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The Trouble with Flying

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Sarah doesn’t talk to strangers. Aiden won’t shut up. When they find themselves next to each other on a plane, unexpected sparks begin to fly …
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Sarah doesn’t talk to strangers. It’s awkward, stressful, and there’s the uncontrollable blushing to worry about. When she boards a plane to fly home after an overseas holiday, she plans to stick her nose in a book and ignore everyone around her.

Aiden’s terrified of flying, and it’s his first time on a plane. If he can distract himself by talking non-stop for the entire flight, he will. Too bad for Sarah he’s sitting right next to her.

Against all Sarah’s expectations, she ends up enjoying Aiden’s company. They laugh, argue, concoct stories about other passengers, and accidentally hold hands during the turbulence. When the time comes to say goodbye, Sarah can’t help the crazy thought that she shouldn’t let Aiden go.

Then he kisses her.

And then he’s gone.

With her world turning upside down in more ways than one, Sarah has to make a decision: stick with the safe, predictable life that’s been mapped out for her, or find the courage to go after what she truly wants.

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Nominated as an InD’tale RONE Award Finalist in 2015, The Trouble with Flying is a sweet, clean contemporary romance that can be read as a standalone novel.

256 pages, ebook

First published June 20, 2014

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Rochelle Morgan

7 books75 followers
Rochelle Morgan is the contemporary romance pen name of author Rachel Morgan. When Rachel isn't writing about fantastical magical worlds like Creepy Hollow, she steps into her contemporary romance shoes and writes about first love, embarrassing moments, cute kisses, and memorable characters figuring out their place in the world.

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Profile Image for Norah Una Sumner.
851 reviews447 followers
January 3, 2016
Rachel Morgan is the love of my life.

I loved this book.There is so much more to this book than its synopsis suggests-Sarah's flight takes only 10% of the book!I really liked Sarah,she's a great character and she's very brave for confronting her fears and realizing that she's somewhat sabotaging herself with some of her actions.Aiden...


I seriously loved Aiden and his humor,even when he's scared he made me laugh.The story is very interesting and I really liked the side characters,such as Sophie and Livi.The romance is sooo lovely...And that airport scene? GOALS.


Rachel Morgan hasn't disappointed me so far.You rock,girl!

Favourite quotes:

Life isn’t always about things you can see or hear or touch. Sometimes it’s more than that.”

"We need to get moving.It's going to be dark soon."
Aiden jumps to his feet."And that's when the monsters come out,right?"
"Hey,are you making fun of my overactive imagination?"
"Not at all.Cows can be very dangerous when caught in a bad mood.I'd better walk in front,just in case."
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4,723 reviews1,278 followers
November 14, 2020
2.5 stars
Downloaded for free from amazon.co.uk

"God is real, and perhaps He made me this way so that I wouldn't annoy strangers who don't want to hear what I have to say."

I didn’t enjoy this book. I didn’t like the characters, I didn’t like the story, and I found the whole thing pretty boring really.

I found it very strange that for someone who didn’t like speaking to strangers on a plane Sarah ended up discussing religion and whether there was a God. And I just got so bored with their conversations!

I did feel sorry for Aiden at one point though.
Overall; I didn’t enjoy this book really, not even the romance interested me.
5 out of 10
Profile Image for Kathy.
2,741 reviews5,975 followers
September 11, 2014
That final line of the book summary is what got me to download and read this book.

Light-hearted contemporary romance that does not contain explicit language or sex.

Totally sounded exactly like my kind of book.

The Trouble with Flying was on page one of my Kindle when I finished the book I was reading so I thought I would give it a try. What a cute story! I love when I discover a new book that is a good fit for me.

I enjoyed watching Sarah learn to step out of her comfort zone and thought Aiden was a worthy target. Lots of smiles while reading about their interactions and misunderstandings. I was glad when the over-bearing boyfriend was finally out of the picture.

Trouble with Flying is set in South Africa and I enjoyed the references to different foods and culture.

If you enjoy clean romance this is worth reading.

Rating: 4 Stars - Great Book

Source: Downloaded from Amazon.com

Content: a little mild language

Profile Image for Jacob Proffitt.
2,937 reviews1,548 followers
September 23, 2015
I quit a little over half-way. I was tempted to quit around a third in but entered a masochistic cycle of "just one more chapter". The problem is that the book is predictable. Worse, the main character, Sarah, is too simple. She's shy and that's pretty much where it ends. There's some flavor there, with her writing and the love of her home town, but it all feels surface deep and mainly there for plot or emotional services. I think my main problem, though, is how blinkered she is and how that makes her so very weak. Interactions with her so-called boyfriend are particularly painful and her little tizzy fit with her friends was so stupid it made my brain hurt. I just had a hard time taking her seriously and for those moments when I did, I had a harder time wanting to spend time with her.
Profile Image for Katie (Hiding in the Pages).
2,920 reviews218 followers
December 2, 2014
Everyone has their challenges in life and I love the way this story shows that you can't look at someone and think his/her life is perfect.

Sarah is painfully introverted and the reader really comes to understand how difficult this shyness is. She is talented, yet she doubts her abilities, and I really enjoyed watching her become comfortable with herself. Throughout the story, Sarah really learns more about herself, what she wants out of life, and she really gains confidence, thanks in part to Aiden.

I loved Aiden! He is so sweet, funny, and confident, yet he struggles with his own fears. He has a way of drawing Sarah out of her shell and forcing her to converse. He also has a way of causing Sarah and those around him to see the big picture in life.

I really enjoyed the setting--it's so different from anything I've ever read before and really drew me in. There were a few words or spellings that aren't American, but they were fully explained in the back of the book. I loved the ups and downs--the whole journey was great fun! The friendships and relationships were enjoyable, yet sometimes complicated. Nothing was perfect, but it wasn't depressing. It was fun and entertaining, with a dose of reality. It's so refreshing to find a clean New Adult story. I'm definitely looking forward to more by this author!

Content: a few mild expletives; no violence; mild romance--kissing. Clean!

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
Profile Image for Nancy❤The❤Bookaholic.
1,098 reviews140 followers
November 12, 2014
~~2.5 Stars~~

This was a bit boring to me. I contemplated DNF'ing it but since I received the second book in this series from Netgalley I told himself to push through it. I think I would have been okay with DNF'ing it and moving on to the next book. I'm going to go into book 2 with an open mind. Hopefully it's better than this one. Wish me luck.
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Author 6 books49 followers
January 2, 2020
· “Fly. Be brave. Take a chance.” ·

This book is currently FREE on Amazon, so hurry up and get your copy!

Random fun fact: “The Trouble with Flying” was my last read of 2019 and my first review of 2020, and it was a great way to close a bookish year. So, hurray!

As a traveller, I was obviously hooked by the very simple fact that Sarah and Aiden meet on a plane! Being from different countries (namely, South Africa ♥ and England ♥) and not knowing they were heading in the same direction, I was more than curious to find out how things would play out for these two. While they’re both going through their own messes (Sarah can’t figure out wether she’s still in a relationship or not, and Aiden is terrified of flying), they manage to put that aside and spend the entire flight talking and distracting each other. Casual as this sounds, proves a great challenge for Sarah, who’s usually terrified of talking to random strangers. Always.

After they land in South Africa, Aiden and Sarah are forced to part ways. Having not exchanged any form of contact information (reader frustration moment—seriously, guys, it’s the 21st century!), Sarah doesn’t think she’ll ever see him again. Fate, however, has a way of stepping in, for Aiden ends up showing up at the weekend-long party Matt’s family (Matt as in Sarah’s boyfriend) is throwing to celebrate his Grandpa’s 90th birthday.

Things get…

Awkward. And not only because of Matt and Aiden being related or under the same roof as Sarah. Thing is, Aiden and Sarah are both going through a moment of change in their lives. A breaking point. And this is the point and the beauty of this book. Aiden’s already coming out of it, whereas Sarah’s just starting to question her carreer choice, her relationship, her ambitions, her goals for the future. . . And Aiden’s there. In ways Matt’s not. Aiden not only listens to her, but he also encourages her, defies her to take chances, to risk everything and to overcome her fears (just as she was there to dare him to face his fear of heights).

So, even though the premise of the book is rather simple, I found it refreshing the themes that are addresses throughout the pages that are full of funny situations and a lighthearted tone (very necessary when your characters are going through a major life crisis at 19!). I loved the flawed characters seeing each other for what they are and loving each other because
of that. And, of course, straightforward message—take a chance, risk it all, believe in yourself, chase that mythical happy ever after, let go of the fears and just… FLY.
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227 reviews59 followers
April 12, 2015
The Trouble with Flying is a contemporary romance revolving around Sarah and Aiden.

Their journey begins when they are placed next to each other on a plane to South Africa, they start talking and become instantly attached to one another. After they part ways Sarah realises that she need to go back to her usual life and her boyfriend Matt. However she will cross paths with Aiden again and this leads to Sarah questioning her happiness.

I liked this novel but it isn't something that will stick with me a long time.

I identified with Sarah and felt that her worries were very relatable. I liked that both the main characters had problems and that they tried to work around them so they could be happy. Both Aiden and Sarah overcome their fears while in each others company and support one another, it made them more likable especially because I questioned their feelings for one another.

Some parts of this book were predictable but at times you need a read like this to slow your brain down a little! I probably prefered the beginning to the end of this book just because you can guess what is going to happen. However, I am glad that everything turned out okay in the end.
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Author 31 books301 followers
July 9, 2017
4.5 stars
This is one of those books where you get EXACTLY what you're expecting. A sweet, clean contemporary romance, which is exactly what I needed after a few heavier reads. This book did cement that I would read Rachel/Rochelle Morgan's shopping list, because even though I'd classify it as a light holiday read, Sarah and Aiden's story will stay with me long after similar books have faded. Brilliant characterization and easy reading (I devoured this book in an afternoon.) On to Livi's story!!
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Author 29 books115 followers
June 24, 2014
Sarah's worst nightmare, a cute stranger who wants to talk to her, is about to sit beside her on a long flight from England to South Africa in Rachel Morgan's The Trouble with Flying. Oh my goodness, I loved this book. Sarah is so adorably awkward and shy, and I could easily relate to her. Aiden is hot and weird in his own way. I anxiously awaited to see how these two could possibly meet each other again after their flight. Set against the exotic backdrop of South Africa, this story is an endearing read. I laughed, cringed at Sarah's awkwardness because I totally got it, and teared up at the book's sweetness. I really want to try Zoo Biscuits now too. If you're looking for a clean, new adult romance, then look no further. I was completely engrossed in the story and couldn't get to the next screen page on my Kindle fast enough to know what happened next. The Trouble with Flying by Rachel Morgan is one of my favorite reads this year!
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929 reviews77 followers
April 11, 2015
2.5 stars

I think the trouble with reading lots of books is I can see the pattern and predict the story by only reading first few chapters. Sometime I'm happy it turns just like what I predict, because it means I pay attention to it. But most of the time I don't like it because it shows how predictable the story is. This is one of predictable story that I can guess right, so right it lost its appeals for me. And not to mention that it's boring.

When I read the blurb, I thought I'll love Sarah, the main character. She's shy-introvert-awkward who doesn't like to talk to stranger. I love reading stories with shy-awkward characters. But I didn't see she has any problem talking with stranger, with Aiden to be exact, though I can see that she is indeed an awkward girl.

While Aiden, as much as he's swoon worthy, I didn't like that he likes snooping through Sarah's personal things. He might think that her phone is in front of him so it's okay for him to unlock it and see its background picture or take a look at her open drawer in her room. But I say that it's impolite and he seems a rude person to me.

I liked their relationship, though. Their banter is enjoyable to read. I also liked the idea that they make each other face their own fear and be a better person. And I did like the story in the beginning, before I knew that my guess was right.

But what helped me a lot to pass the boredom was the last few chapters. It finally shows character's development for Sarah. I can see and believe that she is indeed doesn't like to talk to stranger. And those last few chapters are interesting and enjoyable to read, though of course it's still predictable. Well I think it's so hard to not get predictable romance stories nowadays so I might enjoy it while I can.
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8 reviews
June 25, 2014
OH.MY.GOSH. I absolutely LOVED this book and could not put it down. It was so realistic, unlike those predictable, cliched romances. Rachel Morgan is awesome! Saying that I "Thoroughly enjoyed The Trouble With Flying" is like the understatement of the century! When the shy, awkward introverted Sarah boards a plane in departure to the beautiful South Africa, she is forced to face her biggest fear: Talking to strangers. At the same time, the hunky Aiden has to face his biggest fear: Flight. Sarah and Aiden spend the duration of the flight caught u in random conversation and when they're forced to separate, neither has she gotten over her fear of talking to strangers nor can she get Aiden off her mind. But as the story unravels, Sarah is forced to make the decision that will determine her future. As she embarks on this new journey, Sarah has to come to terms with what she thinks will be good for her and what she wants to keep her happy. This book is a MUST READ. Each and every character have such strong personalities with such distinct likes and dislikes. I could relate to all of them, especially Sarah. Ms Morgan teaches us so many life lessons about decision making and the feeling of true love. Experience the warmth and culture of South Africa, taste the sweetness and decadence of Zoo Biscuits and feel the humid, moist air of Durban.
May 28, 2016
The Trouble with Flying is an alright book if you don't have that high expectations. I am a bit disappointed with this mainly because I don't think the characters were given enough room & time to grow and all of it just happened so quickly.

Sarah and Aiden attraction was cute and goofy but their development felt rushed. For example, . It was just so silly of a thing or a plot twist to believe in.

At the end, I found myself wondering if her choice in Aiden is another mistake. Because, Aiden is still a mystery and he's that passive side of the story. I don't feel like I know who this guy is he could be another copy of Matt. The only liberating thing was how Sarah finally grew out of her fear. Yo go girl!

Anyways, If you want to have fun without looking too deep then this definitely for you.
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685 reviews26 followers
February 14, 2017
Sweet story!

I got this book for free on Amazon a while ago and decided to read it recently. It was a great book!! I thought the characters were unique and quirky but very likeable, and the setting brought some new insights into South Africa. Definitely some toe-curling romance, but also clean (my favorite!).
February 22, 2021
If you follow me closely (either here or on Instagram) by now you know two things:
1) I'm not a huge fantasy fan
2) I was totally obsessed with City of wishes last year (I still have to read the last two books).

Since City of wishes is fantasy and I was loving it so much, I found myself searching for the author. When I found out the author, Rachel Morgan, wrote romances under the pen name Rochelle Morgan, I knew I had to read at least one. Romance is one of my favorite genres and has been my go to genre this year.

So, for The trouble with flying, expectations were a little high I must confess and maybe because of it, I felt it lack some things.

It's not that I didn't like it, far from it, but I felt some aspects could have been better handled.
The beginning is really good: girl meets boy on a plane. I've always enjoyed traveling, so this was really close to my heart (I mean, I haven't met anyone on an airplane but a girl can dream, right?).
However, the book doesn't keep up with the good beginning.

SPOILERS ALERT - if you don't want to be spoiled, don't read the rest
Sarah seems to be the kind of girl that needs to be validated by a boy/boyfriend. This may be accurate for some people, but it's not my kind of heroine (and this may be a me problem only). Later on she will grow, but I felt it took a lot of time, while lacking to develop the why. We know she needs to be with Matt, we know she wasn't popular, but we don't get why was so important to be with him (I was never popular and I never felt the need to date someone because of it. I would have liked to see this aspect of Sarah better develop).

Matt was a violent and controlling boyfriend, again, this could have been better developed and this is, in fact, a great aspect to develop. I mean we are aware of this reality and we see it romanticized like he did one or two things, people point it out to Sarah, she thinks about it, she decides to break up. In reality things are not so straightforward and I feel it could have been a subject to address properly.

Sarah is unhappy, pursuing a degree she doesn't care about and dreaming with something else. Again, could have been a great story line but it wasn't properly developed. As a person that did, in fact, struggle with a degree I didn't love I can't emphasize enough the importance of doing something you love. I felt this was dealt with the same straightforward mentality. She decides to change, her parents agree, she is successful in her new pursue, life isn't like that. I know this is a book, we can't get that much in detail, but it felt too superficial.

All in all, this is a very clichê, easy read kind of book. I would recommend this for a weekend read if you don't know what to read. However, if you want a good romance, a memorable one, I wouldn't recommend this one.
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234 reviews
October 17, 2021
i have SO much to say about this bookkkk. first of all, let me just begin with slowburn sucks. okay, now on to the actual review. i loved Aiden the first page I met him. he's such a sweetheart and he deserves the absolute world. Sarah..she wasn't exactly a bad protagonist. I just wish she would've been more responsive to things. she was actually really cool tho. oh, and Matt..yeah let's just not, can't stand him at all 😭. but this was really good. this is also one of those books that doesn't get good until the end. it was still good all around, I was just more excited when I read the last part of the book because 1. So much happened and 2. We saw more of Aiden and Sarah. But, yeah, it wasn't bad, more so really really good (In my opinion).
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
501 reviews37 followers
June 3, 2017
This book was an absolute let down!
I went through over 2 hours of trouble to get this elusive book and what do i get?
a not even Mediocre story!!
Wish I hadnt wasted my time on this *sigh*
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125 reviews11 followers
April 9, 2017
It was a story of a shy and introvert girl and was so relatable to me . I enjoyed reading it
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331 reviews
November 10, 2014
4.5 stars: I really, really liked this one! It was a breath of fresh air…just an all-around enjoyable, clean contemporary (new adult—they were in college) novel. Some of the spelling/terminology was different since it’s set in South Africa…but it’s basically the British spelling.

I enjoyed Sarah as a character. She’s an extremely introverted person, and since the story is told in first-person narrative, we really get an inside look into how introverted she really is. She was a sweet girl, and I enjoyed seeing her evolve into a stronger, less pushover type of girl (especially where Matt was concerned—ugh, hated him). I also like how seamlessly she would share her beliefs in God. Not preachy, but not ashamed to tell Aiden she didn’t believe in “chance”…that she believed in a higher power, and that she believed that higher power was God.

From the start, I just adored Aiden. I mean, all-around likable guy…cool, confident, sarcastic—and at the same time, sweet and caring…and deathly terrified of flying. So much so, that he can’t even begin to hide it. And that’s just where the story began for our two main characters. This was a fun, enjoyable ride. This is the first book I’ve read by Rachel Morgan, and definitely won’t be the last...I’m looking forward to continuing the series!

Content: a few very minor swear words; otherwise clean!

**I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions above are my own.**
Profile Image for Christina.
423 reviews29 followers
May 16, 2015
The Trouble with Flying was right up my alley! The main character, Sarah, is very relatable. She is not confident in speaking with strangers and avoids it if she can. She breaks her own rule - don't perpetuate conversation with strangers if you can help it - when a cute stranger, also a first time flier - sits next to her on her flight home and starts sprouting nonsense to distract him from the flight. Hours later, they are still talking and before long they arrive at their destination. Sarah's sad that it's over. But is it really over?

This book was so adorable and it won me over with it's fluffy romance and it's happily ever after. It's not too serious (no angst, yay!) but does deal with some realistic issues. This book left me with a positive message about conquering your fears and standing up for yourself.
3 reviews1 follower
June 21, 2014
The best saturdays are waking up, getting coffee, then settling back into bed with a good book. From the first few chapters of "The trouble with flying" I was completely engaged. Then, I had mixed feelings, the story started so well, and I was excited to see what would happen to Sarah and Aiden, but suddenly I was also nervous, what if the rest of the book wasn't as awesome. But I feared for nothing, I couldn't put the book down and finished it in one sitting. The book finished like it started, beautifully! #happyplace
Filled with honest moments, stolen kisses and magical mountain scenes. "sigh"
Thank you Rachel Morgan for being an author and bringing these stories and people to life.
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104 reviews3 followers
October 28, 2014
I absolutely loved this story! I couldn't wait to finish and find out the ending. I do hope that Rachel intends to make this into a series, as I could easy read and learn more about both Sarah and Aiden!

The story took place mainly in South Africa. I found it to be a nice change of pace from the typical books I read.

The story about both main characters overcoming their fears is very liberating at a reader. It makes me want to face my fears, just as Sarah and Aiden did in the story too.
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261 reviews44 followers
November 5, 2018
Thank you to the lovely author, Rachel, for sending your book my way!

I had a lovely time reading this book. It was super quick and I could relate to the story in many ways. I LOVED that it was set in South Africa, I really enjoyed the banter and the main love interest is great. I had a grand, old time!!

Full review here ->
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2 reviews2 followers
June 22, 2014
The Trouble with Flying is yet another amazing story from Rachel Morgan and I loved it just as much as I've loved her other books. It had me laughing and crying at the same time and is definitely one I'm going to re-read. I highly recommend it! Do yourself a favour and start reading it, right now. Drop what you're doing, it's worth it!
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994 reviews
December 21, 2014
This book was so cute!! I liked Aiden. Matt was tool! I'm really happy the way everything ended up!
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