About the Book:
Charlotte and Nicole were once the best of friends, spending summers together in Nicole's coastal island house off of Maine. But many years, and many secrets, have kept the women apart. A successful travel writer, single Charlotte lives on the road, while Nicole, a food blogger, keeps house in Philadelphia with her surgeon-husband, Julian. When Nicole is commissioned to write a book about island food, she invites her old friend Charlotte back to Quinnipeague, for a final summer, to help. Outgoing and passionate, Charlotte has a gift for talking to people and making friends, and Nicole could use her expertise for interviews with locals. Missing a genuine connection, Charlotte agrees.
But what both women don't know is that they are each holding something back that may change their lives forever. For Nicole, what comes to light could destroy her marriage, but it could also save her husband. For Charlotte, the truth could cost her Nicole’s friendship, but could also free her to love again. And her chance may lie with a reclusive local man, with a heart to soothe and troubles of his own.
About the Author:
BARBARA DELINSKY is a New York Times bestselling author with more than thirty million copies of her books in print. She has been published in twenty-eight languages worldwide. A lifelong New Englander, Delinsky earned a B.A. in psychology at Tufts University and an M.A. in sociology at Boston College. Delinsky enjoys knitting, photography, and cats. She lives in Needham, Massachusetts.
I have most certainly heard of Ms. Delinsky but this is the first of her books that I have read. I am generally not a reader of "women's fiction" but now and again I like a change in genres and a nice beach read. The synopsis of Sweet Salt Air had promise and the setting truly intrigued me. That being written I can't say I fell in love with either main character but I did find the book pleasing.
The main themes in the book is the friendship between the two women, Nicole and Charlotte and the harm that secrets can to to friendships and relationships. Nicole is married to Julien who has been diagnosed with MS and they have told no-one. Not her mother, not his parents. No-one. To save his dignity. This makes absolutely no sense to me, nor does it have any basis in reality in my opinion. Charlotte's secret is one that I think a woman would keep. (No spoilers here!)
The location, the island Quinnipeague is almost a third main character. I think "Quinnie" is mentioned as often as the two friends. To the point of annoyance in all honesty. I get it - they love the island. It's peaceful, it's special. I as a reader don't need to be hit with a sledgehammer to recognize this. I can understand how a place can be a refuge and a place to run to when life seems overwhelming.
Overall it was a book that entertained but didn't enthrall. I didn't feel the need to stay up late reading or to keep turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next. It was an easy read with some tension. Some likable characters and a passable romance.
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of Sweet Salt Air from the publisher for my honest review. I received no compensation for this post.