Book Review: Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky

Posted June 19, 2013 by Melissa in Book Review | 2 Comments

Title: Sweet Salt Air

Author: Barbara Delinsky
Pages: 416

Age Group:  Adult

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: St Martin’s Press
ISBN: 978-1250007032
Publication Date: June 18th 2013
Available Formats: Hardcover, E-Book, Audio

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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

Barbara Delinsky is one of those authors that never fails to deliver exactly as promised.  Sweet Salt Air is everything one could hope for in a summer read…wonderful storytelling, a gorgeous setting, heart-tugging moments, love, family, friendship and a healthy side dish of secrets,  a little intrigue and just a dash of magic.

Lets start with what drew me in from the beginning-that lush, lovely cover which is indicative of the amazingly beautiful and serene setting that is Quinnipeague Island. The setting of Sweet Salt Air ticked all the boxes for me.  I’ve always had the secret fantasy of moving to a small coastal or island New England town and opening a tiny bookshop. This book provided further fodder for those dreams. Delinsky paints a captivating picture of island life, the scenery, the people, the food, the scents.  Each sense is exquisitely explored while captivating and drawing the reader deeper and deeper until we are completely immersed.

The characters are complex, complicated and flawed. It’s hard to completely love them but it’s equally hard not to really like them,  hope for them,  root for them. One moment we’re sympathizing and the next we’re questioning.  Regardless, one couldn’t help but become  invested in their stories, in their pasts and their futures. Plus add up all of their talents and interests: cooking, reading & writing, gardening and herbalism… who wouldn’t want to get to know them better?

The pacing was perfect. The story slowly opening up and revealing itself just as little by little so did the flowers on  Quinnipeague as spring turned into summer. The plot may have been a bit predictable, but in stories like this one it’s not so much the plot points as the path taken from point to point. And this was an entirely enjoyable and fulfilling journey.

So go pick up a copy, relax with your feet in the sand and enjoy the Sweet Salt Air.

Was It Worth My Time?

 4.5 Timepieces

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