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Down to Earth

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  487 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
When Michaela Anderson signs up for a parachute jump she gets more than a case of vertigo...Suffering last-minute panic, Michaela's three colleagues go first. But just as she takes her leap of faith, an almighty gale blows up from nowhere.When she returns to the ground, she finds the airfield deserted, her car gone and the seasons mysteriously changed. Posters nearby procl ...more
Paperback, 388 pages
Published October 14th 2010 by Avon
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Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Odd. A good idea and although I didn't really like some of the rather clumsy writing and overly elaborate `scene setting` paragraphs, I was intrigued. But people just don't really talk to each other like that! They don't live like that. The most unbelievable thing was not that the heroine had disappeared into a space time vortex but that any of the characters lived/spoke/behaved/wore/functioned as the author wrote them to. Total nonsense. However I was intrigued by the 're occurring theme of qui ...more
Apr 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012
Just awful. I only finished it because nothing is open and I can't buy a decent book. On the upside this novel has convinced me to purchase an e-reader so I am not caught without a decent book on a long weekend ever again!
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Novela romántica, con personajes bastante creíbles; aunque no tanto las situaciones. Lo he leído creyendo que sería más de ciencia ficción o fantasía.
Oct 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Michaela Anderson isn’t really a risk taker, but when her company organises a charity parachute jump, she can’t really refuse. When she gets up in the skies, she doesn’t want to jump but after everyone else seems to safely make it down, Michaela decides to take the plunge. But as she plummets back to Earth, a huge gust of wind takes Michaela by surprise. She lands with a bump and is a bit unsure why everything around her seems to have changed. The airfield has disappeared and there’s no sign of ...more
Kalaiaresi Subbiah
When Michaela Anderson signs up for a charity parachute jump, she gets more than a case of vertigo...

Suffering last-minute panic, Michaela's three colleagues go first. But just as she takes her leap of faith, an almighty gale blows up from nowhere.

When she returns to the ground, she finds the airfield deserted, her car gone and the seasons mysteriously changed. Posters nearby proclaim Michaela to have been missing for the last six and a half years.
Jan 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: library
What the heck have I just read?

The storyline is certainly interesting - girl goes for a parachute jump and when she lands, finds herself six years later in the future - But all the other stuff that comes after is just a whirl wind of huh?. With the reader left to make up their own mind of what really happened.

Dec 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one more than Coming Home. I liked the storyline - somthing a bit different and some twists along the way.
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quite enjoyed it....nice easy read .... not happy with some characters actions near the end of the story got a little silly but worth a read
Liz Stevens
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I picked this up because I wanted to read something light.
This was a really good read, so many different threads coming together.
well worth a read
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporain

La couverture est vraiment belle, mais quand nous lisons le roman, nous l’aurions vue différemment.

Quand nous commençons ce livre, nous sommes ravis de constater que les chapitres sont assez courts, ce qui aide grandement à la lecture. Ensuite, nous rentrons facilement dans l’histoire grâce à la plume fluide et simple de l’auteure.
Au départ de cette histoire, nous sommes tout de suite au cœur de l’action. Nous rencontrons Michaela, l’héroïne de ce roman et
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Il me semble que contrairement à certains romans, j'ai demandé celui-ci un peu au pif. Je m'explique, depuis quelque temps j'apprécie réellement le contemporain (peut-être parce que je vieillie). Donc lorsque les éditions l'Archipel m'ont proposé ce roman, je me suis dit c'est du contemporain, pourquoi pas. Et je ne suis globalement pas déçue. J'ai passé un bon moment de lecture. Je remercie donc les éditions l'Archipel pour cet envoi.

Résumons un peu. Michaela Anderson, une jeune Anglaise de 25
Karen Whittard
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have throughly enjoyed all of Melanie Rose books. They are always filled with lots of magic and intrigue. This story is no exception Michaela has signed up for a charity parachute single person jump with a few colleagues from work. Everything is going fine until it comes time for Michaela to do her jump. As Michaela takes her leap of faith a massive gust of wind a bit like a tornado blows up from nowhere. When Michaela finally gets to the ground she noticed that it is pitch black, none of her ...more
Mar 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
I think I need a shelf for "look, it's a grown-up book for a change!" ;) This is one of those rare few that is not getting added to the masses of YA and childrens' books - and it's not GLBT, either! Quite a rarity indeed!

But what it was, was bloody awesome, that's what. Growing up, I had a few years of obsession with The Flight of the Navigator and have always been interested in Rip van Winkle-like stories; so when I heard what this book was about I was definitely very intrigued to read it. Mich
Jayne Charles
Sep 15, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked this, with reservations. It was an easy read based around an intriguing mystery – 20-something office worker Michaela undertakes a charity skydive, and on landing is baffled to discover that 6 years have passed since she jumped from the plane. Her family and friends have changed utterly, and for the most part are hostile to her when she ‘reappears’, believing she abandoned them six years previously.

I felt there were too many inconsistencies in the story for me to wholeheartedly love it.
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Voilà un livre assez surprenant que j'ai aimé lire dans l'ensemble. Michaela participe à un saut en parachute avec quelques collègues de travail. Elle flippe un peu et même si à la dernière seconde, elle craint le pire, mademoiselle n'a pas le choix que de sauter. Sauf que voilà, une fois lancée, en plein vol, une bourrasque la dévie de sa trajectoire et quand elle atterrit au sol, il fait nuit et surtout, il n'y a plus personne.
Alors au début, elle pense qu'elle est restée plus longtemps dans
Oct 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Melanie Rose has set high standards for herself from my point of view with her previous two books and after reading this she has yet to fail with coming up with an interesting, unique plot that has kept me gripped all the way through, this book doesn’t disappoint!
The futher you get into this book more things arise and are discovered about the characters and even though Michaela finding out what happened to the 6 and half years of her life is the main storyline in this book there are many other s
Dec 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
If I could I would have marked at 2.5 stars.

Well am going to start the review of this off with a negative. I was really quite enjoying this until the ending or lack of it in this case.

Michaela was a likeable character and along with her character as the reader I was also confused about what on earth had happened to her. I also liked the other secondary characters of Callum, Matt, Abby etc even though I would have liked more info and background on all of them and more in depth details of what had
Oct 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Down To Earth is a unique book with an interesting plot. There's plenty going on throughout the whole book to keep the pages turning. I liked that the reason behind Michaela's disappearance was a mystery to both the characters and the reader. I was pleasantly surprised by the level of detail included - there's a 'science bit' and a couple of other parts, such as when Abbey is using Tarot cards, that were clearly well researched. However, I did feel that maybe the explanations given where a littl ...more
Nath Martin
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, dios este libro es genial. Despues de leer esto nunca me lanzaré en paraciadas. Nunca. La historia es muy original y muy entretenida. No puedes parar de leer hasta que lo terminas. El concepto y como se va desarrollando el libro me gusto mucho pero odie el final. Kaela se me hace muy interesante e inteligente, me gusto mucho el personaje. Me encanto Kevin ya que me saco un buen de risas. Abbey y Calum me gustaron mucho porque los dos tienen mucha personalidad. Y bueno, de Matt solo dire que ...more
Jan 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
I read this book pretty quickly - just over one day. Michaela is roped into doing a team-building parachute jump but when she jumps out of her plane, she wakes up in an apparently different time but not place. She is told that she has been missing for 6.5 years and life has moved on without her. The book recounts her previous life, Michaela's attempts to find out what really happened at the parachute jump and hints at her future to come. I'm not sure if the author got bored with her own work, ba ...more
Mar 01, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Hace un momento comentaba lo bien que le sienta al clásico "Jane Eyre" el uso de la primera persona. Bien, este es el caso al contrario, en "Caída Libre" está muy mal llevada.

No he llegado a empatizar con la protagonista. Para mí, éste es el problema principal del libro. La manera que tiene de pensar e incluso de exteriorizar los pensamientos se me ha hecho muy ajena, y no ha conseguido hacerme entrar en el libro. Es más, me ha aburrido bastante.

La historia prometía muchísimo. Sin embargo, y ést
When Michaela Anderson signs up for a parachute jump she gets more than a case of vertigo…

Suffering last-minute panic, Michaela’s three colleagues go first. But just as she takes her leap of faith, an almighty gale blows up from nowhere.

When she returns to the ground, she finds the airfield deserted, her car gone and the seasons mysteriously changed. Posters nearby proclaim Michaela to have been missing for the last six and a half years…

But Michaela is determined to find out the truth. Was she k
Mina Singh
Feb 28, 2014 rated it liked it
I had read both of the authors previous work and enjoyed them and was looking forward to this one. This book started off with great potential. The mystery surrounding Michaela's disappearance is very interesting and I thought the explanation at the end would be fitting, whether it was mere fantasy or science. However, the explanation was quite ambiguous and didn't really seems clear to me. I have read books with better chemistry between the main characters, and I think this one lacked that. Ther ...more
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
I had a hard time putting this book down. Each chapter presented a new twist to the plot that kept me wanting to read. The main character in the book jumps from a plane and when she lands on the ground she has literally lost 6 years of her life. Everyone has been looking for her for six long years and the last thing she remembers is jumping from the plane. This would be a nightmare for anyone! But what is really weird about the story is that most everyone is upset with her for disappearing and t ...more
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was ok

Primero lo primero, la idea esta bien, muy interesante de que alguien salte en paracaídas y cuando llegas al suelo boom 6 años han pasado, bueno si y mediante vas leyendo el libro le agarras la lógica al suceso de como paso, que ocurrió después, como afecto eso a las personas de su alrededor, etc... Pero sinceramente yo me esperaba un final diferente algo mas lógico, no algo tan confuso, tuve que darle vueltas al asunto pero bah es muy interesante, esta bien escrito solo que algo flojo al pri
Oct 15, 2011 rated it liked it
This book had been on my wishlist for ages before I managed to get a swap for it. Closer to chick-lit than I normally like to get, the plotline sounded fantastic.

The first half of the book WAS fantastic but then it was almost like the author got bored of writing or realised that she had started out with a terrific idea for a novel but had no idea how to bring it to a conclusion and the ending was very disappointing.

I would recommend reading it, just don't expect it to live up to the hype.
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was everything and nothing like I expected it to be. But I was hooked and as my first book by Melanie Rose I was very pleased with what I read. This book covered a lot more than I thought it would. There was scientific reasoning, paranormal phenomena, a tiny bit of religion/faith, etc along with with the relationship drama and issues. It made for a great mix and the premise is one I've never heard of before. If you haven't looked at this book before, I would definitely recommend you do ...more
Nov 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Really loved this book, they way it kept me gripped - I couldn't put it down. I kept reading on wanting to know what happened, and it was never explained - the ending was a bit disappointing to say the least, things were left unexplained that should have been cleared up. It was up to you to decide what had happened to Michaela - I'd like to have known about the cut on her hand for definite though.
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book certainly intrigued me when I picked it up and it starts off really well then plateaus and kind of goes off on a different tangent. So much potential with a unique storyline but failed to gather any momentum after the first third of the book. I didn't feel like the ending was tied up well, left me up in the air (without a parachute). Average. (I used this as number 14 on the Goodreads Book Bingo challenge - A book set on a different continent)

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