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The Taste of Air

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,585 ratings  ·  213 reviews

A simple phone call disrupts Nell Williams’s well-ordered life. Her mother, Mary, is in a hospital in Vermont. But her mother is supposed to be safely tucked away in an assisted-living facility in Massachusetts, so Nell can’t fathom why she would be so far from home.

After notifying her sister, Bridget, Nell hops on a plane and rushes to her mother’s sid
Paperback, 250 pages
Published October 2016 by Red Adept Publishing, LLC
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Heartwarming, delightful & touching!

THE TASTE OF AIR by GAIL CLEARE was such a comforting, uplifting, and enjoyable read that had so much warmth flowing through the pages of this book. I immediately felt a connection to the authors writing style and thought this story was so tastefully told. It wrapped me up tightly in a warm comfy hug transporting me right back to all the tastes of home.

GAIL CLEARE delivers a beautiful, well-written and engaging read here that takes you on a journey full of fam
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nell receives a phone call one day informing her that her Mother was in a hospital in Vermont. What is even more shocking is that her mother is supposed to be in an assisted living home/facility in Massachusetts. Just how the heck did she get to Vermont and why was she there? After Nell informs her sister, Bridget, of their Mother's hospitalization, she travels to Vermont and learns that her Mother had secrets - a secret cottage, and secret relationships with many in the small town and specifica ...more
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
The Taste of Air has it all to make this an interesting and engaging family saga with a mystery to it to add some suspense to the story. It is a thought-provoking emotional yet entertaining and pleasing realistic story that explores the secrets, some that are buried that a mother keeps from her children. Her life before and separate from her grown children.

Gail Cleare does a great job creating interesting realistic characters and I really enjoyed the dynamics between them. As we get to know our
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nell Williams receives a phone call informing her that her mother, Mary, has been admitted into the hospital in Vermont. Not only is her mother's health a real concern for Nell but just why in the world was her mother even in Vermont is the big question, Mary was supposed to be in an assisted-living facility in Massachusetts.

When Nell arrives in Vermont she finds that her mother has had a secret life that no one in the family had known about. Mary owns a small cabin and it seems that she has had
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I had read one of this authors previous books so I am aware of her style, but this book surpassed the last read but in a different way.

It was written with sheer passion for the characters which shone through each page. The more I got to learn about this double life of the Mother the more I fell into the emotional trap of secrets.

Imagine 40 years of a families secret known only by the Mother.

Family secrets can go any two ways, crumble a family into a heaped emotional mess with anger, frustration
♥ Sandi ❣
3.5 stars

A story of secrets and compromises. For not only one generation, but also for the following. Mary, Thomas, Jake and Ginnie forever interconnected. As is Bridget and Lizzie, and Nell and Adam. Promises made, love protected, hidden secrets. As the secrets untangle, the truths go back many years.

This is my first experience with the author Gail Cleare. I was not disappointed. Her story carried me along, revealing surprises and story twists exactly when needed. Not a book of high drama, nor
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews


LOVED this book...thanks, Gail.

"I truly enjoyed this book. Ms. Cleare’s writing is smooth, beautiful, detailed, and alluring. When you don’t want a book to end, you know the author’s talent is the reason.

A TASTE OF AIR is a perfect summer read or an any time read for when you need warmth oozing from the pages to help your mood be lightened or to be taken away.

There are also some tissues needed for happy things as all came together at the end, but for the most part A TAST
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars to this sweet tale of mothers and daughters and family secrets

Daughters Nell and Bridget are shocked when they find out that their mother Mary is hospitalized in Vermont when they thought she was living in assisted-living in Massachusetts. In fact, they discover she's had a cabin in Vermont for many years. This is just the start of secrets that are uncovered throughout this book.

We are treated to chapters with Mary's life in the past as a nurse in the Vietnam war and the friends that she
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A family drama that pulled me right in. When their mother Mary is sent to the hospital in Vermont,Nell and Bridget are stunned. Their mother is suppose to be living in an assisted living facility in Massachusetts. When Nell arrives in Vermont she finds her mother has this cottage no one knew about. While the sisters try to uncover why their mother is living in Vermont long buried secrets come to the surface. I loved everything about this story. The family history. The choices Mary made in the na ...more
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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The Taste of Air is a fabulous and intriguing story about choices and consequences, secrets and revelations. Two sisters find out that their elderly mother is in the ICU of a Vermont hospital when they believed her to be living in a Massachusetts retirement home. The secret choices of their mother are revealed, spurning the daughters to examine their own life choices. The characters are real; they are genuine, imperfect and likable. Their lives, though messy at times, are touching. You will be p ...more
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A simple phone call disrupts Nell Williams’s well-ordered life. Her mother, Mary, is in a hospital in Vermont. But her mother is supposed to be safely tucked away in an assisted-living facility in Massachusetts, so Nell can’t fathom why she would be so far from home.
After notifying her sister, Bridget, Nell hops on a plane and rushes to her mother’s side. There, she discovers that her mother has been living a second life. Mary has another home and a set of complex relationships with people her
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, the plot and all of the characters. It was well written and I would love to spend some time at the cottage that they stayed in, it sounds so perfect there! This story had so many feels, but my favorite was of warmth and love. ♡
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to thank the author, publisher and NetGalley for letting me read this book in exchange for my unbiased review.

This is one of those books you won’t be able to put down unless something beyond your control happens. It starts out interesting and just gets better and better until the final beautiful page. It’s got so much in it but not hard to follow at all. About a family, the Vietnam war in places, children, parents and children. Extended families and beautiful towns. Some tragedies along t
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to NetGalley and Red Adept for the advanced copy.

Set in New England this a story about the secrets a mother has kept from her family for over forty years. A surprise phone call from a hospital in a different part of the state, calls into question everything Nell thought she knew about her family when goes to sit by her sick Mother's bedside.

This is a wonderful novel that caught me by surprise as I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. It hooked me from the beginning and kept me r
Nancy Baker
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I wavered between 3 and 4 stars and finally decided to split the difference and give this book 3-1/2 stars.

This story gets a solid four stars for being engaging and causing the reader to want to hurry to the end and bring meaning and closure to the mystery. A mother, Mary, has taken ill and lands in an ICU ward in a hospital in Vermont. Her youngest daughter, Nell, gets a phone call saying her mother is in the hospital and has named Nell as her health proxy. Nell assumes her mother is in a hosp
Keep Calm Novel On
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Goodreads group Making Connections provided a copy of the ePub in exchange for an honest review.

Mary Reilly has been living her life with secrets. When her daughter Nell receives an unexpected phone call from a hospital informing her that her mother, Mary has been admitted, she immediately drives to her mother’s bedside. The town is not familiar to Nell and she is puzzled as to her mother’s whereabouts. Nell discovers her mother’s secret home and life—and the many layers begin to unravel. Th
Julie Barrett
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Taste of Air by Gail Cleare
Starts out where Mary-the mother has alternating chapters with her daughters: Nell and Bridget
The girls have been notified their mom is in the hospital but it's nowhere near the retirement center she's been staying at. Nell goes to the VT area to investigate and within a few days, no answers as her mom has a vent tube in, she learns her mother has a cottage
and a has been living there for about 10 years and is friendly with the neighbors. Nell has a family and chil
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Life is too short to not enjoy life and those around you. Nell and Bridget, Mary's (aka Ellie) daughters, find out when they receive a call that their mom is not living where she should be living.

This is a journey of a mother and her daughters and their various experiences and how history sometimes repeats itself. It is also a journey of self-discovery for each of these women.

This book jumps back and forth in time, revealing snippets of history that tie the story together in the end. As you read
Pamela Allegretto
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This engaging and well-written novel points out family secrets, some more far-reaching than others. The lush Vermont setting becomes its own character in this unique drama. Gail Cleare exposes the innermost thoughts of her diverse characters, which allows the reader to care deeply about their lives and to root for a happy outcome to their individual predicaments.
Kathryn in FL
I read over 40 pages then chose to abandon because of the author's characterizations of the Catholic church which were very unlike my personal experiences and others I know, lots of others... Unfortunately, this wasn't for me but I think that that's my stuff and those without those experiences would probably enjoy. After all, it as it is highly rated by many other readers, more than likely those without the past history I experienced.

On a different note, the author writes in such a manner that
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What would you do if you learned that your mother was living a second life in another town?

Nell receives a phone call one day from a hospital in Vermont letting her know that her mother has been admitted to their ICU, but Nell is confused because her mother lives in a senior's community in Massachusetts. And her mother no longer drives. What is she doing in Vermont? How did she get there?

As Nell sees her mother in the hospital, weak and unable to really speak, Nell learns from those around that
Samantha March
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Whew. The Taste of Air by Gail Cleare caught my attention from the moment I began to read it. What begins to unfold from page one is a captivating story filled with mystery, suspense, love, longing and family. As I write this review and begin to relive the story once again, my eyes are filling with tears. This is a book that I have told many people about already, recommending it to all of the book lovers in my life, because I have the hope that it will stay with them like it did with me. The wri ...more
Red Adept Publishing and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of The Taste of Air. This is my honest opinion of the book.

Nell Williams gets a call about her mother, Mary Ellen Reilly, who is in a hospital located hours away from her home in Massachusetts. As Nell discovers her mother's secrets, a life emerges that she and her sister Bridget knew nothing about. Will the past that is revealed tear apart the family for good?

The biggest issue that I had with The Taste of Air is that it is s
Sally Coles
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mary Ellen is a woman with a secret - her daughters Nell and Bridget think they know everything there is to know about her - so why is Nell getting a phone call to say she is in intensive care in Vermont when she should be living in Massachusetts

Rushing to the hospital Nell is astounded to find that her mother owns a cabin by the lake and she got ill while out boating on the lake with her neighbour, why do they know nothing of this? When she goes to the cabin she finds all sorts of things pointi
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What would you do if you found out that the mother you’ve known all your life has been living a secret life?

As far as Nell knows, her mother resides in an assisted living community in Massachusetts. When she receives a startling call informing her that her mother is in a hospital in Vermont, she can’t comprehend how this could be.

When Nell arrives in the town that her mother is said to be at, it is foreign to her. While there, she discovers that her mother has a life that her and her family wer
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
When Nell gets a phone call informing her that her mother Mary is in the hospital in Vermont she is shocked. She is supposed to be in a nursing home in Massachusetts. Nell and her sister Bridget get to visit briefly with their mother before she dies. They discover she owns a home and is a part of the small Vermont community. They also discover some big family secrets. This was a fascinating book and was narrated by three very different women. I hope to find more books by Gail Cleary, she very ta ...more
Carla Burgess
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an enjoyable, emotional, and thought-provoking story about family ties and unexpected secrets. I loved all three women in this story and found them well drawn and relatable. I particularly enjoyed the flashbacks to Mary's earlier days, which revealed what a good and loving woman she had been throughout her life. Although Mary's secret life comes as a big shock to her daughters, it never feels sordid or bad, and I really liked that about it. Rather it just peels back the layers of Mary's ...more
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars Interesting premise but flat characters and situations that were over simplified or just not that plausible. I wanted to DNF but wanted to know ending. Skimmed a lot. I’m in minority but this one was not very good.
Susan Livesley
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Absolutely loved bed it, couldn't put it down. ...more
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Heartwarming book. We think we know our families, but do we, really?
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Gail Cleare lives on an 18th century farm in Massachusetts with her family and dogs, cats, chickens, black bears, blue herons, rushing streams and wide, windy skies. She writes fiction and poetry, is into organic gardening and nature photography, and can often be found stalking wild creatures with a 300 mm lens.

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