Review: SWEET SALT AIR by Barbara Delinsky

Two friends, one single one married, are once again united on the island of Quinnipeague.  Since childhood they have shared many happy memories on the island until 10 years ago when Nicole married Julian.  It was at the time of that marriage when life changed their friendship and their lives.  Charlotte, a successful travel writer, lives on the road with no ties to any one place.  Nicole is a food blogger from Philadelphia who has been commissioned to write a book about island food.  As a result she invites her old friend Charlotte, to spend a summer on Quinnipeague, helping her with interviewing the locals to capture their island recipes and their family stories.

What neither realizes is there are secrets they each hold that will change the course of their lives and their friendship.  However, these secrets also hold the key to helping each love again more fully both in their friendship and in their relationships with their husband and a reclusive local man who has mysterious secrets of his own.

Barbara has written a poignant love story but  also a beautiful travelogue of this island off the coast of Portland.  Her descriptions of the landscape help the reader feel a part of the setting and almost experience the ocean breezes and cool, crisp salt sea air.  I personally enjoy the depth of Barbara’s character as they move through difficult times in their lives.  They feel real and become the readers’ friends by the end of the book.  If you have ever read anything of Barbara’s you will not be disappointed by her ability to draw you into this new book.  There is a warmth and energy to her characters that leave the reader feeling content and fulfilled by the end of the book.

Reviewed by Mary

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About the Book:

Title: Sweet Salt Air
Author: Barbara Delinsky
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: June 18, 2013
Category: Fiction
Source: Borrowed from Library

Official Summary:

Charlotte and Nicole were once the best of friends, spending summers together in Nicole’s coastal island house off of Maine. But many years, and many secrets, have kept the women apart. A successful travel writer, single Charlotte lives on the road, while Nicole, a food blogger, keeps house in Philadelphia with her surgeon-husband, Julian. When Nicole is commissioned to write a book about island food, she invites her old friend Charlotte back to Quinnipeague, for a final summer, to help.

Outgoing and passionate, Charlotte has a gift for talking to people and making friends, and Nicole could use her expertise for interviews with locals. Missing a genuine connection, Charlotte agrees. But what both women don’t know is that they are each holding something back that may change their lives forever. For Nicole, what comes to light could destroy her marriage, but it could also save her husband. For Charlotte, the truth could cost her Nicole’s friendship, but could also free her to love again. And her chance may lie with a reclusive local man, with a heart to soothe and troubles of his own.

Bestselling author and master storyteller Barbara Delinsky invites you come away to Quinnipeague…

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