by Edna Curry

September 1999
ISBN: 1-58124-473-8
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Flight to Love is about letting your children find their wings (even if you have to shove them out of the nest), and old high school flames discovering love the second time around.

Lisa Bickford’s children are fully grown adults, living off their mother and contributing little, if nothing, to the big, rundown house they share. Widowed and tired, a spur of the moment decision has Lisa running away from her children and finding wings of her own! Despite the protests of her very selfish children, Lisa sells the family home, and moves back to her grandmother's, a home she’s part owner of with her brother. She doesn’t tell her children where she’s going, and offers to keep in touch with them from time to time.

Trace Marsley has just moved back to his old home as well, and when Trace discovers Lisa, his old high school flame is living next door to him, he couldn’t be happier. Trace is a divorced college professor, with a materialistic ex-wife and spoiled twenty-one year old daughter, Renee. Lisa and Trace re-connect immediately, but as they get to know one another, Lisa begins to see her newfound freedom slipping away, and Trace sees Lisa as a mother who abandoned her children, and has money to burn.

Talk about jumping to conclusions! Lisa spends a great deal of money updating her grandmother’s home and Trace is terribly bothered by it. His past experiences with his money happy, ex-wife have left a sour taste in his mouth. However, Trace never bothers to ask many questions about Lisa’s finances, knowing full well she just sold her previous home. Even if he didn’t want to be too nosy, a benefit of a doubt or two might not have killed him. Instead of scoffing at Lisa’s purchases, he just assumes she’s spend happy. Trace, on the other hand, is viewed as a tightwad, by all parties, and I wondered about the validity of that accusation as the read progressed.

Lisa puzzled me quite frankly; boy, did I ever understand her need for freedom from her children’s sponging, but wasn’t kicking them out enough? I cheered Lisa for sending her fully grown children on their merry way, but to leave her new phone number unlisted, and contact them on whim was going just a smidge overboard.

However, the “Leave it to Beaver” feel to this read is charming! Lisa and Trace are so cute you want to pinch their cheeks, and the romance between them moved at a fluid pace. Lisa’s quest for freedom is a time worn plea for mothers heard round the world. Kudos to Ms. Curry for writing a character with spunk and conviction, and a heart that is open to the possibility of a second chance at love!

Reviewed in March 2003 by Connie.

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