Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was our September book club choice. This is a slow, quiet story about a young woman’s search to write the biography of forgotten aviation pioneer Sam Mallory, who joined the loyalist forces in the Spanish Civil War and never returned.

She goes to a remote surfing village in Hawaii to seek out Irene Foster, Mallory’s onetime student and flying partner. Irene is hesitant to talk about Sam, but eventually starts to share her story. What at first seems like a straight-forward story turns into a twisty story of complicated relationships.

This is definitely not a book that I would have chosen for myself. It’s a bit too slow for my taste and I didn’t connect with any of the characters.