the-taste-of-airTitle:  The Taste of Air
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Author:  Gail Cleare
Genre:  Women’s Fiction
Published:  September 22, 2016
Publisher:  Red Adept Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
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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.

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As children we believe that we know everything there is to know about our parents.  After all, we’ve known them our entire lives and if there were things hidden from us they should have been revealed by now… right?

Unfortunately, for Nell and Bridget what they don’t know about their  mother could fill an entire lifetime… and it certainly did.

The Taste of Air captured my imagination and attention from the opening salvo and never let go until the ending.  It is the thought provoking tale of what a woman will do for her family and the secrets that she’s kept for herself for years.  We will travel back into Mary’s past to understand how some of these life changing events happened.  And we will deal with the repercussions along side her daughters in the present.

I have no intention of letting any spoilers slip in this review.  This is a story of discovery that you should have the pleasure of unraveling yourself.  Told with a mix of happiness and despair, laughter and tears The Taste of Air may just shake up what you think you know about your own family.  I know it’s given me some pause as I think back to my own mother’s life.   We don’t always know as much as we think we do… and we also don’t always discover the well hidden truth until it smacks us in the heart.

I would recommend this one for any reader – male, female it makes no difference.  The reality and the possibilities will fascinate many readers who enjoy delving beneath the surface to discover what’s there.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this novel. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this story.*

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