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Annie's Wild Ride Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1998

4.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380794721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380794720
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,585,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To use my own mere words to describe this book would be a gross injustice. It was asbsolutely perfect. I must admit picked up this book because it was on the RITA AWARD list but wasn't too thrilled with the premise. Reading about a relationship between a couple that had been divorced for years did not appeal to me. Afterall, how endearing, or romantic can a story be about two pilots whose marriage ended and had been over for several years. I was afraid it would deal with a romance gone sour and rekindled. I had no idea it would deal with a romance that needed no rekindling - it was an inferno that never died. How Adams manages to go back and forth from past to present without allowing the reader to lose the momentum is a sign of her phenomenal writing skills. Every transition is perfectly timed and pulls together the story in a way to keep you up until all hours to finish. Who could ever guess that the most heartfelt emotion would come from the hardest, tough guy - hero you will come across in fiction? This is a book you will not hestitate to pass on to your friends.
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By A Customer on June 12, 2000
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Yes, Alina Adams can write a pacy yarn and the crash/survival/rescue scenes were terrific, as were the love scenes and almost anything with Amelia in it, but there were times (often) where Annie & Paul (especially Paul!) needed to take a good hard look at themselves! Such bright people - wouldn't you think that they might have taken a cue from history continually repeating itself & done something about their communication skills? Yep, it all turned out OK in the end but don't read this one if you are looking for a relaxing read (or a hero you can like).....or if you are from a services family - you may want to give Paul a hard shake in the hope that it might rattle some sense into his duty-bound/controlling skull!
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By A Customer on December 27, 2000
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I really, really liked this book and strongly recommend it to other readers like myself who enjoy reading romances but have been frustrated by the quality of the books being published in the romance market today. This book is interesting in that it features a pair of complex, strong-willed, imperfect characters in the form of the combatant heroine and her ex-husband. Their interactions are always interesting and believable. I love the fact that their whole history, i.e, meeting, marriage, parenting and divorce is presented to the reader. There is also genuine drama presented by the event that eventually bring this couple back together, the plane crash and the heroine's subsequent struggle to save herself and her child. This book is not cloying or "cute" with the same old predictable storyline and flowery language so prevalent in many of the romance books out today. It is good reading because the characters and the storyline are believable, the dialogue realistic and the plotting and pacing impeccable. A highly recommended read.
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By A Customer on July 20, 1998
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I loved this book, but wouldn't recommend without first giving a strong warning. Not sure what that warning would be though. Not for the faint of heart or those that don't like flawed characters. NOT a light read, but a superbly crafted, well written novel. I both hated and loved Paul with equal fervor throughout and could understand Anne's wild ride. At one point I thought, ok, if this were the typical romance plot, it's time to get rid of Paul and bring in the good guy. But just like Anne, I held out hope. I'm glad I did. It certainly took him long enough and it's a good thing Annie had a strong threshold for pain.
I can't wait to see what Alina Adams has in store for the future. It can't come soon enough for me.
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In the hands of anyone less skilled than Ms. Adams, all the flashbacks might have been off-putting. But she did as outstanding a job of using this tricky literary technique as any author I've ever seen. It was a great way to reveal the inner workings of both the hero's and heroine's take on their failed marriage. Without giving away the ending, I was very glad this was a romance with a happy ending. Yet, for those who like mainstream type "realism," the book has a very believable resolution of the conflicts between the hero and heroine, which are many and complex. Can't wait to see her next book!
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By A Customer on October 10, 2000
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This book does for romance what Anatomy of a Murder did for mysteries. It takes apart a broken realtionship to see what went wrong, and gives you an intimate look inside why love is sometimes not enough, and why pride can hurt even the strongest relationship. Once the walls are down, though, and honesty comes in to cleanse the wounds, Annie and Paul are able to remember why they loved each other, and to build something even stronger than before.
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This book does for romance what Anatomy of a Murder did for mysteries. It takes apart a broken realtionship to see what went wrong, and gives you an intimate look inside why love is sometimes not enough, and why pride can hurt even the strongest relationship. Once the walls are down, though, and honesty comes in to cleanse the wounds, Annie and Paul are able to remember why they loved each other, and to build something even stronger than before.
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This is the first book of Alina Adams I've read. I found the story to be a 4 star selection for me. For one who likes to read military life stories, it's great. Annie & Paul are both in the United States Air Force and in competition for everything they strive for. Paul is jealous of Annie and the things she accomplished. She was the first woman to achieve many of the accolades he wanted for himself. Paul's mother, on the other hand, was the same type of woman as Annie. She, too, had been in the Air Force, and had wanted many of the things Annie was achieving. Paul's mother tells Annie to "follow your dream". Paul was jealous of this. Paul didn't know how to express his love for Annie; he only knew how to disapprove of her. This wrecked their marriage and they divorced. Annie, however, wanted to know Paul's innermost thoughts and he didn't know how to respond to her except to be negative to her. Their daughter, Amelia (Ace), just wanted her folks back together. Annie and Amelia go off on a skiing trip. Annie is flying the plane that is taking them on their trip. It crashes and they are lost in the freezing weather. Paul goes through Hell and high water to find them, discovering what is really important in his life - Annie & Amelia. Annie is forced to realize what matters most to her is Paul & Amelia! All in all, it's a good story with a good story line. The moral of the story is that you need to give and take in a marriage, be honest with your mate, be proud of their achievements (not jealous) and let the other person grow in order to make it work!
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