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Sparks Fly by Sarah Sanders

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Flight to the Horizon by Julie Tizard

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This one has a fairly good plot, strong characters, good writing – but fluctuates in its ability to hold interest.

Kerri Sullivan is a dream captain to fly with. Janine Case is a new flight attendant on a flight to Hawaii. Kerri had one liaison with a colleague (also a flight attendant) and that had ended very badly so though she is intensely attracted to the insanely attractive Janine, she is leery about acting on the attraction. Janine is extremely reserved and keeps to herself during layovers. However, the two women end up spending the day together, snorkelling. And their chemistry is undeniable. On their return flight, they share an unforgettable kiss. And right after that, Janine is warned off Kerri by a fellow flight attendant and to Kerri’s confusion, Janine disappears on her and all her efforts to reach Janine are met with radio silence. Desperate, Kerri manages to get on the next flight on which Janine is scheduled. Hoping for conversation, instead Kerri finds herself in midst of a disaster when the engine of her plane gives way setting of a series of other emergencies. Kerri and Janine are the only two crew members on a raft full of stranded passengers. In the midst of the fraught rescue mission, Janine starts opening up about herself to Kerri and the two get closer.

First, things we really liked – Janine. Definitely Janine. The author gives Janine a harrowing past but a strong personality. Juxtaposed together with her willingness to take a chance of love, she is someone we loved. Kerri is steady but Janine’s story just overtakes everything else. Their scenes together were excellent and the chemistry between them was palpable. The almost insta-love between the two is also believable.

The problem we had with the book was the excessive technical detailing about flying. We get that some detailing adds to the authenticity, but this was just way too much and had us skipping parts. The other issue was the ease and speed of the resolution of both, Kerri’s and Janine’s difficult situations. Taking something from the movie Scully (landing on water, investigation post-landing), the appearance of a saviour with all answers was too abrupt. Similarly, Janine’s monster of a husband was taken care of and disposed off with surprising ease.

This book had us wishing that there was more development of the characters and the relationship between them but it was still an okay read.        


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