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4.20  ·  Rating details ·  138 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Tess Whitford’s world is thrown into turmoil when Ellie, her dearest friend, runs out of medical options and grabs onto the hope that traditional healers in Ecuador might save her from a terminal diagnosis. Tess is skeptical, but cannot deny a request that might be Ellie’s last. Together with Joline, whose spiritual work inspired the trip, they travel to the mountain villa ...more
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Published October 20th 2016 by Six One Seven Books
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Eva • All Books Considered
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
Shelves: travel
Review originally posted at All Books Considered: 4 STARS

Wow, another amazing 2016 debut! From the first page of this one, I was totally hooked. Not only with the story and the characters but the setting of Ecuador. I have some serious wanderlust after all the amazing settings I've been reading lately and this book is right at the top of the list. This book was filled with beautiful descriptions of the landscape, the people, the mood and the feeling of this awe-inspiring country and those desc
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Mary Conway
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-this-year
Awkward writing but the atmosphere is interesting; story less so
Deborah Bussey
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
At first I thought I had nothing in common with these three women traveling to Ecuador to work with shamans in support of healing their dear friend. I thought Tess was insensitive and wasn't sure if I could make it through the book with much of the story being told in her voice. I am glad I persevered. It is a beautifully told story with great descriptors of settings that make you feel the moment and be a part of their journey with Joline, Ellie and Tess, three close friends from their college d ...more
Melissa
Aug 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, ebooks, chick-lit
3.5/5 I was immediately drawn to this book because of its Ecuadorian setting. I used to live in the Andes in Ecuador so I was thrilled to have a fun book set there. But as I read little things kept pulling me out of the story- like why would you refer to volcanoes as mountains? Or why would a character need a satellite phone- I lived there 10 years ago and I remember the cell reception to be pretty good. So why not just buy a sim card and put a few dollars on it? And so on.

Overall it was a cute
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Rachel (Life of a Female Bibliophile)
Fill The Sky is a tale about life, love, friendship, and finding yourself. The story is centered around three middle-aged women who take a trip to see traditional healers in Ecuador in order to help their friend who is suffering from cancer.

Tess is the hard worker of the trio and since her mother’s death during her teenage years she is so focused on taking care of her family and friends without stopping to take care of her own self. Joline is the adventurous one who is open to trying new things
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Pamela Loring
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Three very different friends reunite to travel to Ecuador to find a healer for one in this novel about finding friendship, health, and meaningful connection in one's life. Each character makes her own assumptions about each other, and what's revealed is how little we sometimes know about each other when we think we know so much. Do you really know what motivates even those closest to you? Are good intentions good enough when they result in negative or harmful unintended consequences? What, if an ...more
Kristi Duarte
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this novel. I had it in my bookshelf for a couple of years, and only now picked it up. I saw Ms. Sherbrooke speak at a conference in Boston and bought the book because it's premise is similar to what I write. But for some reason I thought it would be badly written, perhaps based on how the Ms. Sherbrooke spoke about it.

It's VERY well-written, better than most books out there, and the story explains spiritual matters in a non-preachy way. It's clear that the author knows her stuff about S
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Eniko
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
AUDIOBOOK edition

Loved this story of 3 friends who take a trip to Ecuador in a last attempt to help their friend. With nothing to loose and everything to gain, their journey takes them to various healers, each experience beneficial to all 3, they learn things about themselves and each other.
Their love and support for each other is amazing and what friendships should be.
The ending gives the listener a hope that all works out in the end.
5 stars
Valerie Gilbert is the reason I picked up this book an
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Emily Onufer
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Fill the Sky free through the Goodreads Giveaways program. This book was touching and emotional from start to finish. All three women featured in the book have uniquely crafted stories, interwoven with each other through deep, friendship and relationship connections. I thought this story was both dramatic and heartwarming, and featured a few unexpected twists. I would recommend Fill the Sky to anyone interested in journeys of self-discovery and personal emotional growth.
Nancy Kilgore
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A compelling story, wonderfully crafted. Three strong women at major turning points in their lives go on a spiritual retreat. Through encounters with a series of shamans in the mountains of Ecuador, they each struggle with big questions and blocks in relationships. They continually analyze themselves and their relationships, in a style reminiscent of Margaret Drabble, and each encounter adds another insight and another issue to find a way through.
Kate
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best Book of 2017

This book was an equal measure of compelling narrative and interesting storyline. I couldn't put the book down. This book opened up my eyes to different healing practices and confirmed the importance of friendship. The story drew me in from the first page. My favorite book of the year.
Jan
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book for the thinking reader. Makes you wonder how far in distance and out of ones spiritual comfort zone you'd go for a friend facing a hard death. The personal journeys of each of the three women is very well done, and the descriptives of the beauties of Ecuador and her people are inspiring.
Excellent book!
My copy is audio interpreted by Valerie Gilbert who is simply excellent in the ability to bring life and differentiation to each character.
Gilion Dumas
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Katherine A. Sherbrooke's first novel, Fill the Sky, is the dynamic story of three friends who travel to Ecuador so one can seek cancer treatment from traditional healers. This sophisticated debut about women's friendships would be a smart pick for a book-loving mom on Mother's Day and makes a great summer read.
Maureen
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful written story! Like "Eat Pray Love" but with a group of good friends, with just as deep story line. You are transported to another world with the incredible writing of K. Sherbrooke

A most read for anyone going thru a challenging time in life-health related or not. This story will enlighten but uplift you as well.
GERI
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Fill the Sky" is that rare book that captivates the reader with a beautiful physical backdrop while exploring the complexities of the human condition. I can't wait for this beautiful book to be made into a movie.
Amy Nielsen
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

I am a sucker for a book that dives in t another culture, which this one does with shamans, healing ceremonies, stories of mountain gods and descriptions of the land and the language. Enjoyable read!
Kathleen
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Quick read with super interesting subject matter if you are into that stuff - which I am :)
Crystal King
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Fill the Sky is unexpected in so many ways. Four college friends trek to Ecuador in a last-ditch effort to find a cure for their dying friend. Magic and reality criss-cross the story as the friends undergo several shamanistic rituals that force them to grapple with hard choices about their lives. Sherbrooke deftly paints a visual and emotional picture of these four women, taking the reader on the same ups and downs that the characters go through. A truly wonderful, feel-good debut.
Patty
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is way out of my wheelhouse as I continue in my efforts to try and stretch my reading muscles. It’s a story about a very strong friendship between three women and the stresses placed on that relationship by several forces; the terminal cancer diagnoses for one of them, the very different personalities they all have, their interpersonal relationships, business problems and as always – love and the challenges it always provides.

Tess, Ellie and Joline have been friends for a long time. Te
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Scituatetownie
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Wonderful descriptive style that painted each scene in my mind as I read. Just ordered Katherine's first book; can't wait to get it. Look forward to more books to come. A new favorite author. Thank you Katherine.
Becca Chopra
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
NEED A LAST-MINUTE HOLIDAY GIFT FOR A FRIEND? THIS IS IT...

Fill the Sky is a totally engaging novel that also encourages readers to think and feel in new and refreshing ways. It’s a tale of Big Pharma vs. ancestral medicine, facts vs. intuition, mind vs. heart, action vs. being, and above all, the healing power of love.

We journey to Ecuador with Ellie, who is left without any hope of recovering from cancer by the medical establishment, and the two friends who accompany her for shamanic healing,
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Helen
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
We read Fill the Sky for our Book Group, which turned out to be an excellent choice for discussion. The three main characters, college friends now in their midlives, travel to Ecuador on a healing trip.

Having never been to Ecuador or visited with a Shaman (or even thought about it), I lost myself in the experience of traveling to this foreign country. Along the lines of reading a Peter Mayle book, it made me want to plan a trip just like the one the characters take in Fill the Sky to experience
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Karen
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well-observed characters and relationships that you can believe in are at the heart of this first novel by Katherine Sherbrooke. The author writes a well-paced story about three close friends traveling to consult Ecuadorian shamans in a last-hope effort to save Ellie, the heart of the trio, who has had a return of her lung cancer. Anchoring the reader in the story are the author's nuanced portrayals of the women's deep friendships and her deft handling of their dilemmas surrounding families and ...more
Michelle
This book is truly awesome and engaging... What I loved about it most was the fact that it was a story that reminds us of the importance of friendships, our health / well being, and invites us to be open minded, as well as to be more self aware and conscious in our day to day lives... The locale (Ecuador), is richly described in all of its' splendour and natural beauty, and it enables the reader to be introduced to natural healing methods that are truly remarkable... As the story unfolds - we re ...more
Laura Evans
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a page turner. Right away I was taken into a world that is very familiar and could relate with while also very different and incredibly engaging. Sherbrooke does an eloquent job of teasing us with seeds of intrigue that unfold in a well-defined, vivid and delicious way. I didn't want chapters to end and yet she gives us just enough to let our minds create the rest of the plot.

While it being a wonderful read, I also gained and was reminded of many important lessons including ones around
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Ann
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story of three friends who have been close since college. Tess, Ellie and Jolene are traveling to Ecuador in hopes of finding a cure for Ellie's terminal illness. Tess, the business woman and most skeptical of the trio leaves in the midst of turmoil in her company to support Ellie. Jolene who is into spiritual healing and work plans the trip the mountain village of Otavalo, where they are immersed in nature and introduced to strange, ancient traditions. After an ayahuasca ceremony go ...more
Jessie Manchester
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Joy Schiffmann
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Perfect. Sherbrooke's characters were extremely relatable. By the end of the books they felt like women I had known for years. The setting was as important as the charters themselves, and without the physical journey to Ecuador, the emotional and spiritual journeys they all took could not have happened. Sherbrooke does a great job of showing how the women transcend their differences to help each other even more than they had originally set out to do. The innate power of women to nurture and heal ...more
Michelle
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book so much. The story is set in a beautiful location in Ecuador with three women who are dear friends, each one on a journey of her own. Their individual stories were so compelling - I loved every character. This book was incredibly thought-provoking & inspiring for this reader who's in her mid-life and contemplating the next several chapters of this journey. I plan to purchase this book for all of the dear women in my family. I believe it is one of those stories any women c ...more
Carolyn C
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! The story is engaging all the way through - three friends go to Ecuador in a last ditch effort to save one from cancer. Yet, the healing they undergo reaches beyond the physical to the spiritual and extends to each of the friends, meeting her individual need. The characters and their friendship are very well developed, and while their personalities are each distinct, you can see why they are friends. (Our book group had so much fun discussing which character we related to in whi ...more
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Katherine Sherbrooke is the author of Fill the Sky (SixOneSeven Books, October, 2016) and a family memoir, Finding Home (2011). An alumna of Dartmouth College and Stanford Business School, she wanted to be an author from the time she opened her first book, and lived on books like food and water for a long time. Somewhere along the line, though, she caught the start-up bug and co-founded a Boston b ...more
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