Book Review: Wings to Fly by Emma Mooney

cover98062-medium.pngTitle: Wings to Fly
Author: Emma Mooney
Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing
Pub Date: November 11, 2016
Format: Kindle eBook
Pages: 226
Source: NetGalley
Genre(s): Women’s Fiction
Rating: ★★★★
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Cathy Munro is not like the other girls in her small town. Inquisitive and full of spirit, she sets out on a mission to talk to God in the hope of securing her place in Heaven. So when the miracles she prays for start to happen, she’s sure she’s on the right track.

But then she notices her mother is acting strangely and avoiding her questions. And why is everyone determined to stop her becoming friends with the boy next door? Could it be because he goes to a different school?

Cathy soon learns that her miracles have consequences, and that life isn’t as simple as she’d once thought.

Set in Scotland in the 1980s, Wings to Fly is a moving story about a young girl trying to find her place in a divided world.


My review:

I received this eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion of the work.

Wings to Fly is a delightful inquisition into the quirks of growing up, as well as the journey of finding romance, religion, and love in all of the right places (and people).

Just as the synopsis says, Cathy Munro is inquisitive and full of spirit. She wanders around and wonders aloud, and you can’t help but wander/wonder with her. I feel like I’ve watched Cathy grow up, which really says a lot about the author’s writing skill. The book takes place over quite a long period of time, so the readers can see Cathy grow from an uncertain young girl into a self-assured young woman. The main characters are all quite likable, except for the offputting “best friend” and the boy who broke my heart. I suppose not everyone grows up to be a nice person, but this was a very realistic part of the story. People grow up and grow apart. Sometimes (like with your estranged family) you grow back together.

This was a lovely read. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a nice coming-of-age story.

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