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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. **
I made a big mistake after very much enjoying Finding Home and then buying this. The characters are just a repeat. Annoying but lovable kids, hero whose experience with one woman has made him a misogynist and an apparent anti-hero, heroine who cannot open her mouth without snapping at someone. And they argue and argue and, boy, do they argue, and enjoy it. Why consecutively publish stories with such similar characters?
Plus it's just silly. The author can't seem to decide if it's set in the 1880s ("foundlings" for goodness sake!), the 1950s (rough and tumble pilots fly anything anywhere in any conditions) or current (I think). The plane is clearly not airworthy, the "airline" has only one plane and one pilot, yet it's flying on government contract, and yet again, in complete contradiction, the hero is worried about certification to continue flying on contract after the crash-landing. And, in snow on a frozen lake, he's off to go swimming - hypothermia be damned. That's when I gave up on the book and also on the author (who can write well when she puts her mind to it).
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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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 storm...in the middle of nowhere.
Their arguing seemed endless.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Romance, family, adventure all rolled into one. I had difficulty sticking with this book in the beginning, but somewhere after the crash I found myself falling as much in love with... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
I found it hard to really engage or even like the main characters. The premise was great.Published 3 days ago by Jan Thomas
What a sweet love story. While there is sex in the story it is tasteful done. I would recommend this book to anyone.Published 3 days ago by Janine
Love the Bio! This book was really fun to read and you could feel each characters emotions. I will definitely be looking for more books written by this author!Published 3 days ago by sandy Miller
Good story line, just way too much bickering ! Would have enjoyed more details on how they survived.Published 3 days ago by Sharon M
Quite honestly, I couldn't get passed the 5th chapter, and I tried really hard. I could not stand the two main characters AT ALL... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Dana Germer
Kept me in suspense. I liked the characters when I can get into there lives quickly.Published 5 days ago by L.S.Foss
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