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Sweet Salt Air: A Novel Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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That's why SWEET SALT AIR was such a wonderful surprise! This is a new and improved Delinsky, whose ability to bring characters to life hasn't changed, but who has added so many more layers to her writing. In my opinion her previous books were always about her characters. SWEET SALT AIR takes those characters and creates situations with such breadth and depth that is a true joy to read. The book grabbed me from page 1 up until 10 pages from the end -- when I put the book down because I didn't WANT to finish it (because I hate when GREAT books end!). I did eventually finish it and found the ending truly satisfying.
Along with the new writing style, the story itself is a great read. Family, friends, relationships, happiness, sadness, uncertainty -- it's all there. It's so beautifully written that you can practically smell the "sweet salt air".
Highly, highly recommend this new Delinsky book. And I'm already looking forward to her next work!
The Bad: Endless descriptions of herbs, repetitive scenes, mystical powers of the herbs, and the fear of islanders to somehow anger the dead matriarch of the all powerful herbs.
The Whiny: Just shoot Nicole if she whines one more time.
I seriously just had to skip over paragraphs that had to do with the mystical powers and descriptions of the herbs and the dead Cecily's continued influence over the island. I also skipped past some of the overly long descriptions of an amazing recipe or food description.
I know the above is negative but the story itself was quite good.
Nicole's can capture the recipes for each delight while Charlotte will write to capture that there is so much more than just food on the table when it is prepared with love. Nicole and Charlotte know the peace the island can provide as well as the joy of just dipping a toe in the ocean. An unexpected surprise for Charlotte is her discovery of Leo Cole, an island loner with a terrible reputation and worse attitude. Charlotte is drawn to this dark and foreboding man and dares to push the relationship envelope with him regardless of whether he lets her into the one place no one is allowed to visit, his mother's garden. There are legends born around this mystical place and Charlotte wants to examine it but is it the garden or Leo she wants to know more about.
Mystery is the spice of life but secrets are the danger lurking around the corner ready to ruin everything. Nicole never quite understood why Charlotte took off and when the answer to that question is revealed Charlotte prior poor decision is about to intersect with Nicole's present life in a most shocking fashion
Barbara Delinsky has produced a literary masterpiece of life, love, tragedy, and answering the question about what you do when your life does not follow your carefully constructed plan.
Sweet Salt Air takes place on a small island in Maine (sadly I believe it is fictitious) where two friends come together for the first time in many years for a summer. Together they write a cookbook while sorting through the house and getting it ready for sale. Each friend is in a different place in life - Nicole is hiding a secret about her husband while putting a brave face on for the world to see while Charlotte is a freelance writer traveling the world but has a secret she's kept from Nicole since their last summer on the island.
I was expecting your usual fluffy beach read but I should have known to know more was to come from Ms Delinsky and she didn't disappoint. She brought Maine to life quite vividly and captured the essence of what I adore about that state. The prominent relationship in the book, the friendship between Nicole and Charlotte was well written and I enjoyed the journey with them. I had a feeling how the book would end up but I still was pleasantly surprised by a few things and especially enjoyed the romance side of the story.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book; Barbara is headed in a new direction with her writing and it's great!Published 6 days ago by Katharine J. Tyler
!osing a long friendship, josing a life , losing a love. The resolution of ajj the many relationships . I was ready to start reading another book about these people!Published 8 days ago by Rita Ellsworth
Thought I would like this book because I love Maine, but the plot and circumstances were so contrived, and the characters predictable and lacking in any semblance of depth. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
My first Barbara Delinsky. Won't be my last. Quick, easy read, a perfect "beach read".Published 17 days ago by FireflyGirl
Nice writing style, good flow, window into different worlds in many ways - geographical, nature, professions,tastes and smells. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is the first B. Delinsky book I've read and it was wonderful. I throughly enjoyed the descriptions of herbs and recipes and could relate so well to the characters. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Meredith L