Score: 3/5 Bookmarks
I received an advance readers copy of Sky Queen from BookSparks, but all opinions are my own.
Sky Queen by Judy Kundert was an enjoyable read about a life that pulls our leading lady in two directions. One that has her feet firmly on the ground and helps her explore her roots and the other that has her sky-high living the life others can only dream of. I’m always a big fan of historical fiction, and the author touches on themes of sexual harassment in the workplace, women’s rights and other topical issues of the times (then and now really). There is a lot of dialogue in the book which I found broke my reading flow at times because it didn’t feel particularly natural. For the most part I enjoyed the story though.
It's 1967, and Katherine Roebling is a Chicago-based stewardess caught between the hold of highflying travel and the call of her Native American ancestors just as the women's movement is taking the US by storm. As she vacillates between an ever-present mystical ancestral feather and her alluring stewardess life of excitement and travel, she embarks on a journey from one adventure to the next--each episode bringing her closer to her predestined calling. A chance meeting with a college student from Athens, Greece at a Chicago Playboy Mansion Press Party and her visit to the Oracle of Delphi intertwine with Katherine's discovery of the treasure inside herself. Ultimately, she gains wings that allow her to glide over society's barriers; she abandons the so-called glamorous life she's been living, creates her own path, and embarks upon a new career at the Smithsonian in DC--one that will take her on a miraculous experience of personal growth and uncharted paths.