In this delightful new novel, popular author Roxanne Henke (the Coming Home to Brewster series, The Secret of Us), offers readers a wonderful story of mothers and daughters.
Susan Shaffer is a new mom filled with doubt as she and her husband, Seth, welcome little Lily into their lives. Each time Susan thinks she just might have a handle on this "mothering thing," Lily discovers a new stage of growth and testing and Susan tries her best to keep up.
A chance meeting of a high school acquaintance, JoJo, also a new mom, in the grocery store gives both Susan and her daughter friends to learn and grow with. Parenting their girls from toddler-through-teen years is a constant challenge for the two mothers...and their daughters. As high school graduation approaches, all four of these women face new territory. Are the young women ready for life on their own? Are the mothers ready to let their girls go?
Learning to Fly is a story of life, love, and letting go.
"Fiction that finds blessing in the broken"
"...a CBA novelist to watch." --Publishers Weekly
|Publisher:||Harvest House Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||0.76(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)|
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A wonderful book which flows beautifully. My very large complaint is with the nook transcript...there are a crazy amount of typos. In the first 50 pages alone I counted over a dozen. There should be no excuse for that type of sloppy transcriptions.
Loved it when I read it, its now my staple Baby Shower gift.
This engrossing novel is better than a parenting book! And if you you see a frustrated, self-conscious mom in the store with a kid having a conniption fit, do her a favor and tell her about this book. Seriously. You may just save her some heartache. Learning to Fly is about parenting and the heart of a mother. But it's even more than that. It's about marriage and friendship and peer pressure. It's about the consequences of not speaking up and of letting your child get what they want all the time. It's about the dysfunction of reliving your childhood through your child and the damage it can do. It's about so many things. And the most exciting part of this book is it's every mother. There is a bit of Susan and Jo Jo in all moms, so everyone can relate. I love reading about dysfunction when the authors have deep insight into the situation and wisdom that shows up in their characterization. Roxanne Henke nails so many things in the process of telling you this story that will grip your heart in many, many ways. In fact, this is the perfect gift for a parent with little ones. Readers can't help but see just how much it hurts your child to give in to them. It's not a pretty sight and only gets worse as they get older. The takeaway value of this book is that it's worth it to be consistent and to listen to your child and not make excuses for their bad behavior. Plus, the characters are so well done it's hard not to love them and understand them by book's end. I highly recommend this book! It's my favorite Henke novel to date.
Recently, I laid down Roxanne Henke's latest book, Learning to Fly, with a satisfied sigh. Though I hated to say 'good-bye' to the very real characters, it was time for them to move on. They'd been through so much. And thanks to Henke's great story-telling ability, so had I. Experiencing Lily's journey, from her first day of life until she was ready to leave the nest, was a delight indeed. I was reminded of sweet and stressful times with my own children. So real were the characters, I rooted for them, wept with them and, exasperated, yelled out loud at some of Jo-Jo's parenting choices. I kept hoping Tiffany would understand the gift of having a true friend, and that her mother would do the same. Through the triumphs and struggles of two families, two women, and two daughters, I couldn't keep from turning the pages rapidly. The story hooked me right away and drew me in. As always with a Roxanne Henke book, I found a wealth of wisdom tucked into a very compelling story.