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Walking on Hidden Wings by Rachel Scott McDaniel | Review

Rachel Scott McDaniel is a fabulous writer and friend of mine. I love her books! This one is set in the 1920s and has a super cool heroine. She’s a barnstormer! (Confession, I had no idea what that was until reading Walking on Hidden Wings!)

Check out the back cover followed by my review.

Back Cover

Geneva Ashcroft Hayes’s marriage to a newspaper mogul might have been arranged, but the New York socialite is devastated when her husband’s plane crashes a few short months after their nuptials. When the authorities suspect murder, Geneva sets out on a wild mission to find his killer–and to prove it wasn’t her!

When mysterious notes surface pointing to Geneva’s guilt in his death, they only strengthen her resolve. She has little to go on except for a detective friend’s cryptic list of locations connected to her dead spouse. When the friend also disappears, she trades her sparkling gowns for coveralls and pilot goggles.

Armed with a new name and career as a wingwalker and barnstormer, she travels from town to town in hopes of unearthing clues and locating her missing friend. But Geneva discovers that her past may not belong to her . . . what she once believed as truth may be nothing more than lies and deception.

My Review

Calling fans of Pepper Basham, Karen Witemeyer, and those who enjoy a good marriage of convenience trope!

(By the way, you have to read Rachel’s notes at the back of Walking on Hidden Wings to find out cool historical facts that brought this novel to print. Like I said, I had no idea before reading this book what barnstorming was. Basically, it is a style of tricks pilots would do from their airplanes for the crowd below. Often, they would land in a field and have to negotiate with the farmers for the use of their field/barns. So cool!)

Walking on Hidden Wings goes back and forth from present day to months previous as Geneva met her intended. A few chapters in, I’m pretty sure I yelled “What?!” (or some other thing to convey my shock). If you like mystery, suspense, danger, cool/brave heroines, and an unsuspected love tale, you will enjoy Walking on Hidden Wings.

There are newlyweds who really like each other in this book … so I’d say it’s for PG-13 kind of audience.

Rachel Scott McDaniel is a fabulous author skilled with writing twists and turns that are sure to catch you off guard.

Thank you to the publisher for my copy of this book! All opinions in this review are my own.

Pre-order your copy of Walking on Hidden Wings on and It releases April 23, 2024!

Thank you to Kregel for my copy of this book! All opinions in this review are my own.

About the Author

Rachel Scott McDaniel is an award-winning author of historical romance. Winner of the ACFW Genesis Award and the RWA Touched By Love award, Rachel infuses faith and heart into each story. She currently enjoys life in Ohio with her husband and two kids. Rachel can be found online at and on all social media platforms.

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