Still Air: a Portland, ME, novel

Still Air: a Portland, ME, novel

by Freya Barker
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Overview

Still Air: a Portland, ME, novel by Freya Barker

Deprival haunted her…

Regret troubled her…

Silence left her detached...

A life in the service of others is both penance and a blessing. She soothes her personal hell by pulling victims from theirs, helping them on their path to survival; never finding her own. When a crippling blow finally evaporates her last hope, the temptation to give up is strong. Still, she can’t find it in her to turn her back on those who need her: the innocent, whose rescue is her perpetual goal.

He was blind, but now he sees how his family has sifted through his fingers. The reality hits hard when his son becomes a stranger, slipping deeper into transgression. Concern has him call on the one person he fears will see his own failures all too clearly. A woman he’s kept his distance from for his own protection.

What appeared to be an incompatible pairing, turns out the unyielding bond needed to heal them all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780994951489
Publisher: EverAfter Romance
Publication date: 12/05/2016
Series: Portland, ME , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 609,847
File size: 582 KB

About the Author

Freya Barker inspires with her stories about 'real’ people, perhaps less than perfect, each struggling to find their own slice of happy. She is the author of the Cedar Tree Series and the Portland, ME, novels.

Freya is the recipient of the RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for best first book, “Slim To None,” and is a finalist for the 2016 Kindle Book Awards for “From Dust”. She currently has two complete series and three anthologies published, and is working on two new series; La Plata County FBI—ROCK POINT, and Northern Lights. She continues to spin story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!

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Still Air: a Portland, ME, novel 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Still Air, (Portland ME 4), Freya Barker. Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  romance, I came into this series via the second book, which I loved, and somehow missed the third one, but when I saw this I felt I just had to read it, I was so absorbed by Cruel Water, and Viv and Ike. As a couple they felt so right and their stories were so haunting. I really hoped for more of that with Still Air, but though I enjoyed it, felt the storyline was very realistic, loved seeing the folk at the Skipper again, I wasn’t so convinced about Pam and Dino. I love both of them as individuals, and the bit I saw of them before left me thinking they were balanced, confident individuals who just didn’t like each other....and yet that was really a face both wore, to keep their own problems hidden. Poor Pam, when her story came out I was gutted for her, we always strive as parents but life has a way of dumping us in the s hit sometimes. I can see now why she’s so driven, so forceful in helping others put their lives back together. Then there’s Dino, a quiet guy, couple of kids and we always think he’s content with life, but we find out that too is a public face, behind the scenes he’s got a broken marriage, with a drug addict, callous, bitchy ex, and two teens who’ve seen the fallout in recent years. Things come to a head and he and Pam cross paths closely. Its make or break time, will they give in to that attraction between them or have one huge fallout! I really enjoyed looking at the various issues, they’re true for so many people. I love when Dino’s gut reaction to his daughter's friend is along the lines of No Way you’re getting close to that troublemaker...and then has to pull back when he realises that his son has made some very similar mistakes, and yet he sees Jonas as someone who’s made mistakes, is trying hard now to get past them and stay on track, and if he’s not to be hypocritical he needs to see Gina’s friend in the same way. So that part was perfect, the issues, the drama, the way they overcame things, a cracking five star read but the romance – and that’s my real reason for reading – just didn’t feel quite right. It was perfectly written, spicy and sensual, and yet I couldn’t really feel that magic “pull” that sense that they belong together, just can’t stay away. Viv and Ike had that, the sense that they were predestined almost, that somehow life would always set them on each others paths. For Pam and Dino though I felt they were together by convenience rather than destination, like eating a sandwich when you’re hungry rather than going out for a gourmet dinner. Overall I enjoyed it, felt it was a good read, but expected a little more :-( from the romance. Still, that’s me, I can see others feel Pam and Dino are perfect together, you may too.   Stars: four, a great storyline that felt all too real, but I wasn’t convinced wholly by the romance. ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers
Bouscher99 More than 1 year ago
While I’m sad to see this series go, Still Air was an amazing finale to this series. It’s about real, mature people with real lives and real stories. Still Air can easily be read as a standalone but the friendship and support that the entire Portland, ME family is known for continues in this book. If you haven’t read the other books in this series but plan to, read those first…there are a few spoilers in Still Air for the first few books. Pam has come across as the rock in this family throughout the series. She’s always helping others and runs the women’s shelter in town. She’s strong, independent and stubborn and does a great job of hiding her own heartbreaking story. Dino is the gentle giant that works at the Skipper and just pretty much keeps to himself. The tension between these two comes to a head in this book. They have avoided each other as much as possible in their daily lives because both of them can feel a connection to the other, a connection that scares them. The author did a fantastic job at writing these characters! They were so easy to love and I truly felt their connection. The way their story unfolds is steady and solid. Dino has been dealing with his own home-life issues and isn’t one to bring anyone else into his drama, until it reaches a peak that he doesn’t know how to deal with. That’s when he breaks down and asks Pam for help. They give in to their connection and Pam starts to open up and realize that she has a family surrounding her and she doesn’t have to do it alone anymore. The bond that these friends have is amazing. They are always there for each other, no need to ask, it’s just given. “A large, diverse and dysfunctional family—but I’ve never experienced so much love in one room.” The author has a statement at the end of the book that sums up how I’ve always thought of this series perfectly. “As with the other novels in the series, the root of the story is a true-life story, but the focus is not on the tragic events, but rather on the way our heroine copes with the turmoil in her life.”
JanuaryA More than 1 year ago
All I can say is WOW! I loved every book in Freya's Portland series but I think this one was my favourite, might even be my favourite book of 2016. The way she wrote this book you felt every emotion and wanted to huge, laugh and cry with every character involved. I can't wait to see what new adventures Freya will take us on next!
nancy-h_ More than 1 year ago
Still Air, a Portland ,ME #4 by Freya Barker will steal your breath and leave you wanting more. I write this review with many emotions running through my mind and heart. Happiness that we finally get Pam and Dino's story, yet a little sad that it is the last of the series. Freya is going out wih a bang. We were introduced to these characters in the very first book. I have adored and admired Pam. Her strength and ability to help others through their hard times was inspirational. To see and discover the woman behind the shield of strength was awesome. You will see her fears and discover long kept secrets that explain alot of who Pam is. Those fears made her more real and to watch her try to connect with Dino and his children. Wow! Blew me away! Now for Dino! Hot, sexy and courageous! . To watch and see his daily struggles will his children showed him to be brave and to have a big heart. He didn't hide from the priblems , he faced them. A real man! A real dad! He will do whay is needed for the ones he loves. His and Pam's journey is a difficult one, yet they each take a chance on a happy ending. They stole my heart and i k ow they will touch yours. Thank you Freya for another amazing story.
marincheto007 More than 1 year ago
Freya Barker has the uncanny ability to tear your heart to peaces, stitch it up and make you crave more. And this emotional roller coaster is no different than any other incredible story ever written by this amazing author. With every single book I read by her, I think that there is no way she can make my ugly cry harder or leave me in a bigger emotional puddle after finishing the story. But she proves me wrong time and time again. So yes, Still Air, this incredible emotional book left me with my heart wide open and my eyes puffy after the countless tears I shed for the characters. This is the story of a woman who's been irreparably broken and hides her demons even from the closest to her people. It is the story of an man who though his life was good, when it exploded in his face and left him to deal with the ruins. It is the story of two people, who are scared to open up to any one, two people who lived through their own brand of hell, two people that find solace, redemption and hope in each other. Two people that save each other. I don't think I have enough words to express what an incredible book this is. The characters are very complex and well developed and feel so real that by the end of the book you feel like they are part of your circle. If you've read the previous books in the series, you already know and love them. But I can guarantee that no matter what you thought Pam and Dino's story is, you will be still surprised. They will touch corners of your heart and soul that you didn't even know existed. So be ready with the box of tissues by your side. I think there is nothing left to say except that this book, this series is a MUST read. This author is a MUST read. So if you haven't read anything by her yet, it is about time you do so. I can guarantee you won't regret it. You can read this story as a standalone, but I think you will enjoy it much more if you read the whole series in order. So PLEASE, get your #oneclick finger working and pick your copy today. That will be your best buy for the year!!! I wish I could give this book more than 5 *, ten times more, but as I can't, I will have to compromise with 5!!! This review was originally posted at Living In Our Own Story Book Blog. I received an ARC of the book in exchange of an honest review.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: Kissing this man is a full body experience, with every one of my senses fully engaged. Except perhaps my common sense. Seventeen years old, and his eyes are eagle sharp. This boy is an old soul and he has exposed the sum of my existence in just a few words. I sound like Tweetie Bird on helium, my tight voice is pitched so high. My Review: The goddess of words has obviously blessed Freya Barker. Her latest work was just another stellar addition to her impressive list of equally superb and thoughtful tour de force genius. The writing was engrossing and I remained totally engaged throughout. I always adore and relish her unusual and endearing characters, as they are relevant and identifiable people that work hard for a living and don’t have chiseled abs, or a model’s beauty. Instead, they are trying to make the best of it while struggling with real-world issues, make unwitting mistakes, swear like sailors, banter and tease each other like teenagers, and try to keep their families and friends from going off the deep end. The protagonists in this tale seemed to have been cursed as they were repeatedly staggered by one devastating family issue and disruption after another. Their lives are in near constant upheaval and are dealing with life altering events, turmoil, and chaos, while also in the midst of a blossoming yet unlikely romance. I delighted in the deep sense of ease, trust, friendship and camaraderie in this diverse group of friends. I covet their relationships and wish I could join their tight unit, however, I fear I do not have the fortitude to pass their typical initiation.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Still Air by Freya Barker A Portland, ME Novel #4 Finale of the series and wonderful indeed! Pam, manager of Florence House and Dino, cook at The Skipper, have appeared to have a negative relationship throughout the previous books – every time they are together sparks fly and hackles rise. And, that seems strange in some ways since both are such empathetic and caring individuals. Well, in this book things change and change mightily! Those sparks were not anger but chemistry and a whole lot of that was happening in a very good way, thankfully. BUT not all was rosy since Dino’s soon to be ex-wife shows up in more than one rather negative scene, his son is having major issues and his daughter starts acting up, too. Pam tells Dino something difficult for him to hear then is there for him and his family when she is needed. In fact, the entire group from the series that revolves around Florence House and The Skipper steps in to help both Pam, in her time of loss, and Dino while he deals with a whole bunch of things that are happening in his life. This was a keeper of a book and one that I did not want to end. This group of characters will live on with me into the future. I am eager to read what Freya Barker writes next and really do wonder just what that will be. Thank you to the author who bequeathed me an ARC through NetGalley. This is my honest review. 5 Stars
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Still Air is an enjoyable, emotionally charged, character-driven novel. Pam felt more at home at the Florence House, a women’s shelter than she did in her own home. She liked being busy and caring for others. It felt good to give of herself; it also kept her from feeling too deeply the failures that tormented her on a daily basis. People looked up to Pam. She was a no-nonsense, strong-willed woman, with a heart of gold. Pam was keeping a painful secret, though, one she hid well from everyone, except Dino. He could always see through her, so she avoided him whenever possible; until his son needed her help. Dino was a chef a single father. His ex-wife, Jeannie, had deserted her two children, Jonas and Gina, choosing instead to chase a drug addiction. The family only heard from Jeannie when she needed money. Jonas and Gina felt torn between their mother’s cries for sympathy and their father’s anger. The atmosphere that surrounded the family was toxic whenever Jeannie was around. Pam and Dino’s friendship quickly developed, into something more, after she helped save Dino’s son from certain ruin. And, when Pam could no longer keep her agonizing secret, hidden, Dino was there to comfort her and help pick up the pieces, to her broken heart. Still Air is a well-written novel, filled with raw emotion, realistic characters and natural dialogue. Be prepared to have your emotions hijacked from the first page until the last. I loved it! Many thanks to the publisher, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy of Still Air.