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Fly Me to Paradise by Catherine Andorka


Cover art: Fly Me to Paradise Reviewer: Lori Graham
Title: Fly Me to Paradise
Author: Catherine Andorka
Publisher: Gale
ISBN-13: 978-1-59414-953-5
Release Date: March 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Current
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Catherine's Website/Blog: www.catherineandorka.com

Madeline Holtís life had been what some would call dull. Well, maybe predictable was a better word. She had been married to Charles for years. He ran his own insurance company and Madeline had her own accounting firm. They were practical and methodical. He was also very conservative. But, they loved each other. Even with that though, they agreed that having children right now probably wasnít a good idea. Given that Charles was practical, he suggested a vasectomy and she suggested they freeze some sperm just in case. There was one day, though, that Charles wasnít practical and an accident took his life. Madeline found herself in a position without him but yet glad she could have a child to carry on his name.

Kurt Williams is a pilot trying to keep his mind off of his next doctorís appointment. Having to deal with cancer and waiting for the five year mark to be declared a survivor is nerve wracking to say the least. He is doing some of the things he has always wanted to do (like skydiving) just in case.

Both of these two people get knocked for a loop when it is discovered that the technician at the clinic inseminated Madeline with Kurtís just-in-case donation instead of Charlesís. She is now pregnant with Kurtís baby and he realizes that he wants this baby. She comes to figure out that she canít do it alone. They have to figure out how to handle things together.

Catherine Andorka has created a very interesting real-life dilemma that, to be honest, I could absolutely see happening. This is a poignant drama created by characters who must think beyond their own needs to that of the other person and more importantly, that of the child who is innocent in all of this. Madeline and Kurt are each dealing with some pretty serious issues that are very different and yet, strangely similar. They have to overcome them individually and learn to trust each other. Fly Me to Paradise is truly a sweet story that intrigued and gave me that sweet smile at the end.


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