Monday, January 22, 2018

The Last Grand Adventure by Rebecca Behrens

When I was 15 my grandmother took me on a cross-country bus trip, from Wisconsin to Washington D.C.  It was the first time I had ever traveled outside the Midwest, this was a huge adventure for me!  I admired my grandmother, she was quite the adventurer.  She was truly an independent free spirit, often traveling alone, with tour groups, or in this case - her granddaughter - to see the world.

I thought about my adventure with my grandmother often as I read The Last Grand Adventure.  Like Bea, I was more of a worrier as a kid, but had that secret desire to have a “grand adventure”.  

Before I even started reading this this book, the tidbit that caught my attention, was the genre - historical fiction from the 1960’s, but also it deals with the the mysterious disappearance of Amelia Earhart. As a kid I had always been fascinated with Amelia Earhart.  How could someone that famous, mysteriously disappear without a trace?  Even now there are still clues surfacing as to what actually happened.  Reading the book I found I had to keep reminding myself that the story, though a work of historical fiction, was just that  - fiction.  Still, I kept asking myself, what if?

It’s safe to say that I fell in love with Beatrice and Pidge.  This is just one of those stories that I did not want to end.  The messages it delivers will fill readers with hope - hope for family, believing in the impossible, and finding our true adventurous spirit.  The story and characters will stay with readers long after the book is done.

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