SERENDIPITOUS TUESDAY: “FLIGHT PATTERNS”

SERENDIPTOUS EXCERPTS

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by Books & a Beat.

Today’s feature is a book from one of my favorite authors, Karen White.  Flight Patterns tells the story of a woman coming home to the family she left behind—and to the woman she always wanted to be…

 

 

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Intro:  (Prologue)

“The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.”  Henry David Thoreau.

Ned Bloodworth’s Beekeeper’s Journal

September 1943

Provence, France

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.  Giles straightened, breathing in the heavy scents of lavender and honey, of summer grasses and his own sweat.  And something else, too.  Something chemical and out of place in his fields of purple and gold.  Something that made sense out of the bees lying like carrion for the swarming swallows above.

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Teaser:  Without a word, he headed toward the front door while I grabbed my purse.  As he closed the door behind us, he said, “I suggest we take the car.  Caroline isn’t used to the heat and would probably melt.” (p. 198).

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Synopsis:  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…

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What do you think?  Would you keep reading?  Have you read this book?  I know that I’m very eager to add this one to my up-next reads.

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