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Cloud Nine [Kindle Edition]

Luanne Rice
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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Thirty-seven-year-old Sarah Talbot's lengthy battle with cancer forced her to put life on hold. But a clean bill of health has given her a second chance and she's not about to take anything for granted. Intent on living life to the fullest, Sarah reopens her bedding shop, aptly named Cloud 9, and plans a trip to Elk Island, a tiny island off the coast of Maine, where her unfeeling father and runaway son wait. Family reconciliation has long been her heart's desire, and Sarah knows that now is the time to mend familial fences. On the short plane ride to the island, she finds an unexpected confidant in pilot Will Burke, whose own personal demons make him the perfect conversation partner--and so much more. As Sarah struggles to communicate with the father she left behind and a son troubled by his own father's death--and his mother's illness--she takes refuge in the arms of Will and discovers a love she never thought possible, a love that will sustain the two in this life and beyond. Both beautifully written and well plotted, Cloud Nine is a moving testament to the eternal power of love.

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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.
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Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 380 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553385844
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (Aug. 26 2008)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001EL6RRE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #152,396 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cloud Nine June 17 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sarah Talbot is a cancer patient in remission... She still has lots of life in her even though she just finished her treatments. She meets Will Burke just after her hair begins to grow back and the two begin to fall in love. He is worried that he will loose her, but is willing to take a chance. Sarah is full of life and is an inspiration to all. She becomes a good friend and role model to Will's daughter Susan. Susan is young, confused and is trying to find herself. Sarah's carefree acceptance of life's tough circumstances serves as an inspiration to Susan. She teaches her the meaning of love.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sat on the Beach and CRIED for one hour! April 11 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am a GREAT fan of luanne Rice! i'm researching and buying books before they hit the shelf! This one, i will have to say was the hardest one to "get into" that I have read of hers (and yes, i have read all that are out!). BUT, once I got into the 4th chapter it was impossible to put down. The last few chapters were the ones that got to me! This happens to be Easter weekend and I was sitting on one of our NC Beaches reading this book and crying my eyes out. The ONLY time I stopped reading was to look around to see if ANYONE was looking at me. I finished the book, fried my skin and then ....went into the house. my husband's response was "look at you". i didn't know if he was talking about my red and swollen eyes or my sun baked skin!
This is definately a book to buy and enjoy! one of the best of ms. Rice's that I have read in awhile! Go buy it now! Don't stop until you have it in your hands and then grab a box of tissues and a beach chair!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book March 17 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my first Luanne Rice novel and I loved it. I couldn't put the book down. It was beautifully written. The book reminded me a lot of "A Walk to Remember."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Have a box of tissues nearby! Feb. 7 2004
By Lisa
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my first Luanne Rice book to read, it defintely will not be my last. I read a lot of books, rarely do I come across one that pulls me entirely into the storyline. As a daughter, a mother, a lover, and a friend, to feel the sense of heartache and love all rolled into one. It's a wonderful book full of emotion. It's one that you won't want to put down until the last page is read. A keeper to go back and read again and again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Sept. 11 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved the story of Sarah Talbot, who owns a bedding store called "Cloud Nine". When the story begins, Sarah is about to take a special flight to celebrate her cancer being in remission. She enjoys the flight so much that she decides to retain the services of the pilot, Will Burke, to take her to Elk Island. She left her hometown years before, but has decided to make the trip back to see her long lost father and the son she left behind.
Along the way, Sarah ends up bonding with Will and his daughter, Susan, and the trio help each other with all of the issues they are facing. I rated the book 4 stars because I'm not a big fan of romance, but in spite of my tastes, I really found myself enjoying the story and wondering what would happen next. If you are new to Luanne Rice, this is a great book to get your feet wet with. Rice is a wonderful source of comfort reads, and this book is no exception. If you are in the mood for a comforting and inspiring story, read "Cloud Nine."
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite authors does it again! March 22 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As an avid reader and almost always a lover of Luanne Rice's books, I never thought I would ever find another title by this author which I enjoyed as much as Blue Moon or Home Fires. Now after reading Cloud Nine I am happy to say I have have another Rice title to add to those I loved the most. Despite that parts of this book were fairly predictable, I found myself moved by both the story of the main characters and their joining together as they race against time. I also found the plot had many of Rice's signature themes such as the love of a mother for her child and parent, the love of a man for a woman and a budding romance between two young people. If critics feel that Rice's books are too sad and sappy at times, I say while this may be true at times, nobody does these emotions better. Now I can hardly wait to read her latest book, The Secret Hour, inwardly hoping that once again I have another title to add to my best loved books by Luanne Rice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Power of love March 4 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book really is a story about the power of love and healing. It has all of the elements for a great story: family, love, healing, growing, learning, forgiving...Anything by Luanne Rice is a wonderful read. If you haven't read her yet- do!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bring Out Your Hankies! Feb. 22 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
While generally well written, it is just too sad! No opportunity to wring the emotions is omitted. Be sure to have someone you love or a box of chocolate nearby, you'll need it.
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