- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: New Generation Publishing (October 20, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1907461981
- ISBN-13: 978-1907461989
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,529,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Three Steps to Heaven Paperback – October 20, 2009
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More About the Author
Update: By popular demand, there will be a sixth Raiders' novel. You Better Move On will be published in spring 2015.
All books are available in Kindle format, paperback, and Fast Movin' Train is also available as an audio book.
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Top Customer Reviews
I think Pam Howes caught the essence of this time period, the flavor of the era, so to speak. It begins in the early sixties and 18-year-old Eddie Mellor is the drummer for a band called The Raiders. They are just on the verge of breaking into the big time and Eddie is in love with Jane Wilson. They are making plans to get married when he finds out Angie Turner, an ex girlfriend, is pregnant. In those days getting pregnant was a big deal and Eddie tries to do the right thing by giving up Jane and marrying Angie. But in order to become a responsible adult with a wife and child to support, he also has to give up on all his dreams to become a famous rock star. Heartbroken, Jane ends up engaged to someone she doesn't love, a man who wants to control her every move and doesn't care how devious he has to be to do it.
When Eddie learns Jane has broken off her engagement, the pair meet secretly behind Angie's back. They find their love has not diminished in the years they have been separated. On top of this, Roy, the lead singer for The Raiders wants Eddie to re-join the group. Eddie and Jane end up getting married, but their happy life is threatened when their new daughter is kidnapped.Read more ›
He is forced to quit the band and get a steady job, and after a time he finds himself filled with regret for the mistakes he made. He begins to wonder about Jane, and his love for Angie, which was never there, goes sour. They separate and eventually divorce and Eddie is able to re-start his relationship with Jane.
They take up where they left off and become a couple. Eddie gets back into the band and they begin to see some success and prosperity. The story chronicles the beginning of their life, their marriage and the birth of their child. But there are difficulties ahead for them.
I found this to be an interesting love story, reminiscent of the British invasion of rock and roll in the 60's. I felt it runs a little slow and much of the dialog burdens the forward movement of the plot. There are some twists and turns as the plot develops, but I found it difficult to keep up at times. I felt this was due to the unnecessary and protracted interactions between the many characters that come and go through the duration of the story.
The novel is well written and easy to follow and held my attention, mostly waiting for the next twist to develop, and it ends with an intriguing irony.
The next chapter finds Eddie (the band's drummer) not so happy as his dream's kind-of fallen by the wayside. The same can be said of his ex girlfriend whom he is still in love with. But, hey, he's married to someone else, has had to quit the band, has a small son to support, and has just lost his factory job. Could things get any worse?
Well, I won't give away any more of the story; suffice to say that things do get better, then worse, then go up and down throughout. Plenty of scope for the sequel. Bring it on, Pam!
Everything about this book screams 5 star read. The characters are realistic and their everyday lives are what we can relate to - until they become famous, that is. I for one can't relate to being a rock star, but it doesn't mean I can't go along for the ride! The plot flows well and keeps you hooked and the author's writing is simple and straightforward. She calls a spade, a spade and doesn't shy away from controversy. You'll find yourself nodding your head in agreement from time to time, or smiling because you can relate to a certain event or just wipe a tear at times because you can feel what the characters feel, especially when they are faced with every parent's worst nightmare.
"Three Steps to Heaven" has a distinct British flavour to it which I enjoyed for a change. It also has its own soundtrack and if you grew up in the sixties, this will certainly take you down memory lane. If, like me, the nineties is more your thing, you'll have the second book in this trilogy to look forward to. No matter what your age though, you'll love this story and feel you've made new friends, once you finish the book.
I officially deem myself Pam Howes' number one fan and can't wait to get my hands on every book she's ever written!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is not my style of book. I found it tedious and I was anxious to finish it up. Perhaps it is an age thing.Published on November 19, 2013 by ruwild
I wasn't sure when I first read what this book was about.
But as soon as I picked up the book & started reading I was hooked. Read more
Anyone who likes the music and atmosphere of the early sixties in Britain will love 'Three Steps to Heaven', by Pam Howes. Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by Geoffrey West
I couldn't get enough of this series. It has just the right amount of drama, and trashiness (in a good way) to keep you entertained for hours.Published on January 18, 2013 by KMay
Thanks for having this product so handy on the internet. I enjoy the ease of downloading and being able to have reading material at my fingertips when I desire.Published on January 3, 2013 by S. Henderson
Three Steps to Heaven by Pam Howes is the first book in her rock and roll Raiders trilogy. I enjoyed this book very much because, like Pam, I am a writer of music fiction and enjoy... Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by Austin Ziegler
Pam Howes takes us back to exciting times in the early sixties, when the growth of sex, drugs and rock n roll burst onto the music scene. Read morePublished on June 9, 2012 by BOOKWORM OZ
I couldn't put this book down. So many twists and turns keeps you in suspense. Very well written and you felt like the characters we're your fiends. Read morePublished on May 6, 2012 by jimanyjojo