Coming up for Air

Coming up for Air

Large Print - 2011 | Large print ed.
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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, she no longer seems 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 into the stories that were buried long ago. As Ellie and Hutch speak 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.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Large Print, 2011.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781611732177
1611732174
Characteristics: 358 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.

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weezie1
Dec 13, 2017

A novel ... not much excitement .. lost years of her mothers life..& lost loves
Dec 2017

Pretty standard women's fiction - perfect housewife is dissatisfied and not sure why, mom passes away leaving a trail of secrets the housewife will uncover on her way to fulfillment. But the characters are really strong, especially Ellie, which makes it easy to relate to her struggle.

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artemishi
Aug 07, 2013

The pros: This book is well-paced, with fairly florid prose and beautiful imagery.
The cons: The plot is fairly predictable, the dialogue strikes me as unrealistic and over-stated, the characters are clearly Good or Bad, the main character is so naive and flat that I have a hard time believing she is in her 40s.
Maybe, though, this book just isn't my usual cup of tea. If you like married women in a mid-life crisis literature, I would recommend it. Otherwise, feel free to skip this one.

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