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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: 861 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (Aug. 19 2008)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001EL6RRE
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #255,535 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Moving and Absorbing Story Jan. 25 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is actually two stories - one about a teenage girl Susan, who lost her brother in a tragic boating accident and has had to learn to cope with the way it changed the lives of her parents and how it affected her own life. Her father, Will, is a pilot who blames himself for his son's death and has not put it behind him. It is also about Sarah Talbot, a woman who has had a bad scare with cancer. When she gets a reprieve from the illness, she opens a linen boutique called "Cloud 9" where she sells bedding and down quilts made by her Aunt. Sarah hires Susan's father, Will, the pilot, to fly her home for Thanksgiving to try to rectify her relationship with her only son, Mike, a teenager who has dropped out of school, and is living with his grandfather on the farm. Sarah also needs to re-establish her relationship with her own father, who lost his wife to cancer several years before and never gotten over it. The story of these 2 families dealing with inner conflicts and with what life has handed them is very emotional, and touching. The descriptive scenery of the area, the Atlantic ocean and the northern lights (aurora borealis) enthralls you and if you haven't seen it, definitely makes you feel left out. Luanne Rice does a superb job of conveying her characters and you will find yourself thinking about them long after you finish the book. I love her writing, and this book is a treat -one of her best. I'm looking forward to her newest "Safe Harbor" coming out this month.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What a Great Book Oct. 24 2001
By Bonnie
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a story of today, about a woman with a second chance who takes nothing for granted.
Sarah Talbot has suffered immensely with a life altering surgery. Her son Mike, unable to tolerate the illness, leaves her to fight her battle alone. He goes to Maine to live with his grandfather - Sarah's father - and her Aunt Bess on the family homestead.
A chance meeting with a pilot and his daughter enriches Sarah's life more than she feels she is deserving of. Susan and Will have secrets and problems of their own. A death of a beloved son/brother; the divorce and remarriage of Susan's mother to Julian, are but a few obstacles they have to face as a team.
This is a story about coming to grips with what life throws at you. Sharing your thoughts and feelings, opening yourself up to additional hurt, in an effort to find the human touch that we all need and desire. If I have learned something from Ms. Rice's story, it is that no life is ordinary - we each have the opportunity to touch someone deeply and we should strive to do just that in our lives. This is a moving and emotional story, I for one am looking forward to reading more of Luanne Rice's books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet Love Story Nov. 3 2000
I just finished reading Cloud Nine and could not stop crying, nor could I put the book down until it was finished. Be sure to keep plenty of Kleenex handy, as you will need them for this book!
This was one of the most beautiful love stories I have read and Luann Rice is quickly becoming another favorite author of mine. I just finished reading Home Fires by her the night before and now Cloud Nine - what an emotional ride!!
Rice writes stories that grip your heart and soul and she does not let go until the story is over. Her character portrayal, especially of teen-agers, is so realistic, that you feel that they are your next-door neighbors and closest friends! Cloud Nine embraces all the nuances of family life, which has experienced death and familial loss, and the heartache that that causes. It embodies tragedy in multiple scenarios consisting of divorce, remarriage, cancer, and several deaths, yet, contained within all of these facts, there is a ray of faith and hope that life can and will get better. There is hope of reconciliation and the miracle of love working its magic. The character's live are not portrayed here as "perfect", but are wrought with dysfunction and pain, due to real-life experiences.
I found this story's ending to be bittersweet and wish that it did end differently, but once again, I am reminded that life is not perfect and life sometimes does not play out as we want it to - it is just fe being life. Rice expertly captures that feeling with Cloud Nine and conveys it so beautifully to her readers. You are swept up into the emotions of the drama and you cannot help it.
I absolutely loved this book and once again Rice demonstrates to us that love has a powerful and healing effect, on both the young and the old. Her message is of embracing life each and every day as a gift to yourself and to your loved ones, as one never knows what the next day will bring.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cloud Nine
Sarah Talbot is a cancer patient in remission... She still has lots of life in her even though she just finished her treatments. Read more
Published on June 17 2004 by smartnurse123
4.0 out of 5 stars Sat on the Beach and CRIED for one hour!
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 more
Published on April 11 2004 by bell reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book
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."
Published on March 17 2004 by Stacey D. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Have a box of tissues nearby!
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2004 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars What a piece of drivel.
This book was laced with death on every page. Every bad thing that could happen to everyone happens. Every relationship is filled with strife and antagonism. Read more
Published on May 7 2003 by F.Faulkner
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite authors does it again!
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... Read more
Published on March 22 2003 by Nancy R. Katz
5.0 out of 5 stars Power of love
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... Read more
Published on March 4 2003 by Theresa W
3.0 out of 5 stars Bring Out Your Hankies!
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.
Published on Feb. 22 2003 by extrader chick
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartwarming story
Cloud Nine is a must read for romance lovers. I recently discovered Luann Rice and her books and this one did not disappoint. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I am a very big fan of Luanne Rice and after just finishing Cloud Nine I feel I must share how great it was. It wasn't like most love stories.. Read more
Published on Oct. 4 2002
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