Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Secret of Clouds

I’m delighted today to share with you THE SECRET OF CLOUDS (Berkley Hardcover; February 19, 2019; $26.00), an uplifting story about a mother’s love, a teacher’s promise, and a child’s heart. It is the author’s first book set in contemporary times, told through flashbacks that shed light on a recent historical tragedy.

Internationally bestselling author Alyson Richman is best known for her beloved World War II historical fiction novels like The Velvet Hours, and The Lost Wife, the latter of which is in development to be a major motion picture and is currently being cast. Now, Alyson pens a heartwarming story of love and the power of healing for a Ukrainian immigrant family living in New York following the 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear plant.

In THE SECRET OF CLOUDS, Katya, a rising ballerina, and Sasha, a graduate student, are young and in love when an unexpected tragedy befalls their native Kiev, Ukraine. Years later, after the couple has safely immigrated to America, the consequences of this incident cause their son, Yuri, to be born with a rare health condition that isolates him from other children. 
          Maggie, a passionate and dedicated teacher, agrees to tutor Yuri at his home. Maggie bonds with Yuri and his family over their love of baseball, which has eased their assimilation into American life. As the two forge a deep and soulful connection, Yuri’s boundless curiosity and unique wisdom inspire Maggie to make difficult changes in her own life.  And she'll never realize just how strong Yuri has made her—until she needs that strength the most.

THE SECRET OF CLOUDS is a novel that will make readers examine what it means to live life with a full heart. 

Author Alyson Richman
For those unfamiliar with the author, here’s a bit of background on her.

Alyson Richman is the #1 internationally bestselling author of the The Velvet Hours, The Garden of Letters, The Lost Wife, The Last Van Gogh, The Rhythm of Memory (previously published as Swedish Tango) and The Mask Carver's Son. Her novels have been translated into twenty languages and "The Lost Wife" is in development to be a major motion picture.

Thanks for stopping by today. Do you enjoy books that use flashback to help tell the story?


  1. This does sound uplifting, Mason. And there look to be some interesting characters, too. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi Mason - it does sound really interesting, as too her other works ... I'll have to get one out of the library to read her work. Love the cover - absolutely stunning ... though the clouds from Chernobyl give it a dark shade. Thanks for the review - cheers Hilary

  3. This sounds like an amazing read, thank you for sharing!

  4. That's amazing that her books were translated into so many different languages! Kudos to her!


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