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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Book Review - Coming Up For Air by Patti Callahan Henry

I do love a great southern fiction novel!  I guess they are about my favorite kind of book to read, and one author who really captures the sense of the South in her writing is Patti Callahan Henry.

Her latest book, "Coming Up For Air" is a wonderful read - I hope you will find it so too!

About The Book:

On the coast of Alabama, there is a house cloaked in mystery, a place that reveals the truth and changes lives...
Ellie Calvin is caught in a dying marriage, and she knows this. With her beloved daughter away at college and a growing gap between her and her husband – between her reality and the woman she wants to be – she doesn’t quite seem to fit into her own life.
But everything changes after her controlling mother, Lillian, passes away. Ellie’s world turns upside down when she sees her ex-boyfriend, Hutch, at her mother’s funeral and learns that he is in charge of a documentary that involved Lillian before her death. He wants answers to questions that Ellie’s not sure she can face, until, in the painful midst of going through her mother’s things, she discovers a hidden diary – and a window onto stories buried long ago.

As Ellie and Hutch start speaking for the first time in years, Ellie’s closed heart slowly begins to open. Fighting their feelings, they set out together to dig into Lillian’s history. Using both the diary and a trip to the Summer House, a mysterious and seductive bayside home, they gamble that they can work together and not fall in love again. But in piecing together a decades-old unrequited-love story, they just might uncover the secrets in their own hearts…

This was truly a book about one woman's search to find the person she used to be, and her need to discover for herself what her future holds.  Written in Patti's gentle, sweet Southern style, this is a story that will resonate with the reader long after the last page is turned. It will touch your heart, your mind and your soul. I highly recommend this novel!

About The Author:

PATTI CALLAHAN HENRY is a full-time writer, wife and mother and the New York Times Bestselling author of seven novels with Penguin/NAL, including The Art of Keeping Secrets, Driftwood Summer and The Perfect Lovesong: A Holiday Story). She lives with her husband and three children outside Atlanta on the Chattahoochee River, where she is working on her next novel.

Be sure to check out her website at http://www.patticallahanhenry.com/ for more information on her books and upcoming projects.

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher. I was not compensated for my opinion.

1 comment:

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I've enjoyed many of PCH's novels and this one definitely resonated with me, Sharon. Happy to say my marriage is worlds better than Ellie's was.