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H. Lovelyn Bettison was born into a creative family with a strong tradition of storytelling. From an early age, she wrote stories. Some of her first works of fiction involved talking trees and magical creatures.
She started writing flash fiction in her early twenties. Before she knew it her flash fiction started turning into novels. Though the trees in her current stories don’t usually talk, she has remained true to her childhood interest in the magical aspects of life.
on Aug. 02, 2012 :
Flying Lessons is a quick read but this doesn’t make it any less enjoyable. Each chapter switches from the point of view of Henry to Chandra and I particularly enjoyed Henry’s story throughout, especially as his relationship with Rosa develops, despite his seemingly madcap obsession with her dead husband still being alive.
This novel deals cleverly and believably with grief and how it can completely destroy a person. It also deals with hope and how finding a companion, friend or lover can seriously change your perspective on life and make it much more than it ever was before. Simple processes and every day thoughts but Bettison portrays them in a kind and subtle way which makes both Henry and Chandra extremely endearing and enjoyable characters.
There is a paranormal edge to this story as it reaches its climax which may sell it to some readers but not to me, as I was far more interested in the human interest side of this tale which Bettison puts across beautifully. This novel really shows how the arrival of just one individual in your life can change it completely and this is a really powerful message, put across in a concise and well written manner by a talented author.
(reviewed long after purchase)