Leaning on Air

Leaning on Air

by Cheryl Grey Bostrom
Leaning on Air

Leaning on Air

by Cheryl Grey Bostrom


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They last spoke as teens . . .

But on a country road twelve years later, a surprise encounter reunites ornithologist Celia Burke with veterinary surgeon Burnaby Hayes, and they plunge into the most unusual romance of her life.

After a decade of marriage, Celia and Burnaby have found a unique and beautiful rhythm. Then tragedy strikes while Celia hunts for the nest of a research hawk near the Snake River. Reeling with grief, she’s certain Burnaby won’t understand her anguish or forgive the choice that initiated it.

She flees to kindness at a remote farm in Washington’s Palouse region, where a wild prairie and an alluring neighbor convince her to begin anew. But when unexplained accidents, cryptic sketches, and a mute little boy make her doubt her decision, only a red-tailed hawk and the endangered lives of those she loves can compel her to examine her past—and reconsider her future.

A soaring tale of wonder, loss, redemption, and restoration from Cheryl Grey Bostrom, the award-winning author of Sugar Birds.

  • A beautifully crafted story set in the Pacific Northwest that brings the setting to life.
  • A compelling contemporary novel about love and loss.
  • Explores the challenges of a marriage when one partner is on the autism spectrum.
  • Includes discussion questions for book clubs

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496481535
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 05/07/2024
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 151,615
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

For most of her life, Pacific Northwest naturalist, photographer, and author Cheryl Grey Bostrom has lived in the rural and wild lands that infuse her writing. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, currently including her column in the American Scientific Affiliation's God and Nature Magazine and her blog: Watching Nature, Seeing Life. Now under the Tyndale imprint, her debut novel Sugar Birds has won multiple industry awards--with an ACFW Carol Award, Christianity Today's Fiction Award of Merit, Christy Finalist Honors, and American Fiction, Best Book, Reader's Favorite, Nautilus Silver and International Book Awards among them. Coming soon: The Sugar Birds sequel and a third stand-alone novel. Her earlier devotional--The View from Goose Ridge: Watching Nature, Seeing Life--is a well-loved classic. A former Teacher of the Year and avid bird-watcher, she lives in Washington state with her husband and three irrepressible Gordon setters. Learn more at CherylBostrom.com.

Cady Zuckerman is an actress and audiobook narrator who received her master's degree in acting from the California Institute of the Arts. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

What People are Saying About This

Janet Holm McHenry

Cheryl Grey Bostrom has written another brilliant story in her newest, Leaning on Air. This book is a multilayered, cross-generational masterpiece—and a fabulous read!

Taryn R. Hutchison

Bostrom draws her characters with an artist’s brush and exquisitely renders the natural world. Her writing is sheer poetry.

Dr. Deborah Maxey

Within minutes of opening the book, I knew I was once again diving headlong into a fascinating world created by a rare talent. . . . A powerful, entertaining, and riveting story, Leaning on Air is the intricate and brilliant work of a master storyteller.

Katie Powner

Leaning on Air has everything I love most in a story: depth, nuance, rich detail, authentic characterization, and heart. A work of art in its own right. . . . If you love literary fiction that’s filled with humanity and hope, you absolutely cannot miss Leaning on Air.

Linda MacKillop

With reverence for the land and its ability to turn our gaze upward, Bostrom aptly contrasts nature’s beauty and power with life’s hurts and betrayals, producing layers of suspense imbued with prayer and hope.

Sandra Byrd

Every golden hour spent within these pages is filled with grace. A complex, captivating read.

Laura Frantz

Stunningly realistic, rich, and deep, Leaning on Air is a tour de force. The Pacific Northwest’s hauntingly beautiful Palouse region envelops you as you read this tale of love, loss, hope, and second chances. Cheryl Grey Bostrom is an author not to miss!

T. I. Lowe

Fans of Sugar Birds will be delighted that the author has continued Celia and Burnaby’s story in Leaning on Air. Bostrom is a fresh new voice in Christian fiction, and I look forward to seeing what she does next.

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