The Taste of Air by Gail Cleare


“A family saga bridging decades and filled with shocking revelations, hope and love, you won't be able put this book down.” ~Kate Moretti, NYTimes bestselling author

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.

“One of the greatest riddles, it turns out, is a parent's real life, the one not shown to children. …Skillful dialogue as well as brisk pacing and an effective resolution.”
~Kirkus Reviews

“A captivating story filled with mystery, suspense, love, longing and family.”
~Readers' Favorite (5 STARS – Silver Medal / 2017 Book Awards)

“A compelling portrait of three memorable women and the unique bond that exists between mothers and daughters.”
~Booked Solid (5 STARS)

“This is that kind of book, one so real and important that it bears at least a second reading – after the first sinks in.”
~Grady Harp, San Francisco Review of Books (Amazon Top 100 Reviewer – 5 STARS)

“My first thought after finishing The Taste of Air was that this was an incredibly satisfying novel. ”
~Bibliotica (5 STARS)