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A Bird Without Wings

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  163 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Librarian's Note: this is an alternate cover edition - ISBN 10: 9781311225924

What makes the world go ’round . . .?

After an impoverished and indigent childhood, Callie Dahl is interested in one thing: money enough to buy her own home. Love and marriage are impractical pursuits, and hold zero attraction for her—though she alleviates her loneliness through the guilty pleasure
Published June 18th 2015 by Smashwords (first published November 29th 2013)
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Henry Martin
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Bird Without Wings by Roberta Pearce was my first-ever romance read. Hmm . . . no need to run for the hills, I'm not about to turn all romantic on you. Nevertheless, I read quite a few very intelligent comments by Ms. Pearce on Goodreads, and wanted to find out whether that intelligent writing can also be found in her novels. So, I bought a copy and started to read.

There is no doubt that Ms. Pearce can write, and write well. While I kept shaking my head in disagreement with the subject matter
Martyn Halm
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since my noir novelist notoriety is already down the drain after reviewing For Those Who Wait, I might as well review Roberta Pearce’s A Bird Without Wings.

The author was concerned that I would be bored reading her books due to the lack of blood and violence. And disturbed people. However, knowing beforehand that Callie was unlikely to stab Lucius in the eyes or Lucius ending up a spree-killer actually made me focus on their interaction. And I found both Callie and Lucius a lot more engaging tha
This is a office romance story between a nerdy/genius girl and her melt-your-panties-off-hot boss.
It also has a subplot which is equally interesting: revealing the truth behind a decades-old rumour of a hidden family fortune of said boss.

If I say this story was well written it would be an understatement: I am so glad my reading device has a built-in dictionary otherwise I would have been lost..
As it was, I was "only" pulled out of my reading on every second page or so.

I am admittedly not a nativ
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
From the start of this book you will be laughing and the laughter never stops. You have humor, mystery, power strangle, kind of a love hate relationship. All the things in a romance you could ask for. You have romance inside of romance what else do you need. Oh there are lots of lots of things to see, find and learn inside this book. For me a romance you must have humor, you must be able to laugh with or even at your characters.

I found the mystery of the birds to entertaining, the ugly birds, p
Jen Warren
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I read this in one sitting and am writing this review with the sort of half-blindness that comes from reading on my laptop WAY too long. That’s a testament to this delightful story of Callie Dahl and Lucious Ransome.

A Bird Without Wings is an office romance with much more originality than I had anticipated, and a plot that doesn’t rely only on the laws of attraction to carry it through. In Romance, I typically find the sub-plot boring—something I skim past because I don’t care. Not so here. The
Luccia Gray
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Bird Without Wings is much more than an engaging romance; it includes the unfolding of a well-planned and complex historical mystery which will keep the reader involved until the very last page. Exceptionally gifted but emotionally insecure Callie is hired by her boss, quick tempered and wealthy Lucius, to investigate and disprove the existence of a family mystery once and for all, but instead she unravels an unforeseen secret which has been hidden for almost a hundred and fifty years. The nov ...more
Andra Weis
I obtained a copy of A Bird Without Wings from the author, Roberta Pearce, through Goodreads - a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review – thank you by the way.

A romance…..sweet, enjoyable, engaging. A mystery….unfolding with intrigue and kept guessing until the very end. Sexy….the intimate scenes told in a provocative and tasteful manner.
I was not even way through before I started telling my friends about this book! A Bird Without Wings took me to where I want all my fiction
Kimbo Wolfe
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While not my genre, there was enough mystery and likability of the lead characters to keep me flipping the pages. Perfect for vacation or a snowy day by the fire...with wine :)
Amber Foxx
Four stars on technical aspects of writing, one star on characters, one star on the romance plot, three on the mystery subplot. This averages out to 2.25. This is probably going to be my last less-than three-star review. The next time I get forty pages into a book and still dislike it, I’m going to stop reading it. Life is too short to read books I don’t enjoy, or to spend hours revising reviews of them. My opinion isn’t that important in the long run, and my time and enjoyment are. If the first ...more
Edward Wolfe
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this at 4:08am. Review to come after sleep. For now, I just have to say, fantastic writer. Pearce is amazing, and I don't think she's even gotten started yet.


I read the description of this book months ago and wasn't very interested in it. I remember thinking it was about a girl who's only interested in money, and something about some old paintings in Europe. How boring.

Just in case anyone else got a similar impression, let me point out that the main character is concerned about f
Goddess Of Blah
May 31, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a disappointing cliché chick lit read.


1. It promised an INTELLIGENT nerdy heroine - that's not what we got.

2. Heroine was a swooning clumsy badly-dressed cliché misfit of a poorly written Bridget Jones.

3. The whole rags to riches tale, of the poor peasant marrying the rich lord is ridiculous. The heroine is a trailer-trash humble girl and the hero is a privileged English guy

4. The dialogue was abysmal and cringe-worthy

5. Plot was executed like every other poorly bimbo cliché ch
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Non-traditional characters, intriguing family-centered investigation, and office politics with just the right amount of romance sprinkled in, and Roberta Pearce has a dynamic page-turner novel that makes you laugh and feel every emotion of her characters.
The main heroine is not your typical love-smitten girl in love with the charming CEO--although there is some of that--no, she is smart, no-nonsense and beautiful (although she doesn't know it). And Lucius is just the guy for her. No matter that
Zara Kingsley
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a pleasure to receive a free copy of: A Bird Without Wings, for my honest review, as it is a very refreshing read! It encompasses the necessary ingredients to keep you up all night, turning the pages: romance, mystery, sprinkled with humor, and a few steamy, tasteful, scenes. The characters are well-developed, believable and quite charismatic. I loved Callie’s intelligence, innocence and neuroticism. The romance between her and Lucius, though fraught with drama, is very sweet indeed. A si ...more
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful story. This was a hidden gem, beautiful character development and a funny, witty, clever book!!!
Mike Billington
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I write murder mysteries.
I read murder mysteries.
I don't write romance novels.
I don't read them.
Despite that I picked up "A Bird Without Wings," a romance novel with an erotic side that doesn't have a single murder in the whole darn thing.
I'm glad I did because I loved it.
Simple: She may be the product of the author's imagination but I am seriously crushing on Callie Dahl, the main character in author Roberta Pearce's novel about the search for a declining family's legendary treasure. Callie
J.L. Hill
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Bird Without Wings is a story of romance between two people from opposite sides of the spectrum. Callie (Calandra Dahl) is the daughter of vagabonds who grew up in the dusty grey light of poverty. By the time she is in her mid to late twenties the bright and shining light that is her mind is buried underneath a lifetime of neglect, loneness, and self-doubt. Lucius Randsome (Luscious as Callie calls him through her schoolgirl crush) is the golden boy of the wealthy Randsome lineage. He is hands ...more
A.R. Wise
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Story Rating: 5 out of 5 Kisses
Heat Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Flames

*Provided to reviewers to honest review*

In the second grade Calandra (Callie) Dahl was asked, “What is the most important thing in the world?” Her answer, “Money.” In A Bird Without Wings, (a romance about two people from very different worlds and the mystery that brings them together) Callie figures out that money is not the most important thing in the world. Callie is the daughter of gypsies, who grew up with love but not enough mo
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-reveiw, owned
**I received a copy of this book for free, in exchange for an honest review**

Callie grew up as a nomad/gypsy, her parents were always on the move either due to lack of money to pay rent or because they felt the urge to move. It didn't matter that they uprooted their children, it didn't matter that the kids didn't have what they needed, it was just time to go.

As an adult Callie struggles with herself, she values money over love, because money makes the world go around, but love, well love can en
T.N. "Tomara"
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any who love a sweet romance
Callandra Dahl is marvelously created character who you love from the moment you meet her. Her quirks and kinks illuminate a certain clumsiness within myself, which made me smile as I took this journey with her. I guess we all have families that drive us crazy which is why I felt so drawn to both her and Luscious ;) … There were behaviors in her that you just wanted to shake her, or thump her upside the head all so she can see just how truly wonderful she is. The fact that she is so vivid within ...more
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arr
What a breath of fresh air! From the first chapter I was hooked, and admit to walking away several times during the reading just so I would have more to savor. Callie is intelligent, witty, neurotic and an amazingly awesome heroine. Lusc...Lucious is the perfect hero. Their romance is simply divine, while wrought with emotional drama brought on by Callie's insecurities. If you can't laugh as you picture their "first" meeting you have no soul. This is the most brilliantly written story I've read ...more
Jan Raymond
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A bird without wings is a well crafted romance. But it isn’t your run of the mill boy meets girl story. Roberta Pearce has added suspense to the romance in the form of an unsolved mystery and missing treasure. The shifts between the romance and suspense are skillfully woven and there isn’t a moment of boredom. I am particularly impressed by Callie Dahl’s ceaseless fount of knowledge. I’m not sure if it is the author’s own passion or a wealth of research, but the little tidbits kept me riveted. T ...more
Simon Okill
A Bird Without Wings by Roberta Pearce is so much more than just a romance -- there is a tangible mystery at the heart of this brilliantly written romantic mystery full of history too. Poor Callie has lived a rough upbringing and all she wants is money since she's never had any of the green stuff. Romance is the furthest thing from her mind. But along comes Lucius her boss. Okay Callie is attracted, who wouldn't be but she still needs that money first.
Lucius hires Callie to delve into his famil
Jana Petken
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Callie made for an interesting character. She is somewhat frumpy with low self esteem. When she was younger she focused on the material side of life, her studies, and money. Working for Lucious Ransome gives her life new meaning, as ambition is overtaken by desire.

Ms Pearce gives the story an interesting turn and stops it being a light romantic tale by adding a bit of mystery and history in the plot.
The writing style is personable and engaging. It has a couple of flaws in both grammar and editi
Misti Murphy
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, for the first few pages i found myself unable to see the picture the author was creating through the words and almost put the book down.

Fortunately, in this case, once I start reading I find I have to finish the book i'm reading and i'm very glad I did. This was a sweet story, the characters complex, and I loved the birds, and my theory of where the book would end had me reading to the point of ignoring the rest of the world.

I loved Cal, after I got past her first impression. The f
Dec 03, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a delightful read, but there were a lot of parts in between that made me snooze. There is no doubt that her writing is good because she is a very, very polished writer. But sometimes a little too polished? The dialogue is so proper, that it seemed out of place. As if it is more suited for historical romance novels or like film scripts written in the 1950s, starring old Hollywood stars like Cary Grant, so it was really hard for me to relate to the characters. Other than that, it really i ...more
Vicki Wilson
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a delightful surprise this story of Callie and Lucius was. I read this book in two days, and even though I am not one for office romances , this book kept me wanting to read more. This brilliantly written story is filled with humor, wit, frustration, and downright silliness, this love/hate relationship keeps a reader on their toes. Sometimes it is laugh out loud funny.

Roberta Pearce is a very talented author indeed, and I will definitely be reading her other works.

Hunter Jones
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A Bird Without Wings is an engaging romance. It is also a complex mystery that will keep you intrigued.

Gifted but insecure Callie is hired by Lucius, who is not only hot but wealthy and quick tempered. The two investigate a family mystery for Lucius. Callie unravels a secret which has been hidden for over one hundred years. The novel is well written. There are enough twists and turns to keep you captivated until The End.
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Got more than I expected from this story as the characters discover that they are both shaped by their families and their childhoods for different reasons. Both feel trapped by actions of family members (both in the past and present). Both seem to be trying to escape family expectations, screw-ups, etc. An agreement turns to friendship, which turns to more as they both help each other come to terms with who they are and what their families rally mean to them.
Deborah Blanchard
I received this book from Roberta for an honest review and I honestly loved it. It is extremely well written and the characters are well developed. This book will keep you reading well into the night. It is romantic, yet mysterious. You will feel for Callie, her strength and vulnerability made me love her. I believe we have a great new author here. A very good read. Thanks, Roberta, for giving me the opportunity to read this book.
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute, quick read. A little cliche and predictable, but still enjoyed it.
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