The Sky with Diamonds [title in Britain]
Honour and Obey [title in USA (and so spelled)]

Published by Hodder and St Martin’s Press, 1988

When circumstances force Julia Somerville to take over the family’s near-broke engineering business in 1925, she and a young American engineer on the payroll take it into the age of aeronautics.


  • Readers who remember the ’20s and ’30s will credit Macdonald with effective depiction of that era. The heroine is a fascinating, brilliant, attractive woman who grows in character and understanding through harrowing but exciting adventures. Macdonald is skilled at keeping a good story going, particularly at setting times and places with compelling realism, which is a nice balance with romantic touches — Sunday Oklahoman
  • Macdonald’s last three novels have been called “sprawling,” “plump,” and “bloated” in these pages. This one – an empty-headed saga about an empress of early aviation – breaks the scales — Kirkus
  • Macdonald is an old pro and this smoothly written, fast-paced tale is what readers have come to expect from him — Chattanooga Times
  • The book, supposedly written from the heroine’s point of view, lacks a feminine touch — Indianapolis Star
  • As usual, Macdonald’s heroine is a perfect blend of intelligence, strength, and femininity — Columba The Midwest Review of Books
  • He is every bit as bad as Dickens — Martin Seymour-Smith
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