Skid, by Rene Gutteridge
How I came to read this book:
Through WaterBrook Multnomah Books.
- Content: 8
- Writing Style: 8
- Re-readability: 7
- Busy Mommy Scale: 9
The story in Skid was really enjoyable. There were many characters, and I wandered happily along with the ventures into each of their lives. This book is the 3rd in a series, coming after Scoop and Snitch, with the main character being one of a group of brothers and sisters. Reminded me a little bit of Dee Henderson’s O’Malley Series, but with a much lighter, simpler tone. I have not read the first two in this series.
I hope this isn’t taken as an insult, but this book almost felt like one of the old episodes of Love Boat — where a group of strangers mix and mingle, cross paths occasionally, with separate mini-dramas within the main story.
By itself, I probably wouldn’t reread, but as part of a series, I’d like to read the first two, and pick it up again, to get the full effect.
Busy Mommy Scale
This one wasn’t too hard to read bits at a time. I never felt the need to block out solid reading time to get the “full effect” of the drama. It was a fun read, rather than a moving one.
Blissfully unaware that Atlantica Flight 1945 from Atlanta to Amsterdam is about to make aviation history, First Officer Danny McSweeney focuses his energies on navigating the turbulent personalities of an eccentric female captain, a co-pilot with a talent for tactless comments and conspiracy theories, and a lead flight attendant with an outsized attitude that definitely exceeds the limits for carry-on baggage.
On the other side of the cockpit door, the unscheduled in-flight entertainment includes a potbellied pig, a jittery diamond courier, and the recently jilted Lucy Meredith, whose personal mantra of “What Would Oprah Do?” will be challenged by the sudden appearance of her ex and his new traveling partner. On her left sits Hank Hazard, whose unusually polite but constant requests–prompted by his covert role as a spy for the airline–test the limits of the crew’s customer service.
But as Lucy and the rest of the crew discover, Hank’s odd behavior is linked to a quiet faith that may play a key role in the fate of everyone on board. Especially when an unexpected traveler sets this already bumpy flight on a course toward the unfriendly skies.
Rene Gutteridge is the author of twelve novels, including the Boo series, the Storm series, and the novelization for The Ultimate Gift, as well as Scoop and Snitch, the first two Occupational Hazard novels. She lives with her husband, Sean, and their two children in Oklahoma City.