed this story!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    The Aviatrix brings to life the roaring 1920's, post WWI. Marsh tells the tale of women aviators, bound together in friendship and ideology. They strive to show women can fly just as well as their war hero male counterparts. While battling to overcome sexism, and in some instances racism, they form lasting friendships. Overall, good light fare, perfect beach or relaxing vacation read. Fair warning, it had a bit more of a romantic angle than I usually read. Very similar to a few other fly girl no The Aviatrix brings to life the roaring 1920's, post WWI. Marsh tells the tale of women aviators, bound together in friendship and ideology. They strive to show women can fly just as well as their war hero male counterparts. While battling to overcome sexism, and in some instances racism, they form lasting friendships. Overall, good light fare, perfect beach or relaxing vacation read. Fair warning, it had a bit more of a romantic angle than I usually read. Very similar to a few other fly girl novels that have come out recently. Thanks to NetGalley for providing an ARC for review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    What a fun read this is! Mattie is a flying genius but she's hamstrung from soaring in her family's flying circus by the attitude toward women in the 192os and their concern for her safety. As a result she joins an all female group- the Flying Flappers- and her world expands as they travel. And there's Leo, her twin brother's best friend. He knows Mattie can handle herself but he's protective of her and follows her on the Flappers tour. This is a good historical novel of strong women with a swee What a fun read this is! Mattie is a flying genius but she's hamstrung from soaring in her family's flying circus by the attitude toward women in the 192os and their concern for her safety. As a result she joins an all female group- the Flying Flappers- and her world expands as they travel. And there's Leo, her twin brother's best friend. He knows Mattie can handle herself but he's protective of her and follows her on the Flappers tour. This is a good historical novel of strong women with a sweet romance as well. Thanks to netgalley for the ARC.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Therese Thompson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Double love story here: The romance of flying and the passion of being a female pilot in the early days of aviation; and a slow burn amour between our female aviatrix Mattie and her family friend/WWI ace Leo, who flew combat missions with her twin brother, lost in an aerial battle. The times were more innocent, which this book stayed true to, perhaps making their written courtship descriptions even hotter than jet fuel. But there was just one or two sandcastles too many for me. Other than that, Double love story here: The romance of flying and the passion of being a female pilot in the early days of aviation; and a slow burn amour between our female aviatrix Mattie and her family friend/WWI ace Leo, who flew combat missions with her twin brother, lost in an aerial battle. The times were more innocent, which this book stayed true to, perhaps making their written courtship descriptions even hotter than jet fuel. But there was just one or two sandcastles too many for me. Other than that, more fun than sky aerobatics!

  27. 4 out of 5

    LaBibliodeCaro

    The Aviatrix was a novel that I really wanted to like. The theme is of great interest to me and it immediately made me think of « Wing » by Danielle Steel, a novel I absolutely loved! Unfortunately, the execution didn’t convince me. It wasn’t as engaging and riveting as I was expecting it to be. It is a disappointment because, like I said, it’s precisely the kind of female empowerment stories I love to read about. Too bad!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    A pretty good read. Set in the 20s - amid speakeasies and flappers, the story revolved around a group of 'lady fliers' who have set out to earn respect for not only their skilled flying abilities, but as women who actually want more from life than the traditional roles. It touches on race issues, equal pay for jobs men routinely do, and being true to your dreams, no matter the obstacles in your path. A little romance but not the main thing. Would recommend! A pretty good read. Set in the 20s - amid speakeasies and flappers, the story revolved around a group of 'lady fliers' who have set out to earn respect for not only their skilled flying abilities, but as women who actually want more from life than the traditional roles. It touches on race issues, equal pay for jobs men routinely do, and being true to your dreams, no matter the obstacles in your path. A little romance but not the main thing. Would recommend!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Burd

    Set in the 1920s, the author tells the story of a group of women in an aerial circus. Mattie is an excellent pilot and mechanic who only wants to make a name for herself as a pilot. Leo is a war hero and the best friend of Marie’s twin brother who was killed in the war. The relationship between Mattie and Leo has lots is starts and stops throughout the book. If you’re a fan of light romantic novels, you’ll enjoy this book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Parisa

    It was super cute and sent a very powerful message and made me grateful for all the things I can freely do today. The girl group was so powerful and determined to prove they are equal to men. I loved Leo and Matte’s family as well especially Vera from her friend group. The romance was super stymying and cute at the same time. I also loved how bold matte was through the hole book.

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