Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Still Air by Freya Barker

Title: Still Air
Series: The Portland ME Series
Author: Freya Barker 
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Multicultural, Women's Fiction
Deprival haunted her…
Regret troubled her… 
Silence left her detached... 
A life in the service of others is both penance and a blessing. She soothes her personal hell by pulling victims from theirs, helping them on their path to survival; never finding her own.
When a crippling blow finally evaporates her last hope, the temptation to give up is strong. Still, she can’t find it in her to turn her back on those who need her: the innocent, whose rescue is her perpetual goal. 
He was blind, but now he sees how his family has sifted through his fingers. The reality hits hard when his son becomes a stranger, slipping deeper into transgression. Concern has him call on the one person he fears will see his own failures all too clearly. A woman he’s kept his distance from for his own protection.
What appeared to be an incompatible pairing, turns out the unyielding bond needed to heal them all.
"Still Air was insightful, eye-opening, and I paused numerous times to think about my relationships with my own children. Anytime a book can evoke a myriad of emotions while teaching life lessons you'll continue to carry with you, it's a 5-star read." ~ Author CP Smith
"The one thing you can always be sure of with Freya's writing is that it will pull on ALL of your emotions; it's expressive, meaningful, sarcastic, so very true to life, real, hard-hitting and heartbreaking at times and, as is the case with this series especially, the story is at points raw, painful and occasionally fugly BUT is is also sweet, hopeful, uplifting, humorous and heart-warming." ~ Book Loving Pixies
"In my opinion, there is nothing better than a Freya Barker book. With her final installment in her Portland, ME series, Still Air, she does not disappoint. From start to finish I was completely captivated by Pam, Dino, and the entire Portland family." ~ Author RB Hilliard
"Freya Barker has woven a rich tapestry of words that draws the reader into the world she has created in her Portland, ME series. She wraps up the reader in a cocoon of well-written, tightly plotted words and emotions." ~ Barren Acres Editing


As with all her previous books in that series “Still Air” by Freya Barker starts with the raw and honest reality of the leading characters. We have known Dino and Pam as side characters in the previous books, so it is like meeting old friends. But while why know them – we do not really KNOW them.

So the dark and sad opening chapters of the book show a side of the character that I would not have expected before, yet I know better from reading the previous books.

Pam always seemed so strong in the previous books but now she shows us her much softer side and we get to hear her story and the reasons why she has been hiding her feelings. She is hiding behind her need to help others and she is desperate to hide from Dino, because he sees too much.

Dino feels as if everything that is dear and important to him is slipping through his fingers. And just as everything looks dark there is Pam … doing what she does best … help others…and in this case him.

Yet he cannot help but sense something under the surface of this woman and while the story unfolds both characters are drawn to each other.

Freya Barker writes real characters with real flaws. Her stories might be a little darker than others but they feel honest and I can only recommend this series to readers that like raw, honest and real in their books.


Freya Barker inspires with her stories about 'real’ people, perhaps less than perfect, each struggling to find their own slice of happy. She is the author of the Cedar Tree Series and the Portland, ME, novels.
Freya is the recipient of the RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for best first book, “Slim To None,” and is a finalist for the 2016 Kindle Book Awards for “From Dust”. She currently has two complete series and three anthologies published, and is working on two new series; La Plata County FBI—ROCK POINT, and Northern Lights. She continues to spin story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!
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