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Flying Lessons by [Bettison, H. Lovelyn]
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  • File Size: 874 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Nebulous Mooch Publishing (December 4, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 4, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00865DO5E
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There are some minor spoilers in my review but quite honestly I'd like to save someone the trouble of reading this so here goes:

I really enjoyed this book at first. It was dealing with grief within a family at the loss of a wife and mother. Viewed from the perspective of both father and daughter I found the majority of the book highly relatable and I honestly cared about the characters. I wanted them to heal.

What I was NOT expecting was a schizophrenic next door neighbor who pretended her dead husband was still alive to the point that the main characters were pandering to her delusion. Then, to make matters worse, the otherwise intelligent father/daughter duo started hallucinating the dead wife/mom in their OWN home! This was when the book started to break down and things became nonsensical.

The introduction of the boyfriend for the daughter made matters worse as he kept insisting to her that he could "fly". Sure, in his dreams maybe. Perhaps even in his subconscious while he was doing his often bragged upon "meditating". But when he REALLY floated during one of his meditative sessions and then "taught" the daughter to actually take off into the sky with him - I was done.

If this book had been started as a surreal/magical premise I would have totally gone along with it. But it just seems like bad writing to construct an entire book in a "real life" setting only to let it break down into complete silliness.
I lost all respect for the author when the ending detailed the daughter's dad seeing her "fly" in the distance while watching a sunrise. Give me a break.
I found several typos throughout but I've come to expect those from free Kindle books.
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“Flying Lessons” by H. Lovelyn Bettison is a novel that brings warm story about two relationships, about the loss experiences and moving on with our lives.

Life for Henry and his daughter Chandra almost stopped 16 years ago when her mother and Henry wife suddenly died. Back then Chandra was a 13 years old happy girl full of life and today almost nothing remained of that girl, while she is just living her day after day.
Her father although 16 years had passed from their family tragedy is still overwhelmed with guilt because he worked a lot to make his loved ones happy while spending a little time with them, and then overnight he lost everything. Now he is retired, feeling lonely and old…
And then two new people will enter into the lives of a father and daughter; Chandra will find someone to live with, and Henry will find friend and something more in a neighbor who pretends her late husband is still living.
Slowly their relationships will start to change their lives for the better…

H. Lovelyn Bettison wrote beautiful story about dealing with loss in our lives, about guilt and forever missed opportunities.
She builds her, a bit short, story slowly, without the hectic pace, but brings the reader to the discovery of some of life's small wisdoms that although known, we often forget.

It’s especially interesting that although young, author sends a strong and beautiful message that is never too late for true love, that age isn’t an obstacle which should prevent anyone in trying again to find happiness and new love.

This is the first novel from H. Lovelyn Bettison I read and due to her undisputed talent for writing warm emotional life stories I’m sure she has good perspectives for successful writing career.
And due to that I recommend her book to all of us which are living in the crazy rhythm of life forgetting about the little things that make life beautiful…
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No body visible to the naked eye is flying over St. Petersburg, Fl. This novel could have scored 4 stars if not for that. Had a nice allegorical lesson until the ridiculous final chapter penned by this author, which forced the reader to furnish his/her own ending after the author couldn't supply one.
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I really liked the storyline in Flying Lessons. From a lot of books, you might get the picture that a love story is only for the young. There are two love stories in Flying Lessons and while one does deal with a young couple, the other story deals with two older widowers finding love again after their spouses pass away. It was definitely refreshing to see that love comes in all different shapes, sizes, and of course, ages.

This story is about coping with loss and forging a way forward. Henry loses a loving wife and Chandra loses a loving mother when Ava dies. It takes both of them a very (very, very) long time to totally deal with her death. While I understand that when you lose someone very close to you that you never really get over it (been there, done that more times than I would have liked too unfortunately), you do move forward. The timing of the book just seemed strange. When Chandra and Henry begin their respective love affairs, Ava has been gone for over a decade. While I realize that you would definitely still think of a spouse or a parent who passed away after that amount of time, I didn't really understand from the book why Chandra and Henry seemed so stymied in their growth.

The writing in this book is decent. At first, there was a little more telling rather than showing. We learn exactly what the characters typically say what they are feeling rather than showing through their actions at the beginning of the story and things felt a bit forced. However, the story eventually evens out and finds its stride in a very pleasing and enjoyable way.

This story also has a little taste of magical realism, an effect that I really loved. This element is where the title of the book comes from. It's subtle but it definitely adds a lot to the story.

Bottom line: This is a great book for those who love a subtle love story!
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