Dream Take Flight

An Unconventional Journey

Non-Fiction - Memoir
384 Pages
Reviewed on 07/24/2019
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Author Biography

Lisa grew up taking things apart and playing with the boys.
Formerly an aerospace manufacturing engineer with Moog Components Group in Murphy, North Carolina, Lisa is now a columnist for Sport Aviation Magazine, Kitplanes Magazine, and the Clay County Progress newspaper home improvement column. Lisa is an A&P mechanic and was the first woman to qualify as an AB-DAR, or Amateur-Built Designated Airworthiness Representative for the FAA.

Prior to joining Moog Components Group, Lisa was a licensed home inspector and general building contractor. She wrote a book (House Keys: The Essential Homeowners Guide) about all of the mistakes she found in construction, producing a guide to help builders and owners save money and avoid surprises. There’s also a section on decluttering and tips and tricks for maintenance.
Prior to being a home inspector, Lisa was the chief training officer for Tyco Fire and Security Services, Inc., a $10B public corporation in Boca Raton, Florida.

Lisa holds degrees in engineering (A.S.), English (B.A.), business (M.B.A.), and science (Sc.D.). Lisa has written three books: The Team Steps Guide: A Step by Step Process to Turn Problems into Solutions, (2015), House Keys: The Essential Homeowner's Guide (2017), and Dream Take Flight: An Unconventional Journey, (2019). All are available on amazon.com.

Her latest book, Dream Take Flight, describes how she built her first aircraft and flew it from South Florida to Maine and back. Released in June of this year (2019), it hit the Amazon Bestseller List in July.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Dream Take Flight: An Unconventional Journey is a work of memoir non-fiction penned by author Lisa Turner. Self-described as the story of ‘a shy girl’ who breaks the rules, this inspiring and heart-warming tale of triumph focuses on the author’s resilience against the standard career path for girls and women during the 1960s. Since childhood, it had been clear to Lisa that her interests in mechanics and workshop activities were far more concentrated than anything to do with the kitchen or sewing, but it takes her many years to finally fulfill her dreams of actually building her own airplane. What results is an inspirational story of achieving dreams at any age, against any expectations.

Though it is largely a personal memoir concerning early childhood influences versus recent achievements, author Lisa Turner is attentive to her audience’s interest in bringing their own dreams to life. The narration talks directly to readers in a powerful way, and also includes bonus materials in the self-help genre to enable them to set their own goals, refute expectations and do what they have always dreamed of. I also liked the organization of the book and the time jumps from past to present, making it clear where Lisa’s influences came from and how she persisted with her dream despite the path she felt forced onto at times by society. Overall, Dream Take Flight: An Unconventional Story delivers exactly what it promises and is a valuable read for anybody looking to fulfil their own dreams and fight their battles with expectations.