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When American airspace was closed on 9/11, many planes already in the air were directed to an unlikely location: Gander, Newfoundland. This remote Canadian town is the backdrop for renowned lesbian romance writer Georgia Beers' riveting story 96 Hours. Stage and screen actress Romy Nordlinger richly voices the emotional turmoil of Erica Ryan and Abby Haynes, very different women who wind up stranded in Gander against the backdrop of terrorist-inflicted tragedy. Inevitably, the two form a deep bond - one that may or may not last past this traumatic, history-making 96 hours.
Erica Ryan is flying home from London after a disastrous business trip. Free spirit Abby Hayes is flying into New York City to visit her mother before jetting off again. Both end up in Gander, Canada, when their flight is diverted because of 9/11. For ninety-six hours they share a rollercoaster of emotions and find themselves drawn to one another. Will their nascent connection survive everyday life when they return home?
Georgia Beers is the author of eight lesbian romances and has won the Lambda Literary Award and the Golden Grown Literacy Award.
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4.25 stars. I've been wanting to read this for a while and I'm really glad I decided for this to be next on my listening list.
Romy Nordlinger did a good job as narrator.
The circumstances as such are desastruous, as this takes place in the aftermath of 911 where a number of Americans are stranded in Gander, Canada. But the book handles this with sensitivity and focuses on the people who help each other.
That's how Erica Ryan and Abby Hayes meet. It's not exactly love at first sight and they're polar opposites really. Erica is a scientist and comes across as very uptight und closed off. Abby, on the other hand, quit her job because it didn't make her happy, and is a real people's person.
They're both invited with two other stranded persons, Michael from Britain and recently split up Brian, to spend their days at the MacDougals, a warm couple who has been a great help for all stranded persons. The foursome is getting along well, despite Erica and Abby sharing a room with only one bed. A night of tequila is a lot of fun, and Erica slowly warms up to Abby and vice versa.
All in all, this is a romance with two mains who fit together well, some steamy scenes and a lot of fabulous secondary characters. The focus is clearly on the people and the changes people go through in difficult situations. I think it was really well done and I liked it very much.
That said, I realize it can be difficult for some people to read. When I had just begun listening, the news about the shooting in Vienna hit us (my gf went to university in Vienna, so she has a lot of connections there). Once again I was reminded, how eerily up to date this book is and probably will be for the foreseeable future.