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Blue Skies
     

Blue Skies

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by Robyn Carr
 

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Nikki Burgess survived a terrible marriage and a worse divorce. She's just about given up hope of ever finding happiness. But when her ex-husband suddenly dies, she gets custody of her kids again—and a chance to start over.

Dixie McPherson, on the other hand, has had way too much love. She has eleven tennis bracelets, dozens of trinkets, piles of sexy

Overview

Nikki Burgess survived a terrible marriage and a worse divorce. She's just about given up hope of ever finding happiness. But when her ex-husband suddenly dies, she gets custody of her kids again—and a chance to start over.

Dixie McPherson, on the other hand, has had way too much love. She has eleven tennis bracelets, dozens of trinkets, piles of sexy lingerie and a tarnished reputation when all she ever wanted was true love, a partner and a family.

Carlisle Bartlett is loyal, kindhearted and the funniest guy slinging drinks in the back of an airplane. But he has an ugly little secret. The only kind of love he's used to comes with bruises.

When Nikki, Dixie and Carlisle are offered the chance to join a new airline in Las Vegas, they don't hesitate. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, these three friends are going in search of their own blue skies.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This book is an utter delight." -RT Book Reviews on Moonlight Road

"Strong conflict, humor and well-written characters are Carr's calling cards, and they're all present here.... You won't want to put this one down." -RT Book Reviews on Angel's Peak

"This story has everything: a courageous, outspoken heroine; a to-die-for hero; and a plot that will touch readers' hearts on several different levels. Truly excellent." -RT Book Reviews on Forbidden Falls

"An intensely satisfying read. By turns humorous and gut-wrenchingly emotional, it won't soon be forgotten."
-RT Book Reviews on Paradise Valley

"Carr has hit her stride with this captivating series."
-Library Journal on the Virgin River series

"The Virgin River books are so compelling-I connected instantly with the characters and just wanted more and more and more."

-#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber

Publishers Weekly
Drawing on her husband's experiences as a pilot and executive in the commercial airline business, Carr (Down by the River, etc.) spins a detailed but none too compelling tale focusing on the career ups and downs of pilot Nikki Burgess. After the death of her ex-husband, Nikki decides to move from Phoenix to Las Vegas to take a job at start-up airline New Century Air. Her friends Carlisle Bartlett and Dixie McPherson, both flight attendants and both recently separated from their lovers, follow her to Vegas. Unfortunately, Nikki's narcissistic mother, Opal, does too. Present ostensibly for comic relief, Opal continually refers to Carlisle as "that nice young homosexual man," which is less hilarious than the author seems to think it is. Nikki's battles with Bob Riddle, vice-president of operations, also grow tiresome. Though Nikki and Dixie eventually develop solid relationships with fellow pilots, the book focuses more on the inner workings of the airline industry and the challenges Nikki faces at work than on the characters' relationships. These airline details can be fascinating, but too often, the story descends into tedium. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780778314929
Publisher:
MIRA
Publication date:
08/28/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
117,309
Product dimensions:
4.34(w) x 6.46(h) x 1.04(d)

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Blue Skies


Chapter One

Nikki stood at the grave of her ex-husband and thought, This is the last way I expected to get custody.

Beside her was her fourteen-year-old daughter, April, quietly weeping. On Nikki's other side, eleven-year-old Jared stared straight ahead, stoic. Nikki could sense her father, Buck, towering behind them. He would be scowling, she knew. Buck had hated Drake Cameron and probably considered his death just one more thing Drake had screwed up. Next to April stood Nikki's mother, and Buck's ex-wife, Opal, seriously soaking a hanky. Tucked into the crook of her arm was her fluffy white poodle, Precious, who was not. Opal had liked Drake very much; she probably thought marrying him had been one of the few things Nikki had done right. Opal was one to appreciate money and pedigree, both of which she believed Drake had.

Only forty-seven, Drake had appeared to be at the peak of health. Nikki couldn't remember when he'd last had a head cold. Yet April had come home from school and found him facedown on the floor in his bathrobe, apparently dead since morning. The medical examiner's preliminary finding was massive coronary.

About fifty mourners gathered at the cemetery in the quickly rising heat of a late May morning in Phoenix. Most were lawyers and secretaries from the firm that had employed Drake, a tax law specialist. The only one of them Nikki knew was his secretary, Mona, who had been with him for at least ten years, long before the divorce. Nikki had to tangle with her every time she tried to make arrangements with Drake regarding the kids. A most unpleasant woman.

A couple of teachers from April's school had also come, as well as Jared's principal and one of the soccer coaches. A small knot of teenagers - April's friends - stood slightly off to one side, trying not to get too close to the adults.

It was not a big crowd. Like Nikki, Drake was an only child. His parents were deceased, and his rigid, domineering nature meant he didn't have a lot of friends. It was hard to cozy up to someone who insisted on control at any price. And then there was that business about grudges. Drake's anger had great stamina; he could stay mad forever.

Somewhere in the gathering were Nikki's two closest friends, Dixie McPherson and Carlisle Bartlett. Both were flight attendants at Aries Airlines, where Nikki was a pilot. They had worked together for the past ten years, starting when the company was still fairly new and small, and over the years there had been many times they'd have been lost without one another. Like now. Although Dixie and Carlisle were both involved in serious relationships, Nikki had been on her own since the divorce. Oddly, as she looked down at the black earth that would cover her dead ex-husband, an arm around each of her children, she felt less alone now.

The mourners filed past Nikki and the kids. "So sorry," they murmured. "He'll be missed." Or, "Hang in there, kids. Try to remember the good times you had with your dad." April excused herself and went to join her friends, who immediately embraced her. Jared's friends were probably considered too young by their parents to attend.

Nikki shook hands and thanked each person, but Opal accepted condolences as though Drake were her son, inviting everyone back to Drake's house for refreshments. Dixie and Carlisle waited till the last person had left, and April bid her friends goodbye and returned to Nikki's side.

"How're you holding up?" Dixie asked, while Carlisle simply filled his arms with April and Jared.

"She's doing very well, aren't you, Nicole?" Opal replied for her. Precious snarled.

"I'm doing okay. Are you coming over to the house?"

Before Dixie could answer, April pulled herself free of Carlisle's arms and, tears in her voice, asked, "Do we have to just keep doing this? Over and over and over?"

Nikki couldn't imagine her pain. The kids had a hard time with their dad, but they had loved him. The hell of it was, she thought as she looked at Opal, you loved your parents even when you hated them. As for Jared, he just stared out at nothing, his detachment as troubling as April's tears.

"Oh, April," Opal said. "People are going to be there, sweet. It's the proper thing to do. Say a few kind words about the departed ... offer sympathy ... And your friends will be there."

"No, they won't, Grandma. I told them not to come."

"But we invited -"

"So? Do we have to?"

"It's your house, April," Nikki interjected. "I think Grandma's just trying to do the right thing...."

"What a pain," Jared muttered, giving the ground a kick.

"We don't want to seem rude," Opal said.

Buck grunted and turned away, heading for his car.

This whole reception thing her mother had planned was not for Opal, Nikki realized, and certainly not for herself. It was for April and Jared. And if they didn't want to do this ...

"Um, guys," she said to Dixie and Carlisle, "can you take my mother to the house? We're going to beg off. I'll see you later."

"Thatta girl," Carlisle cheered.

"Nicole! You can't do that!"

"Of course I can, Mother. We'll be along later. Come on, kids. I have an idea."

With an arm around each, she walked them right past the funeral parlor's limo to her car.

(Continues...)



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Meet the Author

Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr’s website at www.RobynCarr.com.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not on par with Virgin River books. This book, written several years ago, shows how Robyn Carr's writing has improved since. It is largely descriptive narrative going into detail about how an airline start up works. Although that's fairly interesting it drags in parts. Meantime there wasn't nearly enough character interaction and dialog for me. Nikki the main character, is an interesting woman and the book does reveal some of the problems women face in the work place. As for the problems a working mother might experience unexpectedly getting custody back of a teenage daughter and young son after four years--not so much. Nikki has two incredibly helpful best friends who, along with Nikki, are relationship challenged. At the end of the novel all three are neatly set up in good relationships that just sort of happen rather than grow (Nikki's friend Dixie's relationship is somewhat more developed than the other two). As with Carr's other books, Blue Skies, is full of good, admirable characters (and one well described jerk) but I just felt I was told too much about them rather than having their personalities revealed through action in the book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a completely delightful novel I read in one sitting. I felt like the characters were personal friends and the details of creating a startup airline felt utterly authentic. Beautifully written, funny and wise, this is a book for anyone who loves great entertainment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. Robyn Carr keeps her characters so real and we can relate to many of them. Keep up the good work.
salvadore57 More than 1 year ago
Good yet refreshing allows readers to indulge!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Phoenix forty-seven years old, wealthy tax law specialist Drake Cameron apparently dies of a massive coronary though he seemed in perfect health. His fourteen year old daughter April found his boy in their bathroom. His ex-wife commercial pilot Nicole Burgess knows that the funeral does not have that many attendees because when the domineering Drake labeled a person as an enemy combatant, they would be freed from Gitmo fast, regardless of the alleged incident. She felt lucky to escape with her sanity from their marriage but still feels depression and guilt that she lost custody of her children to him.......................... Drake¿s nasty lawyer informs Nikki that her former spouse left his children with nothing and even her child payments vanished without a trace. She is irate and her trust in men is devastated further. She marvels how her airline¿s friend Dixie McPherson can still seek about everlasting love. As a potential dangerous situation occurs with lives on the line, Nikki learns loving relationships with no time for hatred and ire are what matters, but will she and her copilot live longer enough for her to display the lesson learned?................................ BLUE SKIES is an engaging character study that provides insight into airline personnel. The story line predominantly soars with Nikki as the pilot, but also adds depth by a solid glimpse at Dixie and another pal. The suspense comes late in the plot, but besides adding tension, this is the device that enables Nikki to finally see clearly the BLUE SKIES smiling at all she has. This is one author who proves a Carr can fly............................. Harriet Klausner
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At harry potter and myth res 1. Leader deathfang
Anonymous 7 months ago
Strugles in camp and passes out
Anonymous 8 months ago
VERY ANNOYING!!!!!!!!
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Get out of here cloudstar bobstar in da house
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in very slowly unsure of new place and weird smelling cats. Cant see so no idea were she is.
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He padded in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sits silently in a tree watching Blacksoul with her neon blue eyes. Her jet black and dark gray fur swayed gently in the breeze. ( read my bio peeps )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well well well my brother put a bad reputation on my name and now everyone hates me and my mate quite rp so this is the only plave i have left to go and die peacefully cause once this character dies haha i leaveing rp for ever.
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This was the first book that I have read of hers.I have 2 different series of hers.not real excited about reading them.the book I read was a stand alone book.I hope that her series are better. It wasn't a page turner.took 3 days to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story of 3 best friends and how they help each other through tough times. Nikkie, Dixie & Carlisle (not like the virgin river series)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have really liked all the books that I have read by Robyn Carr, but Blue Skies was exceptional and in an unusual setting. I highly recommend it.
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Takes a deep breath.
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"Watch me." The stu<_>pid mouse dashed under a bush. Jaguarpaw follows. She could hear it. She crouched down, but put her feet lightly on the ground. She dashed & through it up in the air to Shardpaw. "Get it!"
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I thought this was used to review the book, not use it as a chat room it is annoying.
Gramma65 More than 1 year ago
I read some of the reviews and no this is not the Virgin River Series it is completly different and it is a wonderful book just as they are. I enjoyed it so much I am re-reading it now so I can enjoy everything I read so fast. This book is a must read. Thank you Robyn Carr
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