Synopses & Reviews
A moving novel of family and love, from one of today's most cherished storytellers.
Every once in a while a novelist comes along who can illuminate even the most secret places of our hearts--who can put into words the feelings we cannot...and sometimes dare not...express. Luanne Rice is one such novelist and Cloud Nine is her most evocative, emotionally powerful work yet.
When life offers you a second chance, seize it with all your heart.
Sarah Talbot surely thought she'd never live to see another birthday. But against all odds, she beat the disease that threatened her life and she reopened her bedding shop, Cloud Nine. It is a new beginning for Sarah--a fresh start at life that few are given. And Sarah is determined to take advantage of her newfound opportunity. On her first adventure--a ride in a small chartered plane--comes a chance meeting with a man who will change the course of her life.
These two fellow travelers find in each other a kindred spirit and a bond that will give them the courage to confront the past and have faith in the future...no matter how uncertain.
Shimmering with emotion, grace, and beauty, Cloud Nine is the kind of novel you will cherish and want to share with the most important people in your life.
Sara is determined to start life anew after beating a deadly disease. Her first adventure on a small chartered plane brings her together with a man who will change the course of her life. These fellow travelers find in each other a kindred spirit that will give them the courage to confront the past and have faith in the future.
What would you do with a second chance at life?
Sarah Talbot thought she'd never see another birthday. But against all odds, she beat the illness that could have killed her, reopened her bedding shop, Cloud Nine, and vowed to make the most of a fresh start that few are given. With Thanksgiving approaching, Sarah charters a small plane to take her to Elk Island, a remote spot off the rugged Maine coast where she spent some of her happiest days and where she hopes to reunite with the two most important people in her life. She arrives on the island with pilot Will Burke, a kindred spirit with whom Sarah forges a bond that will give them the courage to confront the past and have faith in the future...no matter how uncertain.
Once Sarah thought happy endings occurred only in books; now she believes they can happen for anyone. And as she and Will grow closer, and something unexpectedly real blossoms between them, she has him believing it, too. But is believing it enough? Is even love enough? Can real life be lived on cloud nine? In this stunning novel, New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice tells a story you will cherish, peopled with indelible characters whose challenges are your own.
About the Author
Luanne Rice is the author of Secrets of Paris, Stone Heart, Angels All Over Town, Blue Moon, Home Fires, and Crazy in Love, which was made into a TNT Network feature movie. She lives in Old Lyme, Connecticut and New York City with her husband.
Q: Describe Cloud Nine...
A: When I think about Cloud Nine, I think of my experience with my mother. Of how she got sick, and of how I would have done anything to stop that. I think that in Cloud Nine, Sarah, the heroine, wants so badly to stick around to see what's going to happen to Mike, her teenage son, and she would do anything to be sure that happens. And Mike, as closed off as any eighteen-year-old could be, wants this too, more than anything.
Cloud Nine is a novel of healing, of healing between Sarah and her father, and Sarah and her son.
Q: What was it like as an author for Cloud Nine to have succeeded so well? Did hitting the New York Times bestseller list affect you in any way?
A: The whole thing was a huge thrill. I was in New York at the time, getting ready to go off on tour to promote Follow The Stars Home (in hardcover). The phone rang, and it was my editor calling. "Are you sitting down?" she asked. "Yes," I replied. To be specific, I was taking a bath. She told me "Cloud Nine is number nine on the New York Times paperback bestseller list." I asked her to please say it again. Then, because I wasn't exactly sure I'd heard right, I asked her again. But before she finished speaking, I had started to cry.
I've been writing for a long time. My first poem was published when I was eleven; my first story when I was fifteen. I quit college to see the world and write fiction. Writing has always been my passion, a dream in itself. To live by writing: who could imagine a better life?
I tell myself rewards don't matter: the joy is the work. I have the mermaids to keep me company. As a child, I won the praise of my teachers. My mother, a teacher of English, was very proud of me. Every day I wake up, go to my desk and write the next pages. But the New York Times Bestseller List! Wow! I grew up reading the Book Review. I have perused the lists, cheered when my favorite authors—some of them friends now—made it on. When a book appears there, it's like watching someone's dream come true. The author has found a readership, a group of people who love their work enough to flock to it.
What writer wouldn't want such a thing? When I write, I always imagine my reader. I imagine the light on the pages, the curtain moving at the open window, my reader lost in my story. I know certain people are drawn to my work because of the things in their own lives: certain hopes, dreams, losses, secrets. When they come to my books, they are looking for something very particular.
I know what that is. I do, I do. And I am so thrilled you're still here. I'm so glad I am too.
From the Hardcover edition.