Coming Up for Air: A Novel

Coming Up for Air: A Novel

by Patti Callahan Henry
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Coming Up for Air: A Novel by Patti Callahan Henry

On the coast of Alabama, there is a house cloaked in mystery, a place that reveals the truth and changes lives...

Ellie Calvin is caught in a dying marriage, and she knows this. With her beloved daughter away at college and a growing gap between her and her husband – between her reality and the woman she wants to be – she doesn't quite seem to fit into her own life.

But everything changes after her controlling mother, Lillian, passes away. Ellie's world turns upside down when she sees her ex-boyfriend, Hutch, at her mother's funeral and learns that he is in charge of a documentary that involved Lillian before her death. He wants answers to questions that Ellie's not sure she can face, until, in the painful midst of going through her mother's things, she discovers a hidden diary – and a window onto stories buried long ago.

As Ellie and Hutch start speaking for the first time in years, Ellie's closed heart slowly begins to open. Fighting their feelings, they set out together to dig into Lillian's history. Using both the diary and a trip to the Summer House, a mysterious and seductive bayside home, they gamble that they can work together and not fall in love again. But in piecing together a decades-old unrequited-love story, they just might uncover the secrets in their own hearts…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429940665
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/16/2011
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 75,500
File size: 332 KB

About the Author

PATTI CALLAHAN HENRY is a full-time writer, wife and mother and the New York Times Bestselling author of seven novels with Penguin/NAL, including The Art of Keeping Secrets, Driftwood Summer and The Perfect Lovesong: A Holiday Story). She lives with her husband and three children outside Atlanta on the Chattahoochee River, where she is working on her next novel.


PATTI CALLAHAN HENRY is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels include The Stories We Tell, And Then I Found You, Between the Tides, and Driftwood Summer. Patti lives with her husband and three children in Mountain Brook, Alabama, where she is working on her next novel.

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Coming up for Air 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a 20 year old woman and I felt this story was excellent! It's a must read for women in general. I really enjoyed the writing style, I found it easy to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story about strength, secrets, and love set in a beautiful, southern landscape. It left me inspired to never settle. I couldn't put this down!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books. Ellie is your ordinary forty-something woman coming to some realizations about her life after her mother's death. I am from Alabama, graduated from Auburn University and only someone from Alabama could describe with such detail especially The War Eagle Supper Club. How refreshing! Every woman should read this book especially if you are forty something or just at a crossroad in your life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Once I started reading it, I could not put it down. I could relate to the time period of Lily's journal. It only took me a weekend, and I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a disappointment! The story is boring, the characters implausible and generally unlikeable, the writing awkward and amateurish, with tiresome attempts at similes and metaphors that look as though it was part of the writing assignment to hit a quota. I often found myself re-reading the same sentence several times trying to make sense of it because of the awkward wording or phrasing. As for the "big mystery," you won't even care what it is, because the characters are so self absorbed and annoying. I hate it when I feel as if I've wasted my money on a book!
TBee More than 1 year ago
With a mysterious flare, Patti C. Henry weaves a tail about a woman discovering a secret past that shocked her regarding her recently deceased mother. It is a time of discovery and realization from the present & the past. This story brought real issues alive in facing a parent's death. I could relate to the content and characters of this excellent book. Having read all of Patti Henry's books, I believe that each one is better than the last! Look forward to her next tale.
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LindaR58 More than 1 year ago
My lucky find, new to this author and first read.  Wonderful story told, full of wisdom and experience, and one I will be recommending to all I know.  Give yourself the gift of reading this one,
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This is my first book by Patti--it was very good and held my interest. Sometimes those first loves stay with you forever as it did with Elli.
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Finally a great read for a forthy something woman. A story about love, secrets and sacrifices. It was inspiraing. As I read the pages I felt it was talking about my feelings. Enjoyed reading it.
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