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Monday, April 16, 2018

Flying at Night by Rebecca Brown

Genre: General Fiction/Women's Fiction
Publisher: Berkley
Author: Rebecca L. Brown
Release Date: April 10, 2018

Lance Whitcomb, known as the Silver Eagle after a heroic landing, was a truly different man at home. He was verbally and emotionally to his wife and children. They lived in fear of his outbursts.

Decades later, Piper is happily married and raising a son. Fred is an unusual child who develops short-lived obsessions on certain things. When he enters into a craze, he must learn everything there is to learn.

Things start to unravel for Piper when her father has a heart attack. He was without oxygen until someone found him. Doctor's don't think he'll live, but he makes it through and has months of rehab and healing ahead.

Piper's mother walks away. She plans to leave her husband in a nursing home. Piper takes one look at the nursing home and doesn't have the heart to leave him there. Instead, she brings him home at the worst time possible. Her son is diagnosed with autism and her father needs care.

What seems like it will be overly stressful starts to turn into a time for a family to heal and form tight bonds. It's a time of learning and reevaluation. Perhaps best of all is that in her father, Piper's son is able to connect in a way Piper never expected.

Flying at Night was sad, touching, and uplifting all at once. Lance stole my heart. While his traumatic brain injury was due to the oxygen deprivation after a heart attack, many of his actions reminded me of someone with Alzheimer's. My mom has Alzheimer's and it's heartbreaking seeing someone decline to almost a toddler-like state when the brain is injured.

I don't have personal experience with autism, but I have seen younger children on the spectrum. I felt that Fred's behavior and interactions with those around him were genuine. As a family caregiver and mom, I could definitely get where Piper was coming from. Raising a child is hard enough, but if you add a parent into the equation, it's often even harder.

I saw this book classified as psychological suspense. I really don't feel that's true. It's more of a cross of general fiction and women's fiction to me. It's not got twists or shocking revelations at any point. It is a very emotional, touching story of a dysfunctional family finding hope at the worst of times.

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