Alone With the Stars by David R. Gillham

Happy Reading, this Earth Day!

In the summer of 1937, Amelia Earhart is the most famous woman in the world – a record-breaking pilot, best-selling author, and a modern woman shattering the glass ceiling in the early days of aviation.

And then she vanishes.

In Tampe, Florida, 15-year-old Lizzie Friedlander spends her afternoons glued to her father’s radio, tapping into the enormity of a world she longs to travel. Lizzie can hardly believe her ears when she picks up a radio signal from a faraway source that sets her heart racing: “Amelia Earhart is calling SOS!”

As Lizzie copies down the transmissions, it’s clear that the Amelia Earhart is not lost as sea, as the newspapers are the dreading, but alive and calling for help. In a race against time, Lizzie must convince the local Coast Guard that the radio transmissions were real and that Earhart’s life hangs in the balance. But will anyone believe her?

Written for audio by David R. Gillham, the acclaimed, New York Times best-selling author of City of Women, and performaed by Emily Bauer and Hillary Huber, Alone with the Stars is a breathtaking and illuminating tribute to a woman who risked her life in pursuit of new heights, and the young girl who tried desperately to save her when everything went wrong. Inspired by actual events, Alone with the Stars reveals, in riveting detail, the final moments in the life of a great heroine, whose courage changed the world forever.

Alone With the Stars is a short and interesting book. Inspired by the true events around the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, the story is definitely more a work of fiction than fact. It’s compelling and gives a bit more credit to the young girl who claimed to hear SOS transmissions for Earhart the day her plane went missing.

I didn’t love the voice actors but the story was still well told. There’s plenty of feminist elements for a four-hour listen and the portrayal of Earhart is true to the memory fans like to have of her. The resilience to make her mark in a male-dominated industry nearly a century ago is the one thing that stands out in the story.

Though I like the tribute to Earhart’s legacy, I think it would’ve meant more to me to know which elements were entirely fiction and which were based on what we can prove for certain. Of course, with a story so old, there’s not a lot of new information to be contributed to Earhart’s story and all that’s left for us to do now is speculate.

Photo and synopsis from Amazon

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