Rebecca Steele Chasing a Dream

A Look Behind the Scenes at the United States Silver Eagles

Romance - General
248 Pages
Reviewed on 07/17/2017
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Author Biography

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 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.

    Book Review

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.

Rebecca Steele Chasing a Dream

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.

Joanne Patterson

Kathy Bodovetz

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.

Alisa Grinnals

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.

Sarah Fox

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.

Sheryl Falso

Great love story. Couldn't put it down. Young people in love can be so naive. Would love another book to,follow Becky.

Kindle customer

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.

Anne Walter

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.

Toni

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.

Wendy S.

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!

Allison

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. :-)

Annette Milano

It is a fabulous book which I thoroughly enjoyed. Don't wait to, get your copy!

JKK

Great story of a Dream remembered and followed.

Julie Procopio

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!

Carol Locke

Excellent read. Hard to believe first book from this writer. Hope there is more books to come!

Kent Reilly

Great portrayal of the 1960's life of airline people and how things were.

TenRee

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.

Jeanne Estes

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!

Amazon customer

Loved it! Really enjoyed the love story and how it kept me guessing the whole time .. I couldn't put it down!

Amazon customer

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!

Amazon customer

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.

Amazon customer

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

Anne W.

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.

T. Cowin

I loved this book. Great read.

Buzz -Amazon Reviewer

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.

Natalia Excobar. Amazon reviewer

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.

amazon reviewer

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.

Kindle reviewer V.E.

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.

Grady Harp -Kindle reviewer

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..

Jackie Geyer

I love this story! I think there’s more to tell and I think there ought to be a sequel.

Stephanie Pangburn

Beautiful!

I received this book for free. This book shows that everyone has a soulmate; you just have to have an open mind.

April Freeman

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.
#paperbackpushers

Lisharee

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.

Aida

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.

Tammie Browning

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.

Shawill

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.

Donna

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.

R. Winters

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.

Sherry

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.

Amazon customer

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