The Long Flight Home by A.L. Hlad

It’s my stop on the #blogtour for The Long Flight Home by Alan Hlad today and I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts with you about this charming book.  My review is a tad later than scheduled as I’ve been busy trying to coordinate it with a giveaway on my instagram account and this should hopefully be live this evening.




September 1940.

As enemy fighter planes blacken the sky, Susan Shepherd finds comfort at her home in Epping Forest, where she and her grandfather raise homing pigeons. Of all Susan’s birds, it’s Duchess who is the most extraordinary, and the two share a special bond.

Thousands of miles away, Ollie Evans, a young American pilot decides to travel to Britain to join the Royal Air Force. But Ollie doesn’t expect his quest to bring him instead to the National Pigeon Service – a covert new operation involving homing pigeons – and to Susan.

The National Pigeon Service has a dangerous mission to air-drop hundreds of pigeons into German-occupied France. Despite their growing friendship Ollie and Susan must soon be parted – but will Duchess’s devotion and sense of duty prove to be an unexpected lifeline between them?

Based on true events, The Long Flight Home is an uplifting and timeless wartime novel, that reminds us how, in times of hardship, hope is never truly lost.


My Thoughts

I am a huge fan of historical fiction and the unique and intriguing premise of this book totally sold itself to me.

Whilst this was an easy read, it was also extremely informative and it is clear how well researched the book is.  I found myself fully immersed in the story and was truly touched by the unfolding relationship between Susan and Duchess.

This book came across as a kind of Ying and Yang; the tragedy of the war was balanced by hugely heartwarming scenes and whilst the gruesome story of the war encompassed the entire narrative; the pigeons and their heroic contribution rose above it all.

An emotional read for sure; I’d definitely recommend this book to lovers of historical fiction who like something a bit different to the norm.

This is a charming, beautifully written book which gives a refreshing take on true events – I certainly wont be looking at a pigeon in quite the same way again!

The Long Flight Home is out now in paperback and you can buy it here

My thanks go to Kate Keehan and Hodder & Stoughton for my invitation to the #blogtour and also for my proof copy of the book (plus the subsequent finished copy – which I’ll be giving away on my instagram account later on this evening @mrscookesbooks).

If you enjoyed my post, please do check out my others, and also the other stops on the #blogtour (see below).

Until next time!






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