Testing the Limits

Tempo Book 1

Romance - Historical
349 Pages
Reviewed on 03/10/2022
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Reviewed by Rolanda Lyles for Readers' Favorite

Eliza McKee has a family with an interesting and mixed background. While she is proud of her Chinese heritage, others find being mixed shameful. As she gets older, her family sees an opportunity for her to spend time with her actress aunt Izabel Peres and her mother. They send her on a deepwater sailing ship, aboard the Inverley, to a new life in glamorous London. During the trip, Eliza works on the ship as a "Jungman" and learns the ins and outs of running a ship. She meets Doctor Harry Bell, who has also worked on the ship before, and Felix. Eliza's aunt meets lawyer Felix when they pick up Eliza from the ship and falls for him with his buccaneering smile, but she is oblivious to his hidden demons. Eliza's brother Pete studies engineering but wants to fly instead. One day he decides to take flying lessons and is surprised to find his flight instructor, pilot Billie Quinn, is a woman! Billie is fierce, fearless, and the best. This group of family and unsuspecting strangers' paths become intertwined. How does their story end?

Kate Lance's Testing the Limits is a story full of drama, adventure, romance, and thrills like no other! Set in the 1930s, the story identifies some issues that weren't socially accepted. Eliza is Chinese and English and is mocked for her mixed heritage. She is also smart, educated, good with numbers, and works alongside men on the boat. Billie's character is another one full of controversy because she is a female pilot. I appreciate how Lance brilliantly infuses all of these different radical social viewpoints in the story, and all of the characters and their backstories were brilliantly crafted. I saw that there is another book to the series, Embers at Midnight, and I will definitely add that book to my reading list. I am excited to see what else Kate Lance has in store.