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.