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Sweet salt air / Barbara Delinsky
FICTION Delinsky Barbara
New York : St. Martin's Press, c2013.
1st ed.
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404 p. ; 25 cm
Two childhood friends reunite at a summer retreat, each harboring a secret that would test the bounds of their longtime relationship if revealed.
9781250007032 (hardcover)
1250007038 (hardcover)
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Review by marygramlich@blogspot.comAfter ten years of separation, friends Charlotte and Nicole have reunited on Quinnipeague Island to collaborate on a cookbook about unique delicacies of the island cuisine. While apart each built a life with Charlotte writing about her travels around the world, and Nicole settled into the life of a doctor’s wife and envied blogger. However, Nicole wonders if the book they are producing will fix whatever drove Charlotte from their friendship.Nicole’s can capture the recipes for each delight while Charlotte will write to capture that there is so much more than just food on the table when it is prepared with love. Nicole and Charlotte know the peace the island can provide as well as the joy of just dipping a toe in the ocean. An unexpected surprise for Charlotte is her discovery of Leo Cole, an island loner with a terrible reputation and worse attitude. Charlotte is drawn to this dark and foreboding man and dares to push the relationship envelope with him regardless of whether he lets her into the one place no one is allowed to visit, his mother’s garden. There are legends born around this mystical place and Charlotte wants to examine it but is it the garden or Leo she wants to know more about. Mystery is the spice of life but secrets are the danger lurking around the corner ready to ruin everything. Nicole never quite understood why Charlotte took off and when the answer to that question is revealed Charlotte prior poor decision is about to intersect with Nicole’s present life in a most shocking fashionBarbara Delinsky has produced a literary masterpiece of life, love, tragedy, and answering the question about what you do when your life does not follow your carefully constructed plan.

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