Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Breathe the Sky” by Michelle Hazen, Berkley Publishing, August 18, 2020
Michelle Hazen, the author of “Breathe the Sky” has written an intense, thought-provoking, and memorable novel. The genres for this story are fiction, romance, and women’s fiction. The timeline for this story is set in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the events or characters in the story. The author describes her characters as complex and complicated. I appreciate that the theme of emotional and physical abuse is discussed in this book. Also mentioned, is the importance of protecting wildlife, and animals in the modern-day era of construction.
Mari is a biologist, who protects tortoises and small animals on construction sites. She lives in fear of her ex-husband finding her. Somehow in protecting small living things, and re-evaluating her life choices, Mari is starting to stand up for what is legal and the correct thing to do.
Jack Wyatt, is in charge of his construction crew, and has a reputation of having a temper and likes to keep his team safe and get work done in a timely matter. He also comes from an abusive family.
When Mari is assigned to work as part of Jack’s team, their two different views on what should be important, seem to be more in synchrony, than it would appear. I would highly recommend this thought-provoking novel.