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The Air We Breathe

Events from her past keep seventeen year old Molly a prisoner inside her home, hiding from what happened. She longs to escape from everything holding her back and begin life anew in this tiny tourist town she and her mother call home. Will the chance meeting of a friend from her past give her the courage to step outside?

When Hanna was twelve years old, she was a victim of some horrible events that lead to the death of her father and being separated from her mother for several weeks. When she is finally reunited with her mother, she is a very different girl. She no longer speaks, and doesn’t want to leave the house. One day Hanna sees Claire Rodriguez in the park and is drawn to her because of the cross necklace Claire wears. A strange relationship develops as Claire is the only person Molly will talk too. Claire is struggling as well. She is still grieving over the loss of her own children in a car accident years back and her marriage falling apart in the wake of her grief. Claire feels a renewed sense of purpose in life until the silent little girl and her mother vanish.

This was an excellent book! I really enjoyed how the story switched between different narrators and time frames. It sounds confusing, but it was executed flawlessly. The characters were realistic and captured the sense of the falleness of humanity very well. They were by no means perfect, but they did their best with what God had given them. This book resonates with the theme that by helping others, we also help ourselves, often in ways deeper than we can understand.

I was given a copy of this book to review by Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own. I was not required to give a positive review.


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