Book Reviews

I really liked the author’s engaging breezy fast-paced style. After I started the book I really didn’t want to put it down.
The author obviously has a big heart and penetrating insight into life’s lessons. She is both brave and honest, with impressive personal strengths.
This inspiring story gives quite an interesting perspective on meditation, Vedic astrology and spirituality.
This was my best read in a long, long time.

Ron H

5.0 out of 5 stars FASCINATING!

I have known the author for twenty years, but never knew her story. From page one her first person narrative pulls you into an amazing journey. It is an immensely personal story–all of it true. I am a fan of true-life crime stories, but how often is it do you come across a story in this genre that is written by someone who was there, who was part of the drama? Especially a drama that is complex and deeply moving.
But I digress, this is more than a crime story. It is story of transformation, of spiritual awakening. Most of us, who would have an experience like this might just give up on life and fade into obscurity, but not Mary. Without saying more, that part of the account is as amazing as that of her friend, who made history and ended up in jail. Mary went on and made something of her life, but she didn’t just shut him away. She maintained a faith and belief in the value of who he really was. That is amazing. I think you may enjoy this yarn. I am not quite finished with it, but fact is, she hooked me in the introduction.

Charles Bargerstock

5.0 out of 5 stars True Life Yarn that Kicks Butt

The raw emotion in this story makes Ms. Stevenson’s book an intriguing and compelling read. It is a refreshingly unique true crime story, in which she skillfully reveals how deeply these events affected her life and times. The author shows tremendous courage to be so open about this dramatic and difficult time in her life, so that others may benefit from her experience and gain strength to carry on with their personal challenges. Like an arrow shot directly into the center of a target, the author’s unflinching purpose and passion were driven by a dedicated heart and a unfaltering desire to redeem the love of her life.

Suzanne Penton

5.0 out of 5 stars The raw emotion in this story makes Ms. Stevenson's book an intriguing and compelling read.

This book is a great read, it puts you into the real life experience of a young woman who hears on the radio someone has hijacked an airplane and it turns out to be her boyfriend!. This seems like a movie, but is real life. The writer puts you right into the experience of all the emotion, turmoil and what she did for love. It’s hard to believe it’s true, but it is and can’t wait for the movie. What a testimony to the power of love.

Jim Garrett

This book is a great read, it puts you into the real life ...

Compelling, poignant, and very personal account of how love overcomes adversity in a most unusual circumstance. Amazing but true story.


5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating

Great Read! I am always amazed to learn what motivates a person to commit a crime. I am also amazed by people who commit to each other for better or for worse. The author’s true account of her experiences with the man she loved so deeply was truly moving. He obviously was deeply affected by PTSD resulting from his Vietnam days. Her story has opened my eyes and filled my heart with great compassion for all who serve our country and for the women who stand beside them through thick & thin. What an amazing and unique story! What struck me most is how this author sacrificed so much for the man she loved, and used the shock of his skyjacking an airplane to transform herself and get onto a spiritual path, thus turning lemons into lemonade. How many other 22-year-old young women would have waited while the man they loved was in prison with a 30-year sentence, not knowing when he would get out on parole? Her strength and courage is admirable and inspiring. I look forward to her next book to see where her path led next.


5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read!

I bought this book because I remembered hearing about this hijacking in 1972. Learning more about the young vet who committed the crime and the young woman who stood by him was what initially intrigued me. My review is prompted by what kept me engaged throughout.
Mary’s unwavering devotion to her young man begins with his incarceration, continues through their marriage, and as their lives take different paths, their divorce.
Mary’s candor as she relates the events of her long relationship with Robb is both astonishing and captivating. Even as their life together ends (and he gets the cat!) her love, devotion and true acceptance is a testimony to Mary.
A memoir of a life-changing event, but also one of amazing personal growth. I guarantee it is different from others you have read!


Amazing story of unwavering loyalty!

Mary Stevenson’s amazing journey is such a good read about how love can survive such extreme challenges. The excerpts from his actual letters to her from prison really brought the story to life for me. Highly recommended book!


5.0 out of 5 stars Love is a formidable force!

For a story centered around a crime, this is an amazingly uplifting story. Of course, a lot of the story is concerned with how the skyjacker recovered from PTSD, which is extremely relevant at a time when we have so many people suffering from it. It’s a compelling story and I found it hard to put down. It was fascinating to understand what his mental state was that lead him to such a monumentally stupid act and how he changed over the years, but it was no less fascinating to read what was going on with the author during all that time.



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