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Flight Lessons
Flight Lessons
Author: Patricia Gaffney
From the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Saving Graces and Circle of Three comes the poignant story of two women struggling to come to terms with the past that haunts them both.For sixteen years Anna has studiously avoided her Aunt Rose. Exchanging cards at holiday time -- that's as far as Anna is willing to go ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780060185282
ISBN-10: 0060185287
Publication Date: 7/1/2002
Pages: 400
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 26 ratings
Publisher: HarperCollins
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Pattakins avatar reviewed Flight Lessons on + 365 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
First of all, I'm not quite sure why the cover shows a house on the beach, but that is basically irrelevent...
This is the story of 2 grown women, although more often than not, 36 year old Anna is acting like a petulant child, when she returns home to work in her aunt's restaurant (after finding her lover in bed with her best friend). Anna harbors some deep resentment of her Aunt Rose, somewhat founded due to some infidelities in the past. The reader is clued in to Rose's side of the story long before Anna finds out the truth.
A good deal of the book is about working in the family restaurant, and all the people who are considered "family" because of their employment there. The other, connected subplot is the romance of Anna and Mason, Rose and Theo. I actually felt these relationships should have been more fully developed. It seemed a little unrealistic to me that Mason would continue to desire Anna, seemingly without much in common, after she continuously pulls away from him.
The story, always in 3rd person, is told clearly from both Rose and Anna's viewpoints in alternating chapters, and I thought Patricia Gaffney did an excellent job of articulating both sides, without making either woman the more sympathetic character. However, for me, the greatest flaw of this book was that I really couldn't empathize with either of the women, until near the end.
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Helpful Score: 1
Excellent book about a woman's return, after nearly 20 years, to her hometown to help with the family business. A hurt has festered the entire time and has eroded her relationship with her closest relative. Multi-faceted healing takes place as they work together to save the business. And, love comes her way, as well.
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Good, heartwarming story about reuniting with family.
chihuahua avatar reviewed Flight Lessons on + 92 more book reviews
two women struggling to come to terms with the past that haunts them
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Wonderful story of love and family bonds
jazzysmom avatar reviewed Flight Lessons on + 907 more book reviews
If you are into homey, family based reads, then i think you'll really like this one. I loved it. Anna has been gone for 16 years and has avoided her Aunt Rose who runs the family resturant. There was a betrayal in the family and hard feelings took over. Now Anna chooses to return home after another betrayal within her new life. I love the way family based love and forgiveness happens and how life plays funny tricks on us all. This book pretty much covers all that and makes for a wonderful touching, entertaining read.
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Anna, betrayed by both her Aunt Rose and her current lover, returns home to run the family restaurant and mend her heart.
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A great book by one of my favorite authors!
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the depictions of female friendships, with undonditional love tempered at times by brutal truth-telling. (reminds you of the avaricious way you read as a child, dying to see what happens on the next page, and the next.)
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This is a light, enjoyable read. The characters are likable, & the storyline is fun & interesting. Good stuff about relationships, too.
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I am a fan of Patricia Gaffney! The book started a bit slow for me, but the characters became alive as the story progressed. The main charecter was able to evolve in her maturity, and was believable. I loved Gaffney's ability to delight me with her charecters of all ages. Definitly a multi layered story with much to offer.


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