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I can t get into this the writing rubs me the wrong way. Cate arrives in the small town of Amberly as a depressed and broken woman She has no family and her beloved husband has been killed in Iraq She has lost her home and she is searching for peace and for somewhere to live where she won t constantly be reminded of John At first the women In Town appear to be nosy busybodies but as Cate starts to share her life story, she finds that they are loving and caring friends They all have a story of their own but the women band together to help Cate heal Cate arrives in the small town of Amberly as a depressed and broken woman She has no family and her beloved husband has been killed in Iraq She has lost her home and she is searching for peace and for somewhere to live where she won t constantly be reminded of John At first the women In Town appear to be nosy busybodies but as Cate starts to share her life story, she finds that they are loving and caring friends They all have a story of their own but the women band together to help Cate heal This is a fantastic book full of wonderful characters I laughed especially with Lulu, the town car mechanic and I cried along with Cate This is a wonderful story about love and friendship and about the resilancy that Cate needs to make changes in her life I highly recommend it Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book for a fair and honest review 4.5 stars.In Sweet Breath of Memory, Ariella Cohen seamlessly weaves past and present into a poignant yet uplifting story of healing.Although it has been two years since her husband John s death in Iraq, Cate Saunders is still deeply mourning his loss After losing her house due to unforeseen circumstances, she accepts a job as a home health care aide in Amberley, MA The small town is a close knit community of influential women who take Cate under their protective wing Through her new friends 4.5 stars.In Sweet Breath of Memory, Ariella Cohen seamlessly weaves past and present into a poignant yet uplifting story of healing.Although it has been two years since her husband John s death in Iraq, Cate Saunders is still deeply mourning his loss After losing her house due to unforeseen circumstances, she accepts a job as a home health care aide in Amberley, MA The small town is a close knit community of influential women who take Cate under their protective wing Through her new friends life stories, Cate finds unexpected hope but it is the unexplained discovery of Holocaust survivor s Miriam Rosen lost diary entries that helps her heal.Cate s grief over John s death is compounded by guilt and her unshakeable need to learn the truth about how he died Convinced she is indirectly responsible for him being in Iraq in the first place, her efforts to get answers leave her frustrated as she is stonewalled by military leaders who refuse to give her any information about the roadside bombing that killed him Cate is wracked with regrets over choices she made while he was alive and she cannot help but feel like she took him for granted over the course of their marriage Her is interest is piqued when she discovers Amberley has been shaped by war and the strong women who tenaciously kept it alive Interviewing the various women who have been affected by loss and tragedy over the years, Cate discovers how resilient people can be despite enduring unbearable loss and experiencing unspeakable horror.Cate immediately becomes friends with her landlady and store owner Shelia Morazzo Shelia is not only a savvy business owner, but she is also Amberley s mayor She is hardworking but her long hours still cannot fill the void she feels over her husband s absence nor does it ease her concerns over his latest stint as a volunteer with Doctors without Borders Her worry intensifies when he returns home but after getting to know Cate, Sheila finds the courage to discuss how she feels about his time away from home.Local diner owner Gaby French is quick to welcome Cate into the circle of friends Gaby cannot cannot help but worry about her new friend due to her uncanny ability to see how deeply troubled Cate is While Gaby can usually help the townspeople recover from their deepest despair, she is unable to shake her guilt from a long ago tragedy that completely altered her life She is also hiding a secret from everyone in town and when the truth comes out, Gaby finds help from a very unexpected source.Gruff and outspoken, MaryLou Rice is a mechanic with a heart of gold Although loathe to admit or show her feelings, MaryLou cares deeply for her friends and she will do just about anything for them With multiple divorces behind her, she is not exactly looking for love but Cate cannot resist trying her hand at a little matchmaking for the striking beauty.Town matriarch Beatrice McLean literally kept Amberley alive during World War II after she hired the women left behind to work in her family s store She also came up with inventive ways to earn money and provide food for the families during the lean wartime years At the war s end, Beatrice kept the women employed instead of filling their positions with returning soldiers Now in her nineties, Beatrice retains her dignity as her mind and body slowly begin to yield to the ravages of time.Although she is no longer living, Miriam Rosen s presence is keenly felt in Amberley A survivor of the Lodz ghetto in Poland, she spent several years after World War II ended searching for her brothers When the opportunity arose to come to America, she settled in town where Beatrice hired as s clothing designer her family s store Although she rarely spoke of those war torn years, Miriam recorded the atrocities she endured at the hands of the Nazis in her journal These entries were lost in the years leading up to her death, but the pages mysteriously appear just when Cate needs encouragement most When Cate decides to enter a writing contest, she ties the various threads of the women s lives together with Miriam s wartime experiences But most importantly, Miriam s story provides her with the compassion she needs to make a decision about the information she uncovers about John s death in Iraq.Sweet Breath of Memory is a magnificent story of friendship, resiliency and compassion that is deeply moving This beautifully rendered debut novel by Ariella Cohen has a unique storyline and an incredible cast of multi faceted characters that will leave an indelible mark on readers hearts A heartfelt and captivating story of hope and healing that I absolutely loved and highly recommend to fans of contemporary fiction Cate needs a fresh start She is broke and has to earn some money Her husband John died two years ago and she s still lost She needs a job though and in Amberley there s work for her Helen hires her as a caregiver and the women in Amberley completely trust her judgement, which gives them the confidence to immediately treat Cate as a friend She first meets Sheila, the owner of an Italian grocery shop She makes the most delicious food and offers Cate a place to stay Gaby owns the diner acros Cate needs a fresh start She is broke and has to earn some money Her husband John died two years ago and she s still lost She needs a job though and in Amberley there s work for her Helen hires her as a caregiver and the women in Amberley completely trust her judgement, which gives them the confidence to immediately treat Cate as a friend She first meets Sheila, the owner of an Italian grocery shop She makes the most delicious food and offers Cate a place to stay Gaby owns the diner across the street She always knows exactly what her customers need MaryLou is a strong woman with a big mouth, who fixes cars Together they try to give Cate what she needs to feel better again and they re getting muchin return than they expected.Cate is a writer and after her husband passed away she stopped doing what she loves the most In Amberley she starts writing again She s inspired by the diary of a Jewish woman who survived the ghetto in Lodz in the Second World War Cate s husband was a victim of the war in Iraq and when she finds out what happened to him Cate is devastated Together with the women around her, who are like sisters, she has a chance to pick herself up again Her future might not be the one she dreamed of when she married John, but maybe there will be another chance at happiness for her in AmberleySweet Breath of Memory is a beautiful impressive story about a woman who s lost everything Cate is completely alone and it broke my heart to watch her struggle Amberley is a wonderful place though, it s enchanting and it has a lot of character I loved the way Ariella Cohen describes the setting and the women of the town are heartwarming They each have a unique personality and I enjoyed reading about their lives Ariella Cohen describes life the way it is, raw and sad, but also hopeful and surprising There s a lot of honestly, forgiveness and growth, which makes the story really interesting I love books about strong women and this is such a great one.Ariella Cohen describes her characters and setting in detail, which makes her story vivid and colorful Amberley is magical and I love how Ariella Cohen created a safe and intimate world where women are close and where kindness knows no bounds She combines that with impressive war histories I sometimes had tears in my eyes when I read what people had to go through There s so much suffering and cruelty Ariella Cohen shows her readers two exact opposites, the extreme violence in contrast to the warmhearted inhabitants of the town It s a good choice and it works very well for the story.I highly recommend Sweet Breath of Memory It isn t a quick read, it s a story that should be slowly savored and appreciated It s brilliant when a book brings an abundance of warmth and friendship The connections between the main characters are all special Cate forms amazing bonds with her clients and friends and with the people she meets because of her writing Sweet Breath of Memory is a fantastic emotional story with a delightful loving core An uplifting, heartwarming and compelling tale of second chances, new beginnings, healing and redemption, Sweet Breath of Memory is a terrific debut novel from a wonderful new writer, Ariella Cohen.Cate Saunders needs a fresh start After the death of her husband John in Iraq, life has been one constant struggle and the time has come for her to start over and begin anew Moving to Amberley, Massachusetts with its tree lined streets, vibrant community and profusion of plants and flowers seems to An uplifting, heartwarming and compelling tale of second chances, new beginnings, healing and redemption, Sweet Breath of Memory is a terrific debut novel from a wonderful new writer, Ariella Cohen.Cate Saunders needs a fresh start After the death of her husband John in Iraq, life has been one constant struggle and the time has come for her to start over and begin anew Moving to Amberley, Massachusetts with its tree lined streets, vibrant community and profusion of plants and flowers seems to be a step in the right direction and although her new job as a care giver won t make her rich any time soon, she has been welcomed with open arms by the locals, who might seem to be a tad too friendly at times, but they mean well and seem to have a good heart Finding herself with a whole new circle of friends might not have been exactly what Cate had been planning, but she soon realises that she needs good friends by her side if she is to survive the next bombshell being thrown her way Amberley is a town shaped by war that has been kept going over the years thanks to the tenacity and determination of strong women who kept everything ticking over while the menfolk went off to fight the enemy on the front line Diner owner Gaby s eatery not only provides its townsfolk with nourishing food, but also with plenty of good advice and a shoulder to cry on when times get tough, matriarch Beatrice knows a thing or two about heartache, but she has never balked from a challenge in her life and she is certainly not about to start now, wise cracking Mary Lou might be one of the most formidable women in town, but she s a heart of gold and a gift for friendship that makes her a pleasure to know and Sheila, who offers Cate a room over her Italian grocery, welcomes her to the town with open arms.As Cate beings to get settled in her new home, she comes across an old journal written by Miriam, a Holocaust survivor who had been through unimaginable pain and who pours out all of her emotion onto the pages of her diary When shocking revelations about her husband s death come to life that threaten to destroy Cate s new found peace of mind and serenity, she realises that she is not alone and that the only way she can heal from the past is to embrace the lessons she has learnt and the friendships she has made in the present if she is to be happy in the future, but will she have the courage to move on from her pain and grief Or will she be forever held captive by the past Readers of Susan Wiggs, Jojo Moyes and Jodi Picoult are going to love Ariella Cohen s Sweet Breath of Memory A gifted writer who writes with great compassion, sensitivity and heart, Ariella Cohen has a wonderful gift for characterization and, writing with broad strokes and plenty of flair and style, she has created fantastic characters that leap off the pages and will linger in the mind long after the last page is turned.An outstanding novel that is superbly written, wonderfully told, densely plotted and guaranteed to make readers laugh and cry, Sweet Breath of Memory should be in everyone s beach bag this summer This book is incredible and shows how compassion, friendship and encouragement can help people I thought this book was incredible to read and found it hard to put down Ariella Cohen pulled everything together in a way that it appealed to everyone Can t wait for her Sequel I really want to know how things for Cate and the results of her husband s death Even though I rated this book 5 stars, I didn t like the swear words and feel they could have been left out I really enjoyed this book and c This book is incredible and shows how compassion, friendship and encouragement can help people I thought this book was incredible to read and found it hard to put down Ariella Cohen pulled everything together in a way that it appealed to everyone Can t wait for her Sequel I really want to know how things for Cate and the results of her husband s death Even though I rated this book 5 stars, I didn t like the swear words and feel they could have been left out I really enjoyed this book and can t wait to the sequel comes out |READ EBOOK ☨ Sweet Breath of Memory ♑ Life is in the tellingWith 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 Title Sweet Breath of MemoryAuthor Ariella CohenPublisher Kingsington BooksReviewed By Arlena DeanRating Five Review Sweet Breath of Memory My Thoughts.I will say that this story Sweet Breath of Memory was one excellent read that left me saying that was some read that did keep my attention not wanting to put it down until the end I loved the way this author wrote so well that it seems to draw you into the story as if you are right there I found that it reads so smoothly, lyrical an Title Sweet Breath of MemoryAuthor Ariella CohenPublisher Kingsington BooksReviewed By Arlena DeanRating Five Review Sweet Breath of Memory My Thoughts.I will say that this story Sweet Breath of Memory was one excellent read that left me saying that was some read that did keep my attention not wanting to put it down until the end I loved the way this author wrote so well that it seems to draw you into the story as if you are right there I found that it reads so smoothly, lyrical and even poetically where one can really find themselves caught up in this amazing read where you will find a story of love, friendship and the eternal longing for peace This author did a wonderful job with sharing with the readers about how Cate Saunders made changes in her life due to being alone after the death of her husband John and moving to the town of Amberly, Massachusetts Never would Cate have know that wandering into Sheila s Grocery store, being offered a place to stay, finding a old journal that had belong to a survivor of the Holocaust and meeting new friends would help her start to heal I loved how this author works her story so well around Miriam s Journal as it seemed to give a heart warming inspiration that Cate so desperately needed in her life What a story that starts in Amberly, MA to the Lodz Ghetto, London and then to Jerusalem Now, all the characters in this novel were truly wonderful where Cate meets Gaby, Sheila, Marylou, Zelda, Helen, Beatrice along with other wonderful charming people where she 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, resiliency and definitely smarts Who knew at this point that Cate would come 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 with such wonderful women with different lives and definitely with wonderful friendships Sweet Breath of Memory opens in March 2010 with Cate embarking on a bus to Amberley from Boston to make start a new life Cate is hurting, she is leaving behind her home one is which she entered as a newlywed with hopes and dreams instead now her belongings are in storage and she is left only with memories Her husband John was killed in Iraq, immediately after his death she sought solace in the church however platitudes from the priest just made herangry and just wants answers surround Sweet Breath of Memory opens in March 2010 with Cate embarking on a bus to Amberley from Boston to make start a new life Cate is hurting, she is leaving behind her home one is which she entered as a newlywed with hopes and dreams instead now her belongings are in storage and she is left only with memories Her husband John was killed in Iraq, immediately after his death she sought solace in the church however platitudes from the priest just made herangry and just wants answers surrounding John s death.When she arrives at Amberley she meets grocery shop owner Shelia, who see s herself in Cate Unbeknown to Shelia, the stranger who has walked into her grocery store cafe is the new carer for Helen whom Shelia grew up with Shelia offers Cate the apartment above the grocery to rent and so begins the relationships that Cate builds with the prominent business women of Amberley Shelia, Gaby and Mary Lou.Whilst Cate is becoming a carer for Helen, her true passion is writing and she is hopeful that the change in scenery and direction will reinvigorate her creativity last she lost when John died.Sweet Breath of Memory is descriptive in its narrative, really bringing to life how Cate is feeling her feelings of loneliness, grief and anger The narrative also brings to life the town of Amberley and those women who live in it, building a bond and support network for Cate.A thoroughly enjoyable read about friendship and finding yourself again.An ARC of the book kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest, unbiased review Amazing book Probably would ve given 5 stars if not for the profanity.