A Reason to Fly by Aysel Quinn

A Reason to Fly by Aysel Quinn
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (40 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fennel

Nate Thomas is sick to death of constant business trips and crowded airports. Then, before a customary Monday morning flight, Nate is forced to alter his carefully-arranged routine. His unplanned encounter with Annabelle, a confident and quirky kiosk clerk, permanently alters his worldview. Instantly, every trip is an occasion to anticipate, just to see Annabelle’s smile as she hands him change and intrigues him with her peculiar philosophy on customer habits.

Over coffee and bagel breakfasts, clandestine observations of eccentric passengers, and occasional electric brushes of fingers, Nate realizes that his growing attraction to Annabelle is quickly turning into something weightier than he ever expected.

But after so many pre-flight hours in Annabelle’s company, Nate arrives at the airport only to learn that Annabelle has quit her job as a clerk without warning. Can he muster the confidence to track Annabelle down outside of the airport bubble, or has he permanently lost his reason to fly?

Ms. Quinn describes herself as a writer of ‘quirky’ romance, and while I wouldn’t describe this as a comedy, A Reason to Fly is certainly quirky. It is also a story with a message. “…Wrappers are meaningless. It’s about what lies inside, the same as people.” But will the hero ‘get it?’

A Reason to Fly is a charming, feel-good short story with each scene clearly delineated by a new chapter. It is an easy, smooth read and ideal for anyone who enjoys reading while waiting in a queue, riding a bus, or just because they want to enjoy a light-hearted, happy-ever-after novella.

Clever use of the setting – an airport – creates much of the pace and vibrancy. The sense of movement around the hero and heroine emphasizes the oasis of calm they create between them when they set up a little guessing game to play each week when the hero, Nate, has to take a plane to work.

Written in the first person, the hero’s hesitation is well put across. He’s a likeable character who is not quite certain whether to dare to dream or not. When challenged by the heroine to play a guessing game he takes a gamble and goes along with it because he wants to see her again. Ms. Quinn’s tight writing ensures we know he is well respected at work by his boss and work colleagues, and this other, uncertain side to his character is lovely to watch as it unfolds.

Annabelle loves everything about airports and took the first job available just to be at one all day, everyday. And the people! She just loves analysing the people based on their purchases. So when she challenges Nate to join in her game she is surprised and pleased when he agrees. Ms. Quinn’s heroine may be a whiz at philosophy but she has a lot to learn when going after her dreams.

While the many other people that pass through an airport were implied, the author remained focussed on Nate and Annabelle.

The writing is tight, vivid, and as Ms. Quinn promised, quirky. The hero and heroine came across as real in as much their flaws were out there for this reader to see and wonder whether both would overcome them.

A Reason to Fly is an ideal story to read if you enjoy ‘happy-ever-after’ endings.


  1. The review of “A Reason to Fly” is very well written. It makes me want to read the story and that’s exactly what a good review should do.

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