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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
Audrey is the sister who remains at home in Connecticut, struggling through the police academy as the only woman among many men who believe she should not be there. Hannah has moved to New York and works on the 84th floor of the South World Trade Center, has just met Travis, the man of her dreams, and loves her life. Travis is totally in love with Hannah and works on the 104th floor of the North Tower. On the morning of September 11th, Hannah is looking out the conference room window and is horrified to see a plane come crashing into the North Tower - her life will never again be the same. Against her boss's wishes, she immediately heads for the stairwell and begins the long journey down the stairs. Shortly after plane number one, another crashes into the South Tower. Hannah fights to make it to ground level. Audrey learns of the tragedy and joins a group of policemen who will be traveling to New York to help in any way that they can. The survival, the damage, and the aftermath take years for both sisters to understand.
Blue Sky Gone by J.S. Farmer is a unique real-life story turned into an excellent fictional book; taking the events of the bombing of the Twin Towers and weaving it into the story of Audrey's and Hannah’s experiences. Blue Sky Gone hit a very personal note for me as my husband had been working in the towers only a short time before and we were blessed that he had moved on to another job at another location. I found myself fully immersed in Blue Sky Gone and felt for both Audrey and Hannah. J.S. Farmer has written an amazing book incorporating a great plot, characters that were impossible not to like and root for, plus a beautiful tribute to a time in history ‘We Must Never Forget’. I cannot say enough good things about Blue Sky Gone and urge everyone, young, old, male, and female to put this book at the very top of their reading list. This book must be read for you to feel the pain, the agony, the joy, and the sacrifices; there is no way I can express these themes strongly enough in a book review.