Picks and Pans Review: Lone Eagle
Whoever said "Love is all you need" never met Kate Jamison and Joe All-bright, the soulmates at the center of Steel's latest romance. From their first meeting in 1940, when Kate is just 17 and Joe is a 29-year-old flying ace, the pair just can't seem to get things right—despite their inextinguishable passion. Kate gets pregnant out of wedlock. Joe gets shot down over Nazi Germany. And between Kate's fear of abandonment and Joe's terror at the thought of being tied down, the two break each other's hearts again and again.
The novel is brightly paced, and the World War II setting provides plenty of contextual drama. But the characters' endless self-absorption (She: "Don't leave me!" He: "Don't ask me to give up my freedom!") gets tiresome. (Delacorte, $26.95)
Bottom Line: Medium-gauge Steel