- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Choc Lit (March 1 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1781890978
- ISBN-13: 978-1781890974
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 299 g
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Flight to Coorah Creek Paperback – Mar 1 2014
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While the story holds a strong message of how we all deserve to be forgiven, mostly by ourselves, but by others, too, it s the strong characters that will stay with me. The selflessness of Jack and Adam, the courage and fighting spirit of Ellen, the essential goodness of Jess. They made this story strong and unputdownable."
About the Author
Janet lives in Surrey with her English husband but grew up in the Australian outback surrounded by books. She solved mysteries with Sherlock Holmes, explored jungles with Edgar Rice Burroughs and shot to the stars with Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury. After studying journalism at Queensland University she became a television journalist, first in Australia, then in Asia and Europe. During her career Janet saw and did a lot of unusual things. She met one Pope, at least three Prime Ministers, a few movie stars and a dolphin. Janet now works in television production and travels extensively with her job. Janet has previously published three books with Little Black Dress (Headline). Her debut with Choc Lit Flight to Coorah Creek is shortlisted for the 2015 Romance Writers of Australia's RUBY award.
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Her characters have for the most part fled terrible personal circumstances and find themselves in the remote fictional town of Coorah Creek, essentially a community populated by people who care for their own. Kindness is the byword; it's a true community.
Jess arrives as the new pilot for the Beechcraft that flies Adam, the local doctor, to look after his patients. The area he has to cover is vast. Ellen has arrived with her two children, and is seeking refuge from an abusive relationship and she and Jess, as the new arrivals in town, bond in their lodgings, rooming above the local pub.
The author has a real gift for adding flesh to her characters, they are credible, although they can be somewhat irritatingly taciturn when it comes to affairs of the heart (and of course, this is a romance novel so there has to be some miscommunication and thwarted feelings along the way). The men are men, and the women are resilient yet feminine. All in all what more could you need in a book? And pleased to hear there will be more stories set in Coorah Creek!
(By the way, the author tells this charming story: on a flight from New York to Miami, she was seated next to a woman who worked for a charity who was on her way to Haiti to continue the work they were doing there. Janet offered to let the charity auction the naming rights for a character as part of their fundraising. And voila, Andrea, in the book was born. Janet has lost touch with the woman who bought the name, so Andrea Geroldi, wherever you are, get in touch!)
Just like real life, this book contains some sad moments, some bad things, some happy bits, and some love.
Ellen is escaping an abusive marriage and trying to protect her kids, but you can't just run away without consequences. Jess is the pilot and she's trying to escape from the press and a crime that just follows her everywhere. Adam was hurt as a boy and in a way, he escaped to the Creek too. He's the town doctor. Jack is the only main player who isn't trying to escape something. He's the aircraft mechanic.
Anyway, all these people bring their problems, their pity parties, their fears to Coorah Creek and fate throws them together and they can all make choices: keep up their pity parties or share their secrets and fall in love.
Two romances happen, both clean. I love it when there's a romance novel without the sex. We don't need it. I love that these people fall in love and truly get to know each other before they even kiss. That's how it should be. That's real love.
The town is full of amazing people, from the lady who runs a pub to the sheriff who while he abides by the law, he knows to look the other way for a time, to help a woman in need. Really liked this town. I actually Googled it to see if it existed so I could add it to my "to visit" list.
The book is very well written. I can tell the author did her research or just plain knows what she's writing about, from the flying to the medical issues the crew faced. Perfect blend of description/telling/showing/emotion. My only quibble would have to be that I grew tired of Adam at times. His pity party seemed to go on too long. Though the ending revealed to me why this was so.
Jess and Ellen are both very strong women, I'd like to add. Jess for having done the right thing when many women would have balked, Ellen for escaping. Both of them for facing their fears.
I received this from Choc Lit in exchange for an honest review. I hope to see more books about Coorah Creek. Could this be the start of a series?
I loved how both Jess and Ellen were portrayed as vulnerable, but essentially strong women. After being broken and ruined by men, they got up and re-built their lives. Their hesitation about letting new men into their lives was believable, although the guilt Jess and Ellen felt was perhaps a bit overdone. However, it helped to add to their inner conflict so that was easy to overlook.
Sister Luke was a refreshing, wise character that brought some wonderfully quirky moments to the story. I felt a bit more humor would make the story less sentimental and even more enjoyable by juxtaposing the poignancy of the characters’ lives with some comic relief. Even the setting fit the emotional atmosphere, with the desolate Australian Outback symbolizing the isolation of every individual. It read very authentic and real, to the point of me feeling the dust tickling my nose as I read about the dry red expanse of land.
Although the story holds a strong message of how we all deserve to be forgiven, mostly by ourselves, but by others, too, it’s the strong characters that will stay with me. The selflessness of Jack and Adam, the courage and fighting spirit of Ellen, the essential goodness of Jess. They made this story strong and unputdownable.
originally posted at long and short reviews