"Skydive takes them both to 1869 Arizona"
FREE FALLING by Stobie Piel is a time travel romance. The
hero, Adrian de Vargas, and the heroine, Cora Talmadge,
fell in love at 19. But Cora never felt like she was good
enough for Adrian who she saw as perfect. There didn't
seem to be anything he couldn't do or wasn't good at. She
felt like she was always disappointing him. So she left
him the day before he was going to ask her to marry him.
The only thing Adrian didn't have in life that he wanted
was Cora, the woman he had loved and lost. So when he met
Jenny, Cora's friend who wanted to take Cora skydiving, at
his skydiving school (which was named for Cora) it gave him
the opportunity to try to get Cora back. Cora didn't want
or really plan to actually skydive. But when Adrian (who
she hadn't seen since the day she left him) got on the
plane as her guide she knew she couldn't back out in front
of him. During the dive something goes wrong and they are
caught in a whirlwind and sent back in time to 1869 Arizona.
A time in which Cora is able to grow and change as a person
and discover who she is and see Adrian as a man, not
something so perfect that she isn't good enough for. But
the man that she loves and who loves her, and whom she
needs and needs her. In some ways she starts to see
herself in Adrian and she thinks of him as a cracked egg
who needs her (I didn't like the cracked egg business).
Adrian discovers his true heritage. His father Tiotonawen
(Whirlwind) of the Tonto Apaches sent his four-month-old
baby, Adrian, to the future to keep him from dying.
(Adrian had been adopted into a good and loving home.) So
Adrian finds he's ¼ Apache, ¼ Mexican, and ½ Navajo. So
he figures in the past he can keep Cora with him (as a
captive if necessary) to where he lost her in the future.
There are a lot of great and funny scenes in this book.
Especially the first part with the skydiving, they're
discovering that they've gone back in time and living in an
Indian Village (where men are treated superiors, as in
getting to eat first). Cora, who had no confidence in
herself, ends up taking a gun away from a boy and a man and
taking an Apache Chief's (Adrian's father, who becomes
weary of her) hat to protect her from the sun. You see
her grow and become confident in herself. The love between
Adrian and Cora is great. They have both loved each other
all along and want to be together. Cora tells Adrian why
she left and their relationship starts again. There are
some great love scenes and two very sensual dance scenes.
In general it's a really good story. But for me, I felt
like it concentrated too much on Cora. Although the stuff
with her was good, and Adrian's father tells him at the end
of the book that they came back in time for Cora. I felt
like Adrian got pushed to the back burner so to speak for
Cora to grow, which was needed. I just simply wanted more
of Adrian. When he was given the chance he came off very
Sheila Bragg © Copyright August 1999
for eBOOKISLE.com & ParaNormal
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 12, 2001