Snapshots of SWEET SALT AIR

Last week’s blog talked about which character in this book is my favorite, but I have other favorites here.  Since Sweet Salt Air is a highly sensual book, I’m thinking see, smell, feel, hear, and taste.  I’m calling them snapshots, because they’re just quick little moments from the book.  I guess that makes this blog an album.

Favorite sight?     A ghost ship on the ocean in the early morning mist, as seen from Charlotte’s bedroom window.

Favorite smell?     Lavender.  Sooooothing.

Favorite touch?     Sand.  Around and about the toes.

the touch of sand reminiscent the senses in Sweet Salt Air

Favorite sound?     The blend of soft rock, conversation, and surf that you hear when you lie on the beach.

Favorite taste?     Fiddlehead ferns.  Mind you, my characters aren’t eating a big feathery frond, but rather the tiny swirls of newly sprouted ferns that are harvested before they begin to unfurl.  The season is very short.  My supermarket has fiddleheads for maybe, maybe a week each spring.  Sautéed in a little olive oil and sprinkled with a dash of salt, they’re lusciously nutty.

So there are the five senses.  But there are five other things I love in this book.

Favorite flower?    Red clover.  Well, clover isn’t really a flower, it’s a weed.  But the red clover in Sweet Salt Air only grows in hidden forest places, and it has mystical qualities.  Or so Quinnipeague lore says.  Me, I love the fantasy that Leo’s red clover offers.  I’m such a sucker for magic.

Favorite animal?    Bear.  He’s scary.  Or is he?

Favorite scene?     Leo and Charlotte on the beach.  I can’t say more, or I’ll give it away.

Favorite book?     Salt.  (Sorry, guys, but you won’t find this on Amazon.  You’ll have to read the book to learn more.)

Favorite candy?    Chocolate almond ones the likes of which Isabel Skane keeps in a bowl on the big table in her yarn store.  We used to make these at home when I was little, but I can’t seem to find a recipe that’s exactly right.  The ones I remember have the texture of caramel but are chocolate, with an almond in the center.  We used to wrap them in  little squares of wax paper and twist the ends.  Am I ringing any bells here?  If so, send those recipes along.

Have you marked your calendar for June 18?  That’s when Sweet Salt Air goes on sale.  Yikes, that’s next week!  Check back here before then, and I’ll tell you what happens when pub date arrives.


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  1. CAROL on August 13, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Who is the author of her favorite book SALT?

  2. Amy T on August 28, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    I just finished Sweet Salt Air. I had to read it in a week because it was a library rental. I couldn’t put it down, and that’s hard to do with a 5 and 2 year old. I absolutely loved the book and I’m excited to review it with my book club in October. I miss the characters already and I so much liked the book I rented Escape and While My Sister Sleeps, your other books. Thank you for a wonderful reading experience!

  3. Donna vineyard on September 2, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Just finished sweet salt air. Mmmm. Very tasty. I live in a very small town on the coast of Maine and love books that evoke what I experience daily. The food all sounded so good. I’d love to have a Nicole to cook for me. Well done.

  4. Tommy Carr on October 15, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Dear Ms. Delinsky: I just finished reading SWEET SALT AIR with regret. Why regret? Because the book ended. I had tears in my eyes for everyone concerned. Tears of happiness that is. Leo and Charlotte getting married and having a baby. Nicole and Julian having survived his health issues and their marriage sealed with a baby of their own. I did not want to leave Quinnipeague myself. I love gardening and the herb gardens got my attention. And, Bear was just a big old softee after all. It was an amazing read and I thank-you for giving me hours of enjoyment. I shall take the book back to the library, but after I give it a good-bye kiss!

  5. Deborah Newman on February 14, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Dear Barbara, Just started reading Sweet Salt Air and I already love it, but I read all your books and I do love them. One thing I would like from you is recipes at the end of the book. Like Sabayon Sauce made with Riesling Wine, I do love Riesling Wine from Germany. Keep putting out for us readers. I can’t stop reading. Love You Tea Lady

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