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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 Limo
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Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 24th 2016 by NAL
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Julie
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Flight Patterns by Karen White is a 2016 Penguin/NAL publication.

Another fantastic southern novel from Karen White!

This story has so many layers, my mind is still grappling with all the details and flourishes.

When Georgia Chambers, an antiques specialist, is commissioned to find pieces in a unique china set, bearing a bee pattern, it sparks a long forgotten memory. She believes she has seen a piece just like it in her childhood home. But, returning to Florida to search for it will open up a P
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Diana | Book of Secrets
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars → Beekeeping, rare china patterns, and a decades-old mystery are the intriguing components woven into Karen White's family drama, FLIGHT PATTERNS.

Georgia and her sister, Maisy, have been estranged for a decade, and Georgia promised never to return to their coastal home of Apalachicola, Florida, where their grandfather is a beekeeper. That changes when Georgia, an expert in vintage things, is asked by a client to identify an unusual pattern of china, one that she's sure she saw before,
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Lori
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No author can transport me to the southern coast like Karen White. The scent of pluff mud and sea salt permeate every page. I don't know that any of her novels will outshine the Tradd Street series for me, but they are still very enjoyable. My summer reading has begun. 4 stars.
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Georgia vowed she would never return home after she and her sister had words and parted ways ten years ago.

But....never say never. James, a client of Georgia's looking for a special Limoges China pattern changed it all because Georgia had to go home to look for a similar piece that she remembers her grandmother had, and James went with her.

FLIGHT PATTERNS pulled me in immediately with the marvelous writing style of Karen White and the interesting research done on Limoges China and beekeeping.

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Tina
I first picked up this book because it's written by Karen White and I adore her books. The fact the lead character, Georgia, was an antiques china patterns specialist just intrigued me more as I love old china teacups.

I must say though the story did not really pull me in. I usually enjoy a good family drama/secrets story but I found this one a little slow. Plus I did not warm to the characters very much.

Karen White is a fabulous storyteller who adds a lot of family dynamics and secrets to her st
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Jordan Theune
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Stacy - The Novel Life
So about Flight Patterns. I’m not sure what went wrong with this one, but for me, I simply could not buy into the premise, the characters or even the setting. And setting is typically this author’s strong point!

What I did not love:

Maisy. She was angry at the world, spiteful and simply not a nice person. It seemed like the author was trying to make a point with Maisy’s character and how our parents can affect us even into adulthood. I did not see any real growth in her character throughout the bo
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Judy D Collins
What is Buzzing? FLIGHT PATTERNS Out in Paperback March 28, 2017.

**Congrats to Winner ** Amy Sullivan, Prescott Valley AZ! FLIGHT PATTERNS. Thanks for all the participation. Book Giveaway Contest, April 4-11 Blog Tour.

Talented Southern storyteller, Karen White returns following The Sound of Glass, with her best yet! Top 50 Books of 2016!

As mentioned in my last KW review: No one can tell it better than the "southern queen"--buried secrets, history, and mysterious attics. When all the secre
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Judy D Collins
Talented Southern storyteller, Karen White returns following The Sound of Glass, with her best yet!

Top 50 Books of 2016!

As mentioned in my last KW review: No one can tell it better than the "southern queen"--buried secrets, history, and mysterious attics. When all the secrets come to the surface, someone is "bound" to learn something and be a better person for them.

A complex, multi-layered, and moving family tale FLIGHT PATTERNS is set in rural Apalachicola, Florida. With intriguing dual ti
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Primrose Jess
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Karen White is the author, southern setting, family dynamics, secrets, antiques, and bees. Yep, hits all the Jess Likes points. I have been a Karen White fan since the Tradd series lured me into her delightful books with strong female leads, mystery, southern settings, and just fine writing. Another terrific one to add to the pile. I also loved this new setting she takes us to in Appalachicola, Florida. I have new place to add to my travel list... especially after the descriptions of the scener ...more
Sharon Huether
A fascinating story of a missing tea pot and what it revealed about the family that owned it. The secrets that brought two people together. The importance of forgiveness and loving too much.

I didn't want the story to stop!
Shannon Benson
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Flight Patterns by Karen White

Bloggers Note:

When reviewing a book I don't usually include a summary of the story. If an author or reader wants to know what a book is about they can read the book jacket. What I believe anyone reading a review is looking for, is my opinion of the story, writing and author.

A good friend turned me on to Karen White a year or two ago and I found myself enjoying her writing style. Flight Patterns certainly lives up to a readers expectations of Ms. White. I believe it
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Marie Horning
This book over-describes everything. The author constantly reminds you of events that happened earlier in the book. Maybe she assumes you aren't bright enough to remember them on your own? It's repetitive and patronizing and annoying. This is the type of book that you could read while drinking a couple cocktails because you're not going to miss anything anyway!

She describes four (Four!) different characters as having "beautiful, pale skin who obviously stayed out of the sun as much as possible t
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Becky
A great summer read!

The prologue sucked me right in, France in Sept 1943 & then we jumped ahead to 2015 in New Orleans.

It had a southern feel & it was a family story, a mystery & a little bit of a love story, but not in the true romantic sense. ( well maybe a little of that too!)

The theme of bees ran through the entire book- each chapter started with a small line from a beekeeper's journal & the behavior of the bees so paralleled the behavior of the family in the book.

The main story revolves aro
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Lisa
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mesmerizing tale about a quest for a teapot that reveals long held family secrets, the importance of forgiveness, and the sins of loving someone to much.

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Georgia Chambers lives in the Big Easy and is a foremost expert on Limoges china. An important and insistent client has her returning to the one place she swore she would never return to—her hometown of Apalachicola, Florida. Not much has changed in the thirteen years since she left the Florida gulf coast. She is rattled by seeing her e
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CL
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When James Graf shows up at the auction house Georgia works at asking for an appraisal for the Limoges china that was his grandmother's and the promise of possible more work for her estate Georgia begins to work on identifying the bee pattern she remembers she has seen once before as a child. The rare pattern is hard to trace down and Georgia remembers that she had seen that pattern in her mother's closet but her mother wanted her to keep it a secret. She has not been home in over ten years and ...more
Debbie
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a great family story. So many layers. So many secrets. So many issues. Loved the hisory. Loved the location (as I've been in that area). Loved that NOLA was included. Nothing quite like a divide amont sisters to suck you in and make ou want to know what caused it!

Getting info for a client brings Georgia home after a decade of being away. And that starts the ball rolling for so much more.

Really just a great story with great characters! And the bees!
Mary
Let me start by saying, I fell in love with the setting and theme of this story. Honeybees are fascinating little creatures and I've always been charmed by items designed with a bee motif. I thought White's use of the bee's flight pattern and habits of nature was a clever way to describe a woman's return to her family - kind of like a return to the hive. Each chapter begins with a bit of Bee 101 and it compares well to the storyline. I learned so many interesting facts about bees while reading t ...more
Nancy Baker
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow - such a potent story. I'm speechless and want to just pick up the book and start it over again. Karen White has again proven why she is one of my favorite authors and this one may be my favorite so far. Her ability to speak to a heart through her poetic, descriptive style of writing is a true gift and talent.

This story crosses oceans and generations. Two half sisters (Georgia and Maisy) who have been estranged for nearly 10 years are forced to see one another again but reconciling is anoth
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Jill Verenkoff
Why do three complete strangers - from Provence, New Orleans and New York - have pieces of a rare custom-made set of French China? To find out the answer, you will have to wade through 400 angst-filled, contrived pages. The dishes become historical puzzle pieces as Giles, Georgia and James each hold a piece of that puzzle. Georgia is an antique dealer who meets James, a recent widower who is looking for a couple of missing pieces to his grandmother’s set of Limoges dishes decorated with a unique ...more
Laurel-Rain
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A story with themes about journeys beginning and ending, the patterns of flight innumerable, the destination always being home, Flight Patterns takes us along for the ride. We find out more than we ever hoped to know about bees, we learn about loss and those who choose to stay apart rather than to forgive. And finally, we learn about how healing can begin.

Georgia Chambers, living her life in New Orleans, has stayed away from the family home in Apalachicola, Florida, ever since something happened
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Sue
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: southern-fiction
I have read all of Karen White's books and each time I read a new one, it becomes my favorite of all but Flight Patterns may just remain my favorite. I absolutely loved this book from page 1 until the end.

Georgia moved to New Orleans from her family home in the Florida panhandle ten years ago. A client at the auction house where she works needed information about a set of Limoges china that his grandmother had left him. When Georgia realized that she had seen a piece of China in the same pattern
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Stacy Boyles
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Karen White is one of my most favorite go-to fiction authors. I couldn't wait to read her newest book. I thought the story a little slow at times, but in hindsight it was necessary to get all the little details covered.
This is a story about a damaged family with the main character Georgie leading the way through this dysfunctional mess. Georgie goes back to her home for the first time in over 10 years for a work assignment. Her sister, Mazie does not want her to ever come back home and is such
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Chelsea
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Susan Crowe
What an incredibly awesome book!! This is only my second book by this author but now I want to read them all!! I share more quotes from her books than any other books I've ever read! I'm just in awe at her imagination. Please, read this book. it deserves more than the 5*s I gave it. I wish there were more.
RoseMary Achey
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it
A mystery, love story and family drama all wrapped into one slim volume! Karen White is becoming the quintessential Southern fiction writer. Her stories transport you to the small communities of the rural south. You can feel the heat, hear the cicadas, taste the sweet tea and smell the lavender as in the case of this new novel.
Kathryn
A very enjoyable and well written book. While I really liked it I found it a little slow and for all the revelations to be made, even though they were so foreshadowed they were not revelations by the time they happened.
Emily Higgins
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family-drama
Georgia Chambers is estranged from her family. 10 years ago, after a disagreement with her sister, she had agreed not to visit again. Now an expert in old, fine china, a client brings in a piece of china with a pattern that likes like a piece of china owned by her family. In order to identify and value the china, Georgia goes back to her family home. The airing of all the old resentments also brings out answers to some of the questions about why her family is so disfunctional.
Mary
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was fascinating to me. I loved learning about bees! Each journal entry was a present. A story told from 3 different perspectives, about love and loss, redemption, and the always complicated family relationships. It tugged at my heart in spots.
Beth Bricker
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! I want to become a beekeeper.
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