Circling the Sun by Paula McLain ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I loved the novel The Paris Wife, Paula McLain’s highly acclaimed work about the first wife of Ernest Hemingway. So I looked forward to her new work, Circling the Sun.
Although not as captivating as The Paris Wife, McLain introduces a wonderful character in Beryl Markham, a fascinating British woman raised in Kenya in the 1920’s.
McLain is brilliant in finding unknown real-life female heroines and engrossing the reader in hidden history of amazing women. Beryl’s life in Kenya, her non-traditional upbringing, her success as a horse trainer in an all male industry and her history making aviation feats early in the era are all amazing in their own right.
But her love triangle between Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen is the most defining aspect of her personal life, the thing that makes her a woman and helps her find her heart and eventually her passion. Though Blixen leaves Beryl completely out of her story Out of Africa, Beryl’s real life romance with Hatton was a major story in itself in the British society of 1920’s Kenya where love, marriage and romance played by a very unique set of rules.
I enjoyed Circling the Sun. Four Stars.