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…
Set on the fictional Maine island of Quinnipeague, Delinksy's novel centers on two childhood friends, Charlotte and Nicole, who reunite to coauthor a cookbook about the local cuisine. (Warning: there are tantalizing food descriptions in this book. Don't listen to it while hungry.) Narrator Marguerite Gavin's voice is low and sensuous. This serves her well in narrating the story and in voicing Charlotte, the more worldly and assertive of the two friends. But it fails to adequately capture Nicole's childlike nature. Early in the novel, Nicole's voice is described as being close to that of a 10-year-old girl, but Gavin sometimes provides her with almost the same resonant, wry tone she gives Charlotte. Also, Gavin's down east accent is on-again, off-again, with some local characters having no discernible accent, and others sounding almost like caricatures. However, Gavin's rendition of Leo, the surly bad-boy neighbor up the road, is spot-on and quite entertaining. A St. Martin's hardcover.
Sweet salt Air by barbara Delinsky
I'm a foodie - a raw food chef. A photographer. A wanna-be author. I dabble with knitting.
I got sucked into this book fast. And couldn't wait to return to my reading each time I had to set down my book. I loved the two main characters. Loved the depth of character developed by the author. And the twists in the story.
Well done. I just bought a second book by this author. I may be on to some happy summer reading diversion here!
Sweet Salt Air
Unusual Delinsky! But very good.
Sweet Salt Air
What a wonderful escape from reality! Well written, allowed me to get lost in the story. I couldn't wait between reading times to get back to the story.