It’s been very cold outside lately, making it much easier to keep with my book a week pledge. I love to read, but I have to admit I find it much easier to find the time during the winter months. In the summer, I get sidetracked. Easily.
Today I finished Sweet Salt Air, by Barbara Delinsky. In my opinion, Barbara is the Tom Hanks of the publishing world. A gem of a talent, but not necessarily always front-and-center when it comes to publicity. Maybe that is why I don’t seem to think of her as often when choosing a new read. Sweet Salt Air was published in 2013 and it was only recently I ‘noticed’ it on the Barnes & Noble bookshelf.
What a wonderful read! I devoured it…
My Amazon review:
First, the friendship between Nicole and Charlotte rang so believably true, I could feel it. Even with a ten-year separation, their reunion felt real. When old secrets come out, the meltdown of the friendship also felt real. Driven by hurt, pain, and anger, each woman behaved as one would imagine under the circumstances. Their relationship, whatever stage it was in at any given time, remains ‘real-feel’ throughout. Over time the friendship began to resurrect itself, slowly, with caution, as one would expect. The dynamics between them were fantastic.
As is the case with so many male leads, Leo was a little too-good-to-be-true overall. That being said, I liked him anyway. I liked his evolution. He had flaws. He had a rough childhood. He had secrets. But he didn’t use any of that as a crutch or excuse. He dealt with the aspects that needed to be fixed and became one of my favorite characters.
Julian is strong, stoic in the face of his crisis, but not without vulnerability. He earned both my respect and my empathy.
Barbara does a wonderful job of presenting umbilical cord blood and stem cell transplant knowledge without talking down to the reader. Explanations and information flow with the story and do not read like Britannica with information dumps that only serve to validate the author’s investment in the research. Her description of setting paints a beautiful picture without weighing the story down or causing lags and slow spots. Even the secondary characters add to the story without overshadowing the main characters.
A well-written, well-researched novel that made me wonder why it’s been so long since I’ve read a Delinsky book. A solid 5-star read.
As I write this, I think back and try to recall a Barbara Delinsky book I’ve read and NOT cared for. Nothing comes to mind… Next review: ‘Lila‘, by Marilynne Robinson