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Rebecca Steele Chasing a Dream (Rebecca Steele Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 2 in REBECCA STEELE SERIES
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From the Author
- Publication Date : February 13, 2017
- File Size : 789 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 250 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B06WP58MVS
- Publisher : JBelle; 1st Edition (February 13, 2017)
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #657,718 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Becky is a once unhappily married airline employee who with another is caught up in traffic caused by a widely popular air show being in town. Thus they witness the performance and through a quirk of fate, she meets engagingly handsome Johnny, one of the organization’s mechanics who travels with the group. She is overwhelmed by his approach and her strong feelings of physical attraction and they succeed in having a wonderful time together. When they part he asks if she can meet him at the next stop. She does and thereafter finds herself with enough seniority in her position that she can reorganizing her schedule to meet him wherever his succeeding assignments take him. The resulting relationship is a never-ending round of fun and games that appears literally to generate love on both sides. Granted, an excessive amount of physical attraction is evident but seemingly it is accompanied by, or based upon strong, more deeply held feelings of attraction. Coincidentally, because all of the air group exhibit strong male bonding and there is a ‘looseness’ to their way of living as well as other relationships, even the most intimate moments often are not consummated in the privacy one usually associates with indulging in such activities. The relationship continues at a quite torrid pace with the many uncertainties generated by such a chaotic arrangement until an unexpected twist develops that interferes with her once-in-a-lifetime romance. The heart wrenching experience forces her to re-evaluate her life, review her needs and desires and from here devise new hope, a new career and with still another twist a new life of even greater proportions.
Discussion: The author has provided an interesting love story of another era that includes extensive sexual activity without overt erotica, joy, loss, ability of the human spirit to rebound and the strong emotional appeal provided by music, especially by the sentimental songs of the 1970’s. All of these factors should have strong appeal for a certain type of reader. Unfortunately, the strong attachment of the plot to songs of this particular timeframe do present a possible problem for some readers. In the 1970’s routine reference to women ‘groupies’ joining members of the travelling pilots/mechanics for a night or few days as ‘hammers’, ‘hole cards’ and similar with the obvious connotations was totally accepted. As such, and although it was as demeaning then as it is now, today’s mores with respect to sexual equality may quite clearly indicate the references to be as distasteful as they are and therefore members of later generations may encounter difficulty in tolerating a large element of the story. One additional note for any pragmatists - The book is sub-titled: A Look Behind the Scenes at the United States Silver Eagles “… is based on a true story”. The popularity of Air Shows had seriously begun to wain by the ‘70’s and the cost of maintaining a travelling show with 10 jets and supportive personnel by other than the government would have been exceedingly high and as any male/female veteran will notice, there is no evidence of any type of true military control or activity. Regrettably this unfortunate ‘hole’ in the story’s basics leaves an ‘uneasiness’ for anyone who likes to have a firm footing even in his/her fiction.
Joanne’s novel is a love story, but a love story that is influenced by military life and traditions and customs – and it is a true story as we learn from Joanne’s note to us: ‘Many of us have stories tucked away in the archives of our memory. Some life events can be so overwhelming that we tend to hide them even from ourselves in an effort not to relive them. One night not so very long ago, an old favorite song stirred my memory as I sat in my living room watching television. The song reminded me of a time when I fell head over heels in love with a special man. That one song changed my life and hearing it again changed my life again. The song accompanied me on my path to love. It would come to transform my career. Most importantly the song brought back to me the memory of a most amazing love affair, clear and powerful. The song is the reason for this book, my forgotten testament to love, which was hidden from my own view for the better part of two decades. I never shared it with anyone, but I can keep it a secret no longer! It seems like yesterday. The ten planes. The desert sun. The man. The smile. The chase. Oh I must stop writing to you now for my heart has filled and my pulse races just as it did back then when I think of him! The whisper of my heart tells me to share my story with you now, so I will.’
The flavor of this story is set in the brief Prologue: ‘ Have you listened to the music in your heart? Really listened? Sometimes it comes as a whisper. Sometimes it comes like a rush of wind that knocks you off your feet. The power of music can trigger memories and awaken the deepest parts of your soul. The love songs you sang at the important turns in your life never leave your heart’s memory. Love cannot be forced. It ripens only when the time is right, when the place is right and when the person is right. Love can be fleeting or love can endure. It can be as shallow as a puddle or as deep as the sea. Some spend their whole life looking for love. For those that don’t find it early on, it’s easy to give up. It helps to have someone along the way who reminds us to keep our hearts open and encourages us to keep the faith that, no matter what, love can still happen to us. Rebecca Steele is the one who reminds us to never stop going after your dreams. Join her on her journey as she shares the twists, turns and dips of her once-in-a-lifetime love. This is one flight you will not soon forget.’
But on to the plot – ‘On vacation from her job as an airline ticket agent, Becky and her friend happen upon a big air show in Miami. What transpires that day will change her life in ways she could not have imagined. Falling hopelessly in love, an ironic twist of fate brings her the relationship that she has been waiting for. In the process she learns to overcome the heart-wrenching obstacles in her path, create a new career and develop new insights. She emerges stronger and more vibrant than ever. Find out how Becky transforms her heartbreak into a new life that is positive and uplifting. Becky's story will give you hope for new life and new love. Journey with her now, as she inspires you to hold fast to your dreams and to always keep your heart open to the power of love. Sometimes no matter how hard we search for it, love in the end, finds us.’
A true romance, this, and one that is refreshingly free of erotica and gimmicks that often cover the fallibility of the writer. This is a romance, a true romance, that is at once tender and heart wrenching. Grady Harp, September 17