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Annie's Wild Ride Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1998
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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
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
If you like strong heroes, "Annie's Wild Ride" should be required reading for you!
The book jumps you right into present times when Annie, and her and Paul's daughter Amelia are in a plane crash. The story unfolds from here as Paul struggles to get to the snowed in area where his daughter and ex-wife have crashed. The majority of the story is told in flashback as both Paul and Annie remember different events in their life together. This was a very effective tool for this story because you see both Paul's and Annie's take on their relationship.
Annie and Paul had loved very strongly. The passion they put into their marriage was almost as strong as the passion they put into their divorce. They were always considered the best of the best in whatever they did and the strongest competition they ever found was with each other. Unfortunately, the constant competition they had with each other wore their relationship down because neither of them could ever admit that they were wrong.
The near death experience leads both Paul and Annie to reconsider their feelings for each other. Although they had been divorced for many years they still had a connection. Without giving away the ending I have to say that I was turning the pages as fast as I could because I so desperately wanted to know how she would end it. Alina Adams is an extremely talented writer and I look forward to reading anything else she writes. She had me on the edge of my seat for most of the book and that isn't an easy thing to do.