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The Reluctant Hero by [Weger, Jackie]
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There are a few things Parnell Stillman is dead certain he will never do:
He'd never fall in love.
He'd never have kids.
He'd never be a hero.
His first and only love is flying.The struggle to keep his air cargo business solvent is challenge enough. Rebecca Hollis believes caring for others is the road to happiness. Tasked to shepherd five orphans on a flight to a conclave to meet prospective adoptive parents, she learns it takes much more. The plane is caught helpless in the grip of a storm that sends it plunging into a frozen wilderness. Rebecca determines she and the disagreeable pilot must work together to insure the survival and rescue of the orphans. Parnell Stillman has other ideas. So do the orphans. Rescue means a return to foster homes and an uncaring welfare system. Or maybe not.

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Jackie Weger is a traveler of the good earth by foot, boat, bus, train, plane and pickup. After family and writing, destination travel is always on her wish list. She likes to get to a place and immerse herself in the culture and language. She is just as happy whiling away time on a park bench as a pew in a grand cathedral. She hoards her friends and fans and is often humbled by their kindness. If you asked her what she wants most in life, she says: “A writing cave, a candle and a good book.”

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  • Print Length: 286 pages
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  • Publisher: Jackie Weger; 3rd Edition edition (Jan. 17 2014)
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  • Language: English
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Really enjoyed this book. Our hero is fashioned after the good guys of the movies before they got bogged down in four letter words and bare bottoms. The adventure is believable, no bears in the middle of winter for example, and I would have felt sorry for anyone who got saddled with a bunch of kids under trying circumstances. Recommended for all that enjoy a good read.
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For a book to read from your phone, this was an okay story. Not so long that it would drain your battery, and although the storyline was pretty predictable, it was a pleasant way to spend a few hours.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4b90894) out of 5 stars On a Wing and a Prayer Dec 22 2013
By BigAl - Published on
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Romance is a strange genre. Its conventions are very specific and sometimes inflexible. You MUST have an HEA - happily ever after - ending, for example. Other aspects aren't conventions or rules as such, but are so common as to seem so. (The heroine is almost always going to make obvious missteps on her way to romance. At some point she'll probably misinterpret the hero's mood or what something he said or did means.) With a high level formula that is carved in stone, I'm always amazed at how using unique characters and situations, romance authors find a way to tell a story that, even though everyone knows where it is heading, can still engage the reader and keep them guessing how the story is going to get there.

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. **
39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4b908e8) out of 5 stars Boring & repetitive Oct. 30 2014
By Mara - Published on
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Stop. Bickering. I. Can't. Bear. Any More.
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).
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4b90bc4) out of 5 stars Engaging, suspenseful, both harrowing and heartwarming Dec 31 2013
By Lornwal - Published on
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Conscientious and wary, Rebecca Hollis takes her duties as a social worker and chaperone to five physically and emotionally challenged orphans very seriously. She has their excursion to San Francisco, where they hope to find adoptive families, well in hand. Well in hand, that is, until she meets the pilot hired to fly them there.

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.

Ms. Weger has also completely realized a setting – the harsh, beautiful, wintry Sierra Nevada wilderness – so intense, gripping, and powerful that it's a character all by itself. The story is actually physically uncomfortable to read in spots because the reader is so completely transported into that cold, unforgiving country. Parnell's harrowing swim through an ice-choked lake to retrieve supplies from the half-submerged plane is almost unbearable. Be sure you have blankets, hot chocolate, and a crackling fire going before reading. You've been warned!

A minor caveat or two: Although the story is ostensibly set in the present day, there is a pervasive nostalgic feel to ON A WING AND A PRAYER. It seems set in an earlier, simpler time – one free from computerized and regulated everything. While a little puzzling at first, that ultimately didn't bother me, as most of the story takes place in the wilderness. There are a few print glitches here and there, but nothing that detracts from the reading experience.

I highly recommend this novel for its gripping story, vivid and relatable characters, heartwarming emotion, humor, and (even though we know where the story's going) real – sometimes harrowing – suspense!
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4b90abc) out of 5 stars Real love does exist. May 29 2014
By Felicia - Published on
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Sometimes we can get so caught up in the billionaires, alphas, vampires, shifters and rock stars, we forget that normal people fall in love too.

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 the middle of nowhere.

Their arguing seemed endless. In a different story, it could have been annoying, but here it reminded me of the countless rejoinders between Bogart and Bacall or Tracy and Hepburn. They were quick, witty, and sometimes very cutting. In the beginning, I don't believe they knew HOW to talk to each other...each so immersed in their own personal misery. But as time went on, I believe the snarkiness was the only defense they had against their growing feelings for each other. After loveless childhoods and marriages, both were afraid of being rejected and hurt again.

Surviving in the wilderness until help reached them demanded they work together. Parnell did things even he couldn't believe he was doing to help them stay alive. Rebecca couldn't seem to stop herself from caring for his welfare. As bad as they believed their lives to have been before the plane crash, being stranded totally broke them down emotionally and made them vulnerable - making them realize their biggest fear was not dying, but losing a love that was within their grasp.

Their five charges, Molly, Yancy, Jonesy, Nicholas and Santee (oh, and Scrappy) were just too precious! Loss and rejection have hardened them to life so early, but if you listen close enough, you still hear their hope.

In "The Reluctant Hero", two imperfect people find their "perfect" love. You will enjoy the journey.

(I received a gift copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.)
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4aeb114) out of 5 stars Preposterous Jan. 16 2016
By Lady Ginger - Published on
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Such a disappointment. The premise was great and I was excited to read it. Unfortunately I got 1/2 way thru and finally gave up - first time ever. The biggest issue was how thoroughly unpleasant both main characters were. There wasn't a single moment that they weren't yelling and arguing. I assume this was building to some sort of romance? Preposterous! And, the way the children were described was truly borderline offensive. And please don't get me started on the whole premise and the major drama - not remotely believable. Don't waste your time.