New Release From Freya Barker
Still Air is an enjoyable, emotionally charged, character-driven novel.
Pam felt more at home at the Florence House, a women’s shelter than she did in her own home. She liked being busy and caring for others. It felt good to give of herself; it also kept her from feeling too deeply the failures that tormented her on a daily basis. People looked up to Pam. She was a no-nonsense, strong-willed woman, with a heart of gold. Pam was keeping a painful secret, though, one she hid well from everyone, except Dino. He could always see through her, so she avoided him whenever possible; until his son needed her help.
Dino was a chef a single father. His ex-wife, Jeannie, had deserted her two children, Jonas and Gina, choosing instead to chase a drug addiction. The family only heard from Jeannie when she needed money. Jonas and Gina felt torn between their mother’s cries for sympathy and their father’s anger. The atmosphere that surrounded the family was toxic whenever Jeannie was around.
Pam and Dino’s friendship quickly developed, into something more, after she helped save Dino’s son from certain ruin. And, when Pam could no longer keep her agonizing secret, hidden, Dino was there to comfort her and help pick up the pieces, to her broken heart.
Still Air is a well-written novel, filled with raw emotion, realistic characters and natural dialogue. Be prepared to have your emotions hijacked from the first page until the last. I loved it!
Many thanks to the publisher, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy of Still Air.
~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover