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Cloud Nine Paperback – August 26, 2008
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This was one of the most beautiful love stories I have read and Luann Rice is quickly becoming another favorite author of mine. I just finished reading Home Fires by her the night before and now Cloud Nine - what an emotional ride!!
Rice writes stories that grip your heart and soul and she does not let go until the story is over. Her character portrayal, especially of teen-agers, is so realistic, that you feel that they are your next-door neighbors and closest friends! Cloud Nine embraces all the nuances of family life, which has experienced death and familial loss, and the heartache that that causes. It embodies tragedy in multiple scenarios consisting of divorce, remarriage, cancer, and several deaths, yet, contained within all of these facts, there is a ray of faith and hope that life can and will get better. There is hope of reconciliation and the miracle of love working its magic. The character's live are not portrayed here as "perfect", but are wrought with dysfunction and pain, due to real-life experiences.
I found this story's ending to be bittersweet and wish that it did end differently, but once again, I am reminded that life is not perfect and life sometimes does not play out as we want it to - it is just fe being life. Rice expertly captures that feeling with Cloud Nine and conveys it so beautifully to her readers. You are swept up into the emotions of the drama and you cannot help it.
I absolutely loved this book and once again Rice demonstrates to us that love has a powerful and healing effect, on both the young and the old. Her message is of embracing life each and every day as a gift to yourself and to your loved ones, as one never knows what the next day will bring.
Along the way, Sarah ends up bonding with Will and his daughter, Susan, and the trio help each other with all of the issues they are facing. I rated the book 4 stars because I'm not a big fan of romance, but in spite of my tastes, I really found myself enjoying the story and wondering what would happen next. If you are new to Luanne Rice, this is a great book to get your feet wet with. Rice is a wonderful source of comfort reads, and this book is no exception. If you are in the mood for a comforting and inspiring story, read "Cloud Nine."
I really did enjoy Cloud 9, this author can write a wonderful love story, character depth in both main and supporting characters without it being 500 pages, and an interesting story line- which is why I just couldn't give it less than 4 stars. However, sometimes I'm not in the mood for a romance novel where characters fall deeply in love, after suffering such adversity and heartache already, that ends without a "happily ever after". You'll understand what I mean when you read it- I didn't want to give too much away (even though some might think I have). I just wish I had known- I will immediately be reading something light and fluffy after being depressed by this ending! lol
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love Luanne Rice, she is a great story teller and her books are great, enjoyPublished 1 month ago by Linda
Didn't want to put it down, read it in 2 days which is a record for me!Published 5 months ago by Carroll Clark
This book was a "week at the beach" read, and enjoyed it very much. Really related to the characters, enjoyed their triumphs and shared their pain. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Beatrice E. Reil
I loved it. It was beautifully written with realistic characters that you care about and a realistic ending.Published 13 months ago by Mame S. Harlow
Wow. I have read so many books and said this is the one I love most......well ......this is the one I love the most. Read morePublished 14 months ago by honey dukes
I love so many books by Luanne Rice. This one again, pulls at my heart and reminds me to believe in so many good things in life, love, family and people who care about others. Read morePublished 17 months ago by J. Robbins
Beautiful story of everlasting love. A very emotional and wonderful story. It made me cry at times. LUANNE Rice is one of my favorite authors.Published 19 months ago by Unknown