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“Delinsky's moving story is filled with love, loss, betrayal and passion. Readers will share the highs and lows experienced by the characters. This is a story for mothers and daughters everywhere.” ―RT Book Reviews

“About the complicated dynamics of a family, the novelty of love no matter when in life you find it, and the importance of a good home makeover.” ―Pop Sugar

"Delinsky effortlessly brings the components together – romance, career shifts, changes in parent-child relationships . . . A likable beach read with just a touch of gravitas." ―Kirkus

“With grace and dignity Sweet Salt Air reveals the fragility of human nature while intimating at the healing powers of forgiveness.” ―New York Journal of Books on Sweet Salt Air

“Delinsky captures the magic of coastal Maine in this beautifully written book about friendship and redemption...The drama of betrayal, the tension of risk and the triumph of friendship play out in a setting that is a character in itself...a fantastic summer read!” ―RT Book Reviews, "Top Pick" on Sweet Salt Air

About the Author

BARBARA DELINSKY is the author of more than twenty New York Times bestselling books, including Sweet Salt Air and Blueprints. She has been published in twenty-eight languages worldwide. A lifelong New Englander, Delinsky earned a B.A. in psychology at Tufts University and an M.A. in sociology at Boston College. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, more books than she'll ever be able to read, two tennis racquets, and enough electronic devices to keep in close touch with her children and their families.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (June 9, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250007046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250007049
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (370 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Burns VINE VOICE on March 13, 2015
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Caroline MacAffee gets an unwelcome surprise on her 56th birthday when the powers-that-be decide that she's too old to continue hosting her home improvement show. The network is looking for "younger" and they have a new host in mind: Caroline's 29 year old daughter, Jamie.

The network's decision drives a wedge between mother and daughter and the fallout serves as a catalyst for both of them to reevaluate their relationship and the directions their lives are taking.

I'm a little torn on this one. Overall I enjoyed it, but I had a few issues (but we'll get to that later). First, let's start with the good stuff:

I like Caroline; it's refreshing to have a 50+ female character take on a major role in a novel. The author brings up issues that many women of a certain age can relate to, like being marginalized professionally and learning to negotiate the tricky terrain of mid-life romance. Well done.

I thought the author did an interesting job of exploring the complexities of the mother/daughter relationship. To me, Caroline and Jamie's relationship wasn't "close" as much as stifling. It's mentioned several times that Jamie has no friends and doesn't feel the need for any as Caroline is her BFF. I actually thought their post-riff relationship was healthier - adults treating each other as equals. I'd be curious to know how others viewed it.

As for the writing itself, Barbara Delinsky has been very successful for a long time, and there's a reason for that: she's a professional and it shows! From the technical things like sentence structure, grammar and dialog to the ability to execute a well thought out storyline, there's little here to quibble about. It's always a pleasure to read smooth and professional writing.
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Caroline has the ability to take the worst that comes at her, reformulate her plans, and start again with new ideas better than the ones she thought were well constructed. She survived marriage to a man who traded her in for a younger version, built a career on her own as a carpenter, became a home rebuilding show host, and raised an amazing daughter in Jamie her show co-host and best friend. But change has a cruel way of expressing itself and when the show decides that she is too old to be the face of their home renovation show, Gut It! that was enough. Especially when she feels her daughter was part of the conspiracy to force her out of the picture and conspire to take her place in front of the camera. Feeling deceived by everyone she starts a pity party that extends until a tragic turn of events with her ex-husband and his wife has everyone taking a deep breath and questioning what tomorrow will bring.

Jamie thought her career was the driving force in her life along with her fiancé but the show and her job came way before a wedding which was on her to do list not a get done next list. She was the architectural brains behind McAfee Homes, a family business who produced one of a kind quality homes. Being the co-host on the show with her mom had been exciting and pushed her toward new heights but taking over was never a consideration and the fact that her mother believes she was working behind the scenes to boot her out was heartbreaking. Then everything takes a back burner to her half-brother, now orphaned as a result of the tragic death of her father and step mother. Taddy is two years old and needs someone there for him right now, and while she has always adored him mothering him is way out of her comfort zone.
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This book was just an absolute drag in terms of pacing. Also, there just was not much going on in terms of plot. It was all talk, talk, talk on every page. And the men in this book were so totally unbelievable. They were all saints and they spoke in terms that no man that I have ever known would talk. On and on and on about their feelings. In fact so did the women.

I thought I would enjoy this one since it was based on a family business that had a television show not unlike that of the PBS "This Old House" or the HGTV show "Rehab Addict". However, the book dealt with very little about the family business and was so overloaded with everybody talking about their feelings that I was just bored to tears. However, I persevered and completed it up to the very end where the last few pages dealt with one of the family members dealing with very big issues. And that issue was the making of cole slaw. Yep you got it - cole slaw.

I found one discrepancy that the editors missed and these little things bug me when reading. On one page the color and the cut of a woman's blouse was the main focus and that color was brown. A few pages later, the color was navy. It is a small thing but I hate mistakes like this.

Save your reading time for much better books. In fact, read one of Delinsky's older books, "A Woman Betrayed". Now that is a good book but not this one.
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Oh, I hate to not give this book at least four stars but I just can't. I know Barbara Delinsky is an incredible writer and has had many best sellers. And I feel I've given this book a chance but for some reason it just hasn't sucked me into the characters. I don't know why. First, I read until about page 85. Till then I didn't care at all but I kept hoping it would get better. Now I am on page 180 and I still haven't got any emotional connection to any of the characters. I like the characters. I especially like Caroline and Jamie. I like that they are best friends. It gives me hope that me and my daughters will one day be good friends. But even now at page 180,and even after some pretty major tragedy has happened I don't care. I don't think I am even going to finish the book. Maybe the problem lies with me, the reader. But I don't think a reader should have to work so hard to get emotionally invested into the characters. Others may very welll love this book. I don't.
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