"wonderful relationship drama"
In icy upstate New York, Anna Catalano ends her affair with
her lover when she catches him with her boss in her bed
just after she had outpatient laparoscopy. When her Aunt
Iris offers her the job of manager of Bella Sorella, Anna
decides to accept on a temporary basis though she rarely
has gone home to the Maryland Eastern Shore. Anna's Aunt
Rose, whom she caught in bed with her father while her
mother was dying from ovarian cancer, owns the restaurant.
The aunt and the niece are banally civil, but truly
communicate through Iris.
Restaurant management proves difficult, but Anna handles it
with aplomb. However, she has more trouble coping with her
feelings towards photographer Mason Winograd, as she does
not trust relationships. More complex and harder on Anna's
soul is the fact that Rose wants a reconciliation with her
and will do whatever it takes to succeed.
FLIGHT LESSONS is a wonderful relationship drama that is at
its best when the women take center stage without any males
in their way, though the men are well written characters.
The story line engages the reader by looking at the impact
a long-term squabble has on individuals. The Rose-Anna
situation is cleverly written so that many readers will
recognize similar relationships with family members.
However, the romance between Anna and Mason never leaves
the ground, as it seems pale next to that of the women.
Patricia Gaffney provides a strong character driven sequel
to her best selling THE SAVING GRACES.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 30, 2002