Leaning on Air

Fiction - Drama
352 Pages
Reviewed on 05/13/2024
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Leaning on Air by Cheryl Grey Bostrom is an emotional journey of love, acceptance, and letting go. The story follows the tumultuous life of Burnaby and Celia. Friends in their teen years, Celia and Burnaby met years later as successful professionals but lacking in their personal lives. Deciding to get married, the couple lived in harmony for a decade before everything went to hell. The couple went through something traumatic, something that shook Celia to her core, and she wasn’t able to get out of that torturous headspace. It was hard for her to let go of the pain, and it was even harder for Burnaby to see her like that. As Celia sought forgiveness and a chance to heal, Burnaby was looking for ways to mend their marriage. Can they find their way back to each other? Or are some relationships never meant to last?

Emotional and well-written, Leaning on Air spoke to my heart and stayed there for days after I finished reading. I loved Celia and Burnaby. They are the kind of characters who leave an impact on you, and you are never able to forget about them. Celia was going through a tough time; she felt what happened was her fault, and she believed Burnaby would never forgive her. However, Burnaby was ready to do whatever it took to protect their marriage and help her heal. Their love was different; it felt more mature and real to me. While Burnaby wasn’t able to articulate his feelings in the best way, he always made sure to show Celia how much she meant to him. I loved the way he adored Celia. The story was satisfying to the last page. Author Cheryl Grey Bostrom touched on sensitive topics with the utmost care. I am a huge fan of this author now! I highly recommend this novel to everyone.