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The Reluctant Hero [Kindle Edition]

Jackie Weger
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Book Description

Parnell Stillman, ace pilot, is man to the bone in a lackadaisical kind of way. He has the ability to fly through anything except solid mountain. He lives alone because people are not to be trusted—especially women. Flying is his high road until one sleet-filled morning--it isn’t. Mischance forces his plane down in a frozen wilderness. He can survive, but his live cargo is another matter--an annoying social worker and five orphans--the most irksome freight he’ has ever hauled in his life.
Rebecca Hollis is determined to force the obnoxious, disagreeable, self-centered pilot to do whatever is necessary to insure the survival and rescue of the orphans…Even if it means making the noble gesture of keeping her mouth shut—or other womanly things. But the pilot isn’t having it. No way. No how. No time. He’d rather dance with a grizzly or wrestle a puma than give his heart over to a conniving, wily do-gooder. Heroics is not his thing. Rebecca Hollis has other ideas—lots of them! All artful and disingenuous—one of which is bound to work… She hopes.

Editorial Reviews


5.0 out of 5 stars Gem of a Book. ~~S. Pennington "sepen2" AVP
I tell you this gem of a book is adventurous, humorous, tug-on-your-heartstrings romance at its finest. 5 stars aren't nearly enough to rate this finely crafted novel or the skill of its author. A tantalizing blend of Amazon Lily and Romancing the Stone, only in this book the children are the jewels.

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!!~ Judith Tulloch AVP
When I read the "Book Description" for this book, I knew I had to read it. It was all what was said in the description and a lot more. It is a fantastic book, one well written. I loved it! Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!

About the Author

Jackie Weger has more than a million books in print world-wide. For half a lifetime Jackie moved with the times and jobs until she settled on St. Augustine, Florida where she renovated a hundred-year-old house in historic Lincolnville, a community established by freed slaves in 1866. In 1995 she put her career on hold to care for elderly and handicapped members of her family.  At aged sixty-two Weger moved to Central America with her companion dog, a Shar-pei named Simon. She and Simon lived in a small Pacific Rainforest village in a thatched-roofed bohio while making intrepid excursions into the Darian, the San Blas Islands and outer islands in the Pacific. Says Weger: "I was living high on adventure until I got robbed twice and lost in the Pacific on a sail with a friend. Some big-mouthed fool ratted me out to my kids. I got yanked back Stateside and my passport put under lock and key. So, I'm putting pen to paper once again--and that's an adventure in itself."

Product Details

  • File Size: 1206 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jackie Weger; 3rd Edition edition (January 17, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,856 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars On a Wing and a Prayer December 22, 2013
By BigAl
Format:Kindle Edition
Romance is a strange genre. Its conventions are very specific and sometimes inflexible. You MUST have an HEA - happily ever after - ending, for example. Other aspects aren't conventions or rules as such, but are so common as to seem so. (The heroine is almost always going to make obvious missteps on her way to romance. At some point she'll probably misinterpret the hero's mood or what something he said or did means.) With a high level formula that is carved in stone, I'm always amazed at how using unique characters and situations, romance authors find a way to tell a story that, even though everyone knows where it is heading, can still engage the reader and keep them guessing how the story is going to get there.

Flaps Down sets up a situation that has some of the expected elements (the hero, Parnell, and heroine, Rebecca, get off on the wrong foot and don't seem like much of a match at all, another common romance plot point) and a few that are far from the norm, a group of orphans the heroine is escorting on a trip would seem to be plenty to put a damper on romance, but then when the plane crashes, stranding the group in the wilderness, I'd have thought the odds of a romance blossoming were nil. Of course, I was wrong. How they get to that ending and the events that happen to them on the way are intense and often humorous, as Rebecca and Parnell learn that things they've long believe were true about themselves and others aren't always, and grow as people as well as into a couple. I also enjoyed the orphans who added more to the story than I anticipated.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real love does exist. May 29, 2014
By Felicia
Format:Kindle Edition
Sometimes we can get so caught up in the billionaires, alphas, vampires, shifters and rock stars, we forget that normal people fall in love too.

Parnell Stillman and Rebecca Hollis are two very damaged souls surviving in a world that barely acknowledges their existence. Beaten down by life's cruelty and determined to not be "victims" ever again, they've both resigned themselves to a life of solitude. And it works...sort of.

Rebecca is housemother at an orphanage that is out of money and about to close its doors. Her sad life thus far makes her feel a kinship to her charges. The last five children are society's throwaways - too old, too handicapped, too unstable - to be adopted and loved. In desperation, the orphanage owner - good ole' Abigail - arranges for Rebecca to take the children to a large conclave in San Francisco with hopes the children will find families. Short on funds and unable to afford commercial flights, Abigail books the private plane of an old family friend. The business is now run by the man's nephew, Parnell, who is way too cantankerous and grumpy for his years.

When Rebecca and Parnell meet, it's like throwing gasoline on a smoldering fire. They instantly dislike each other, each reminding the other of all the bad that has ever happened in their lives. Despite their reservations, second thoughts...and bad weather, they do set out for San Francisco. While Parnell is confident in his abilities as a pilot, he finds the weather service didn't stress the severity of the approaching storm, and he is forced to do a soft crash landing...with a woman and five children...during a the middle of nowhere.

Their arguing seemed endless.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling story of survival and love October 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
A compelling story of survival and love.

The pilot is a very grouchy character dealing with his issues of his wife leaving him years ago. The divorced social worker of the five handicapped children has issues of her own. After their plane goes down they are stranded in the wilderness in the middle of the winter.

I loved the way they were able to cope and come up with various ways of surviving, it was believable. I loves the way they were able to overcome their own issues together and fall in love, it was realistic and heartwarming.

This is the second book I have read of Jackie's and absolutely her writing. I would recommend her books to everyone. I'm looking forward to enjoying more of her work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, suspenseful, both harrowing and heartwarming December 31, 2013
By Lornwal
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Conscientious and wary, Rebecca Hollis takes her duties as a social worker and chaperone to five physically and emotionally challenged orphans very seriously. She has their excursion to San Francisco, where they hope to find adoptive families, well in hand. Well in hand, that is, until she meets the pilot hired to fly them there.

Prickly, scruffy, grumpy, beset by financial woes and painful disappointments, Parnell Stillman becomes, if possible, even more disgruntled upon learning that the group of social workers he thought were his passengers are, in fact, one pretty, but quarrelsome, young woman and a bunch of annoying kids. That they actually might touch his heart is something he absolutely will not acknowledge or tolerate.

Once the flight is under way, things go from bad to worse. Even Parnell's skill and talent cannot save the plane from the ravages of a violent and unpredictable storm over the Sierras. With severe damage to the small aircraft, there is only one direction they can go: down.

Author Jackie Weger has written a wonderful story – at once nail-biting and heartwarming – full of vivid characters who face all manner of challenges, both physical and emotional. Parnell and Rebecca may be difficult and stubborn, but they also have charm, courage, perseverence, and unselfish hearts. (I was particularly touched by Parnell's willingness to go out in the swirling snow to retrieve a child's imaginary pet.) The couple reminded me of younger versions of Charlie Allnut and Rose Sayer from "The African Queen." The children, especially self-reliant and inventive Santee, undaunted Nicholas, and needy little Molly, could find their way into the hardest heart. They are fully-developed characters who add urgency, poignance, and humor to the story.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining story of survival and finding love.. afterall!
The Reluctant Hero was entertaining and thought-provoking. In this story, Social Worker Rebecca Hollis was task to take five orphans to San Francisco for an adoption seminar. Read more
Published 22 days ago by C Jackson Avid-Reader (Texas)
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars
Another great read, sit back and be absorbed by one of the great story tellers of our time. Her books grab you on the first page and don't turn you loose. Read more
Published 1 month ago by B4tunee
5.0 out of 5 stars A Story of Survival and of Hope
I really enjoyed this story. Having the children in the storyline made this story quite different from other romances that I have read lately, and I really liked that addition. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dianne Greenlay
4.0 out of 5 stars WOW! This is one fantastic book!
This is the third book I've read by Jackie Weger, and all three of them have been fantastic. This book had me sitting on the edge of my seat all the way through the story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by CINDY F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
I just finished reading The Reluctant Hero by Jackie Weger and I am hooked! I can't wait to check out more of her books. The book was so good and hard to put down. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ERIKA DELGADO
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
This was an interesting adventure-romance story with a happy ending.
Published 3 months ago by Brenda Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars The Reluctant Hero
Gave five stars and would have given more if available....this was a very cute, sweet and beautiful love story between the two adults, but also the story of love for the five kids! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Denise R. Bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful assemblage of characters
This was such an unexpected pleasure. I picked it up on a 99cent deal at Choosy BookWorm, and spent most of my night glued to the pages. What a wonderful assemblage of characters! Read more
Published 5 months ago by RP Dahlke
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Jackie Weger writes entertaining romances. I can’t understand why Rebecca fell for the ‘hero’ in this story, but it provided a few hours escapism.
Published 5 months ago by Amazonianz
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring & repetitive
Stop. Bickering. I. Can't. Bear. Any More.
I made a big mistake after very much enjoying Finding Home and then buying this. The characters are just a repeat. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mara
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An award-winning author, Jackie Weger has been writing romance novels off and on for thirty years. When she's writing, she's anchored in a tiny room with a desk, a chair and a cat. When not writing, blogging or chatting with fans, she's traipsing around the Internet searching for recipes, but much prefers to travel the good earth by foot, bus, canoe, sloop, mule, train, plane or pickup--and let somebody else do the cooking.
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