The Taste of Air

The Taste of Air

by Gail Cleare


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ISBN-13: 9781940215815
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publication date: 09/13/2016
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 265,757
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Gail Cleare has written for newspapers, magazines, and Fortune 100 companies. Her advertising agency worked for the co-creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and she was Leonardo's date for the premiere of the second movie. She got to wear a black silk evening gown and sparkly shoes, and ride in the Turtle Mobile.

When she worked for AOL, Gail wrote a cooking column about chocolate and read Tarot cards live online. Her fine art photography is held in private collections across the US.

Gail lives on an 18th century farm in Massachusetts with her family and dogs, cats, chickens, black bears, blue herons, rushing streams and wide, windy skies. She writes fiction full time now, sitting by a view of woodlands and pastures.

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The Taste of Air 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book with its great plot and lovable characters .
Fredreeca2001 More than 1 year ago
Nell's mother, Mary, has fallen ill. This throws her whole family into turmoil. Mary is supposed to be in an assisted living facility in Massachusetts, instead she is in Vermont. When I started reading this tale it was a firm 3 star read. But as the story developed and I continued delving into the lives of Nell, Bridget and Mary, I quickly moved it into the 4 star category. The secrets and the twists and turns wrapped up in this family saga really threw me into a tizzy. I could not stop till I found out all of the mysteries hidden inside this novel. Nell and Bridget could not be more different. This added so much to their complex relationship and each had a different relationship with their mother. Add the neighbors at the cabin in Vermont and you really have some complications. Some places are overly dramatic and did not sit well with me. But, the story really keeps you reading. The mystery surrounding a Vermont neighbor's death and Mary's secret hideaway keep you in your reading chair! I enjoyed the setting of a lake in Vermont I could just picture the sunsets and the beautiful area.
KrittersRamblings 8 months ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings I waited a bit before reading this book, I was still having thoughts and feelings and wasn't ready to put them down, but here it goes. I was on the fence about my feelings for the book and I still am - there were parts of this book that I completely adored, but then there were parts that were just ok for me. I LOVE mother/daughter/sister relationship books. This one had all of the above and it was busting at the seams. I love a book that explores birth order and how that affects each person if many different ways. I love when the children of a parent don't know everything about their parent and upon learning the truth they have to rethink everything they knew. We put parents in a bubble and when they act outside of that bubble, it makes you question more than just the parent and their actions!
Shelly9677 More than 1 year ago
The Taste of Air is a fabulous and intriguing story about choices and consequences, secrets and revelations. Two sisters find out that their elderly mother is in the ICU of a Vermont hospital when they believed her to be living in a Massachusetts retirement home. The secret choices of their mother are revealed, spurning the daughters to examine their own life choices. The characters are real; they are genuine, imperfect and likable. Their lives, though messy at times, are touching. You will be pulled into this book right away and will be grateful that you were.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story line and dynamics of family members. Hated for it to end!
Robindpdx More than 1 year ago
This was a well-written, interesting book. Nell gets a call that her mother is in a hospital in Vermont, though she's supposed to be in an assisted-living facility in Massachusetts. Nell notifies her sister, Bridget, then travels to Vermont. Nell and Bridget begin to learn family secrets, and find themselves questioning their own lives and choices. I enjoyed this book and would read more books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stayed interested all through the book, but felt the writing was a bit amateurish.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite In the final analysis, let’s face it, nothing sells as much as family. Whether it’s non-fiction books about creating better family relationships or history books venturing struggles between powerful families for control of entire nations, family drama is always selling somewhere. The Taste of Air by Gail Cleare is family drama on a scale a little smaller than kings and queens or great houses, but is just as interesting as the dramatic lives of the Tudors, the houses of York and Lancaster. I like tales about families, and I prefer they be multi-generational so we can get a glimpse of and compare the different generations. In The Taste of Air, we get to compare the two families now. It’s hard to imagine being in this situation, although it is fun to imagine, but maybe it's not so much fun in reality. I liked the plot and characters in The Taste of Air, more than other elements like the setting, though it is always interesting to read about places I have lived and worked. I liked Nell Williams. I think she is a good daughter and she took me deeper and deeper into the story emotionally and literally. I also found myself liking Mary and Bridgett too. Again, Gail Cleare does character and plot very well, especially female characters. The plot is built around family secrets and it works very well indeed. I liked the story. I liked the characters. Gail Cleare is a writer to watch out for. All she needs is a breakout novel. This just might be it.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: The Taste of Air Author: Gail Cleare Published: 9-22-2016 Publisher: Red Adept Publishing Pages: 273 Genre: Women's Fiction Sub Genre: Family; ISBN: 13: 9781940215815 ASIN: B01LDIXKAY Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4.5 Stars I received a copy of "The Taste of Air" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Description From the Publisher: 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. My review of "The Taste of Air": This novel explores the needs and wants of three women, Mary, the mother, Nell and Bridgett her adult children. It opens with Nell being informed her mother is in a Vermont hospital. She informs her sister Bridgett then goes to her mother's bedside. As the story progresses, we learn that each woman has been feeling unsatisfied with their lives. How has each coped and what they do to feel complete is explored in the book. Follow along as these women rediscover themselves and each other. I found it both poignant and compelling. Plan to spend your time ensconced in a comfortable chair close to the fire with a pot of hot tea. Once you begin reading you will not want to stop reading. Long after you finish the last page these characters will stay with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. My rating for "The Taste of Air" is 4.5 out of 5 stars.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Samantha March for Readers' Favorite Whew. The Taste of Air by Gail Cleare caught my attention from the moment I began to read it. What begins to unfold from page one is a captivating story filled with mystery, suspense, love, longing and family. As I write this review and begin to relive the story once again, my eyes are filling with tears. This is a book that I have told many people about already, recommending it to all of the book lovers in my life, because I have the hope that it will stay with them like it did with me. The writing was emotional, the scenery was imaginative, and each plot point revealed was mesmerizing. From beginning to end, I was wrapped up in this story and I found myself trying to prolong the ending, not wanting the story to close, but finding myself far too curious to leave this down for long. The story of two sisters and their mother that unraveled throughout this novel was actually breathtaking at times. From love and war to secrets ready to be uncovered, each little piece played a pivotal part in how this entire book came together. It was wonderful watching the personal journeys of Nell and Bridget, two very different sisters yet also alike in so many ways, as they tried to find their own happiness amidst their mother’s sudden illness. Their bond was a comfort to me as I read. Overall, I hope you can see that I truly loved this story filled with plot twists and unpredictable moments, so get ready for a wild ride. I promise you it’s worth it, though. The Taste of Air by Gail Cleare is a poignant tale not to be missed.