Wish You Were Here

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As unofficial matchmaker for beautiful Abrigo Island, Zoe Cash practices her own form of no-risk romance. And when Yeager Gates arrives in town for a little R & R, Zoe decides that he'll be her latest project. But the secure world Zoe's created for herself is turned upside-down when she finds herself falling for the sexy fighter pilot.

Yeager's flying days might be over, but spending time on Mother Earth with tantalizing Zoe is putting him back on solid ground. Yeager makes ...

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Overview

As unofficial matchmaker for beautiful Abrigo Island, Zoe Cash practices her own form of no-risk romance. And when Yeager Gates arrives in town for a little R & R, Zoe decides that he'll be her latest project. But the secure world Zoe's created for herself is turned upside-down when she finds herself falling for the sexy fighter pilot.

Yeager's flying days might be over, but spending time on Mother Earth with tantalizing Zoe is putting him back on solid ground. Yeager makes no secret of the fact that his island stay is temporary, but when the time comes will he really be able to leave Zoe behind—for good?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A blind astronaut and a 27-year-old virgin come together in this sweet but steamy romance set on a beautiful California island. Sexy Yeager Gates is slated to pilot the career-capping Millennium project when a freak accident throws his life off track. He's not only temporarily blinded, but impotent, too. Idyllic Abrigo Island offers the R&R he needs, and the diminutive, energetic form of innkeeper Zoe Cash will speed his healing. Zoe's bed-and-breakfast, Haven House, draws tourists visiting Abrigo's annual Firetail Festival, which celebrates the rare fish that keeps the island economy afloat. Romantic tension builds between the two as they await the firetail migration. Ridgway's smart, peppy style is reminiscent of Jennifer Crusie, but her vulnerable, tough-outside/marshmallow-inside heroine stands on her own. There's a smattering of graphic language, but Ridgway (Big Bad Dad) never gratuitously offends. And a secondary plot involving Zoe's sister, a leukemia survivor, and Yeager's middle-age, cynical friend provides an effective counterpoint to the main love story, making this novel a charmer. (Feb.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380812554
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Christie Ridgway has never lived east of the Pacific Ocean, north of San Francisco, or south of San Diego. To put it simply, she's a California native who loves to travel but is happy to make the Golden State her home. She began her writing career in fifth grade when she penned a volume of love stories featuring herself and a teen idol who will probably be thrilled to remain nameless. Later, though, after marrying her college sweetheart, Christie again took up writing romances, this time with imaginary heroes and heroines. In a house full of males—one terrific husband, two school-age sons, a yellow dog, and tankfuls of fish, reptiles, and amphibians—Christie makes her own place (and peace) writing the kinds of stories she loves best.

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Chapter One

Someone was breathing on Yeager Gates's right arm.The exhalations, cherry-lollipop-sweet, fanned against him in time with the surges of the ferryboat that chugged through the Pacific Ocean toward Abrigo Island. Seated on the aisle, but trapped between his buddy Deke Nielsen and the Breather, Yeager tamped down his irritation, squeezed his eyes shut behind his dark glasses, and pretended to be asleep.

With each choppy bounce of the boat along the waves, cool wind puffed through an open window against his cheek. He could hear the buzz of conversation from the few other passengers, feel the thrum of the ferry's engines against the soles of his running shoes, and smell the sharp tang of saltwater-as well as the sticky aroma of each gust of the Breather's breath.

One row of seats behind him, a woman started speaking excitedly. "There it is! I think I see the island!"

The breathing stopped as small footsteps scurried away, and the sense of being scrutinized disappeared too. Relieved, Yeager tugged his cap down farther on his head and slumped deeper against the cushioned seat, stretching out his stiff leg before him.

He released a slow sigh. The whole point of this escape from Houston's space community was to avoid prying eyes, even those so obviously child-sized. Screw the hospital's pen-clickers, who claimed withdrawal and avoidance were classic signs of the first stages of grief. He'd be damned if he'd cry about anything. He just plain needed to get away, so he could focus on the healing that would get his life back on track.

The woman behind him was speaking again. "The island's right there. Rising out of the mist. See? Thegreen cliffs, the sandy beach, palm trees." Her voice hushed. "It looks ... enchanted,"

Other voices in the ferry's cabin rose in matching and unignorable excitement, and uneasiness ran down Yeager's spine. When Deke had offered to take him along on the trip, he'd only said Abrigo was the southernmost of the Channel Islands off California's coast. He'd said it was a good place for a man to go underground. But he'd said nothing to warrant the other passengers' eager anticipation.

He'd said nothing about enchanted.

Yeager elbowed his friend. "You promised anonymous, Deke. Enchanted doesn't sound like anonymous."

He felt the other man's shrug. "Relax. It's just an illusion. Happens on foggy mornings.

The island suddenly pops up from the haze on the horizon."

The woman behind them was exclaiming again in wonder. "One moment it was misty, and the next it just ... appeared."

A second voice joined in. "This is my third visit, and it still amazes me. So lush and green against the deep blue ocean. Two hours by ferry, and it's like arriving on another world."

Deke's shoulder nudged Yeager. "See? Just what you wanted, right? A break from reality.

A break from reality. He needed one for damn sure, he thought, thumbing his dark glasses more firmly against his face. A break to get his life together. A break to understand why, though last year he'd hugged fifteen stories of rocket fuel as it shot him into space, he couldn't think past tomorrow without his hands shaking.

He sucked in a gulp of ocean air while deep, deep in his belly a desperate but unnameable emotion rumbled. He didn't want to believe his life would never be the same. Could never be the same.

"You all right?" Deke asked.

"Why shouldn't I be?"

Deke's voice sounded doubtful. "Sure?"

It wasn't so hard to grin. "A-OK."

"Then let me tell you what's ahead. The ferry will take us to the harbor directly adjacent to the village of Haven. Houses, including the one where we'll stay, are mostly on the hillsides surrounding the town."

Yeager's right leg cramped in tension. Village. Houses. "That sounds like a lot of peohis birth certificate, he'd been raised to flyThough he and his dad formed more of a twoman air squadron than a family, the nomadic life of an air force brat had suited him as much as controlling a joystick had later satisfied his soul. And the only real order of his father's he'd ever rebelled against was when Yeager chose to become a navy jet jockey instead of an air force one.

A jet jockey. That was who Yeager was. A man who needed nothing more than a place to sleep and a training schedule that included plenty of hours in the air. A flyer, an astronaut.

All right, an astro-man. But Yeager shook his head. Despite the fact that he'd been made, he didn't owe anything to a cherry-breathing, privacy-busting little kid.

The boat bucked forward, and the Breather steadied himself with a hand on Yeager's arm, then spoke again. "You sunged that song. I liked it."

Yeager groaned, bitterness bubbling to the surface. What he'd done for his country! Somehow those Sesame folks had persuaded him to lend his lousy baritone to a duet with that gawky yellow bird. The words hadn't left his brain for weeks, something about every body and every bird needing a place to nest.

"I hate that song," he muttered.

"Huh?"

Yeager opened his mouth to repeat the statement. Louder this time. But then he pictured the Breather standing beside him. He remembered Big Bird's cocked and feathery

head. Elmo's bug eyes and rounded orange nose quivering with interest. The passel of Sesame kids who'd looked up at him with starsand moons-in their eyes.

Sucker.

With a resigned sigh, he flattened the paper against his aching thigh.

Beside him, Deke chuckled. "I've been hearing rumors since the accident. Disappointed women claiming you've turned from playboy to Boy Scout. Now I believe 'em."

Yeager ignored him, He particularly ignored the crack about the disappointed women and turning Boy Scout. He'd deal with that problem later. With reluctant fingers he started scrawling.

Only his first name. Even if the Breather showed it to mommy and daddy, what would "Yeager" mean to them?

No reason to think they'd connect it to Yeager Gates. To the Yeager Gates who had once explored the universe but who now couldn't cross the street on his own...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2000

    Wish You Were Here

    Yeager Gates may be the most popular person in America. However, a Houston grandmother wrecked the daredevil astronaut, adored by everyone, when she plowed her car into his motorcycle. The accident cost Yeager the honor of piloting NASA¿s first moon mission in three decades. To escape the publicity while he recovers from his injuries (physically and emotionally), Yeager¿s friend Deke persuades him to hide away on Abrigo Island near California. <P>Zoe and Lyssa Cash own the bed and breakfast that Deke and Yeager stay at while on the island. As her sister falls in love with and pursues a reluctant Deke, Zoe knows Yeager is the only person for her, but his world is moon landings while hers is a backwater resort island. Her efforts to match him up with a local woman fail to account for Yeager falling in love with Zoe. He can pilot a moon module, but can he persuade his beloved that they are made for one another? <P>WISH YOU WERE HERE is an engaging contemporary romance that focuses on two people with opposite life philosophies struggling to find more than just a compromise. The efforts of Yeager and Zoe to attain a consensus appear to doom any long-term relationship. The secondary romance between Deke and Lyssa is fun in its own right, but should have had its own novel as the two subplots occasionally interfere with one another. Still, both romances show that Christie Ridgeway is a talented author with an earthbound future as a writer. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    Awesome & Fun!

    I travel a lot, so my Nook Tablet gets a lot of use. This was great inflight reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2007

    Light read

    Where to begin to explain all the things that this book lacked? (sigh) This is my first book from this author and I really think that it's the last one. The story is shallow, no depth, predictable and cliched. 'Is that a banana in your pants or you are just happy to see me?, 'I left something behind... my heart', etc These are some of the dialogues of the characters.... heard that before? ....I rolled my eyes heavenward many times ....Lyssa and Zoe live on Abrigo island and they meet Yeager and Zeke who go to the island on vacation. Yeager had an accident and needs some time to heal. So, the two sisters fall in l-o-v-e with the two guys right away. Things like Zoe not being able to leave the island is resolved easily. The sexual tension between the two couples is clear but I just didnt buy the love part. Everything happened too fast and the author kind of insinuated that there was magic involved but did not develop the idea.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2000

    A dynamite read!!

    WISH YOU WERE HERE is a book you won't be able to put down. The setting is enchanting--a fictional island off the California coast that you'll wish you could visit--and the love story between Zoe and Yeager is fresh, charming, and entirely entrancing. I also fell in love with the secondary characters, the stubborn Deke and the fey-but-determined Lyssa. Their love story is just as enthralling as that of Zoe and Yeager. I've been a huge fan of Christie Ridgway's since her first category romance. Now that she's writing longer stories with a skill and grace few can match, I'm thrilled that I have more to savor with each book! WISH YOU WERE HERE is DEFINITELY a keeper! On a scale of 1 to 10, this one rates an 11.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2000

    Wish You Were Here

    Yeager Gates may be the most popular person in America. However, a Houston grandmother wrecked the daredevil astronaut, adored by everyone, when she plowed her car into his motorcycle. The accident cost Yeager the honor of piloting NASA¿s first moon mission in three decades. To escape the publicity while he recovers from his injuries (physically and emotionally), Yeager¿s friend Deke persuades him to hide away on Abrigo Island near California. <P>Zoe and Lyssa Cash own the bed and breakfast that Deke and Yeager stay at while on the island. As her sister falls in love with and pursues a reluctant Deke, Zoe knows Yeager is the only person for her, but his world is moon landings while hers is a backwater resort island. Her efforts to match him up with a local woman fail to account for Yeager falling in love with Zoe. He can pilot a moon module, but can he persuade his beloved that they are made for one another? <P>WISH YOU WERE HERE is an engaging contemporary romance that focuses on two people with opposite life philosophies struggling to find more than just a compromise. The efforts of Yeager and Zoe to attain a consensus appear to doom any long-term relationship. The secondary romance between Deke and Lyssa is fun in its own right, but should have had its own novel as the two subplots occasionally interfere with one another. Still, both romances show that Christie Ridgway is a talented author with an earthbound future as a writer. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2000

    A good fun romance

    Yeager Gates may be the most popular person in America. However, a Houston grandmother wrecked the daredevil astronaut, adored by everyone, when she plowed her car into his motorcycle. The accident cost Yeager the honor of piloting NASA's first moon mission in three decades. To escape the publicity while he recovers from his injuries (physically and emotionally), Yeager's friend Deke persuades him to hide away on Abrigo Island near California..... Zoe and Lyssa Cash own the bed and breakfast that Deke and Yeager stay at while on the island. As her sister falls in love with and pursues a reluctant Deke, Zoe knows Yeager is the only person for her, but his world is moon landings while hers is a backwater resort island. Her efforts to match him up with a local woman fail to account for Yeager falling in love with Zoe. He can pilot a moon module, but can he persuade his beloved that they are made for one another?.... WISH YOU WERE HERE is an engaging contemporary romance that focuses on two people with opposite life philosophies struggling to find more than just a compromise. The efforts of Yeager and Zoe to attain a consensus appear to doom any long-term relationship. The secondary romance between Deke and Lyssa is fun in its own right, but should have had its own novel as the two subplots occasionally interfere with one another. Still, both romances show that Christie Ridgway is a talented author with an earthbound future as a writer.

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