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Product Details

  • Series: Mira
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778320421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778320425
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,568,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Drawing on her husband's experiences as a pilot and executive in the commercial airline business, Carr (Down by the River, etc.) spins a detailed but none too compelling tale focusing on the career ups and downs of pilot Nikki Burgess. After the death of her ex-husband, Nikki decides to move from Phoenix to Las Vegas to take a job at start-up airline New Century Air. Her friends Carlisle Bartlett and Dixie McPherson, both flight attendants and both recently separated from their lovers, follow her to Vegas. Unfortunately, Nikki's narcissistic mother, Opal, does too. Present ostensibly for comic relief, Opal continually refers to Carlisle as "that nice young homosexual man," which is less hilarious than the author seems to think it is. Nikki's battles with Bob Riddle, vice-president of operations, also grow tiresome. Though Nikki and Dixie eventually develop solid relationships with fellow pilots, the book focuses more on the inner workings of the airline industry and the challenges Nikki faces at work than on the characters' relationships. These airline details can be fascinating, but too often, the story descends into tedium.
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"Robyn Carr writes books that touch the heart and the funny bone." -- New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber

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Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of almost fifty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. Her highly anticipated new series, Thunder Point, will be released March 2013. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr's website at www.RobynCarr.com.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By sailorpat on September 21, 2012
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I stumbled on the first Virgin River novel at a book swap and was hooked immediately. It is a dream world but her characters are so
Easy to like that I found it hard to put down and have gone on to read the entire series. I read the review on Blue Skies where the reader did not enjoy all the technical aspects of the airline business but decided to try it anyway. I am so glad I did as I found that information only added depth to the story. If you like Robyn Carr I think you will enjoy this book and I hope it is the start of a whole new series. I read it on my kindle and really like the notifications I get when one of my favourite authors, Robyn Carr being one, has a new book out.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By EllieRN on August 21, 2010
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I wish I could give it 3 1/2 stars. I didnt' think it was quite up to the standards of the Virgin River series, but still a good read. I personally enjoyed reading all the details about the airline industry. It made me think she had done her research on the topic. Plus, the story is about her job and her role in the company. Romance is there, but sex is not the main part of the story. It is about a strong woman raising her children and dealing with life's surprises. It also involves the true meaning of friendship, trust and family.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. Averett on July 22, 2004
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I have to agree with an earlier review written. The story was good, but not very romantic. The details of the airline industry did get rather tedious to read about. Wish there had been more of a romance theme since I did buy it in the romance section of the bookstore.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Stout TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 8, 2012
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I remember reading this book a few years ago when I was tracking down all the prior books Robyn Carr had written. I'm hooked on the Virgin River series and wanted to see what else Carr had written. I enjoyed it then and I enjoyed it again, especially as it has been updated to contain current references. Another older book of Carr's that I found exceptional is The House on Olive Street. I notice it has been reprinted also.

"Blue Skies" is a romance but first and foremost, it is about the airline industry. I enjoyed learning about the inner workings of a small airline and found the "insider details" very interesting. I enjoyed the characters, especially the strong women, such as pilot Nikki Burgess. Sometimes the characters are a bit stereotypical but I still thought this was a fun, readable book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 22, 2012
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Another winner. Loved the excellent character development. You really could picture the people and places in the book. I didn't want the book to end!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Season on August 30, 2012
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Nikki Burgess's life is thrown into chaos as soon as her ex-husband dies and she gets full custody of her two children. As an airline pilot, this is not the most ideal situation for her but she loves her kids and she is willingly to do whatever it takes to take care of them. Immediately, I thought this is a great start to a book about a woman who is dealing with the pain of the past and adjusting to life.

To top it off, Nikki has two best friends (also in the airline industry) that come with their own set of issues and her overbearing and materialistic mother to contend with. After discovering that her deceased ex-husband has left her and the kids with little to nothing, she jumps on the chance to be a pilot at a new airline in Vegas. This should be the perfect start to a new chapter in her life. Her friends and mother follows which I find to be a bit weird but they are an intricate part of the story. As she starts her new life, she faces the struggles of an older woman with kids, her own insecurities and a new boss.

Then there are the secondary characters, Carlisle and Dixie, both have interesting stories but the author doesn't focus on them. Well, she gives some insight to Dixie who meets a man that is not her "type" but Carlisle is left hanging dry. He has such a great storyline since he is the victim of abuse by his partner. He does get a HEA but it is thrown in and doesn't feel authentic.

I'm a fan of Robyn Carr and I do love the Virgin River series. I have read other books by Ms. Carr and enjoyed them as well, so I didn't go into this book comparing the book to the popular series. With that being said, there are several components about this book that distracted and annoyed me. First, I wouldn't call this book a romance. There is very little romance in it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Anderson on September 21, 2012
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I enjoyed Blue Skies as much if not MORE than any of Robyn Carr's books. Learning a little about what goes on with the pilot and flight crews behind the scenes was very interesting. I also very much appreciated/enjoyed the way Robin treated a gay relationship within the story. Wonderful book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abigail on May 10, 2013
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I found the story not up to Robyn Carr's standards.... the characters as well as the plot were weak... very predictable.... disappointing.
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