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Flight Patterns

by Karen White

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Deeply moving. ( )
  TiffanyHow | Oct 3, 2017 |
FLIGHT PATTERNS
Karen White

MY RATING ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️▫️
PUBLISHER Recorded Books, Inc.
PUBLISHED May 24, 2016
NARRATORS Susan Bennett, Amanda Leigh Cobb, Melissa Hurst

A mesmerizing tale about a quest for a teapot that reveals long held family secrets, the importance of forgiveness, and the sins of loving someone to much.

SUMMARY
Georgia Chambers lives in the Big Easy and is a foremost expert on Limoges china. An important and insistent client has her returning to the one place she swore she would never return to—her hometown of Apalachicola, Florida. Not much has changed in the thirteen years since she left the Florida gulf coast. She is rattled by seeing her estranged younger sister and her unbalanced mother, but she is grateful to see that her grandfather is still keeping bees in his apiary, where she has many fond memories working by his side.

Seeing her family again has made her realized all that she has missed and that she needs to find a way to heal the rifts that have divided the family. However, finding the courage to confront the mistakes and the secrets of the past is even harder than it seems.

REVIEW
One of the many things I loved about this book is the setting, the iconic gulf coast town of Apalachicola, Florida. Apalachicola is only a short drive from my home, and I have spent many afternoons there shopping and eating some of the freshest seafood in the world. It was joyous to have this charming oyster town and its fabulous restaurants featured in FLIGHT PATTERNS.

This multi-layered story has Georgia Chambers confronting her past, while attempting to find a very rare piece of Limoges china that she is sure she saw in her mother's closet over 20 years ago. The problem is that was twenty years ago and she promised she'd keep it a secret. Neither Georgia’s mother nor her grandfather wants her to find it. They have secrets of their own, and those secrets have driven Georgia’s mother to the edge. As the hunt for the china piece continues, Georgia’s sister’s, Maisy’s hatred for Georgia is evident, and the cause is yet another of the many mysteries contained within the pages of FLIGHT PATTERNS. The many layers of this book is exactly what makes it a fascinating read.

Much of this mesmerizing story centers around bees. Each chapter in FLIGHT PATTERNS starts with a enlightening quote from Georgia’s grandfather’s beekeeping journal. These beekeeping vignettes are a little extra present inside the book, and serve as a poignant lead-in to each chapter. Loved the symbolism found throughout this book—water and renewal; locks and problems; but especially the bees and the character symbolism of determination and will power. The same characteristics that Georgia needs in order to make the first move.

FLIGHT PATTERNS is full of thought-provoking lines about family, sisterhood, forgiveness and secrets. Here are just a few of my favorites:

“Sometimes all we need do to forgive our parents is to understand their own childhood.”
“No one can hurt us as much as those we love the most.”
“All adversity is temporary unless we insist on clinging to it with both fists.” ( )
  LisaSHarvey | Aug 18, 2017 |
Karen White is an excellent author. Flight patterns is another truly great story in her collection. The quotes at the beginning of each chapter are a unique part of this story. Birdie's story and that of her father make this a compelling, intensely great read. ( )
  CandyH | Apr 22, 2017 |
There are no limits to starting over. That's why the sun rises every day. Unless you're running in circles and then the outcome never changes.
5 Star book for me. ( )
  mchwest | Aug 10, 2016 |
This was the first book I have read by Karen White. Other than being aware it was a "beach reads" (aka chick-lit) type of novel, I wasn't certain what to expect.

The story begins in Provence, France during the early years of WWII, quickly shifting to present day New Orleans and then Apalachicola, Florida. Whatever the setting, this is a book about family, sisters, misunderstandings and secrets, with a bee motif throughout.

What I liked:

- The historical setting of the prologue during WWII.

- The bees tie-in with the story, especially the quotes from NED BLOODWORTH’S BEEKEEPER’S JOURNAL at the beginning of each chapter.

- The idea of a damaged family and relationships that might be healed, with time and effort.

What I didn't care for:

- The book seemed too lengthy and could have used some editing. Although the story initially sucked me in, it eventually dragged with too many details about Limoges china patterns and a weird confrontational encounter in an old time soda fountain restaurant.

- As a reader, I was hoping to return back to the WWII time period, but other than a few flashbacks inserted in the story that didn't happen. I felt disappointed and let down, after being sucked in by the historical details within the prologue.

- The big twist at the end just seemed too weird and a very convenient way to get rid of a character.

- About Birdie: It didn't make any sense that she was mentally ill throughout most of the book and communicated through singing. Suddenly after the climax of the story, she seemingly makes a quick recovery and is able to communicate, plus even help take over care of the bee hives. Hmmm ...

Final Thoughts:

Although the subject matter within a few chapters was heavy, this ended up being a good light read for the summer months. Sometimes I wish there was some type of middle-ground genre, in between the darkness often associated with literary fiction stories and the frivolity of some chick-lit books.

Favorite Quotes:

In Celtic mythology, the bee is a messenger between our world and the next. And in ancient Egypt, pharaohs used the bee as a royal symbol, perhaps for the same reason.—NED BLOODWORTH’S BEEKEEPER’S JOURNAL

The male drone’s sole purpose in life is to mate with the queen. The successful male will die during the midair act, and the unsuccessful drone will be kicked out of the hive to starve to death. —NED BLOODWORTH’S BEEKEEPER’S JOURNAL



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  Lisa805 | Jul 23, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451470915, Hardcover)

The New York Times bestselling author of The Sound of Glass and coauthor of The Forgotten Room tells the story of a woman coming home to the family she left behind—and to the woman she always wanted to be...

Georgia Chambers has spent her life sifting through other people’s pasts while trying to forget her own. But then her work as an expert of fine china—especially of Limoges—requires her to return to the one place she swore she’d never revisit...

It’s been thirteen years since Georgia left her family home on the coast of Florida, and nothing much has changed, except that there are fewer oysters and more tourists. She finds solace seeing her grandfather still toiling away in the apiary where she spent much of her childhood, but encountering her estranged mother and sister leaves her rattled. 

Seeing them after all this time makes Georgia realize that something has been missing—and unless she finds a way to heal these rifts, she will forever be living vicariously through other people’s remnants. To embrace her own life—mistakes and all—she will have to find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past and the secrets she was forced to keep...

(retrieved from Amazon Fri, 15 Apr 2016 12:31:42 -0400)

"The New York Times bestselling author of The Sound of Glass and coauthor of The Forgotten Room tells the story of a woman coming home to the family she left behind--and to the woman she always wanted to be.... Georgia Chambers has spent her life sifting through other people's pasts while trying to forget her own. But then her work as an expert on fine china--especially Limoges--requires her to return to the one place she swore she'd never revisit.... It has been thirteen years since Georgia left her family home on the coast of Florida, and nothing much has changed except that there are fewer oysters and more tourists. She finds solace in seeing her grandfather still toiling away in the apiary where she spent much of her childhood, but encountering her estranged mother and sister leaves her rattled. Seeing them after all this time makes Georgia realize that something has been missing--and unless she finds a way to heal these rifts, she will forever be living vicariously through other people's remnants. To embrace her own life--mistakes and all--she will have to find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past and the secrets she was forced to keep..."--… (more)

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