Authors Showcase: Bird’s Eye View by Elinor Florence
November 14, 2014
The Book: Bird’s Eye View
The Author: Elinor Florence
The Story: Rose Jolliffe is an idealistic young woman living on a farm with her family in Saskatchewan. After Canada declares war against Germany in World War II, she joins the British Women’s Auxiliary Air Force as an aerial photographic interpreter. Working with intelligence officers at RAF Medmenham in England, Rose spies on the enemy from the sky, watching the war unfold through her magnifying glass.
When her commanding officer, Gideon Fowler, sets his sights on Rose, both professionally and personally, her prospects look bright. But can he be trusted? As she becomes increasingly disillusioned by the destruction of war and Gideon’s affections, tragedy strikes, and Rose’s world falls apart.
Rose struggles to rebuild her shattered life, and finds that victory ultimately lies within herself. Her path to maturity is a painful one, paralleled by the slow, agonizing progress of the war and Canada’s emergence from Britain’s shadow.
About Elinor Florence:
Career journalist Elinor Florence grew up on a Saskatchewan grain farm, a former World War Two training airfield. After university she launched her career at her hometown newspaper in North Battleford, followed by the Western Producer in Saskatoon, the Red Deer Advocate, the Winnipeg Sun and the Vancouver Province.
Weary of city life, Elinor and her husband moved their young family to the mountain resort town of Invermere, British Columbia. For the next eight years, she was a regular writer for Reader’s Digest. She then purchased the community weekly newspaper, the Columbia Valley Pioneer, and turned it into an award-winning publication.
Elinor sold the newspaper to pursue her dream of writing fiction. Her first historical novel Bird’s Eye View was published by Dundurn Press in October 2014. Married with three grown daughters, Elinor loves village life, historical research, old people and old houses.
VISIT ELINOR’S WARTIME WEDNESDAYS BLOG AT www.elinorflorence.com/blog.