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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380794721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380794720
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,827,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Air Force pilot Anne Gassbeck and her daughter, Amelia, are flying home from a skiing vacation when their Cessna 152 crashes in the mountains. Though badly injured, Anne desperately tries to keep Amelia awake, for though the weather conditions are daunting and the crash site remote, Anne knows that her ex-husband, Paul, will find them. Paul and Anne Gassbeck have been fiercely competitive since flight school and although their marriage ended, they are still connected. As Paul fights to reach Anne and Amelia in time to save them, he faces the fact that he has always loved his Annie, and he always will. The stresses and strains of their skyrocketing careers in the air force, and their competitive spirits--coupled with his own inability to express emotion--drove them apart. Paul vows to reclaim his Annie--if he can only first keep her alive and well. Intense and complicated, this hero and heroine are fascinating to watch as they struggle to find a way to compromise, and a way to mesh their lives without destroying each other. --Lois Faye Dyer

More About the Author

I get bored easily.

I started out writing romance ("The Fictitious Marquis," "Thieves at Heart," "Annie's Wild Ride," "When a Man Loves a Woman"), briefly dabbled in non-fiction ("Inside Figure Skating," "Sarah Hughes: Skating to the Stars), moved on to mysteries ("Murder on Ice," "On Thin Ice," "Axel of Evil," "Death Drop," "Skate Crime") and tried my hand at soap-opera tie-ins ("Oakdale Confidential," "Jonathan's Story," "The Man From Oakdale").

Now, what's really firing up my imagination is enhanced e-books; e-books with videos as part of the story.

My first effort is "Skate Crime: Multimedia." I took an excerpt from my final Figure Skating Mystery, and added professional videos by The Ice Theatre of New York. It's part mystery, part romance, part book, part movie, and all Storytelling for the 21st Century.

I have no idea what I'm doing exactly. It's not like I have a blueprint to follow, or even anyone who's created something like it before to emulate. But, I can confidently say... I'm not bored. (Yet.)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Janet Kagan on June 5, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
To use my own mere words to describe this book would be a gross injustice. It was asbsolutely perfect. I must admit picked up this book because it was on the RITA AWARD list but wasn't too thrilled with the premise. Reading about a relationship between a couple that had been divorced for years did not appeal to me. Afterall, how endearing, or romantic can a story be about two pilots whose marriage ended and had been over for several years. I was afraid it would deal with a romance gone sour and rekindled. I had no idea it would deal with a romance that needed no rekindling - it was an inferno that never died. How Adams manages to go back and forth from past to present without allowing the reader to lose the momentum is a sign of her phenomenal writing skills. Every transition is perfectly timed and pulls together the story in a way to keep you up until all hours to finish. Who could ever guess that the most heartfelt emotion would come from the hardest, tough guy - hero you will come across in fiction? This is a book you will not hestitate to pass on to your friends.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 2000
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I really, really liked this book and strongly recommend it to other readers like myself who enjoy reading romances but have been frustrated by the quality of the books being published in the romance market today. This book is interesting in that it features a pair of complex, strong-willed, imperfect characters in the form of the combatant heroine and her ex-husband. Their interactions are always interesting and believable. I love the fact that their whole history, i.e, meeting, marriage, parenting and divorce is presented to the reader. There is also genuine drama presented by the event that eventually bring this couple back together, the plane crash and the heroine's subsequent struggle to save herself and her child. This book is not cloying or "cute" with the same old predictable storyline and flowery language so prevalent in many of the romance books out today. It is good reading because the characters and the storyline are believable, the dialogue realistic and the plotting and pacing impeccable. A highly recommended read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2000
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Yes, Alina Adams can write a pacy yarn and the crash/survival/rescue scenes were terrific, as were the love scenes and almost anything with Amelia in it, but there were times (often) where Annie & Paul (especially Paul!) needed to take a good hard look at themselves! Such bright people - wouldn't you think that they might have taken a cue from history continually repeating itself & done something about their communication skills? Yep, it all turned out OK in the end but don't read this one if you are looking for a relaxing read (or a hero you can like).....or if you are from a services family - you may want to give Paul a hard shake in the hope that it might rattle some sense into his duty-bound/controlling skull!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 1998
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I loved this book, but wouldn't recommend without first giving a strong warning. Not sure what that warning would be though. Not for the faint of heart or those that don't like flawed characters. NOT a light read, but a superbly crafted, well written novel. I both hated and loved Paul with equal fervor throughout and could understand Anne's wild ride. At one point I thought, ok, if this were the typical romance plot, it's time to get rid of Paul and bring in the good guy. But just like Anne, I held out hope. I'm glad I did. It certainly took him long enough and it's a good thing Annie had a strong threshold for pain.
I can't wait to see what Alina Adams has in store for the future. It can't come soon enough for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 1999
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In the hands of anyone less skilled than Ms. Adams, all the flashbacks might have been off-putting. But she did as outstanding a job of using this tricky literary technique as any author I've ever seen. It was a great way to reveal the inner workings of both the hero's and heroine's take on their failed marriage. Without giving away the ending, I was very glad this was a romance with a happy ending. Yet, for those who like mainstream type "realism," the book has a very believable resolution of the conflicts between the hero and heroine, which are many and complex. Can't wait to see her next book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 10, 2000
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This book does for romance what Anatomy of a Murder did for mysteries. It takes apart a broken realtionship to see what went wrong, and gives you an intimate look inside why love is sometimes not enough, and why pride can hurt even the strongest relationship. Once the walls are down, though, and honesty comes in to cleanse the wounds, Annie and Paul are able to remember why they loved each other, and to build something even stronger than before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenn on September 17, 2001
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This book does for romance what Anatomy of a Murder did for mysteries. It takes apart a broken realtionship to see what went wrong, and gives you an intimate look inside why love is sometimes not enough, and why pride can hurt even the strongest relationship. Once the walls are down, though, and honesty comes in to cleanse the wounds, Annie and Paul are able to remember why they loved each other, and to build something even stronger than before.
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This is a fascinating book. How often does the reader get a chance to "see" inside the interworkings of a marriage. In good times and in a lot of bad. Alina Adams shows her vast talent here as she describes a romance between two highly motivated and brilliant Airforce pilots through the use of flashbacks. The chapters effortlessly and seamlessly move between the past and the present where Paul is desperately trying to safe his now ex-wife and their daughter after a plane crash. The flashbacks explain how they met, married, had a baby, faced challenges in their careers, and ultimately divorced.

I really liked this couple. My favorite books of all time are the Anne of Green Gables stories....Paul and Annie reminded me of Anne and Gilbert. Both couples spent a lot of their time competing against one another, and the tension between the couples is tangible! I also love the movie Top Gun, so this book is right in my wheel house.

Paul was a difficult hero to like. He had feelings, he just struggled to show them...to admit weakness, to feel out of control. This ultimately ended their marriage, and as Annie remembers all the reasons she loves Paul during the course of this book, Paul also wrestles with demons and ultimately has to choose what is most important to him.

I loved this one.
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