Today’s book is The Taste of Air, by Gail Cleare. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Length: 273 pages
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Released: September 22, 2016
A simple phone call disrupts Nell Williams’s well-ordered life. Her mother, Mary, is in a hospital in Vermont. But her mother is supposed to be safely tucked away in an assisted-living facility in Massachusetts, so Nell can’t fathom why she would be so far from home.
After notifying her sister, Bridget, Nell hops on a plane and rushes to her mother’s side. There, she discovers that her mother has been living a second life. Mary has another home and a set of complex relationships with people her daughters have never met.
When Nell and Bridget delve deeper into their mother’s lakeside hideaway, they uncover a vault of family secrets and the gateway to change for all three women.
The title really sums this one up – a light, airy, breezy escape.
I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. The tale of three married women and their relationship issues? Not really my wheelhouse.
Or so I thought.
I ended up plowing through the story in one desperate sitting, completely swept up with the characters. Cleare really brought Nell and company to life (something I’ve been missing lately) and I ended up super invested in all of them. The plotline had an excellent flow to it – the hidden intrigue of Mary’s past unfolded just slowly enough to keep me hooked. The contrast between the three main characters and their distinct ways of handling love and independence added a lot of depth to the story as well. Honestly, my only nitpick is that some of the dialogue was a little stilted, but it really wasn’t enough to bother me.
This book is definitely a light read, with a fluffy, beach-book kind of vibe – almost cozy mystery-ish. If you’re looking for something uplifting and not too serious, definitely pick this one up. Preferably with a cup of tea.