Flight of the Monarchs

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
424 Pages
Reviewed on 09/11/2023
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Flight of the Monarchs is a work of fiction in the recent historical, coming-of-age, and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by author M. H. Reardon. Set in 1960s America, the story revolves around Jeremy Hill's return to Pacific Grove, California, after an eleven-year absence, during which he was haunted by the memories of a traumatic event from his childhood. As he reunites with childhood friends Celia, Fletcher, Angie, and Moose, the narrative beautifully captures the essence of a transforming America in the midst of the cultural revolution. The book also delves into topics like sexual identity, feminism, and the counterculture movement, providing a rich tapestry of historical and emotional context.

Author M. H. Reardon has a natural flair for interweaving the individual struggles of these characters into the broader societal changes of the time. Jeremy's apprehension about serving in Vietnam mirrors the anxieties of countless young men during that era, and his strained relationship with Celia is a poignant exploration of love and loss. The atmospheric and well-researched descriptions made the reading experience feel like stepping into a time machine, immersing myself in the sights, sounds, and emotions of the 1960s. Reardon's evocative prose and well-drawn characters make this novel a captivating journey through a pivotal period in American history that is as realistic as it is transportive. It's a story of love, friendship, and self-discovery that resonates far beyond its historical setting. Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend Flight of the Monarchs to all other readers seeking compelling drama and warm-hearted nostalgia with a nod to the revolution of change.