Monday, June 13, 2016

Flight Patterns by Karen White

Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 24th 2016 by NAL

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... 

My Thoughts…

Flight Patterns is such a wonderful Southern story.  There is a complex and difficult family dynamic set in Florida.   I enjoyed the two different timelines shared in the story.     

The current story tells of Georgia returning to her family after being apart for 10 years.     Maisy, Georgia’s sister, has been at the home this whole time raising her daughter, Becky, and taking care of her mother, Birdie, and her grandfather.    There is a history between Georgia and Maisy that needs to be taken care of before they can continue to live their lives.  The story between them is wonderful and perfectly told.    I could feel the love between them and the want/need for them to reconnect and become the sisters they were growing up.  

The second timeline is Birdie’s to tell.     She does not speak at this time and no one knows why.    Well, almost no one.     Her daughters want to find out what happen to cause her to go into herself and stop communicating.     I found it interesting that the ONLY person she would communicate with is her granddaughter, Becky.    There were times when Birdie was telling her story and I wondered if she was remembering it correctly and when she would be able to share it with the rest of her family. 

Flight Patterns is amazing.   I can say that I know more about bees and their habits than I probably will ever need to know.    I highly recommend this sweet, tender, and beautiful southern charm story. 

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“Her perceptivity of family complexities and the extraordinary never-saw-them-coming epiphanies make this a one-of-a-kind story.” –RT Reviews

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