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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (630 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia Gaffney Narrator: Jennifer Van Dyck Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2005 ISBN:
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From the author of the New York Times best sellers The Saving Graces and Circle of Three comes the poignant story of two women struggling to come to grips with the past that haunts them both.

Anna once adored her aunt Rose. That ended when Rose betrayed Anna and her mother, Rose's terminally ill sister, and Anna can't forgive or forget. Years later, her own heart broken, Anna returns home to Rose, and to the family restaurant, the Bella Sorella, now grown shabby with age.

Anna is still reluctant to forgive Rose, insisting that her stay is temporary. But the intimacy of working with Rose to put the Bella Sorella back on its feet, and an unexpected chance at true love, bring about a change of heart.

Patricia Gaffney once again delivers a story told with grace and warmth, reminding us that there's no place like home.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi Thomas | 2/18/2014

    " I loved this book. A story of the heart that covers truth, loyalty and love--the bonds that shape us all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 2/18/2014

    " This was supposed to be about the Eastern Shore. The mentions were gratuitous, at best. It was an ok book. I didn't really care much about any of the characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anne Toronto1 | 2/13/2014

    " * "Flight Lessons" by Patricia Gaffney, refers, I think, to Anna, simultaneously learning about birds and understanding her own reasons for always running away when feeling betrayed. I do not like Anna, snarky, superior, emotionally self-absorbed quitter, nor spending so much time in her anxiety-past-ridden head, and skipped pages until the end, where I understood the title. She left her father when she found him in bed with her aunt, years after her mother died. She left her boyfriend, in bed with another woman. She is invited home to run the family restaurant on the eastern US seafront by aforesaid aunt. She falls for a bird photographer, and tries to show him her love by reciting migratory facts. Family reconciliation parallels monogamous commitment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie James | 2/13/2014

    " Sweet story that really hit home. Excellent writer, she has a wonderful voice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirk | 2/5/2014

    " Gaffney weaves rich detail into an interesting story about credible and lovable characters. It is a good candidate to be made into a chick flick. I especially appreciate the accurate description of life running an independent family restaurant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 2/5/2014

    " I really liked the story, but didn't like the foul language she tended to use. Not sure if I'll read another one of hers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristine Sonnett | 2/1/2014

    " Good beach-read. Strong woman character dealing with family issues and finds romance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 1/25/2014

    " Family drama...you have to love that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suelibevg | 1/19/2014

    " I've just discovered this author and she is a new favorite. Well written romance and family saga, she reminds me of Barbara Delinsky and others in that genre. Recommended. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shelly | 1/8/2014

    " Nothing profound here. The main character was annoying at best-- immature and irrational. This was a soap opera. I couldn't find any great life message or deep meaning. Nothing. Just a silly soap opera story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 12/28/2013

    " A well-writen 'chick book' but with a main character so flawed that her acceptance by the others makes them less than believable. Still, for the genre, Gaffney does a good job on plot and setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandi | 12/20/2013

    " Anna moves back home to help Rose with restaurant "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 12/9/2013

    " I'm pretty sure this is the second time I've read this book. I really like Patricia Gaffney, I enjoyed two of her other novels too. A good light read - I read it in a day (but then, I was on a ship at sea, so I had nothing else to do) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi | 11/21/2013

    " Interesting insider restaurant/food backstory. Keith is listening to it in the car now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allyson | 10/27/2013

    " I liked this book- about an estranged aunt and niece. It's a light, good read, but I would say this book is PG-13. It has some language and a scene or two. It has a darling ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eve | 10/26/2013

    " i loved it and read it quickly-very true to life about running a restaurant and loved the emails back and forth in the book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Namu | 7/5/2013

    " Was not interesting enough for me. Took me forever to finish eading it. I guess it was ok but could had a little more excitment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 5/9/2013

    " You can learn to love again no matter how old you are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fi | 7/31/2012

    " A cross between Joanna Trollope & Jodi Picoult - if that's possible? Good book, good style of writing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nichole | 2/17/2012

    " I enjoyed this book. It took you on a journey of one woman learning to see the truth beyond what she thought it was for many years. And her learning to forgive someone for something that they never did in the first place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 10/2/2011

    " This was a good story about an aunt and her niece overcoming past hurts to build a new relationship while rebuilding the family restaurant. I enjoyed the book especially the setting of an Eastern shore town in Maryland. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 8/17/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. I listened to the Audio book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reeca Elliott | 8/14/2011

    " Dull in places "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brooke | 8/6/2011

    " I really didn't get "in" to this book until after about 200 pages or so. The main character is just so selfish that she irritated the heck out of me. The love stories were okay, but geeze, I didn't need that sex scene with the 60+ year olds! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 7/4/2011

    " This book was ok - a simple read, nothing too deep. Probably would have been a good "summer read." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 5/11/2011

    " Pretty good book. Not riveting but interesting enough to keep my attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefanie | 4/18/2011

    " A book on life lessons. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 4/5/2011

    " second novel that I have read by this author and I enjoyed it. Nice sympathbetic characters and a good storyline.
    Undemanding, but who wants to be challenged all the time? I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirk | 3/31/2011

    "
    Gaffney weaves rich detail into an interesting story about credible and lovable characters. It is a good candidate to be made into a chick flick. I especially appreciate the accurate description of life running an independent family restaurant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 3/11/2011

    " I liked this even though the beginning was a bit melodramatic and the end was quite predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fi | 3/9/2011

    " A cross between Joanna Trollope & Jodi Picoult - if that's possible? Good book, good style of writing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 12/11/2010

    " A well-writen 'chick book' but with a main character so flawed that her acceptance by the others makes them less than believable. Still, for the genre, Gaffney does a good job on plot and setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 10/9/2010

    " This was a good story about an aunt and her niece overcoming past hurts to build a new relationship while rebuilding the family restaurant. I enjoyed the book especially the setting of an Eastern shore town in Maryland. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 8/16/2010

    " Great story for summer read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 7/28/2010

    " More restaurants and food as sub-plots, but this story also includes birds! And a hunky, injury scarred guy who photographs, doctors, and rehabilitates them as he cautiously courts the girl. Nice plugs for Audubon and the Nature Conservancy, and neither is asking for a donation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 5/11/2010

    " I really liked the story, but didn't like the foul language she tended to use. Not sure if I'll read another one of hers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 11/18/2009

    " This book was ok - a simple read, nothing too deep. Probably would have been a good "summer read." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandi | 11/17/2009

    " Anna moves back home to help Rose with restaurant "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brooke | 11/8/2009

    " I really didn't get "in" to this book until after about 200 pages or so. The main character is just so selfish that she irritated the heck out of me. The love stories were okay, but geeze, I didn't need that sex scene with the 60+ year olds! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 9/27/2009

    " niece has been avoiding her aunt since her mother died. she found out that her aunt and her father were in love. she finally agrees to go back home and help her aunt run the family resaurant. over time the tgwo find there way back to each other..she is finally home "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi | 7/17/2009

    " Interesting insider restaurant/food backstory. Keith is listening to it in the car now. "

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About the Author
Author Patricia Gaffney

Patricia Gaffney began her writing career with the publication of Sweet Treason, a historical romance set in revolutionary Scotland. Eleven romance novels later, she tried something different: The Saving Graces, a story of women’s friendships that ended up spending seventeen weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list. Circle of Three, Flight Lessons, and The Goodbye Summer followed, all bestsellers that established Gaffney as a premier mainstream fiction writer.

About the Narrator

Jennifer Van Dyck has appeared on Broadway in Hedda Gabler, Dancing at Lughnasa, Two Shakespearean Actors, and The Secret Rapture. She has been in new plays by Keith Bunin, Ellen McLaughlin, Catherine Filloux, Douglas Post, A. R. Gurney, and Albert Innaurato. Her film and television credits include Series 7, States of Control, Bullets over Broadway, numerous Law & Order episodes, Ed, Spin City, and The Education of Max Bickford. Her audiobook narrations have won her three AudioFile Earphones Awards.