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Cloud Nine


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Luanne Rice is the author, most recently, of Last Kiss and Light of the Moon, among many other New York Times bestsellers. She lives in New York City and on the Connecticut shore.


Sandra Burr's well-modulated narration smoothes out the rough edges of this somewhat choppy abridgment. Typical of Rice's domestic fiction, this story emphasizes the importance of family and the power of love. Sarah Talbot, having just won a round with brain cancer, receives an airplane ride over rural New York as a birthday gift. Her obvious joie de vivre captures the attention of the handsome pilot, Will Burke. No stranger to grief, Will lost his son in a boating accident and his marriage soon after. Their suffering serves as a bond, and Sarah hires Will to fly her to the family farm on Elk Island, ME, for a chance at reconciliation with her estranged father and runaway son. This journey provides spiritual healing for all characters, but, unfortunately, there is no remedy for Sarah's cancer. For popular collections.Ă„Beth Farrell, Portage Cty. Dist. Lib., OH Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

"Immensely moving...Tender and heartbreaking."--Iris Johansen

"A tightly paced story that is hard to put down...Rice's message remains a powerful one: the strength of precious family ties can ultimately set things right."--Publishers Weekly "One of those rare reading experiences that we always hope for when cracking the cover of a book...A joy."--Library Journal "Luanne Rice touches the deepest, most tender corners of the heart."--Tami Hoag, author of Ashes to Ashes "Elegant...Rice hooks the reader on the first page."--The Hartford Courant "Warm, sweet, and deeply touching...a novel filled with poignant emotion and the fine, soft twist of elegant storytelling...a heartfelt look inside the workings of ordinary yet extraordinary lives."--Deborah Smith, author of When Venus Fell "A celebration of family and the healing power of love. Poignant and powerful...one of those rare books which refreshes and renews the landscape of women's fiction for a new generation of readers...".--Jayne Ann Krentz, author of Sharp Edges

Readers sympathetic to Rice's (Blue Moon) highly sentimental take on the eternal power of love and family will enjoy this skillfully wrought tale of courage on the part of a single mother recovering from a brain tumor. Sarah Talbot, who has built a down-bedding mail-order business ("Cloud Nine") based on the products of her father's farm in Maine, finds new joy in life's simple pleasures, such as celebrating the 37th birthday she thought she'd never see. Her delight proves infectious to others in her small upstate New York community. They include Susan Burke, also known as Secret or Snow, a troubled teenager from a broken home who is still grieving over the accidental death of her brother; and Susan's father, pilot Will Burke, who is trying to cope with his failed marriage and his inability to save his son. In quiet, unassuming prose, Rice fashions a tightly paced story that is hard to put down, delicately constructing the blossoming relationship between Sarah and Will. At the same time, she effectively depicts the impact a loving person can have on an adolescent simply longing for a real connection with a caring adult. The Talbot family's island home, where Sarah's recalcitrant father and her estranged teenage son live together in a complex relationship, is idealized as a healing environment for the Burkes. The plot veers into melodrama at the end, when love and death meet in a heartbreaking scene, but Rice's message remains a powerful one: the strength of precious family ties can ultimately set things right. Author tour. (Jan.)

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