First Line Fridays: The Taste of Air by Gail Cleare @gcleare @RAPublishing #travelingfriendsread #BookBloggers


First Line Friday is hosted by Hoarding Books. Where we share the first line or lines of a book we are currently reading or going to start soon.

Our First Line Friday is for an upcoming Traveling Friends Group read that we are very much looking forward to reading.  We have heard some great things about this novel and we definitely have some pretty excited Traveling Friends wanting to read this book!

The Taste of Air by Gail Cleare

Her day began with reassuring rituals.  Make the beds, start a load of laundry, empty the dishwasher.

Well that first line grabbed my attention, as I know that my day always begins with reassuring rituals and pretty much the same as Nell here.  It just makes me wonder what is going to happen to disrupt Nell’s well-ordered life.

Goodreads Summary


A simple phone call disrupts Nell Williams’s well-ordered life. Her mother, Mary, is in a hospital in Vermont. But her mother is supposed to be safely tucked away in an assisted-living facility in Massachusetts, so Nell can’t fathom why she would be so far from home.

After notifying her sister, Bridget, Nell hops on a plane and rushes to her mother’s side. There, she discovers that her mother has been living a second life. Mary has another home and a set of complex relationships with people her daughters have never met.

When Nell and Bridget delve deeper into their mother’s lakeside hideaway, they uncover a vault of family secrets and the gateway to change for all three women.


Have you read this one? Want to read it? Please add your first line to a book you have started or going to start. We would love to hear from you!!!

18 thoughts on “First Line Fridays: The Taste of Air by Gail Cleare @gcleare @RAPublishing #travelingfriendsread #BookBloggers”

  1. The book I am reading The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon has this as its first line. ” The night I dreamed I was going back to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, I was ten years old again and again I woke up in my old bedroom feeling that the memory of my mother’s face had deserted me.” I been enthralled with it ever since.

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  2. Happy Friday!😊

    My first lines come from Jacob’s Bell by John Snyder…

    A deafening screech, then a loud thud jolted Jacob McCallum upright from his slumber as the freight train pulled into the Chicago yards on a chilly September morning in 1944.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!😊📚🎃

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  3. Happy Friday Sisers. The Taste of Air does sound very interesting. I have added it.

    On my blog I have highlighted Academic Curveball by James J. Cudney, but I am also reading Cropped To Death by Christina Freeburn.

    “The industrial sized straight-blade trimmer sliced through the air.”

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  4. I’ve never heard of this book. Thx for sharing its first line.
    Here’s mine:
    “Ethan Blackwell was surrounded by critically ill checking accounts.”😂
    From The Rancher’s Rescue by
    Cari Lynn Webb. Book 2 in The Blackwell Brothers series. 😊

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  5. “Crumbling walls were rare, beautiful things.” The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron. The Taste of Air sounds like my kind of book. Unfortunately our public library system doesn’t have it so maybe I’ll add it to my Christmas wish list!

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    1. Thanks for sharing your first line, Carol! Oh, that is wonderful that you have added The Taste of Air to your Christmas wish list…..I am hoping that it finds its way under your tree! 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Deanna and I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend too! Happy reading! 🙂

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