Getting a phone call that your mother is in the hospital is frightening enough, but learning that the hospital is in Vermont and only a few miles from your mother's home when she lives in Massachusetts is quite puzzling for Nell.
Nell quickly made her way to Vermont, and Nell's sister, Bridget, would be arriving the next day from Washington, D. C.
After she saw her mother and needed a place to stay, Nell asked the receptionist for some local places to stay. The receptionist suggested that she stay at her mother’s home. Another surprise...no one knew Mary had a home here.
As Nell looked around the cottage her mother was living in, she realized her mother had been here for longer than she had admitted and not in the assisted living facility. There were a lot of secrets being kept by Mary both now and in the past.
A TASTE OF AIR has us following the lives of the three main characters. We follow Mary from the time she was in the service as a nurse and met her husband to present day. We follow Bridget and Nell as well. Bridget had an interesting life with many marriages. Nell seemed to be a normal, follow-the-rules, do-not-change-anything housewife. All of the characters were heartwarming.
A TASTE OF AIR was a lovely read that any women’s fiction fan will enjoy. I enjoyed going back and forth in the women’s lives and especially in Mary’s. Mary seemed to have the most interesting life and the one with the most secrets, and she had one BIG secret. Bridget came in second with secrets. Nell didn’t seem to have any secrets but got some ideas as time went on.
I truly enjoyed this book. Ms. Cleare’s writing is smooth, beautiful, detailed, and alluring. When you don’t want a book to end, you know the author’s talent is the reason.
A TASTE OF AIR is a perfect summer read or an any time read for when you need warmth oozing from the pages to help your mood be lightened or to be taken away.
There are also some tissues needed for happy things as all came together at the end, but for the most part A TASTE OF AIR is an uplifting, enjoyable read that is like receiving a big hug.
I hope you get to read this book. 5/5
This book was given to me by the author. All opinions are my own.
All information including the blog tour photo and book cover in this post is courtesy of the author, Michael Stephenson.
Celebrating The June 27th Release Of
THE MAN ON THE ROOF BY MICHAEL STEPHENSON
On Sale JUNE 27, 2018 ************
A domestic mystery-suspense
thriller, The Man On The Roof propels the reader through a tangled,
volatile and suspenseful thicket of deception, murder and friends.
Similar in tone to novelist Gillian Flynn, The
Girl on the Train,
Woman In The Window,
The Man On The Roof invites the reader to discover the murderer and
who hides which lie.
I must warn that it does deal with very dark
It currently is available for review in digital
formats only, and will be an Amazon Kindle release June
You can currently find it as a pre-order on Amazon and it is listed
About The Book:
has been creeping in the dark while the others sleep, and they've
done terrible, terrible things.
was a man on your roof,” claims curmudgeonly lane-hermit Herbert
McKinney. Then, he initiates an unprovoked fight with a local punk.
Drama escalates when that punk's dead body is found hanging at
mid-street one August morning—a boastful killer messaging their
All fingers point to Herbert as the culprit. Soon, the
five couples he calls neighbors come under suspicion, too. When
detectives divine blackmail as the motive, eyes cross to find who
hides the most shameful secret.
Husband versus wife, friend versus
friend, the shiny suburban veneer of innocence has been forever
tarnished. As hidden deviousness boils from their pores, there lurks
a thief, a pill addict and two adulterers—secrets worth killing
We all believe that most people are good. Our neighbors, our
friends... ourselves. We dismiss insane plot twists or unlikeable
characters as unrealistic and slightly ridiculous.
But just how sure are
we that the people closest to us aren't all teetering on the edge of
insanity? And is it more frightening to think that we live in a mad
world, or that we can wholly understand the madness?
Step into a
mind-twisting thriller that seeks to understand our darkest nature. Come
meet The Man On The Roof.
About the Author:
in Cleveland, Ohio, Michael cultivated his love for storytelling on a
steady diet of film and TV, embracing the art across all genres and
He believes that to tell a story is the greatest gift that
humanity has ever received and hopes to connect through words both
written and filmed. A thoughtful suburbanite, he enjoys writing in
every genre and platform.
Covering a wide range of subjects,
ethnicities, socioeconomic classes, and ideals, his writing runs the
gamut from silly and lighthearted to thought-provoking and sensual to
horrifying and captivating.
Offering everything from sci-fi to
romance, he wishes to supply the reader with an indelible experience.
he seeks to accomplish great things with his writing in both popular
culture and more niche genres.
He hopes to soon write for film again,
as he had briefly before, and aspires to write the screenplay for the
film adaptation of Captain Planet as he loves the environment.
************ This book sounds good...thanks for the opportunity to spread the word, Mr. Stephenson. ************
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My Book Beginnings is taken from THE TASTE OF AIR by Gail Cleare:
"Her day began with reassuring rituals. Make the beds, start a load of laundry, empty the dishwasher. After lining up shiny crystal tumblers inside the glass-fronted cabinets, she filled the upper shelves with neatly nested plates, bowls, and cups. Her finger found a chipped edge, and she tossed the imperfect saucer into the garbage."
A NOISE DOWNSTAIRS by Linwood Barclay.
Review will be on July 26.
Excellent story line...love the typebars on the cover.
I have an eye appointment on Friday at 8:45 a.m, and won't be able to see after the dilation. You know how that goes. UGGGH. Hopefully the dilation drops will wear off quickly so I can get back to reading and to blogging, but the last time they lasted way into early evening.
is a good person but still hasn’t healed from the emotional scars from the death of her daughter or the divorce from her husband.
Maggie moved away to make herself anonymous after the accident and hadn't seen her husband for four years. He now shows up in the new town she has moved to, but why?
Another problem besides her ex-husband then surfaces. Maggie is still on probation because of the automobile accident and is not to associate with other felons, but a criminal incident occurs that makes Maggie think about being there for her friend instead of thinking of herself. Her probation officer thinks differently.
We follow Maggie as she deals with her struggles and as she goes about her days as a makeup artist and an artist that works with clay. I definitely would want to go to the spa where Maggie works and be pampered.
All of the issues that were addressed and dealt with by Maggie were frightening, but handled well by her. The personal issues were more difficult, and the criminal issue addresses current problems that could occur with the digital world we live in.
Most of the characters are ones you would want to connect with.
Maggie was someone who had a heart and was a hard worker.
Kevin was a terrific friend and confidante.
Grace was a bit flighty.
Maggie’s husband Edward was someone who turned out to be great. Maggie's mother was a strong woman. Maggie’s brother Liam was a brother.
Ms. Delinsky's beautiful, pull-you-in writing style kept me reading as always. I haven’t read a book by Ms. Delinsky for a few years, and it was a pleasure to re-connect with her marvelous style and terrific story lines.
BEFORE AND AGAIN always had some warmth coming from
somewhere whether it was a character or situation. This book deals with friendships, healing, emotional pain, and choices.
BEFORE AND AGAIN had some difficult situations, but the ending is heartwarming, very satisfying, and marvelous. 5/5
This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.
Two women, two different life styles, two children the same age, and then one disappears.
Ethan went missing from a school event held overnight at a camp in a wooded part of Georgia.
Ethan was a bullied child and Sammy was a coddled, spoiled child who was the bully. Funny thing is that they resembled each other. The question was if Sammy was the target instead of Ethan.
The search reached far and wide, and the only clue was a trail of clues left by Ethan and a phone call from the kidnapper.
THREE DAYS MISSING moved at as frantic a pace as the search. Ms. Belle left us hanging at the end of each chapter with a clue that wasn't revealed until another chapter.
As the search reached the forty-one hour mark, a school meeting was organized, and parents started telling what their children remembered. Could the children's revelations be the big break through? Did one of the children know more than they were telling? Could Kat and Stef become friends after this even though their children were not friends?
Could they really share the grief of a missing child?
But...most importantly can Stef help with finding Ethan or will she have problems of her own that need to be taken care of?
If you like mysteries that have unexpected twists and turns, THREE DAYS MISSING will need to go in your stack of to-be-read books.
THREE DAYS MISSING pulls you in and keeps you guessing along with the characters.
You won’t want to stop reading because of the subject matter and because of the way the book is set up. 5/5
This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.