The Long Flight Home

    • 4.5 • 305 Ratings
    • $9.99
    • $9.99

Publisher Description

A USA Today Bestseller 

Inspired by fascinating, true, yet little-known events during World War II,
The Long Flight Home is a testament to the power of courage in our darkest hours—a moving, masterfully written story of love and sacrifice.
It is September 1940—a year into the war—and as German bombs fall on Britain, fears grow of an impending invasion. Enemy fighter planes blacken the sky around the Epping Forest home of Susan Shepherd and her grandfather, Bertie. After losing her parents to influenza as a child, Susan found comfort in raising homing pigeons with Bertie. All her birds are extraordinary to Susan—loyal, intelligent, beautiful—but none more so than Duchess. Hatched from an egg that Susan incubated in a bowl under her grandfather’s desk lamp, Duchess shares a special bond with Susan and an unusual curiosity about the human world. 
Thousands of miles away in Buxton, Maine, young crop-duster pilot Ollie Evans decides to join Britain’s Royal Air Force. His quest brings him to Epping and the National Pigeon Service, where Susan is involved in a new, covert mission to air-drop hundreds of homing pigeons in German-occupied France. Many will not survive. Those that do will bring home crucial information. Soon a friendship between Ollie and Susan deepens, but when his plane is downed behind enemy lines, both know how remote the chances of reunion must be. Yet Duchess will become an unexpected lifeline, relaying messages between Susan and Ollie as war rages on—and proving, at last, that hope is never truly lost.

“Hlad adeptly drives home the devastating civilian cost of the war.”

Fiction & Literature
June 25
Kensington Books
Kensington Publishing Corp.

Customer Reviews

NoBrainerToMe ,

The long flight home

Excellent read. Well researched. Heartfelt story about pigeons, Ollie and Susan. The author delved deeply into the emotions of the characters. Has an interesting twist towards the end.

Beetle Bug Reader ,

Heart wrenching and beautiful.

I can’t remember a book of fiction that touched my heart more than this book.

plinzy41 ,

A Long flight home

I absolutely loved this story. I fell in love with the Pigeons, especially of course, Duchess. The pigeons abilities amazed me and whether fact or fiction, I was enchanted by this story. Reading about the war with its pain and suffering was difficult and I can’t imagine the unbearable suffering Europe had to live through so reading about it should be the least of my concerns, but if I could make everyone read this book, would it make a difference in the way countries would solve problems without the HORRORS this book barely touched on, compared to reality?? There have been so many books, movies, Documentaries written over the last century however, WAR has continued to destroy people and nations. Next info is a spoiler so do not read beyond this point!!
The fact that it took a long time to get to a happy ending, I am happy that it did!!

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