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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. **
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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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).
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
Very human and enjoyable. The children needed a little more fleshing out, but overall, I appreciated the conflict of two people learning to let someone in to their damaged hearts.Published 8 hours ago by Amazon Customer Catherine
I find the main characters' banter wickedly funny and the kids' comments hilarious. So not a traditional sweet romance but I enjoyed it nonetheless.Published 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
I always look forward to reading Jackie's books because they combine interesting characters with adverse, sometimes humorous situations. This book is no exception. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Cashmere
A pleasant read with amiable characters and interesting if uninventive plot, worth the couple dollars I paid for it.Published 10 days ago by A Witt
Really good. It was funny, sweet and romantic all tied into one. I would recommend this book to any reader out there..Published 12 days ago by amanda carpenter
My partner ordered this book and it showed up on my kindle and thinking I had, so after reading several chapters it became quite interesting. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Kindle Customer
I really enjoyed reading this book it was awesome and I just could put it down from start to finish. I truly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great story.Published 1 month ago by Lorraine
This is a very interesting and different from the usual romance. The two main characters don't at first get along, arguing and winding up angry with each other. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
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