“This is that kind of book, one so real and important that it bears at least a second reading - after the first sinks in.” ~Grady Harp, San Francisco Review of Books
(Amazon Top 100 Reviewer - 5 Stars)
When Mary Reilly turns up in a hospital hundreds of miles from the senior community where she lives, Nell and Bridget discover their mother has been hiding a secret life for over forty years. She has a lakeside cottage in Vermont and a set of complex relationships with people her daughters have never met.
Nell is a carpool mom and corporate trophy wife who yearns for a life of her own. Bridget is a glamorous interior designer who transforms herself for every new man, always attracted to the bad ones. Mary was an army nurse in Vietnam, then married handsome navy pilot Thomas Reilly and lived happily ever after…or did she?
As the two sisters delve deeper into their mother's past, it leads them to question their own lives. Her refuge becomes the gateway to change for all three women.
“My first thought after finishing The Taste of Air was that this was an incredibly satisfying novel. ”
~Bibliotica (5 STARS)
“Cleare deftly explores the consequences of our choices, even those made with the best of intentions. A family saga bridging decades and filled with shocking revelations, hope and love, you won't be able put this book down.” ~Kate Moretti,
NY Times bestselling author
"Each chapter of this unassuming novel is illustrated with a card from the tarot, and the contents of each section are loosely related to the meaning of the corresponding card. Cleare’s narrative follows Emily, a young woman on a path of self-realization and awakening.... The novel is well plotted. Readers already interested in the tarot and its uses for divination will enjoy Cleare’s serious meditations on the meanings of the cards, and the way the tarot plays out in Emily’s life. What’s more, Cleare offers a little bit of self-help and a little bit of chick lit, packaged together with a positive, make-your-own-destiny message: a pleasant, comforting read."