Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Release Day: Flight Patterns by Karen White and My Thoughts

Happy Release Day!

Flight Patterns

Flight Patterns by Karen White
Hardcover and e-book, 416 pages
Published: May 24th 2016 by NAL

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 ten 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 about Flight Patterns ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First line—'Dead bees fell from the bruised dusk sky, their papery bodies somersaulting in the air, ricocheting like spent shells off the azure-painted roof of the hive.'

I love this first sentence. It is so descriptive and beautiful. I knew as soon as I read it that this was going to be a wonderfully written story that was going to capture my heart. There were so many more beautiful passages all though the book and I could see and feel so much as I was reading the author's words.

Flight Patterns is a wonderful in-depth look at a family just trying to survive their dysfunction. Georgia just needs to take a trip back home to look for a piece of china for a client. It's only going to be a quick trip and then she will leave again, just like she did ten years ago. She is not interested in mending her broken relationship with her sister. Well, things don't always work out like one plans or wants. And it is amazing how important that piece of china is to everyone and everything.

The author does an excellent job of weaving all of the storylines together as everyone tries to figure out how everything is connected. The characters are forced to take a look at their lives and to decide what and who is important.

I love how the information about the bees and beekeeping is interwoven with the character's lives. There is so much we can learn from the habits of the bees. I have a very good friend who works for a honey farm so this story all about bees, earned a special place in my heart. I can't wait to share this story with her.

Flight Patterns is the first Karen White book that I have read and I truly loved it. I loved the bees, the characters, and the complexity of the story. I especially loved her beautiful writing which kept me wanting to read more. I will definitely be reading more of her work. 

I received a copy of this e-book from First to Read in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the author

Karen   White

After playing hooky one day in the seventh grade to read Gone With the Wind, Karen White knew she wanted to be a writer—or become Scarlett O'Hara. In spite of these aspirations, Karen pursued a degree in business and graduated cum laude with a BS in Management from Tulane University. Ten years later, after leaving the business world, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a writer and wrote her first book. In the Shadow of the Moon was published in August, 2000.  Her books have since been nominated for numerous national contests including the SIBA (Southeastern Booksellers Alliance) Fiction Book of the Year, and has twice won the National Readers’ Choice Award.

Karen is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and currently writes what she refers to as ‘grit lit’—Southern women’s fiction—and has also expanded her horizons into writing a mystery series set in Charleston, South Carolina. Her nineteenth novel, The Sound of Glass, was published in May 2015 by New American Library, a division of PenguinRandomHouse Publishing Group.

Karen hails from a long line of Southerners but spent most of her growing up years in London, England and is a graduate of the American School in London. When not writing, she spends her time reading, scrapbooking, playing piano, and avoiding cooking.  She currently lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two children, and two spoiled Havanese dogs.

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