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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  11,523 ratings  ·  1,460 reviews
Charlotte and Nicole were once the best of friends, spending summers together in Nicole's family's island house, but they have since grown apart. A successful travel writer, Charlotte lives on the road, while Nicole, a food blogger, lives in Philadelphia with her surgeon-husband, Julian. When Nicole returns to the island house in order to write a book about island food, sh ...more
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Emily I had a hard time with this book was a good story, but it did not hold my attention. I started it....picked up another book and finished it…moreI had a hard time with this book was a good story, but it did not hold my attention. I started it....picked up another book and finished it....then picked up Sweet Salt Air again, read a few more chapters, then put it down again for another book. Sorry, it just didn't hold my attention.(less)
Carrie Ann Luikens I was also surprised by this odd ending and it did actually cause me to feel disappointed with the ending. It would have been lovely had they just bee…moreI was also surprised by this odd ending and it did actually cause me to feel disappointed with the ending. It would have been lovely had they just been kissing and snuggling, and leave it at that. (less)

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Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
When perusing upcoming books by some of my favorite authors to put on my "to be read" shelf so I remember to pick them up as they become available, Sweet Salt Air was recommended to me on Amazon because of what I'd been adding. Immediately the book's name piqued my interest because there are fewer smells in this world that I love more than salt air. I then realized it is written by Barbara Delinsky and I was excited as I'd read other books of hers in the past and enjoyed them. When I then read t ...more
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Well I have to agree with some other contributors who feel that they expected way more quality from an author like Ms Delinsky. I for one was not wowed. Maybe I am too tainted from reading better books but the characters get under a reader's skin and are really annoying. So many times I wanted to scream – “What are you doing!”.

Nicole, one of the main characters, is incredibly whiny & immature. Someone needed to tell her to grow a backbone. Her husband, Julian, who is diagnosed with MS and for th
This was not quite as good as I was hoping, and I love Delinsky but felt a bit let down. Two childhood friends reunite, secrets kept, secrets revealed, love kept, love found, dilemma's and near tragedies......but in the end all is well and everyone lives happily ever after! Just a bit too predictable and flat for me. Another problem is that I really did not care much for half of the main characters (Nicole and Julian) so their part of the story didn't grab me emotionally.

I will say though, I l
Tara Monica
Jul 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book. When I read the description of what the book was about I was expecting a great summer read about two friends sharing their summer at a beach house in Maine. However, when I began reading the book I found it very difficult to get into the story. I found that I did not really get into the characters lives and as a whole the book was hard to "sink my teeth into". I contemplated giving up on this book several times but decided to stick with it to see if the story i ...more
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
This book was as refreshing as the title...

Secrets, Island off the coast of Maine, Friendships, lobster rolls, and a love story all rolled into a classic summer read.

This was my first Delinsky novel and I was enraptured by this book. It was exactly what I was looking for at this point.

Best friends Charlotte and Nicole start working on a cookbook capturing all the local herbs and recipes of their youth. Charlotte comes back to stay with Nicole of the island of Quinniepeague to help spur this pro
Nov 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers of Women's Fiction, fans of books that take place on Lovely Coastal Islands.
“Clams served on Quinnipeague were dug from the from the flats hours before cooking, and the batter, which was exquisitely light, held bits of parsley and thyme. Other fried clams couldn't compare.”

Barbara Delinsky-Sweet Salt Air

This is a book about friendship. And marriage. And love.

And it also takes place on a beautiful island in the beautiful state of Maine (The way life should be.) All Mainers will get that reference.

I do not live in Maine but have been there many times. It is magnificent a
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Salt Air
Barbara Delinsky

My "in a nutshell" summary...

Nicole and Charlotte reunite on an island off the coast of Maine after a ten year separation. Needless to say there are tons of yummy issues!

My thoughts after reading...

I can't even remotely write or say anything "bad" about this book. Reading a book by Barbara Delinsky is like going home for me. Her books are just yummy, relaxing, and have just the right amount of dysfunction and secrets...and in this book...amazing food descriptions!
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Secrets both big and small but nonetheless difficult to keep.

Nicole and Charlotte who had been friends since grade school and who hadn’t seen each other for ten years had secrets they couldn’t tell each other. Nicole’s secret did come out, but it was good that it did. Charlotte’s secret was definitely better left unrevealed.

Sweet Salt Air is set in Quinnipeague, an island filled with quaint citizens and great cooks with wonderful recipes for Nicole’s cookbook and Charlotte’s accompanying narrat
Jann Barber
May 09, 2013 rated it liked it
A friend won copies of the Advance Readers' Edition of this book, as it is not going on sale until June.

When I started it, I thought, "Oh, this is not really something I enjoy," and I did skim some of the first chapters. Then, I found myself caught up with the situations and several of the characters.

I would live in Quinnipeague, and I would certainly enjoy partaking of the food!

Two long-time friends, Charlotte and Nicole, separated by lifestyles and also because of a secret known to one of them
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars - I didn't like it.

Recommended for anyone that loves a scandalous high drama with a farcical plot, a heavy focus on a medical disease, and a predictable happily ever after ending for all the cardboard characters. Personally, I hate all of these things. Anyone looking for a light and fun beach read should keep looking...don't be misled by the beautiful cover.

Favorite Quote: Life is like a game of cards. It deals you different hands at differen
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Friendship,forgiveness, redemption are the key topics in this story of two women.Charlotte and Nicole are old friends grown apart. Both successful in their lives, but the similarity ends there. Charlotte lives her life on the go. A travel writer, she thrives on living out of a suitcase. Rarely content to be in one place too long, she is always looking ahead to the next location. Nicole, is the polar opposite. Married to a famous neonatal surgeon, she authors a food blog that centers mainly on t ...more
Mary Gramlich
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Should we accept the life we have been given, or always search for something else?

After 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 Charl
♥ Sandi ❣
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Received a free ARC from Bookreporter.
This book was vintage Delinsky! The predictable love story, but with very nice twists throughout. Easy reading, nice flow throughout the story. Delinsky choosing a hard subject to write about - MS - kept it cutting edge with her information on stem cell treatment.
This book delved into the complexities of friendship, and how it changes over time, the change often taking on a life of its own. The stress of being hurt by a close friend, with the outcome of for
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I won an advance copy of this book on Goodreads, and I'm glad I did! I was rather torn as to whether to give it 4 stars or 5; I ended up with a 4. Within its genre, it's definitely a 5 in my mind, but I like to reserve 5 stars for those books that I find so outstanding they can compete for a top spot against every other 5-star book on my list.

This book has it all: love, betrayal, secrets, friendships, relationships, mother-daughter conflicts, and more. Although it was easy to predict what was go
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
This novel by Barbara Delinsky is an intimate portrait of two female friends who reunite after ten years apart. Charlotte is a successful travel writer who lives on the road while Nicole is a married food blogger living in Philadelphia. The action takes place in Quinnipeague where both women spent summer as teenagers. Nicole's husband, a famous surgeon, has MS and the disease is tearing the marriage apart. Charlotte has purposely kept apart from Nicole because she has a secret that may well end ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
Can the bonds of friendship weather a betrayal?
I don't know - I gave up on page 112 as I found it not up to Barbara's usual standard.
Sweet Salt Air didn't hold my attention, entrance or captivate me like her books usually do.
Very disappointed.
 Gigi Ann
May 27, 2013 rated it liked it
First: I just want to say that Barbara Delinsky is one of my favorite authors. I was excited to receive this book, and to start reading it...I have read many of her books and liked them. I appreciate all the hard work that authors put into writing books, and realize they can't please me every time they write a new book. There were many who gave this book 5 star reviews. However, that being said, I have mixed feeling about this book. There were parts I liked, but other parts I didn't like at all. ...more
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Delinsky is a good storyteller. This is the tale of two best friends coming together after ten years to work on a cookbook of recipes of Quinnepeague Island. Both Nicole and Charlotte are hiding secrets as are the locals and the island. Foodies would love this book but so too would romantics. Charlotte's interest in the mysterious Leo is the highlight of the book.
The low light is too much knitting done by characters I would not have cast as knitters. It just felt like the knitting was thrown in
Judy D Collins
I did not enjoy this book as purchased on audio and the narrator had a grinding voice which turned me off. (if not a good narrator, then it can ruin a book). Liked the setting and the story, but thought a little slow and was not one of those books you cannot put down. I may go back and read the book later, but after listening to the audio, would not recommend.
Rhiannon Johnson
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it

Open this book and escape to Quinnipeague for a story that is Something's Gotta Give meets Message in a Bottle. Dreamy landscapes and island charm will have you feeling the sand beneath your feet and the sweet salt air in your hair.

Nicole Carlysle grew up wealthy in all ways as an only child. She and her family summered every year in their sprawling summer home on idyllic Quinnipeague Island. Charlotte Evans had a less than ideal upbringing, but as Nicole's best friend she summered with the Car
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Review first published on my blog:

Childhood friends grown apart over time because of betrayals and secrets. A marriage stressed by illness and more secrets. A brooding mysterious man with secrets of his own. A beautiful Maine setting.

Charlotte and Nicole grew up together, close as sisters. As adults, their lives have taken different roads. Charlotte is single, a writer who travels the worlds for her stories. Nicole has achieved success of her own as a foo
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book I have read by Barbara Delinsky. Although I don't usually this type of novel, when I saw this book as a giveaway I decided to enter the contest since Ms. Delinsky is a very popular author. I know that Ms. Delinsky is loved by many readers, and I wanted to love her also. I read Sweet Salt Air with an opened mind and heart. I do not wish to offend anyone, but this book is not my cup of tea, did
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beach lovers, Barbara Delinsky readers
I can´t begin to say how much I loved this book (BTW, it´s also my favourite). This was my first novel by Barbara Delinsky. From the moment I set eyes on the title and the cover, I knew I just HAD to get it. I always loved the sea and its salty smell, and there was no way I could resist that title. It was one of those books you feel like you've been dreaming about for a long time. And I loved it, from beggining to end. The character I liked best was Charlotte, though I can´t say there was a sing ...more
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At one time Nicole and Charlotte we best of friend – inseparable – spending their summers on Nicole’s family summer home on Quinnipeague, a small island off the coast of Maine. But 10 years have passed, with secrets kept and different life paths that have caused these women to grow apart. Nicole’s dad has passed away and now the summer home on Quinnipeague is going to be sold. Nicole being a food blogger and Charlotte a successful travel writer will bring these 2 friends together once more to re ...more
Maria Ulery
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I won this book as my first Ms. Delinsky book and my first good reads giveaway and wow what a winning combo. I loved the story, the characters and everything in between. Nicole invites her bff to Quinnapeg Maine where her parents have a beach house. Her dad has just passed away and her mom is going to be selling it soon and this is there chanc for one last summer together even thou they havent seen each other in 10 yrs Nicole wants to see her and needs her friend Charlotte the author of many fam ...more
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2013-reads
I've been a fan of Barbara Delinsky for several years. Looking for Peyton Place and Lake News are two of my favorite books. Sweet Salt Air ranks right up there with them.

Nicole and Charlotte have been friends for years. However, at 34, their lives have taken completely different paths. Nicole - the wife of a highly respected Philadelphia surgeon - is a homemaker and an increasingly successful food blogger, and Charlotte is a freelance writer who travels the world with no real roots.

While they ha
Dec 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-read
Delinsky is tops in women's fiction for a reason. She creates fascinating characters who are fully three dimensional including their very human flaws. Nicki is married to a world renowned pediatric surgeon who has been hiding a terrible secret for 4 years and forcing Nicki to hide it, too. He has MS. What's been keeping her going is her blog, and the chance to write a cookbook about the Maine island she adores and from which all good things have always come including her best fr ...more
Sofia The Great
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nwh-bookclub, 2015
2 Platypires for Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky.

MAN! I was just bored throughout most of this story. I think if it were cut back about 100 pages than maybe I would have liked it. Just way too much detail about nonsense that left the story just dragging. No need for so much information about herbs and spices. The mystical part of the story came out of left field and was just silly. At first I did like the story and liked Charlotte & Leo but as the story continued Leo came across as a grumpy
Linda Larsen
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
The book is wordy and repetitious and takes forever to get to a point. I usually love Delinsky books but this one is a snooze. I gave up after 100 pages. It seems that editing goes by the wayside when authors get this famous.
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I was born and raised in suburban Boston. My mother’s death, when I was eight, was the defining event of a childhood that was otherwise ordinary. I took piano lessons and flute lessons. I took ballroom dancing lessons. I went to summer camp through my fifteenth year (in Maine, which explains the setting of so many of my stories), then spent my sixteenth summer learning to type and to drive (two sk ...more

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