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96 Hours

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,647 ratings  ·  108 reviews
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 connec ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 22nd 2011 by Bywater Books
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I don't really have a lot to say about this book other than that I enjoyed it a lot. It was my first by Georgia Beers, and I regret taking so long to finally read anything by her even though I'm hearing about her books all the time.

Based on the synopsis and a couple of reviews, I thought this was going to be a much darker story. Rather, it was about how such a tragic event could have positive consequences in the lives of this group of people, as it made them realize things and appreciate life an
isa Simonet
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lesbian
I am going to be very fast and especially very clear: with the books of Beers I wouldn’t bother to make a review of each of her books. You can go there with your eyes closed, everything is good, her writing, her stories , her characters, everything. Go ahead, read Georgia Beers without hesitation !!
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, lgbt, romance
I had the pleasure of meeting Georgia Beers in PTown during women’s week. She was promoting 96 Hours. As a good rule of thumb I will read anything that she puts out because I like her as an author. However, and this is a big “however” I really couldn’t foresee that I would read this one. In fact, I told her that there was really no way that I would be able to read it. Using 9/11 as a backdrop for a story is pretty brave, but I know that I personally still get incredibly emotional even discussing ...more
Lex Kent
Apr 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, f-f
I didn't really want to read this book, so maybe my review is a bit skewed for personal reasons. I still can't watch any movies about 911, heck it still hurts to look at The NYC skyline when I drive by it a few times a year, even with the new Freedom Tower. I was hoping this book, taking place in Canada, would be enough for me to get through it, and it was, but it was still painful. It took me 3 days to get through this book, when normally I can read up to 3 books in a day. I just found my self ...more
Pam Holzner
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama, scribd
It was a brave choice to try to write a romance around 9/11. One the one hand it was weird to read about people going through the shock all over again (it has been almost 18 years), but at times it was tedious. So in the end, I am not sure that the 9/11 part would be something one would ever want to revisit.

But it did work as a frame for setting up one of those "strangers who irritate one another" fall in love etc.

And I enjoyed the ending. Some reviewers thought everything was resolved too quick
Some romances are sweeping, expansive epics that follow love through all of its many peaks and valleys over a course of years. And some romances are about powerful moments, intense spikes, moments of clarity. 96 Hours falls firmly into that second category. Although it does, in fact, cover a period of nine months, Georgia Beers' story spends the vast majority of its time during the titular hours following the attack on the Twin Towers, and it does everything it can to relate what that would've b ...more
Laurie Salzler
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everybody
The moment I picked up 96 Hours, I knew it was going to be different. The cover is textured, and oddly, soothing (I found myself rubbing my fingers across it everytime I held the book in my hands). The twin towers and the cityscape of NYC is unmistakable. The red sky and the blackened buildings transfixed my eyes, and pulled me back to that date: September 11, 2001...9/11.

All that before I even opened the book. Between the pages, I discovered that Georgia had created a masterful piece (not surpi
Rahma Abdelrahman
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Perhaps the only thing this book got right was how nice Canadians mostly are.
This would have been a four-star read, but for two things that really bothered me.

The first is that there is a racist guy. Now, it’s okay to have unlikable characters, I know. But hear this: nobody calls him out on his racism at any point in the book, and by the end, he’s supposed to be this character we really grow to like without his racism ever being addressed. Well, sorry, but NO.

The second problem is sort of per
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I happen to have been reading this on 9/11 this year. All I can say is wow!
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
A well-written book about a tragical event and a romance that blossoms in the midst of it.

I think the author did a very good job at approaching a difficult situation that had a huge impact not only where it took place but also in the whole world. The narration was very respectful and captured the emotions that went thru many people who were close to experience the tragedy first hand. The fear, the anguish, the pain and anger that it generated was well described and the author took the time to p
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: f-f, romance
This is my first Georgia Beers books and definitely my favorite (I have gulped 4 or 5 since)

I usually feel queazy about mixing fiction and true events.
It seems so disrespectful to me when it's done badly, like the writer used it as a prop instead of doing it right.

It's not the case in this book. The romance is in the background and the 9/11 in the foreground.
It's shown in a way and in a light I've never seen before. And it's so marvelously well-done that I'm just in awe.
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Phew. Okay. Let me first start by saying that I generally instinctively avoid stories having to do with 9/11. I'm just not ready, and I don't know if I ever will be. Last winter, my sister-in-law and nephews came to visit me in NYC, and one of the things we did was go to the 9/11 Memorial and the museum. I'd been to the Memorial before, but not the museum. I had a really hard time with it, and at the end of our time, I mentioned to my sister-in-law that I wasn't sure how I felt about a museum be ...more
Les Rêveur
After a reread this weekend I had to write a review for 96 Hours… still one of my favorites from Georgia Beers.

My Synopsis

In the wake of the devastation of 9/11 all flights into America are diverted to other countries until the US was safe and secure. The people of Gander, Canada opened their hearts and their homes to, as they called them, ‘The Plane People.

In the midst of the most horrific circumstance a love story plays out. It shows that in the worst of situations sometimes love is the onl
Jae Jae
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Serious, distanced businesswoman Erica Ryan and friendly globetrotter Abby Hayes have nothing in common—except for being gay. They both get stranded in Newfoundland when American airspace is closed due to 9/11. The kindness of strangers changes them forever.

Georgia Beer's best book so far. It's entertaining and a quick read.
The end seemed a bit hurried, things coming together a bit too easily. And the relationship with the minor characters could have been developed more deeply so that the deep
Katie Sorensen
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ok, we lesbians deserve amazing, incredible, deep, well-written love stories, and this was just a "good" one, but there's a lack of lesbian fiction in general. So I loved this. I was totally hooked by the setting and I grew to love the characters.

While I'm waiting for the Outlander of lesbianism to exisit, I'll continue enjoying books like this.
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: udate
96 Hours is a book that had so many positive points for me, but also quite a few negatives. What I had hoped for was a book that was emotional, had a unique plot line and characters I cared about. What I got was a complete mixture, and I have to admit that I was disappointed, particularly by the last third of the book.

Erica is hard-working, ambitious and emotionally scarred, and Abby is a nomadic hippy who floats where the wind takes her and charms everyone she meets. The setting of their story
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I listened to the audio book for this and it was definitely the way to go. I didn't like Erica's character at all, but the narration was so good that I kept going, and I'm glad I did because I loved Erica's arc. I highly recommend picking up the audio version, although if you prefer to read printed versions, stick with it if you also find yourself not liking Erica. It's well worth it.

Full review here:
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lesfic
Feeling really happy for reading a good romance after reading so many other books! I loved Erica and her Pollyanna's inner thoughts :)
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Since when do lesbians smell like baby powder...all the time???

A light & fluffy romance with predictability.
Are there any lesbian novels with depth and real story lines out there?
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ff, audio-books
Very sweet tale. Absolutely awesome secondary characters, giving everyone faith in humanity. We might yet have a chance.
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Workaholic Erica is flying home after a disastrous business trip to London. Carefree Abby is on the way to visit her mother before heading off on her next adventure. But the date is 11 September 2001, and when US airspace is closed off due to the terror attacks, the plane meant to carry them to New York becomes one of dozens diverted to the small town of Gander in Canada. Stuck in a strange limbo for the next four days and overwhelmed both by the horror at what is happening at home and the incre ...more
Kristy Drexel
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book took me on an emotional journey so powerful at times it took my breath away and I had to stop and walk away. It brought back memories and moments that I hadn’t thought about in awhile. I give thanks to the author for taking something so tragic and making it a little better by tying in a love story
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was mostly a miss for me. It was available through audible with the romance package at no additional cost so why not.
Well the narrator was a miss for me and I think that set the tone for the book. The story was slow to develop and I just did not get the connection between the characters. The last part of the book was good and heartwarming (book based around the 9/11 events).
Alice 🐱☕️📚🐰
Aaawwww this was a really cute book! I can never read enough LGBT books in my lifetime.
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“This is our JFK moment, you know? It’s like how everybody who was around in the ’60s can tell you exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard that Kennedy was shot. This is our version of that.” (pg. 59)

This quote from the award-winning 96 Hours (Bywater Books) by Georgia Beers really, really resonated with me. They are so accurate. I do remember, with amazing precision, exactly where I was when I heard about the attack. And I remember the very first thing I did after heari
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I first read this book many moons ago and feel like this re-read with more years under my belt made it hit even more.
Most of us around the world were impacted by 9/11 in some way. Even on the week I was reading this, the attack came up in 2 separate conversations with people and almost 20 years have passed now.

It was a bold and challenging event to base the book around but done so well. The focus of the book is on the people and the bonds that were forged in Gander. I found myself tearing up whe
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
9/11. That's how we all refer to it now, nine eleven. As author Georgia Beers mentions in her stirring novel set during the aftermath of that terrible time, 9/11 is our JFK marker, that moment in our lives when we all remember where we were when the towers were hit. Many books have been written about that time, both fiction and factual. Beers chose a unique concept, examining the effects of the tragic attack on those who were in the air at the time, their flights prevented from landing on Americ ...more
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was eagerly expecting this book, and was not disappointed. I don’t think anyone can question Georgia Beers’s skill in creating a romance. Combining that, with the epoch tragedy of 9-11 required skill and a deft touch. That wound is still raw for many people.
The passengers caught on the flight from London and diverted to Gander, Newfoundland became three-dimensional representations of hundreds of Americans. The wonderful people of Gander brought back wonderful memories of the mythical people in
Gaelle Cathy
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've really loved this story. It's really different because of the setting. Who doesn't remember what they were doing when they learn about the attack. It has been imprinted in our hearts and mind forever. But that story brought something I had never thought about, those people, the plane people as they were called, that's a whole part of 9/11 that I didn't know about. I didn’t even think about that. It was so interesting to learn about Gander and how the plane people were "welcome" and in some ...more
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great book, I would teared up in every 2 pages. The compassion and generosity that the locals showed to plane people are extraordinarily touching. It's very insightful of the author to show this side of the 911 aftermath and how people coped with it. I usually hate reading about war and disasters, but I glad I read this book.
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Lambda and Golden Crown Literary Award-winning author Georgia Beers lives in Rochester, New York. She has been writing for as long as she can remember, and published her first lesbian novel in 2000.

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