Friday, June 8, 2018

Review: The Taste of Air by Gail Cleare

The Taste of Air
 by Gail Cleare

Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Pages: 250
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  A simple phone call disrupts Nell Williams’s well-ordered life. Her mother, Mary, is in a hospital in Vermont. But her mother is supposed to be safely tucked away in an assisted-living facility in Massachusetts, so Nell can’t fathom why she would be so far from home.

After notifying her sister, Bridget, Nell hops on a plane and rushes to her mother’s side. There, she discovers that her mother has been living a second life. Mary has another home and a set of complex relationships with people her daughters have never met.

When Nell and Bridget delve deeper into their mother’s lakeside hideaway, they uncover a vault of family secrets and the gateway to change for all three women.

Kritters Thoughts:  I waited a bit before reading this book, I was still having thoughts and feelings and wasn't ready to put them down, but here it goes.  I was on the fence about my feelings for the book and I still am - there were parts of this book that I completely adored, but then there were parts that were just ok for me.  

I LOVE mother/daughter/sister relationship books.  This one had all of the above and it was busting at the seams.  I love a book that explores birth order and how that affects each person if many different ways.  I love when the children of a parent don't know everything about their parent and upon learning the truth they have to rethink everything they knew.  We put parents in a bubble and when they act outside of that bubble, it makes you question more than just the parent and their actions!

Part of the reason that this book was just so so for me was I recently read a book where there were secrets between mother and daughter and the mother had an injury and couldn't talk so the daughters had to find out the information themselves - it felt like a repeat of a major plot point.  Without reading that book first, I would have liked this one a smidge more.

So to say it a little more concise, I would read another book by Gail Cleare, but I would definitely read the synopsis and make sure I was ready for the ride.

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2018 Challenge: 48 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from the author.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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