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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2016 Gail Cleare (P)2017 Gail Cleare
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Critic Reviews

"In The Taste of Air, Cleare deftly explores the consequence of our choices, even those made with the best of intentions. A family saga bridging decades and filled with shocking revelations, hope and love, you won't be able put this book down." (Kate Moretti, author of New York Times best-seller Thought I Knew You)
"In this terrific novel, when two women learn their mother wasn't who they thought she was it leads them to question their own lives and choices. Deftly written, with lush descriptions of the New England setting, this is a book to choose as a companion for curling up on a sofa on a dark winter day or for laying on the beach in the summer. The Taste of Air is character-driven fiction at its best." (Ann Warner, author of The Babbling Brook Naked Poker Club series)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jan M on 05-15-17


This book was incredible. The secrets that went to the grave and the ones discovered were perfectly fitting of the times. Both the author and narrator were new to me, and I think both are extremely talented. I loved how the narrator was able to put so much emotion into the various character voices. This book is full of heartaches, happiness and discovery. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, narrator, and or publisher.

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4 out of 5 stars
By April H. on 05-08-17

The Taste of Air

The Taste of Air
: Gail Cleare

I was intrigued by the title and description of this book. After listening I am not disappointed. The setting is well described making the listener feel they are there. The characters are mostly family, each going through their own drama when they get an unexpected phone call telling them their mother was in ICU in a hospital out of state. Many twists and turns and many secrets to be reveled. This book kept me listening to find out what would happen next.

The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Maryne Young was an excellent choice for this project.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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