Both hilarious and deeply moving, Blue Skies is a fast-paced ride through what at times seems like a parallel universe. The characters are beautifully
realized, though one of the secondary romances does outshine Nikki
and Sam's.

Having survived a rotten marriage, a bitter divorce and the death of her ex-husband, pilot Nikki Burgess has finally landed on her feet. The opportunity to be chief pilot with a start-up airline is too good to pass up, so she packs up her kids and moves to Las Vegas. Her best friends, Dixie and Carlisle, also come along.

Nikki's new adventure soars when she meets fellow pilot Sam Landon. However, all is not blue skies with new co-workers from hell, her hypochondriac mother's unending visit, house hunting trials and Dixie and Carlisle's romantic travails.

(May, 384 pp., $6.50)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer