Cloud Nine

Cloud Nine

A Novel

Book - 1999
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Every once in a while a novelist comes along who can illuminate the most secret places of our hearts--who can put into words the feelings we cannot...and sometimes dare not...express.  Luanne Rice is one such novelist and Cloud Nine is her most evocative, emotionally powerful, and compelling work yet.  It is a novel brimming with the beauty and fragility of life whose powerful message will resonate in your own life long after the final page is turned. Sarah Talbot surely thought she'd never live to see another birthday.  But against all odds, she beat the disease that threatened to take her life and she reopened her bedding shop, Cloud Nine.  It is a new beginning for Sarah--a fresh start at life that few are given.  It is a time to take roads she always passed by, to experience a world she'd all too often watched from the sidelines.  And Sarah is determined to take every advantage of her newfound opportunity. Her first adventure comes during a special birthday present from her friends: a ride over upstate New York in a small chartered plane.  From there she views the spectacular autumn foliage.  Yet, as so often happens when one takes chances, the unexpected occurs.  For it is on this flight that she meets Will Burke, a former Navy pilot whose strength and confidence attract Sarah as much as the vulnerability he tries hard to conceal. These two fellow travelers find in each other a kindred spirit and a bond that will give them the courage to confront the past and have faith in the future...no matter how uncertain. A novel shimmering with emotion, grace, and beauty, Cloud Nine is a work of pure magic by one of our most enchanting storytellers.  It is the kind of novel you will cherish and want to share with the most important people in your life.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto, Ont. : Bantam Books, c1999
ISBN: 9780553110630
0553110632
Characteristics: 323 pages ;,24 cm.
Alternative Title: Cloud 9 : a novel

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samuraibunny
Jul 25, 2011

Typical 'escape from societal restraints and recover amidst nature' romance, yet it manages to connect its characters to me. There are characters that make you want to blame for everything that is wrong, but you can't, because they try their best to make things work.

Truly an emotional and touching book. I read it in one sitting. Death is always lurking in the future, but knowing and accepting it as the inevitable is what allows us to appreciate life, and everything that it brings, that much more.

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