- Written by: Karen White
- Published by: NAL, May 24, 2016, paperback published by Berkley, March 28, 2017
- Length: 400 pages
- Source: advanced reader copy was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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…
With a beautiful new cover, and just in time for Spring, the paperback publication of Flight Patterns is perfectly timed for fresh new season’s reading. I read this book last summer, and enjoyed it completely!
Beekeeping is just one theme that runs throughout this story, each chapter is a snippet from Ned’s journal, grandfather to Georgia and Maisy. A fascinating peek into his life’s work.
Georgia only agrees to return to Apalachicola Florida to assist a client, James, searching for the history behind a set of china his grandmother has left him. Georgia is sure she’s seen a piece of this pattern in her mother’s possession, but dealing with her mother is never easy. Birdie has been mentally ill all of Georgia’s life, lost somewhere in her own world. Returning home isn’t a happy choice, as digging up one’s past can be gut wrenching.
From page one we learn there is much more to this story than just an eccentric family in the south. Though that alone does set up such opportunity. Naturally there is a family secret, and a history behind the beautiful china with bees buzzing around it. Georgia forces her grandfather and her sister to open up old wounds to find the answers, and while she has no hope for forgiveness or bringing her family together, unraveling the past can bring a sense of ease to the pain.
I really liked this book, in going over my notes and thoughts from when I read it I recalled how very much I enjoyed and learned from this book. I’m not a collector of china, but the history is amazing. I’m a fan of Karen White, her books take me to new places and I love the way she weaves a story. This book also took me to buying new honey, and thinking of all the little bees who made it.
Thanks to Berkley, I have a paperback copy to giveaway to one of my readers. Please fill in the form below to be entered. Open to US residents only. The book will be sent from the publisher
I will choose one winner Monday April 3, 2017. Thanks so much and good luck!