Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky

Author: Barbara Delinsky
Publication: June 18, 2013
By: St. Martin's Press
4 Stars!

On Quinnipeague, hearts open under the summer stars and secrets float in the Sweet Salt Air...

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…


My Thoughts

What I Liked: Leo, Bear and the Epilogue! This was my first Barbara Delinksy novel and while it took me a few chapters to really become invested in the story, once I did I thoroughly enjoyed it!  Told from alternating points of view that are woven together seamlessly, Sweet Salt Air offers complex characters, a rich setting and a story that simultaneously breaks your heart and knits it back together as it examines the depths of love, friendship and forgiveness. 

What Left Me Wanting More: It would've been fun to be able to try one or two of the recipes mentioned in the story, like the "chowdah".

Final Verdict: This make a great summer read!

About the Author

Barbara Delinsky, author of SWEET SALT AIR (2013), ESCAPE (2011), NOT MY DAUGHTER (2010), WHILE MY SISTER SLEEPS (2009), THE SECRET BETWEEN US (2008), and FAMILY TREE (2007), has written more than twenty bestselling novels with over thirty million copies in print. She has been published in twenty languages worldwide. Barbara's fiction centers upon everyday families facing not-so-everyday challenges. She is particularly drawn to exploring themes of motherhood, marriage, sibling rivalry, and friendship in her novels.

A lifelong New Englander, Barbara earned a B.A. in Psychology at Tufts University and an M.A. in Sociology at Boston College. As a breast cancer survivor who lost her mother to the disease when she was only eight, Barbara compiled the non-fiction book Uplift: Secrets From the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors, a handbook of practical tips and upbeat anecdotes. She donates her proceeds from the sale of this book to her charitable foundation, which funds an ongoing research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Barbara enjoys knitting, photography, and cats. She also loves to interact with her readers.

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  1. Great review, Jen!! :D I'm going to have to check this one out!!

  2. Barbara Delinsky is always good for a Summer read!
    Kate @ Ex Libris

  3. Thanks ladies! I really enjoyed it. :D

  4. Nice review. Thanks for the opportunity to win it :)