In this tumultuous, distinctive memoir, Kersten L. Kelly looks back on the most influential individuals that she encountered while flying through the clouds. Confined in a small vestibule for hours, Kelly identified an opportunity for learning and growth by chatting with the fellow passengers around her. After a few life changing conversations and unforgettable emergencies, she put the in-flight magazines to rest and never looked back.
She recalls life lessons from perfect strangers about love, family, perseverance of dreams, and humility through a series of brief anecdotes all taking place on airplanes. Selfless philanthropy was discovered, long-term friendships bonded, and talents unveiled. The book proves the phrase “you never know what you will learn on an airplane” over and over again.
Every chapter will capture the mind and sometimes the heart of anyone who jumps into this collection of humanity at its best. The personalities present in this book assimilate with the intrinsic characteristics all readers can relate to. With a raw authenticity stemming from old notes in a ragged journal, Kelly delivers a personal reflection of unique tales from a mile high.
What I Thought
I was approached by Miss Kelly via e-mail about the blog tour she’s doing for her book. I read the excerpt and was intrigued by the theme of this non-fiction collection. The excerpt I received did not disappoint.
As promised by the title, Kelly takes the reader along with her on her travels. I was riveted the entire time! Each tale demonstrates how you never know who that stranger sitting beside you is, or what they’re dealing with. Her stories are a lesson in life, showing the reader how interesting the world can be if one opens their mind and pays attention.
There were a few stories I particularly enjoyed. One story details a nerve-wracking post-911 encounter with a strange man who does something you would never expect while she’s sleeping. That tale illustrates how important paying attention to the world around you is- for your safety, and the safety of others.
Another tale was about a touching homecoming Kelly was lucky enough to witness. I also loved the story in which she talks about her mother’s miraculous recovery of a missing item at the airport.
One of the other things I enjoyed about this book was the fact that Kelly writes with a formal tone that is far beyond her years, while still managing to put a lot of personality and humor into it. The emotions she describes with her various air adventures come through the page. She also includes photos, like the shot of her and her sister after a sky-diving adventure. I recommend this book for anyone who loves to travel and enjoys biographies.
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Kersten L. Kelly is a self-published author of narrative nonfiction and semi-fiction books. She grew up in Munster, Indiana and currently works in a sales role based out of Chicago, Illinois. She started writing at an early age and graduated from Indiana University with a dual bachelor’s degree in economics and communication and culture. She then went on to earn a master’s in business administration from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She has a passion for learning, teaching, and writing. In her spare time, she enjoys international travel with her friends and family and training for running events of various distances. She likes the outdoors, social media, pop culture, and any new technologies that draw the people of the world a little bit closer together.