The Secret of Clouds

The Secret of Clouds From the international bestselling author of The Lost Wife and The Velvet Hours comes an emotionally charged story about a mother s love a teacher s promise and a child s heartKatya a rising ball

  • Title: The Secret of Clouds
  • Author: Alyson Richman
  • ISBN: 1984802623
  • Page: 273
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the 1 international bestselling author of The Lost Wife and The Velvet Hours comes an emotionally charged story about a mother s love, a teacher s promise, and a child s heartKatya, a rising ballerina, and Sasha, a graduate student, are young and in love when an unexpected tragedy befalls their native Kiev Years later, after the couple has safely emigrated to Ame From the 1 international bestselling author of The Lost Wife and The Velvet Hours comes an emotionally charged story about a mother s love, a teacher s promise, and a child s heartKatya, a rising ballerina, and Sasha, a graduate student, are young and in love when an unexpected tragedy befalls their native Kiev Years later, after the couple has safely emigrated 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, even though she is haunted by her own painful childhood memories As the two forge a deep and soulful connection, Yuri s boundless curiosity and unique wisdom inspires 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 mostA novel that will make readers examine what it means to live life with a full heart Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 384 pages Expected publication February 19th 2019 by Berkley More Details ISBN 1984802623 ISBN13 9781984802620 Edition Language English Other Editions 4 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Secret of Clouds, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Top Books Coming Feb 2019 19 books 14 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 10, 2018 Miranda Reads rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves berkleypub, received to review, arc Deep down, I believed a story could change us, and that if we read it deeply enough, a good book could transform our souls. Maggie, a passionate and zealous English language arts teacher, has been given the assignment of her life to home tutor a sick child Yuri.Yuri, child of Ukrainian immigrants Sasha and Katya, has spent most of his life trapped indoors due to a heart condition You only get to be a kid once in your life and I m not getting that chance. He has to take special precaution Deep down, I believed a story could change us, and that if we read it deeply enough, a good book could transform our souls. Maggie, a passionate and zealous English language arts teacher, has been given the assignment of her life to home tutor a sick child Yuri.Yuri, child of Ukrainian immigrants Sasha and Katya, has spent most of his life trapped indoors due to a heart condition You only get to be a kid once in your life and I m not getting that chance. He has to take special precautions not to over exert himselfwhich results in him spending most of his life sitting on the wayside Luckily, Maggie is able to bring him out of his shelland through the process, she learns a thing or two along the way.So.Sooooo.Soooooooooooooooooo.I really loved the perspective of Katya and her husband, Sasha, back when they were in the Ukraine Katya spent her early years as a Ukrainian ballerina and Richman does a truly excellent job of not only setting the scene, but also breathing life into those events.I was completely enthralled by the Chernobyl events from Katya and Sasha s frightened first days to their daring escape I also loved the love for literature All of the books mentioned made me want to head out and pick them up all over again Ever since I had first left home, I brought with me one of the books I had ever loved. Unfortunately, there were a few areas that just didn t click for me and those mostly centered on the main character, Maggie For those of you who are already half asleep, I joked, wake up Because this year is going to be fun Throughout the book, Maggie was constantly a plucky, kind and hyper go getter Her character is the kind that belongs in Anne of Green Gables but in the later books, where Anne is so happy and good that you start to wonder what she is on That s what my mother always says about me I m always trying to find a sliver of light, when everyone else sees shadows It s the romantic in me I smiled ruefully What I m trying to say, Maggie s character just got to be too much for me Someone with only highs and no lows does not give much depth to the character She never ever has a struggle that lasts than a few pages and spends so much time wallowing in mild self pity that I ended up not having pity for her at all This has nothing to do with you I think it does, I said, sobbing. And, then there s poor Bill Who s Bill you ask A saint personified, I reply.Bill is Maggie s boyfriend of six years who from the first chapter you can tell he s going to be dumped for the hot and sensitive music teacher at Maggie s school But, even though I knew it was coming, I was still interested in seeing how this would happen.And let me tell you, the evidence is appalling Dad offered me and Bill cups of the cider, but Bill asked if there was any beer.I bit my lip It s not that my family was all that sophisticated, but we had our rituals Spiced cider on Thanksgiving Mulled wine on Christmas Eve Was asking for a Coors on Thanksgiving really necessary And if that wasn t disgusting enough, he has the nerve go out for drinks with an old school friend once in six months, to call her educational job as practice for motherhood in an offhanded, excited for the future way AND to watch TV when he unwinds after work You know what I d really like I said, my voice rising, It s for you tomake me a damn fire I pulled the remote from his hand and shut off the TV I want to wrap my Christmas presents tonight with that fireplace going in full blaze That s what I want for Christmas I was nearly hyperventaling from my rage Can you do that for me, Bill Can you Sarcasm aside, I honestly wondered if we are supposed to side with Bill on this relationship thing I just cannot see how having two beers on a thanksgiving night or gently poking fun at Maggie s family s overly thankful gift opening routine constitutes any sort of violent reaction The way Maggie treated him just broke my heart For example, Bill helps his family pick out presents for her and they re all warm and fuzzy clothing cause Maggie always complains that she s cold not that the audience hears that, it s just something we were told to accept.AndMaggie gets furious. Perhaps I had made a few too many comments that I found the cottage a bit drafty, but I was just hinting that I wanted Bill to make a romantic fire. She then proceeds to give him a watch a passive aggressive gift of time to hint that they need to spend time together and then exchange all of her presents for a slinky New Year s Eve dress.Her excuse She wanted to get something that SHE D like She just seems so unnecessarily cruel to the poor guy that when she finally broke up with him that I was honestly cheering for Bill he deserves to be happy I think that in order for Maggie to be justified in her actions, the book needs a reversal Just swap all of their actions so that Bill becomes the cruel one then it ll be clear that breaking up with Bill would be the absolute best option for Maggie Other than that, my other, other sticking point was that this one felt predictable There was no mystery regarding what happens you can tell immediately that view spoiler Maggie is going to beak up with Bill and date hot music teacher Maggie is going to struggle but ultimately connect and change the life of Yuri The sick kid is going to die but irrevocably changing Maggie s life hide spoiler And this is coming from the perspective of someone who NEVER is able to predict ANYTHING I m literally the worst at finding foreshadowing I went through all the HP books when I was 10, fully expecting Harry to die at the end of each book but I predicted all this within the first couple of chapters.Those were my main sticking pointsAnd looking back, I honestly just think it was the character of Maggie Everyone else in the book was fine her violin making father was wonderful, Katya s struggle was beautifully done and Yuri was a bit too sweet at times, but I ll give him a pass.This book had so much potential, but all the focus on Maggie just marred it a bit for me I feel like I m back in middle school. I recieved a free copy in exchange for an honest review All quotes are from an uncorrected proof and are subject to change upon publication flag 171 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Dec 02, 2018 Angela M rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley reviews I was hoping to enjoy this , given so many high ratings on , but while there were some things I liked about it, it fell short of being a story that will be memorable for me Maggie Topper is a teacher charged with tutoring an eleven year old boy, Yuri, who has a heart condition that keeps him from attending school They develop a relationship that affects both of them in a positive way My emotions were certainly touched at times, but other times, it felt melodramatic I loved some I was hoping to enjoy this , given so many high ratings on , but while there were some things I liked about it, it fell short of being a story that will be memorable for me Maggie Topper is a teacher charged with tutoring an eleven year old boy, Yuri, who has a heart condition that keeps him from attending school They develop a relationship that affects both of them in a positive way My emotions were certainly touched at times, but other times, it felt melodramatic I loved some of the characters, especially Yuri and his parents Sasha and Katya who immigrated from Kiev just before Yuri is born, but mostly the characters were just too goody goody, especially Maggie There are two story lines Yuri and his family s story was the one that I wanted to keep reading about Maggie s romance story was pretty mundane and predictable I m a baseball fan, so Yuri s love of baseball and the bond he shares with his father and his friend Finn was lovely to see, but Maggie trying to connect with Yuri over baseball was commendable but felt forced The writing was simplistic and the dialogue ho hum I did love the writing assignments Maggie gives to her students and reading them was a highlight of the book for me While I was surprised at one thing that happens, for the most part it was predictable I have to admit that overall it ended up being a good reprieve from some other tough books I ve read recently, but not one that I loved There s pretty much a thing that didn t work for me for every one that did, so right down the middle 3 stars.This was the December read with Diane and Esil, and we always have a good discussion You ll have to read their reviews to see if we felt the same I received an advanced copy of this book from Berkeley through NetGalley flag 111 likesLike see review View all 56 comments TUDOR QUEEN Excellent review, Angela I love the way you convey what works and what doesn t you ve inspired me to get better at this 20 hours, 22 min ago Angela M TQ, thanks so much I find it so much easier to write 4 5 star reviews 20 hours, 9 min ago Dec 03, 2018 Diane S rated it liked it review of another edition It I just so hard to write a review about a book that proved to be a good read, a three stars read Readers always want to read books that have ratings above the simple good There is, however,a reading place, time for these books, books that are perfectly fine, a story that reads quickly but is written in my opinion, simply Quick, easy to read stories, are often enjoyable in times of stress, or during busy times of year, like now.What I enjoyed the story flowed very well Ballet A teacher who It I just so hard to write a review about a book that proved to be a good read, a three stars read Readers always want to read books that have ratings above the simple good There is, however,a reading place, time for these books, books that are perfectly fine, a story that reads quickly but is written in my opinion, simply Quick, easy to read stories, are often enjoyable in times of stress, or during busy times of year, like now.What I enjoyed the story flowed very well Ballet A teacher who is inventive and enjoys teaching Loved how baseball and baseball talk brought a father and son together, although I m not a Mets or Yankee fan The historical nightmare of Chernobyl.What could have been better The story itself, I felt, needed depth The characters just didn t seem real, were one dimensional, way too nice.This was Angela, Esils and my monthly read Not too surprised we all agreedC from Edelweiss flag 74 likesLike see review View all 13 comments Nov 29, 2018 Dorie Traveling Sister rated it liked it Shelves edelweiss, traveling sister read I was interested in this novel because my daughter has taught 8th grade for 15 years and having raised four daughters I have always been grateful for all of the great teachers that my girls had throughout the years That said I found that this book was a mediocre read for me There are two storylines here The book is written from the point of view of Maggie, the main character in the book Maggie is a new teacher recently having changed careers having found her work in a PR firm in New York to I was interested in this novel because my daughter has taught 8th grade for 15 years and having raised four daughters I have always been grateful for all of the great teachers that my girls had throughout the years That said I found that this book was a mediocre read for me There are two storylines here The book is written from the point of view of Maggie, the main character in the book Maggie is a new teacher recently having changed careers having found her work in a PR firm in New York to be a bad fit Maggie and her boyfriend Bill have just moved to Long Island to get away from some of the stress of living in the city and they have found a small cottage to call home Her relationship with Bill is loosely described but we know quite soon that things are going downhill between the two of them We never get to know Bill s character well at all but he is pretty much always described in a negative light.There is a second storyline which is quite interesting and that is of the sick boy s parents Katya is an aspiring and quite talented ballerina until an unfortunate accident puts her career on hold Sasha is a budding scientist and the couple live in Kiev, very interesting times for this area of the Ukraine Soon conditions in their country deteriorate and with the disaster at Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Sasha convinces Katya to move to the US Throughout the novel we get some glimpses of what their life was like before they had Yuri, their ill son who has a birth defect which affects his heart and how much exertion he can endure I wish that their lives had been well described as I found them to be an interesting couple with a great story to tell Katya is convinced that Yuri was born with the birth defect because of the nuclear fallout and blames herself.Moving on, Maggie is asked by the Principal at her school if she will tutor Yuri, she teaches 6th grade English At first Yuri is shy but she finds that they have a mutual love of baseball and this helps to cement their relationship Maggie also eventually enlists the aid of one of her other students, Finn, who also loves baseball, and together they make great progress with Yuri Eventually he attends school one day a week and enjoys the baseball games.I won t go into any of the plot as I don t want to insert any spoilers I thought the premise of this book was quite good but really found the writing to be somewhat mediocre and predictable The reader can pretty much tell what is going to happen next in the book with regards to all of the characters There really isn t anything surprising or new that kept me turning pages What really lowered this read to a 3 was the ending It was just so perfect and with quite an unbelievable happy ending for all feeling Things in real life just are never this predictable I do thank the author for calling attention to teachers and how they use their talents to inspire students.I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss This was a Traveling Sister read flag 69 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Oct 07, 2018 Katie B rated it really liked it Shelves arc, fiction, first to read, new york, ukraine, 1980s, 1990s, read in 2018, sports I had a feeling about 20 pages in this would be an emotional read, and sure enough I was right Whether you are a parent or not, I think it would be hard not to develop an attachment to a sick child Yuri for sure is what drove the story Maggie, a young teacher, has agreed to help tutor Yuri, a boy who is not able to attend school due to his heart condition His parents, Sasha and Katya, left Ukraine to live in America after the Chernobyl disaster While Maggie is busy teaching Yuri reading and I had a feeling about 20 pages in this would be an emotional read, and sure enough I was right Whether you are a parent or not, I think it would be hard not to develop an attachment to a sick child Yuri for sure is what drove the story Maggie, a young teacher, has agreed to help tutor Yuri, a boy who is not able to attend school due to his heart condition His parents, Sasha and Katya, left Ukraine to live in America after the Chernobyl disaster While Maggie is busy teaching Yuri reading and writing, she just might learn a thing or two from him as well.This is the second book I have read recently in which a teacher does a writing assignment in which the children write a letter to their future selves In this case, Maggie will send the sixth grade students letters to them when they graduate high school How the letters factor in later on in the story and when the secret of the clouds is revealed are really some touching and beautiful moments The difference a good and passionate teacher can make in a child s life is also part of the appeal of this book While I did enjoy this book there was just something holding it back from being a 5 star read for me The Maggie parts of the story that did not involve Yuri were the weakest in my opinion I agree with another reviewer that it felt like any problem she faced was just magically resolved or moved on from without another mention I just can t say I warmed up to the character 100% Honestly though this is nitpicking than anything as I did overall think this was a good read So much so I finished it in a day.Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion flag 70 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Jan 29, 2019 Holly B rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves enjoyed the characters, enjoyed the setting, read in 2019, teacher character Some thoughtsI enjoyed this story overall, the backstory of what happened in the Ukraine was riveting Maggie s story was slower paced and fairly predictable, but held my interest I liked the way the two stories came together to make this a memorable one for me Full review closer to publication date flag 52 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Holly B Angela M wrote Holly, you liked it than I did Glad you enjoyed it Great review I m a teacher Angela and I think that helped me connect with Angela M wrote Holly, you liked it than I did Glad you enjoyed it Great review I m a teacher Angela and I think that helped me connect with Mags 8 hours, 46 min ago Holly B Nazanin wrote Glad you enjoyed this, Holly Thanks Nazanin xoxo 8 hours, 46 min ago Dec 15, 2018 Esil rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves ew The Secret of Clouds has two parallel story lines Maggie is a young teacher, trying to find her way personally and professionally She makes a connection with a young student, Yuri, who has a serious heart condition and must be taught at home most the time The other story line involves Yuri s parents, and their move to the US from the former Soviet Union in the 1980s The Secret of Clouds could have been much better, but it suffered from simplistic writing, a very predictable plot and unsubtle The Secret of Clouds has two parallel story lines Maggie is a young teacher, trying to find her way personally and professionally She makes a connection with a young student, Yuri, who has a serious heart condition and must be taught at home most the time The other story line involves Yuri s parents, and their move to the US from the former Soviet Union in the 1980s The Secret of Clouds could have been much better, but it suffered from simplistic writing, a very predictable plot and unsubtle emotions I like my characters to be a bit nuanced everyone is nice and well meaning, except for Maggie s boyfriend Unexpectedly, the end was a bit stronger than most of the book But, overall, this was a meh a low 3 stars It was made much enjoyable though as one of my monthly reads with Angela and Diane And thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy flag 29 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Sep 29, 2018 Julie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018, contemporary fiction, e book, harlequin junkies Guest review for Harlequin Junkie story Highly recommend flag 23 likesLike see review Oct 10, 2018 Cheryl rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves adult fiction, arc giveaway Maggie is a young, enthusiastic English language arts teacher who enjoys challenging her sixth grade students to find beauty and meaning in the written word She has decorated her classroom to reflect the theme of The Mind is a Powerful Tool When her school s principal asks her to tutor a student at his home, Maggie is a bit apprehensive Yuri is a child who loves to learn and would like to be at school, but because of his health problems, he must stay at home As the school year progresses, Maggie is a young, enthusiastic English language arts teacher who enjoys challenging her sixth grade students to find beauty and meaning in the written word She has decorated her classroom to reflect the theme of The Mind is a Powerful Tool When her school s principal asks her to tutor a student at his home, Maggie is a bit apprehensive Yuri is a child who loves to learn and would like to be at school, but because of his health problems, he must stay at home As the school year progresses, Maggie and Yuri form a powerful bond as they learn from each other.Author Alyson Richman s beautifully written novel is a tribute to dedicated and devoted teachers and the ways in which they inspire their students It s an emotional, heartfelt story of love, perseverance, family, and courage that you won t soon forget.Thank you to author Alyson Richman, Berkley Publishing Group, and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read the ARC of this unforgettable novel flag 11 likesLike see review Jan 17, 2019 Pam Jenoff rated it it was amazing review of another edition The book tells of Yuri, the young son of Ukranian immigrants who is isolated from other children because of a rare heart condition When Maggie agrees to come teach Yuri at home, she develops a special bond with the boy and finds herself transformed A magical story of unlikely friendships and the ways in which teacher student bonds can change our lives flag 10 likesLike see review Oct 13, 2018 Marjorie rated it really liked it review of another edition Lovely story about living life to its fullest Recommended Complete review to be posted closer to the publication date of 2 19 2019 flag 7 likesLike see review Sep 10, 2018 Sue rated it it was amazing review of another edition The cover of this book is beautiful and the great news is that the story within this cover is even beautiful It s a wonderful story with characters that I quickly loved and cheered for while I was reading It s an emotional and heartwarming story about teachers and how they strive to teach and encourage their students As I read it, I thought about several teachers who did the same for me.This novel is about the lives of two main characters Maggie a 6th grade language arts teacher whose The cover of this book is beautiful and the great news is that the story within this cover is even beautiful It s a wonderful story with characters that I quickly loved and cheered for while I was reading It s an emotional and heartwarming story about teachers and how they strive to teach and encourage their students As I read it, I thought about several teachers who did the same for me.This novel is about the lives of two main characters Maggie a 6th grade language arts teacher whose goal as a teacher is to help her students get excited about learning She is asked by the principal at her school to tutor a student who is unable to attend school due to a heart problem She agrees and starts visiting Yuri two days per week At first he is very resistant to her but she begins to connect with him through his love of the NY Yankees and they have a wonderful relationship The other story line is about Katya, Yuri s mother The family has emigrated from Kiev where Katya was a ballet dancer but now her main focus is on her son s health As she tells her story, we learn about how much Katya has given up in her life but she realizes that she has gained than she gave up.The story is not just about a teacher s love of teaching but also about teachers realizing that they can learn from their students if they just listen It s a story about hope and love and family It s a wonderful story with characters that will stay in my mind long after the last page.Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review All opinions are my own flag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment Oct 01, 2018 Kelley rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves favorites, contemporary fiction, publisher requested reviews Novel received courtesy of Elisha at Berkley Publishing Group The Secret of Clouds is a novel that will be beloved by the teaching community As teachers, we are looked down upon and disrespected so much these days As a teacher, I found the book to be uplifting, heartbreaking and validating.Maggie Topper teaches 5th grade language arts She left a high paying job to pursue her passion She is devoted to her students and finds creative ways to reach them Before school starts, her principal ask Novel received courtesy of Elisha at Berkley Publishing Group The Secret of Clouds is a novel that will be beloved by the teaching community As teachers, we are looked down upon and disrespected so much these days As a teacher, I found the book to be uplifting, heartbreaking and validating.Maggie Topper teaches 5th grade language arts She left a high paying job to pursue her passion She is devoted to her students and finds creative ways to reach them Before school starts, her principal asks her to tutor a boy who is too ill to attend school As the reader learns the story of his family s immigration from Ukraine, we fall in love with Yuri and his parents.Maggie reaches Yuri through his love of baseball They read and discuss Shoeless Joe While talking about the book, Maggie realizes that what Yuri really needs is a friend his own age to talk to Because of Maggie s love for Yuri and his family, she is able to bring joy into their home The Secret of Clouds is a novel that will truly stay with me for a long time I even got some ideas that I m excited about sharing with other teaches I also got a couple of ideas for writing assignments that I would like to try in a classroom.A terrifically inspiring read flag 5 likesLike see review Oct 24, 2018 Susan Peterson rated it it was amazing review of another edition Sighat feeling you get when you finish a book that you don t really want to end, a story that feels like a window to your soul The Secret of Clouds is a love letter to teachers and to the students whose lives they touch Alyson Richman has once again transported me with her lyrical writingand her words are transformative as well This is a story of a young teacher and her student, a very sick boy with hopes and dreams like all other 12 year olds I enjoyed the banter between Maggie and Sighat feeling you get when you finish a book that you don t really want to end, a story that feels like a window to your soul The Secret of Clouds is a love letter to teachers and to the students whose lives they touch Alyson Richman has once again transported me with her lyrical writingand her words are transformative as well This is a story of a young teacher and her student, a very sick boy with hopes and dreams like all other 12 year olds I enjoyed the banter between Maggie and Yuri over baseball, books, learning and life The Secret of Clouds is a deeply emotional read, exploring so many feelingsa mother s love, the love between teachers and students, and the dreams of a young boy who just wants to be a part of the world It is filled with the most wonderful charactersYuri is a character who will stay in my heart for a very long time If you are a teacher, a student, a parent, a child.or if you ve ever been a teacher, a student, a parent, or childif you ve ever dreamed of what your future would look likethis book will touch your heart I loved that this book touched on some of my favorite things the hopes and dreams of children, the joy a teacher feels when she connects with a student, and baseball flag 5 likesLike see review Aug 31, 2018 James Sorensen rated it it was amazing Shelves first reads I won an ARC from a First Read giveaway.This is the first of Alyson Richmand s novels I have had the pleasure to read Ms Richman is widely know for her wonderfully written books dealing with historical fiction With The Secret of Clouds she has stepped out of her comfort zone with this beautifully written novel about the relationship between a teacher and a most special student.Maggie Topper is a 6th grade English language arts teacher at Frnaklin Intermediate, on Long Island, star I won an ARC from a First Read giveaway.This is the first of Alyson Richmand s novels I have had the pleasure to read Ms Richman is widely know for her wonderfully written books dealing with historical fiction With The Secret of Clouds she has stepped out of her comfort zone with this beautifully written novel about the relationship between a teacher and a most special student.Maggie Topper is a 6th grade English language arts teacher at Frnaklin Intermediate, on Long Island, starting her second year After graduating from the University of Michigan she accepted a job as a personal assistant at a well respected PR firm in New York City But hr job is so demoralizing that, at her mother s suggestion, she goes back to school to become a teacher and falls in love with her new profession.At the beginning of the new school year Maggie is approached by Principal Nelson about taking on a tutoring assignment for a special needs student Yuri Krasny is the student she will teach if she accepts the assignment Yuri and his parents have immagrated from the Ukraine and Yuri was born with a rare heart desease that leaves him unable to attend school so will need to be taught at his home Upon entering the Krasny home, Maggie finds it difficult to engage Yuri until the subject of baseball enters the equation.One of the assignments that Maggie gives to all her students is to write a letter to themselves stating where they hope thier lives will be when they gradute from high school Maggie will keep the letters and mail them to her students when they do finally graduate The letters will have a far reaching affect that even she cannot forsee.At the same time Maggie has moved into a small cottage with her boyfriend Bill and the relationship is has begun to deteriorate As their relationship goes down hill Maggie begins to learn that true love may be waiting if only she has the courage to reach out for it, while making some hard decisions.This is a beautifully written story about friendship, love, heartache and a special bond between a student and teacher, where the teacher may be the one who learns the most Ms Richman has written an inspiring story that shows that by fighting through our fears great rewards will be gained A wonderful and poignant story that will the reader emotianally full of hope and love Whether you have read any of Alyson Richman s books in the past, this is one you should miss Highly recomended I really enjoyed this book One of the best I ve had the pleasure to read this year flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 15, 2019 Stephanie rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves adult fiction, contemporary, edelweiss 4.5 stars flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 17, 2018 Mila rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arcs I quite enjoyed this sweet novel and I especially liked the Ukranian part of it plus the coverage of the Chernobyl catastrophe that people still suffer the influences of The writing was rather lovely and I surprisingly enjoyed the romance The only two drawbacks were that there was too much focus on baseball at least for someone who doesn t care about it and at times the book was too saccharine sweet But it was an enjoyable read nonetheless A big thank you to the publisher and the Edelweiss I quite enjoyed this sweet novel and I especially liked the Ukranian part of it plus the coverage of the Chernobyl catastrophe that people still suffer the influences of The writing was rather lovely and I surprisingly enjoyed the romance The only two drawbacks were that there was too much focus on baseball at least for someone who doesn t care about it and at times the book was too saccharine sweet But it was an enjoyable read nonetheless A big thank you to the publisher and the Edelweiss website for providing me with an early copy flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 04, 2018 Linda Zagon rated it it was amazing review of another edition Lindas Book Obsession Reviews The Secrets of Clouds by Alyson Richman , Berkley, February, 2019WOW I loved everything about Alyson Richman s novel The Secret of Clouds , and I feel that she has absolutely outdone herself Alyson Richman is an amazing storyteller, and I appreciate the way that she vividly describes her colorful cast of characters, and her landscape Noted is the unique and fantastic way that the author appeals to our senses through Music, Art, Literature, Song and Dance.The Lindas Book Obsession Reviews The Secrets of Clouds by Alyson Richman , Berkley, February, 2019WOW I loved everything about Alyson Richman s novel The Secret of Clouds , and I feel that she has absolutely outdone herself Alyson Richman is an amazing storyteller, and I appreciate the way that she vividly describes her colorful cast of characters, and her landscape Noted is the unique and fantastic way that the author appeals to our senses through Music, Art, Literature, Song and Dance.The Genres for this story are Fiction, and Contemporary Fiction There is also some Historical background from the Ukraine The author describes her characters as complex, and complicated perhaps due to the circumstances Alyson Richman pays full tribute and thanks to all teachers in the profession that have touched the lives of so many children, and children who have touched the hearts and lives of their teachers As a retired teacher with over 36 years of experience, I just wanted to jump into the book and have a discussion about Journal Writing with the characters, and visit with the children.Katya , a ballerina and Sasha, a scientist fall in love in Kiev When a tragedy occurs, there is an opportunity for both to come to the United States As a result of the incident, their son Yuri is born with an illness that forces him to stay at home Maggie, a motivated and eager young teacher is asked by her administration to tutor Yuri in her subject matter which is English Maggie often finds that Yuri will look outside longingly, at the birds and sky Yuri, although a child has wisdom beyond his years, and has a love of baseball.Katya is a protective mom, and want to keep her son safe Maggie wants to give Yuri the opportunity to experience and grow, and Yuri wants the freedom to be able to live.I highly recommend this intriguing, intense, emotional, captivating, riveting and amazing book to all readers who enjoy a fantastic story Bravo to Alyson Richman for a wonderful novel that discusses, dreams, love, and hope I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review flag 5 likesLike see review Nov 06, 2018 Laura rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves giveaways, kindle Not great.Predictable Repetitive Stale.This is the story of a teacher who tutors a student too ill to come to school Of course, he s the most special student of all, abc she devotes herself to him, learning valuable lessons of her own.The author does handle Yuri, the sick boy, his mother with better skill than the main character There is depth texture to them, immediate access to their emotions It s a shame the whole thing wasn t written through that lens instead it Not great.Predictable Repetitive Stale.This is the story of a teacher who tutors a student too ill to come to school Of course, he s the most special student of all, abc she devotes herself to him, learning valuable lessons of her own.The author does handle Yuri, the sick boy, his mother with better skill than the main character There is depth texture to them, immediate access to their emotions It s a shame the whole thing wasn t written through that lens instead it would have improved the book.My thanks to the publisher for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 18, 2019 Jennifer rated it it was amazing review of another edition Have you ever read a book that you ve wanted to savor every word Wishing that it wouldn t end That s Alyson Richmond s The Secret of Clouds She has penned a novel that will stay with me Maggie, Yuri and Katya are stamped on this book readers soul And I am a better person for having invited them in Highly highly recommend flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 04, 2018 Linda Zagon marked it as to read Lindas Book Obsession Reviews The Secrets of Clouds by Alyson Richman , Berkley, February, 2019WOW I loved everything about Alyson Richman s novel The Secret of Clouds , and I feel that she has absolutely outdone herself Alyson Richman is an amazing storyteller, and I appreciate the way that she vividly describes her colorful cast of characters, and her landscape Noted is the unique and fantastic way that the author appeals to our senses through Music, Art, Literature, Song and Dance.The Lindas Book Obsession Reviews The Secrets of Clouds by Alyson Richman , Berkley, February, 2019WOW I loved everything about Alyson Richman s novel The Secret of Clouds , and I feel that she has absolutely outdone herself Alyson Richman is an amazing storyteller, and I appreciate the way that she vividly describes her colorful cast of characters, and her landscape Noted is the unique and fantastic way that the author appeals to our senses through Music, Art, Literature, Song and Dance.The Genres for this story are Fiction, and Contemporary Fiction There is also some Historical background from the Ukraine The author describes her characters as complex, and complicated perhaps due to the circumstances Alyson Richman pays full tribute and thanks to all teachers in the profession that have touched the lives of so many children, and children who have touched the hearts and lives of their teachers As a retired teacher with over 36 years of experience, I just wanted to jump into the book and have a discussion about Journal Writing with the characters, and visit with the children.Katya , a ballerina and Sasha, a scientist fall in love in Kiev When a tragedy occurs, there is an opportunity for both to come to the United States As a result of the incident, their son Yuri is born with an illness that forces him to stay at home Maggie, a motivated and eager young teacher is asked by her administration to tutor Yuri in her subject matter which is English Maggie often finds that Yuri will look outside longingly, at the birds and sky Yuri, although a child has wisdom beyond his years, and has a love of baseball.Katya is a protective mom, and want to keep her son safe Maggie wants to give Yuri the opportunity to experience and grow, and Yuri wants the freedom to be able to live.I highly recommend this intriguing, intense, emotional, captivating, riveting and amazing book to all readers who enjoy a fantastic story Bravo to Alyson Richman for a wonderful novel that discusses, dreams, love, and hope I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 05, 2018 Read, Run, Ramble rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, contemporary fiction, first to read Thank you, Penguin via First to Read, for offering me a copy of this book The Secret of Clouds is a sweet and touching novel I enjoyed reading about Yuri so much he was a great kid However, and I m the minority here, I felt the book was mostly too fairytale for me It seemed each time an obstacle arose for Maggie a solution usually somewhat kitschy or cliche would just appear and work I don t know it just didn t feel like there was as much struggle as you d likely feel with a novel fac Thank you, Penguin via First to Read, for offering me a copy of this book The Secret of Clouds is a sweet and touching novel I enjoyed reading about Yuri so much he was a great kid However, and I m the minority here, I felt the book was mostly too fairytale for me It seemed each time an obstacle arose for Maggie a solution usually somewhat kitschy or cliche would just appear and work I don t know it just didn t feel like there was as much struggle as you d likely feel with a novel facing the types of adversity this one does.Speaking of adversity, the author took on a LOT of heavy topics in this novel and I felt like only one or two Yuri s and Katya s Sasha s got covered very well Everything else was very top level and superficial, and I felt like maybe there was just too much getting shoved into one novel Again, I m the minority here, most loved the novel so definitely give it a try if the description speaks to you I did enjoy it it just wasn t the 5 stars for me that everyone else seems to be giving it I was provided with an ARC of this book by the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review All thoughts and opinions are my own I am not compensated for any of my reviews. flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 27, 2019 Caryn rated it really liked it I ve read and loved The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman so I couldn t say no to the opportunity to read her first contemporary novel Historical fiction fans, do not worry The historical back story of this one means you can absolutely follow Richman on this journey.This novel brought tears to my eyes on than one occasion The relationship between Maggie and Yuri was so special and I think all teachers will find it relatable in some way I loved how the letter writing became a central theme, as I ve read and loved The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman so I couldn t say no to the opportunity to read her first contemporary novel Historical fiction fans, do not worry The historical back story of this one means you can absolutely follow Richman on this journey.This novel brought tears to my eyes on than one occasion The relationship between Maggie and Yuri was so special and I think all teachers will find it relatable in some way I loved how the letter writing became a central theme, as I had a 7th grade teacher who did this with our class.Spending time with these characters warmed my heart, which is the sign of a wonderful novelist I recommend it for mothers, teachers, and all optimists flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 26, 2018 Terri Steffes rated it it was amazing I selected this book to review because one of the main characters is a teacher I was curious to see if the author would have a true understanding of what a teacher s life was like, and how they would portray a teacher in today s world I needn t been concerned, Alyson Richman does beautifully in looking at how a teacher s life can be intertwined with her students.From the publisher Katya, a rising ballerina, and Sasha, a graduate student, are young and in love when an unexpected tragedy befalls I selected this book to review because one of the main characters is a teacher I was curious to see if the author would have a true understanding of what a teacher s life was like, and how they would portray a teacher in today s world I needn t been concerned, Alyson Richman does beautifully in looking at how a teacher s life can be intertwined with her students.From the publisher Katya, a rising ballerina, and Sasha, a graduate student, are young and in love when an unexpected tragedy befalls their native Kiev Years later, after the couple has safely emigrated 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, even though she is haunted by her own painful childhood memories As the two forge a deep and soulful connection, Yuri s boundless curiosity and unique wisdom inspires 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 mostA novel that will make readers examine what it means to live life with a full heart.This is my first novel by Alyson Richman What a gift it was to read her delicious prose The characters, a caring and compassionate teacher, a gifted and mature beyond his years student, and a married couple with a tragic past The story is artfully woven, showing us the life of a young teacher as she navigates teaching and a relationship, then introducing us to a student suffering from a disease that does not allow him to attend school and then his parents, stricken with their son s illness, a past that is difficult to understand is still happening in the world We get to watch the story unfold as the teacher brings her skills to work to improve the life of her student While the story is so much than a teacher and her student, it was through this lense that I read the story, having been a teacher myself.I highly recommend this book to all those who love an endearing story This is a deeply personal story of courage, love, and the circle of life flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 30, 2018 Katherine rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves adult, fiction This was one of those books where so much was happening and all of it was unrelated except that it was all happening in the life of one young teacher whose modest life is forever altered by one student who has a broken heart The book felt very realistic in that way, dramatized, of course, but overall very real, and it really made me think about each human life being a small cog in the giant machine of existence I realize that sounds philosophical, but that is the tone of this beautiful story This was one of those books where so much was happening and all of it was unrelated except that it was all happening in the life of one young teacher whose modest life is forever altered by one student who has a broken heart The book felt very realistic in that way, dramatized, of course, but overall very real, and it really made me think about each human life being a small cog in the giant machine of existence I realize that sounds philosophical, but that is the tone of this beautiful story the philosophy and drama of of everyday living Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with this ARC in exchange for my truthful review.With that in mind, I will say that I think the title change was a good idea The Secret of Clouds feels much less pigeon holing to the story than The Family Cloud flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 21, 2018 Allison rated it it was amazing I can t say enough amazing things about this book It tugs at the heart strings and weaves together a beautiful story that could only end one way For Veteran teachers, it will make you remember why you chose to be a teacher For sports fans, you will be amazed at the accuracy of the facts For lovers of fiction.is book will make your heart smile in a way that only Ms Richman s writing can do And the reveal of the title will have you staring off into space with a smile on your face on ho I can t say enough amazing things about this book It tugs at the heart strings and weaves together a beautiful story that could only end one way For Veteran teachers, it will make you remember why you chose to be a teacher For sports fans, you will be amazed at the accuracy of the facts For lovers of fiction.is book will make your heart smile in a way that only Ms Richman s writing can do And the reveal of the title will have you staring off into space with a smile on your face on how it all came together perfectly flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 21, 2018 Ellen rated it really liked it Maggie is a language arts teacher, tutoring a young boy who is too ill to come to school As Maggie develops a close relationship with Yuri, we get to understand his parents reasons for coming to America from the Ukraine Richman does well with developing the story of understanding and hope between student and teacher I think the early relationship with Bill did nothing to enhance the story and could have been left out to leave time with the growing relationship between Daniel and Maggie Maggie is a language arts teacher, tutoring a young boy who is too ill to come to school As Maggie develops a close relationship with Yuri, we get to understand his parents reasons for coming to America from the Ukraine Richman does well with developing the story of understanding and hope between student and teacher I think the early relationship with Bill did nothing to enhance the story and could have been left out to leave time with the growing relationship between Daniel and Maggie Teaching is most successful when honest connections are made, and Maggie exemplified this Recommended flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 16, 2018 Julie rated it really liked it review of another edition I struggled a bit initially with this book I wasn t entirely sure I was going to appreciate what I thought would be a baseball book But it was so much than that it was a sweet story about life and love and living your dreams while you re able It was a great example of the mark that a good teacher can leave on your life and how students can affect a good teacher It was predictable almost annoyingly predictable every step of the way But I was so invested in the characters that a I struggled a bit initially with this book I wasn t entirely sure I was going to appreciate what I thought would be a baseball book But it was so much than that it was a sweet story about life and love and living your dreams while you re able It was a great example of the mark that a good teacher can leave on your life and how students can affect a good teacher It was predictable almost annoyingly predictable every step of the way But I was so invested in the characters that after a while I really didn t care that I thought I knew what would happen next and ended up being right The two different viewpoints jumped around a bit and I had to pay attention to the transitions to grasp them Given that I was reading from an ARC, that may get corrected before full publication Overall, I really enjoyed this book, than I thought I would, and would highly recommend it Thanks to the publisher and to Edelweiss for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 13, 2019 Jenny Belk rated it really liked it review of another edition This one is for the teachers and the special students that leave their imprint on their hearts It is for the child who feels left out because of a disability Told with empathy and a strong understanding of how much listening and going the extra inning can change a child s life for the better A touching story of love and friendships, sharing and caring flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 15, 2018 Kathy rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves fiction, started can t get into it I received a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.I decided fairly quickly that The Secret of Clouds was not for me and did not finish it I loved the premise of the book but I found the writing a bit tortured and the tone overly sentimental Most of the supporting characters are not well developed, either, which further hindered my enjoyment flag 1 likeLike see review View 2 comments previous 1 2 3 4 5 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Angela, Diane and Esil discuss 44 7 Dec 15, 2018 07 51AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Alyson Richman is the author of six historical novels including The Mask Carver s Son, The Rhythm of Memory formerly published as Swedish Tango , The Last Van Gogh, and three international bestsellers The Lost 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      Alyson Richman is the author of six historical novels including The Mask Carver s Son, The Rhythm of Memory formerly published as Swedish Tango , The Last Van Gogh, and three international bestsellers The Lost Wife The Garden of Letters and The Velvet Hours Her books have been translated into 20 languages She loves to travel, cook, ride her yellow bicycle, and do ballet She curre Alyson Richman is the author of six historical novels including The Mask Carver s Son, The Rhythm of Memory formerly published as Swedish Tango , The Last Van Gogh, and three international bestsellers The Lost Wife The Garden of Letters and The Velvet Hours Her books have been translated into 20 languages She loves to travel, cook, ride her yellow bicycle, and do ballet She currently lives in New York with her husband and two children

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    1. Deep down, I believed a story could change us, and that if we read it deeply enough, a good book could transform our souls. Maggie, a passionate and zealous English language arts teacher, has been given the assignment of her life to home tutor a sick child Yuri.Yuri, child of Ukrainian immigrants Sasha and Katya, has spent most of his life trapped indoors due to a heart condition You only get to be a kid once in your life and I m not getting that chance. He has to take special prec [...]


    2. I was hoping to enjoy this , given so many high ratings on , but while there were some things I liked about it, it fell short of being a story that will be memorable for me Maggie Topper is a teacher charged with tutoring an eleven year old boy, Yuri, who has a heart condition that keeps him from attending school They develop a relationship that affects both of them in a positive way My emotions were certainly touched at times, but other times, it felt melodramatic I loved some I was hoping to e [...]


    3. It I just so hard to write a review about a book that proved to be a good read, a three stars read Readers always want to read books that have ratings above the simple good There is, however,a reading place, time for these books, books that are perfectly fine, a story that reads quickly but is written in my opinion, simply Quick, easy to read stories, are often enjoyable in times of stress, or during busy times of year, like now.What I enjoyed the story flowed very well Ballet A teacher who It I [...]


    4. I was interested in this novel because my daughter has taught 8th grade for 15 years and having raised four daughters I have always been grateful for all of the great teachers that my girls had throughout the years That said I found that this book was a mediocre read for me There are two storylines here The book is written from the point of view of Maggie, the main character in the book Maggie is a new teacher recently having changed careers having found her work in a PR firm in New York to I wa [...]


    5. I had a feeling about 20 pages in this would be an emotional read, and sure enough I was right Whether you are a parent or not, I think it would be hard not to develop an attachment to a sick child Yuri for sure is what drove the story Maggie, a young teacher, has agreed to help tutor Yuri, a boy who is not able to attend school due to his heart condition His parents, Sasha and Katya, left Ukraine to live in America after the Chernobyl disaster While Maggie is busy teaching Yuri reading and I ha [...]


    6. Some thoughtsI enjoyed this story overall, the backstory of what happened in the Ukraine was riveting Maggie s story was slower paced and fairly predictable, but held my interest I liked the way the two stories came together to make this a memorable one for me Full review closer to publication date.


    7. The Secret of Clouds has two parallel story lines Maggie is a young teacher, trying to find her way personally and professionally She makes a connection with a young student, Yuri, who has a serious heart condition and must be taught at home most the time The other story line involves Yuri s parents, and their move to the US from the former Soviet Union in the 1980s The Secret of Clouds could have been much better, but it suffered from simplistic writing, a very predictable plot and unsubtle The [...]


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