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Monday, January 23, 2017

Sometimes all we need is... The Taste of Air by Gail Cleare

HI there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Here's hoping your weekends were great and your reading even better.  As for me, I tried not to get blown away as we had some pretty nasty weather (tornado warnings...I don't recommend them!) and I managed to squeeze some reading in, so it all balanced out I suppose.  Speaking of reading, today I'd like to share with you a book that I read last week, but am only now having the proper time to put fingers to keys to share the experience...and quite the experience it was.  It finds its home in the Fiction genre, Contemporary to be more specific, but would also be right at home with other Women's Fiction titles due to the overall nature of the story. So, if you'd be so kind as to lend me a few more moments of your time, I'd like to introduce you to today's book of choice...


The Taste of Air

by
Gail Cleare
9781940215815
Red Adept Publishing

About the book...
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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First things first, let's talk cover.
I could easily see where the title and cover worked well together; after all, isn't the air THAT much sweeter when we're relaxing or taking a breather?  Though little is seen of the person sitting on the dock, the pose seems loose enough to suggest contentment, but the slight scrubbing of sand and mud (missed it the first time, didn't you? ^-^) on the bottom of their feet made me think perhaps not all was as clear cut as it seemed.  Upon making my way through the book, my theories were proven right...go me! (Just kidding, but seriously, they were proven to be correct...)

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Now, let's talk story!
Nell was an interesting voice to hear the majority of the story through.  I say the majority because it does bounce back and forth between yesteryear and present times, slowly revealing more and more of each woman's story as we press closer to the final reveal, but it does so in such a fashion that readers can easily keep in step with the changes.  Back to Nell, she's not the oldest child, but she is the one that stuck close to home; part out of duty, part out of circumstance.  Growing up, she was the one that had to hold the fort down after an unfortunate situation blew down the very walls of their family structure.  Never again would things be the same, and the rift created would grow to proportions larger than any could have guessed.  They learned to live with it, even if they weren't happy about it, until one day, fate gave the family matriarch's life a final twist that both finished the demolition act it started once upon a time and allowed for the rebuilding of family that never knew it needed that new beginning.  I was touched by Nell's story filled with so much good intent and blind faith, flabbergasted by Bridget's ups, downs, and manipulations, and moved by Mary's strategic maneuvers that kept her sane, her heart in tact, and a family together, through better and worse.

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In the end, the author wove a wonderful web of secrets, and love... with many well intentioned missteps for our characters along the way. Nell and Bridget were so much more connected to Mary than they ever truly knew and despite words left unsaid, due to circumstance, by book's end I am convinced that they each knew they held each other close in their hearts.  A great addition to any Fiction lover's reading list, from teen through the twilight years, as the story is riveting, and emotional, but the content kept clean.




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About the author...

Gail Cleare has written for magazines, newspapers, Fortune 50 companies and AOL. Her award-winning ad agency represented the creators of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. She was the turle Leonardo's date for the world premier of the second movie, and got to wear a black evening gown and sparkly shoes.

As a fine art and nature photographer, Gail's work is held in private collections across the US, and she can often be found stalking creatures with a 300 mm lens.

Her first novel, Destined, a novel of the Tarot, won honorable mentions at the New England Book Festival and the Green Book Festival. Her second novel, women's fiction titled The Taste of Air, will be released by Red Adept Publishing in September, 2016. The unedited manuscript won a gold medal from HarperCollins' website Authonomy, and was shortlisted for a Somerset Award.

Gail Cleare lives on an historic farm in New England with her family and dogs, cats, chickens, black bears, blue herons, rushing streams and wide, windy skies.



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Special thanks to author Gail Cleare for the copy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now via Red Adept Publishing, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!






Sunday, January 22, 2017

Storybook Sunday: NOPE! by Drew Sheneman

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


In light of the historic events unfolding around us, I thought today's Storybook Sunday selection to be a perfect fit.  If you have to ask what I'm talking about, you might want to check a social media or news site briefly because it's EVERYWHERE.  Alas, it does not do well to dwell on politics when there are much better topics of choice at hand....such as this book!  It's a tale told in pictures (mostly) versus words and if my Facebook and Twitter feed are any indication, the old adage of one being worth more than a thousand certainly holds true.  Ready or not, here comes today's book of choice...


by
Drew Sheneman
9781101997314
Viking Books for Young Readers

At its most basic level, it's a story about a young bird on the cusp of teenage-dom.  All that stands between him and "freedom" is about 100 feet of air...and a thousand obstacles and deadly dangers ready to snatch him up before he even gets out the next tweet.  What's a bird to do?  He can't stay in the nest forever...can he?  Let's just ask mama bird what SHE thinks... *wink*  With humorous full color panels adoring every page, even the youngest of gravity plagued flyers will appreciate the little bird's plight, but they'll also get the chance to soar...if he ever makes it out of the nest.  (Yeah, let's just say motherly encouragement comes in many forms.... ^-^)

If we look beyond the basics though, as fine as they are, we see the story take on a new shape.  We go from a tale of growing up and exploring the world to a wonderful visual reminder that we can accomplish anything, so long as we don't let our imaginations scamper away with us (that is unless you're a writer and then please, let your imagination scamper towards the fantastical, not the "will-I-be-published" side of things), nothing can stand in the way of a determined mind, and a little help from Mom can go a long way.  Considering the events unfolding round the USA as I type this, none of those are bad lessons to walk away with...



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About the author...

Portrait of the author with novelty glasses and dragon costume.
Portrait of author w/novelty glasses and costume ^-^

Drew Sheneman has been drawing professionally since 1998 and amateurishly since he could hold a crayon. He is a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist whose work appears in newspapers across the country through the Tribune Content Agency. He was the staff editorial cartoonist for New Jersey’s The Star-Ledger until 2010 and continues to draw for the newspaper on a weekly basis. He earned his BFA in illustration from Central Michigan University and has received a number of awards including the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists John Locher Award, the Charles Schulz Award, and two Deadline Club Awards. In addition to editorial cartooning, Drew's clients include Hasbro and Dungeons and Dragons. Drew lives in New Jersey with his wife, daughter, and large collection of comic books. NOPE is his first book for children. To learn more, please visit www.drewsheneman.net.





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Penguin Random House

Special thanks to Kaitlin at Penguin Young Readers for the copy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title celebrated its book birthday this month via Viking Books for Young Readers, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!



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