I must say that “Sweet Breath of Memory” is an excellent read. When I finished I was actually thinking about how the book really kept my attention. Not once did I want to put it down. The author wrote so well that it seemed to draw me into the story, I felt right there. One of the reasons it did that was the pacing and just the overall writing style. Everything flowed smoothly with a very poetic and lyrical feel.
Readers will find themselves caught up in this amazing book where they will find a story of love, friendship and an eternal longing for peace.
This author did a wonderful job of sharing with the readers about how Cate Saunders made changes in her life due to being alone after the death of her husband John. Cate ends up moving to the town of Amberly, Massachusetts. Cate had no idea that her future would be changed just by wandering into Sheila's Grocery store. She is offered a place to stay and she finds an old journal that belong to a survivor of the Holocaust. She also meets new friends who help her start to heal.
I loved how author Ariella Cohen works her story so well around 'Miriam's Journal' as it seemed to give a heartwarming inspiration that Cate so desperately needed in her life. Readers are taken from Amberly, MA to the Lodz Ghetto, London and then to Jerusalem.
All the characters in this novel were truly wonderful. Secondary characters do play a big part including Gaby, Sheila, Marylou, Zelda, Helen, and Beatrice along with other wonderful charming people. Cate truly found a place where everyone seems to know everyone and each one had their own story to tell. As you read this novel you will be drawn into each of their lives as they are brimming with depth, compassion, warmth, and resiliency as well as smarts. Who knew at this point that Cate would become involved in her writing about women who were touched by the vicissitudes of war.
All that is left to say is that this was one of the best reads. It’s filled with such wonderful women with different lives. Plus they have such wonderful friendships.
Life is in the telling.
With its tree-lined streets, vibrant downtown and curbside planters of spring bulbs, Amberley, Massachusetts, seems a good place for Cate Saunders to start over. It's been two years since her husband, John, was killed in Iraq and life has been a struggle. Her new job as a caregiver doesn't pay much, but the locals are welcoming. In fact, Cate has barely unpacked before she's drawn--reluctantly at first--into a circle of friends.
There's diner-owner Gaby, who nourishes her customers' spirits as well as their bodies; feisty Beatrice, who kept the town going when its men marched off to WWII; wise-cracking MaryLou, as formidable as Fort Knox but with the same heart of gold; and, Sheila, whose Italian grocery is the soul of the place. As Amberley reveals itself to be a town shaped by war, Cate encounters another kindred spirit--a Holocaust survivor with whom she feels a deep connection. When revelations about John's death threaten Cate's newfound peace of mind, these sisters-in-arms' stories show her an unexpected way forward. And Cate comes to understand that although we suffer loss alone, we heal by sharing our most treasured memories.