The Definition of Wind: A Novel
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The Definition of Wind: A Novel

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Independence: the freedom to be yourself—or a day for fireworks, depending on your point of view

Summer has come to Chapel Isle, the quaintly quirky island that Abigail Harker has called home since she moved into the caretaker’s cottage at the local lighthouse. The season ushers in sweltering temperatures, along with throngs of tourists who are turning the sleepy town in...more
ebook, 270 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Bantam (first published 2011)
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Roxane Sanford
The Definition of Wind is the sequel to The Language of Sand and picks up basically where the first book left off. Block's writing style is easy and flows well, plus the setting of a lighthouse is very appealing to me (people who know my work would understand).

The story did move along, however, it seemingly held the same storyline for most of the book. Abigail is literally running all over the island, running into the towns people over and over again. The "love" interest was always suspicious an...more
The sequel of The Language of Sand will not disappoint you. This series will touch every woman’s soul. The continuation of Abgail’s personal growth and process of becoming accustomed to life on Chapel Isle is enlightening, yet with enough suspense you cannot pick the book down until the end. The language in which Block writes intertwines beautifully with Abby’s career as a lexicographer. Block’s novels are quick, easy and very enjoyable reads. Great for lying on a beach and reading – I read in A...more
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I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher.

I was beyond excited when I found out that I had won an advanced copy of THE DEFINITION OF WIND BY ELLEN BLOCK after entering to win on Goodreads. I received a copy of the book in late June and could not wait to start reading, but after reading a chapter into the book, I realized that this was the second installment of the Abigail Harker story. So I was forced to put The Definition of Wind aside and read the first book in the series ca...more
Candice Mckinney
I won a free copy of The Definition of Wind by Ellen Block from the Goodreads First Reads Program.

I really enjoyed this book. First of all it is set in the Outerbanks of North Carolina. Growing up I spent time there every summer so it is wonderful to read a book set in this area. This book is about Abigail, a woman who lost her husband and child in a fire. She moves to Chapel Isle and rents the lighthouse keepers cottage. There are a lot of local characters and also the summer tourists have desc...more
Loved it and could not put it down for a second! I just finished a few minutes ago, a great sequel to The Language of Sand. The storyline was so engrossing, and mysterious, along with humor and I just enjoyed it so much. Upon reading the Readers Guide at the end of the book, I learned how the author found her story, through her own experiences and a research of famous lighthouses with a history all their own. One in particular caught my eye, Fairport Harbor Lighthouse, because I've visited there...more
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This is the 2nd book in a series by Ellen Block about lighthouse keeper Abigial Harker and Chapel Isle, NC. Abby has survived the winter and now gets to experience the tourist season on Chapel Isle. Her landlord, Lottie, persuades her to take a small job looking out for the tourists' complaints about their rental houses. She is soon looked on as a miracle worker by the tourists.

During one repair job she meets Tim, who is on the isle for a vacation, or is he? There has been lots of talk about a...more
C'era forse ancora un'ancora da qualche parte in fondo a lei da cui doveva slegarsi?Se non ce l'avesse fatta,sarebbe affondata.

Parole sulla sabbia mi aveva conquistata,lo stile fresco,delicato,femminile,era riuscito a raccontare una storia di dolore e coraggio,senza diventare scontato,l'autrice non si è affannata a rifilare subito un nuovo amore a Abby,no lei ha raccontato quel dolore,la difficile rinascita...e ora?Ora è la volta del riscoprirsi,perchè finalmente Abby trova un posto nella comun...more
Max Rocca
Mi aspettavo grandi descrizioni, paesaggi e luoghi visto che le ambientazioni riprendono molto quelle di Sparks ma sfortunatamente si perde nella creazione di un thriller che verrà risolto e/o si risolverà nelle ultime pagine. Troppo prolissa nel descrivere il carattere degli abitanti più che dei protagonisti; è difficile credere che il carattere degli abitanti di quell isola o di quello stato siano così. Dedicato a chi ha lasciato questo libro per troppo tempo sul comodino ed avanzava spazio
This book but was a bit frustrating. I did read, and enjoy, the previous book (The Language of Sand) but I don't have it memorized. The author seems to think I do, however,as she keeps referring to things that happened in the previous book as if I know what she's talking about.

I don't think the author needed to write this book. The first book was wonderful. I think she should have just left it as that.
Esther Somorai
I won this book through Good Reads and Random House, so glad I did. Thank you.

The cover is so summer, beautifully done. I really liked the feel and atmosphere of this story set on a small island; with a small, quaint town and very interesting characters. Tales of sunken treasure off the coast and a ghost in the lighthouse, makes for a great read to get lost in.

This is a sequel to Language of Sand which I thought was a much better novel than this one. Maybe I am tired of Abigail wallowing in her tragedy-the death of her husband and son in a fire. She is still on an island on the Outer Banks hiding from life and people. Maybe if I had not read the 1st book, I would have liked this betteR. Not a bad story but not great!
Story taking place in Chapel Isle North Carolina and how tourists invade and the how the "local" deal with sometimes rude people. Storyline involves Abigal, who lost her husband and child when their home burned, and how she comes around with her emotions and people. Nice story and I would recommend it especially for a sunny afternoon on the beach or deck.
I received this book from a goodreads giveaway.

A light fun summer read about a small isle in NC. It's got mystery, romance, small town feel, interesting characters and an all around enjoyable atmosphere. It was well-written and a quick read. Perfect book for the beach or sitting outside and enjoying the (hot) weather.
It is early July and Chapel Isle is crawling with summer visitors. While has very few nice things to say about them, it is the story of a woman finding her new feet and learning to walk again without pathos or maudlin sentimentality. There is a bit of a mystery as well.
I liked this because I had read the first book (Language of Sand). I am not sure this one stands alone so well. The main character continues to develop, but you really get the feel of the town and its residents in the first book.
This book was intriguing but a slow start. I am still not sure what the title has in common with the book. I will say the book was well written but predictable. An enjoyable read for the summer.
Another good book from Ellen Block -- quick, summer read. I love that the main character lives in an old lighthouse!
Another quick read about Abby...certainly hope there is another one forthcoming.
This book just did not appeal to me like her first one. Something is missing.
Jun 06, 2011 Alicia marked it as interested-in  ·  review of another edition
giveaway - like the cover
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