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Retired after a long career with the airlines, I now enjoy life with my three shelties and spending time with friends and family. I am an active blogger on Facebook and comment daily on a live popular television soap opera.
The original manuscript for this book was written in the early 70's and immediately hidden away in a closet until last year.
It has been resurrected, completely rewritten and brought into the present time. It just seemed like the right time to share this story.
Throughout my life I have traveled far and wide and currently reside in upstate New York where I love the change of seasons and the beautiful countryside.
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Rebecca Steele Chasing a Dream: A Look Behind the Scenes at the United States Silver Eagles is a romance novel written by Joanne Patterson. Becky and her friend, Emily, had been enjoying the sun, sand and surf of a Miami beach when they realized they had better get ready for work. Being employed by an airline meant they could travel just about anywhere they wanted -- with the proviso that they were not to be late getting back to work. This time, they were just beginning to feel as though they had left it a bit too late when their cabbie told them that they needn’t worry. Their 3:30 p.m. plane would be delayed for about an hour, as would all the other flights departing Miami International, due to the air show that was taking place at 3:00 p.m. The show was featuring the United States Silver Eagles, and it was a big deal, attracting people from all over the states. The cabbie even gave them directions so they could get right up close to the action. He had steered them well -- Becky and Emily were amazed at how close they had actually gotten. They watched as the handsome pilots, all dressed up in their uniforms, got ready for takeoff in those silver and blue jets. The show was fantastic, but, as the two young women got ready for their flight, Becky’s boarding pass flew off in a breeze. One of the Silver Eagles caught it with his boot, picked it up and brought it over to her with a smile. Becky was spellbound by him; the instant attraction she felt was so intense. But Becky and Emily laughed at the idea of the thousands of adoring female fans these pilots must have, and Becky ruefully realized that she’d never have a chance.
Joanne Patterson’s military romance novel, Rebecca Steele Chasing a Dream: A Look Behind the Scenes at the United States Silver Eagles, is a poignant look at a romance from the past and a revisiting of those heady times Becky and Johnny shared during their improbable romance. Patterson’s tale is a sweet and enthralling one as Becky follows Johnny across the country, and the depth of their feelings for each other becomes more and more apparent. I particularly enjoyed vicariously experiencing Becky’s adventures as she travels to the different venues where the Eagles perform, and where she almost seems to become a part of the Eagles team itself. Through her story and the repeated refrain of the Carpenter song, Superstar, Patterson gives profound insights into the excitement, thrills and fears shared by groupies and other followers of musical groups and stars, and in this case, a flight team. Patterson’s characters are well-developed, and it’s quite easy to get involved in their stories, and her writing is smooth and assured. Rebecca Steele Chasing a Dream: A Look Behind the Scenes at the United States Silver Eagles is a fun read that works perfectly in all the right ways. It’s most highly recommended.
Thank you Jack Magnum for your very complimentary review of my book. I loved reading about Becky and her adventures through your eyes. You captured her struggles and triumphs beautifully. I especially liked your reference to the song "Superstar" and the significance it played in the story. The book was such fun to write and I'm glad you thought it was fun to read. I'm very proud and honored to have my first novel featured on your site.
Thank you again.
Loved this book. Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen the author made me think something else would happen. I was happy, then I was angry at one of the characters, then I was sad. I didn't figure the plot out and usually I can. Truly love this author and hope to see her write another book.
This book is beautifully written and keeps the reader engaged from beginning to end. The characters were very real and the author did an amazing job of developing their relationships. Great job Joanne Patterson on her first book. I love how she honestly shares her heart and soul for this story to her readers.
Anyone who likes a good love story will love this book. The twists and turns all lead the reader to a happy and unexpected ending.
Great love story. Couldn't put it down. Young people in love can be so naive. Would love another book to,follow Becky.
I really enjoyed this story about how life can put the right people in your life early on, but discovery can be fleeting, if at all. Interest characters and can be read in one sitting, if that's appealing to some. Hoping for a Rebecca Steele sequel.
For anyone who remembers that dream come true kind of romance, this book is for you. I instantly connected with Rebecca and I felt myself both rooting for her as well as cautioning her as she searched for love and success. I enjoyed this book and I find myself wanting to read more about Rebecca Steele.
This book was great. It was different from other books that I usually read. I enjoyed it. It is a quick read and I don't think you will be disappointed with it at all. Give it a shot.
Great read! Finished it in two sittings. I found it hard to,put down. Chasing a Dream is a wonderful love story with just the right amount of twists and turns. Can't wait for the sequel!
I read this book in a day. It was really good and I enjoyed reading it. It was easy to get lost in it and imagine a different time. I highly recommend reading it. :-)
It is a fabulous book which I thoroughly enjoyed. Don't wait to, get your copy!
Great story of a Dream remembered and followed.
I couldn't put this book down -loved it! A wonderful,first book from author Joanne Patterson. A beautifully written story full of emotion, transformation and surprises!
Excellent read. Hard to believe first book from this writer. Hope there is more books to come!
Great portrayal of the 1960's life of airline people and how things were.
what an asventure Rebecca was on trying to find that soul mate! As the story progressed it took many different twists! This was a great read and I am looking forward to another story from Joanne. Please don't take years and years to publish your next shared adventure.
The author takes us with Becky on that emotional roller coaster ride from youthful expectation to heart wrenching disappointment to eventual joy of heart. Great read Joanne!
Loved it! Really enjoyed the love story and how it kept me guessing the whole time .. I couldn't put it down!
It's a good thing that Joanne Patterson listened to the "whispers of her heart" and shared this story - bravo for her first book that kept me turning the pages to see where her characters would end up! Keep writing, and May there be more Rebecca Steele's fulfilling their dreams!
I came back from Australia and couldn't sleep so I started this book thinking I would put it down. OMG I read the entire book in one night, it didn't even matter that I only got three hours of sleep,that night, it was so worth it. I loved this book, it's really an amazing journey of love and life. Thank younforvsharing your great words with all of us.
Wow a really good book! Just read the whole thing in one sitting. Stopped long enough to get something to drink and sat back down to finish! Wonderful Joanne, just wonderful!! Wowee
It had been a while since I had the time to actually read a book, being the stay at home mom of two kids. Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. It held my attention in such a way and made me even think back about my own life and relationships I have had. It is definitely a book all women can relate to and you will find yourself hoping the book ends a certain way .. and the author just makes it better than one could even had imagined on their own. I definitely recommend this book. I'm going to read it again. I have never read a book twice.. guess there is a first time for everything.
I loved this book. Great read.
I received this book for free. My opinion is my own. A lot of twists and turns and. Well written book. Becky is dynamic and a blast to read about. An emotional roller coaster. Strong romance book that I would recommend.
I received this book for free. This is an uplifting tale. It's about hitting a low in life and finding hope and love. Motivational I would say. I enjoyed the read and would recommend. Some great twists and turns and I had a blast reading it.
I reviewed this book for free. It's an emotional roller coaster. Sad, mad happy! Just as you feel you have a grasp for where the story is going, the author flips it around. I would recommend this read. Becky is a great character and it's a well written thrill ride.
Rebecca Steele Chasing a Dream is indeed a love story. Influenced by a love song that prompted a wonderful memory, the author writes a story close to her heart, which is infused with the traditions of military life. When Becky, an airline ticket agent and her best friend are in Miami on vacation and attend an air show, life changes in a big way. This story is the heartfelt, emotional journey of Becky as she conquers not only love but other life transitions as well. Her love affair with Johnny is poignant, heady , and well described; it feels real and intense. This book is a true romance at it’s heart, without relying on gimmicks and overt sexual overtones , which is rare these days. Highly recommend for an uplifting story from a skilled and thoughtful writer.
From the review by Grady Harp ...New York author Joanne Patterson makes her writing debut with this novel and carries the credentials to make her story credible. Her career has been with the airlines, and now retired, she focuses on her passion for animals and holistic medicine and has become an animal reiki practitioner treating and helping animals in need. Now she turns to writing.
Joanne’s novel is a love story, but a love story that is influenced by military life and traditions and customs - and it is a true story as we learn from Joanne’s note to us: “Many of us have stories tucked away in the archives of our memory. Some life events can be so overwhelming that we tend to hide them even from ourselves in an effort not to relive them. One night not so very long ago, an old favorite song stirred my memory as I sat i my living room watching television. The song reminded me of a time when I fell head over heels in love with a very special man. That one song changed my life and hearing it again changed my life again. The song accompanied me on my path to love. It would come to transform my career. Most importantly the song brought back to me the memory of a most amazing love affair, clear and powerful. The song is the reason for this book, my forgotten testament to love, which was hidden from my own view for the better part of two decades. I never shared it with anyone, but I can keep it a secret no longer. It seems like yesterday. The ten planes. The desert sun. The man. The smile. The chase. Oh I must stop writing to you now as my heart has filled and my pulse races just as it did back then when I think of him! The whisper of my heart tells me to share my story with you now, so I will.”
A true romance, this, and one that is refreshingly free of erotica and gimmicks that often cover the fallibility of the writer. This is a romance, a true romance, that is at once tender and heart wrenching..
I love this story! I think there’s more to tell and I think there ought to be a sequel.
I received this book for free. This book shows that everyone has a soulmate; you just have to have an open mind.
Title: simple,direct, and straight to the point
Cover: personally I did not care for it but I sorta understood it
Acknowledgments: just how I like them , short and sweet
Dedication: absolutely breathtaking , I actually read it three times
Prologue: tone perfectly honest, I hate reading prologues. Ms Oatterson has given me maybe a change of heart.
Story body: just by reading this story I could tell that the author put everything she had into this book. It was simply reliable,beautiful, in-depth, simple but yet complexed.
Ending: a tear jerker
Editing: money well spent
Joanne I absolutely love this body of work. I could definitely read this over and over. Everyone should read and purchase a hard copy.
This is a book you’ll not have read before on any shelf which makes it interesting.
Move from city to city with Becky and delve into her romance with a Silver Eagle. As I followed her on her chase, I had a roller coaster time wanting to throttle her but in the end applauding her. This book is realistic. Sometimes we find love in the wrong places, where we least expect it and sometimes all is not lost. Hoping for a part 2 as I got invested in the ending.
First, I must say that I was given a free copy by the author herself for this review*
This story is a roller coaster of emotions with an unexpected end. I love it! It is a journey through memory lane about what might have been Becky's most important love affair in her youth. At times, I didn't know if I wanted to kiss or kill Johnny, to hug Becky or tell her to wake up!!! Who hasn't fallen in love with a bad boy even if we knew he wasn't good for us?
The read is a story about Becky's journey from that naive young girl to an amazing woman who has fought to achieve her dreams, and who now knows and loves herself as she must do. It is a story that makes the readers think about their own pasts and their own journey through life.
A great book. I couldn't put it down after I started reading it. I lived in a very small town for a few years and it has one of the largest military bases. I've seen this story happen and seen the men come into town then leave. If you enjoy a good romance story this is for you. I hope you read this and enjoy it as much as I did.
My experience reading Rebecca Steele Chasing A Dream is one to remember. Without a doubt, I will be picking up this book a second time to read in the future. Although I'm not used to this particular genre I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Joanne and her editor took their time on the editing as it was absolutely flawless. Nothing about this story was predictable which is the way I like stories to be written. It's no fun to read when you can predict the story. This book was absolutely beautiful. It does tug at the heart, especially the ending. If your day is free of productivity, you can definitely read this book in one sitting as you will be completely hooked. Rebecca Steele Chasing A Dream is such a captivating story and is highly recommended.
A beautiful, raw love story full of emotion and all the twists and turns of a romance but devoid of erotica and coarse language. Although a novel, the events are authentic due to the author's real live experiences during a career in the airlines. Cleverly written so that everytime I thought the story would go in one direction, it pleasantly surprised me which kept me turning the pages right until the end. A short read, but one that touches the heart while you're there.
In this novel, we follow Becky, who works for the airlines as she falls in love with a man who brings her into the life of the Silver Eagles. With her best friend, she follows her love to many locals for stolen moments of love.
A song moves the story along. Everyone has that one special song that brings up memories of someone from our past. Every moment in rehashed and relived as long as the lyrics live on.
I loved the ending and was glad how it unfolded. To me, that was the best part of the book.
It reads like a true story, about the ups and downs of relationships and how we act in those situations that define us.
Rebecca Steele Chasing a Dream is a light, fun little read. The cover didn’t scream romance to me, but it does show what the story is. Joanne Patterson did a good job of capturing what it’s like to date a “famous” pilot. I spent four years in the Navy, hosting the Blue Angles every year. She did a great job showing the lifestyle of the Silver Eagles and flight attendants for civilian airlines.
While I enjoyed the story, it didn’t really dig deep into the characters or the setting enough for me. The author showed mostly the surface of the characters, and I didn’t feel connected with anyone in particular until towards the end. The last three chapters are fantastic at showing the main character, Becky’s emotions. We traveled to several major cities, but I never felt like I left a random bar or hotel room. I would have liked more descriptions of the places she visits while following her Silver Eagle, Johnny around.
The ending is a nice surprising twist. This isn’t your average romance. It feels like a true story.
I recommend Rebecca Steele Chasing a Dream to anyone who enjoys a light romance without sex scenes. I mostly read erotica, and I found this book to be refreshing. The author knows how to tell a sexy story without the sex.
I liked the cover of this book so I decided to read it. It kept me interested and I was pleasantly surprised at the strong characters. I've been trying to broaden my horizons in my reading genres, and in this case I'm glad I did
From start to finish, it had me hooked, I sat down to read and just couldn't put it down. I am a big romantic at heart and this is a book that I will never forget, a true love story.
The story was very well written and I could even imagine watching this on the big screen at some point. I am really looking forward to reading more from Joanne Patterson and I definitely recommend you take a chance on this author, you won't be disappointed.
Was it a coincidence or fate that Becky kept running into Johnny? You could actually see how she matured as you read further. She was fortunate to be able to hop a plane whenever she wanted to be somewhere! Personally, I enjoyed the second half of the book even more than the first half. You’ll love the twists & turns! If you like a good love story that’s easy to read, I recommend this!
Reading Rebecca Steele Chasing a Dream was an absolute pleasure and I have already recommended it to a few of my friends. As an avid reader, I always think that books are way too predictable, but that was not the case here. Instead, I was repeatedly surprised by the twists and turns of the story.
I was also impressed with the quality of the writing and editing - superb!
I was looking for a book that could give a lot of romance and I suddenly found myself reading this one written by Joanne Patterson. I am pretty sure that the author did a great a job when it comes to the writing and developing of this story because it was so easy to understand the feelings that were sticking out which was one of the things that I enjoyed the most about this book. Another thing that I really liked was the fact that the main character had an amazing personality that made her go through adversities easily. I just loved this book since the very first time I started to read it, I had no time to put it down because it is so enjoyable for sure, I just wanted to know how the story was going to end. I would like to recommend this book to those who are looking for a romantic adventure, you will definitely enjoy it as much as I did.
Rebecca Steele Chasing a Dream is a real example of not judging a book by it's cover, and in a good way! Going by the title and cover, some readers may believe that it's about the historic air shows that captivated audiences for so long, but in reality, it's actually a delightful story of love, strength, heartbreak and transformation. The story is about Rebecca Steele, or Becky, who falls in love with Johnny after she goes to watch an air show. The events that follow lead her to get her heart broken, and she turns her life around.
The thing about this novel is that it relies a bit strongly on the 1970s, which was a period of rather crass displays of sexuality. Author Joanne Patterson has managed to capture this extremely realistically.Hats off to her! But, this may offend or shock certain readers of today's age; however, just remember that this was the harsh reality and the author has not sugarcoated it at all. That's what gives this book its true essence.
Rebecca Steele Chasing a Dream: A Look Behind the Scenes at the United States Silver Eagles
by Joanne Patterson (Author)
The title led me to believe at first that this was going to be a book that was more of a historically informational, nonfiction novel. However, once I got the book open in front of me, I was delighted to find that was not the case.
Author Joanne Patterson tells this love story in a creative and emotionally effective manner, and her characters are captivating. I did have some difficulty getting past my initial impression of casual, almost cruel sexual attitude from the male characters, and the “groupie” mentality that Becky displayed in her relationship with Johnny. I just had to remind myself that this was a reality in the time period in which Rebecca Steele Chasing a Dream: A Look Behind the Scenes at the United States Silver Eagles is set. Once I accomplished that, I was able to enjoy the true heart and purpose of the story, that love is real and we can find it whether we’re looking for it or not.
Dreams Do Come True
Rebecca Steele Chasing A Dream is the story of a young woman who falls in love with a crew member and how it affects her life. The characters are authentic and relatable. Becky falls in love with Johnny and suppresses what she really wants from the relationship. I understood where she was coming from with trying so hard to be accepting of the carefree and loose lifestyle. It is a trap that leads to sorrow for Becky but also rediscovery of herself with her country music career. Johnny was the typical guy who is selfish and unaware with not seeing a good thing in front of his face.
The story pace is steady with quite twist at the end. I liked the author's writing style and realize it is based upon true events during the time period. My only fault I found with the book was that the formatting was wonky and I felt like Becky held onto to love of Johnny way too long. I was so glad that Becky did find her happy ending even if it was like 20 some years later. Her story shows that it is never too late for true love or following your dreams. Overall, good read for anyone who likes historical romances.
Wow! This book will make you fall in love again, make you remember what it felt like to long for someone and the excitement of it all! Joanne writes from the heart! I think this book is perfect for a wide range of readers. Are you team Johnny? Or Team Mike?
Just finished reading Rebecca Steele Chasing a Dream in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. The gauge of how enjoyable a story really is to me is picking it up in the middle of the night to relax again and one page or two..one chapter, just another chapter, lol until I find myself unable to put it down! This book spoke to me and my own life experiences with love vs. passion and reminded me that we may take years to give up on the dream of something that was never really right for us and miss those most valuable relationships that were there all along. The book moves at a good pace, the characters are likable and well fleshed out. Becky and Johnny and their friends are in all of us. The memory of the lovely talented Karen Carpenter was a bonus, the story stayed with me, the song in my head remains. Very enjoyable read, I highly recommend it.
There is an awful lot of airline and airport jargon in this love story. I have worked in the industry but even I found it over the top. The men are provided courtesy of the Silver Eagles, a squad of airmen who visit airports all over the U.S. and put on shows. Naturally, they are dashing and handsome to a man. The heroine of this story falls for one and hopes for happily-ever-after. Well, I won’t spoil the story but the course of true love never did run smooth. There is also a sub-plot about the recording industry. I found the story to be rather pedestrian and it reads more like an account in someone’s diary than a fictitious novel.
Such a heartfelt story and clean. True romance is something hard to find but when you are struggling to find yourself it’s even harder.
I was looking for a good love story and I came across this book and gave it a try. I was hooked from the first page until the last. Great, enjoyable book. Would love to read book 2 and more from this author. Beautiful and well written as well.
Reviewed in the United States on August 19, 2020
Very intriguing book. You just think you know what may happen next. Really enjoyed reading this book. Can't wait to read the next one.
This book is a lovely quick read. I adore Emily's and Rebecca's strong friendship. Rebbeca moves through the ranks quickly. This is book is set in the 70s and is a very romantic book with sweet romance. This book shows you how Rebbeca deals with her own self esteem issue issue which are very relatable in any age. That twist at the end really shocked me.