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Three Steps to Heaven Paperback – October 20, 2009

4.5 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
Book 1 of 5 in the Raiders Series

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Product Details

  • 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: #8,463,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sex, drugs and rock `n roll. As a former pot-smoking wild child here, I can totally relate to almost everything that happened in Three Steps to Heaven by Pam Howes. I well remember the days of screaming, dancing, and, well, other things :) while on the road chasing my favorite bands. Part of me really misses the old times. Strangely enough, this is the second novel I've read in the past few months that brought back memories, good and bad alike. I didn't mind at all the journey back in time and wish to thank the author for arranging this amazing trip.

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.
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This was a great book. I loved Jane the poor girl went through he'll to be with Eddie, but it's not over yet
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Loved, loved this book. I was hooked on the first paragraph and was not able to put it down until I finished it two days later. I loved the characters and how they were developed throughout the book, which made me want to find out what was going to happen. I was constantly trying to figure out the fate of Jane, Eddie, Mark, Angie, Jonny, Jessica, etc, etc. This is a great read with lots of twists and turns that keeps you wanting for more. I would absolutely recommend it for its pure entertainment as well as it's semi biographical insight into the lives of musicians.
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It's 1964 and Eddie is a drummer for an up-and-coming rock group. The story begins with Eddie and Jane consummating their youthful relationship. He professes his love for her, asks her to marry him. But Eddie had an affair previously with another girl, Angie, and she professes the child growing inside her is his. He does the "right thing" and weds her.
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.
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WARNING: you'll have difficulty putting this book down!

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!
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