Author: Barbara K. Richardson
Publication Date: March 20, 10 Bay Tree Publishing
Source: The Book Report Network
Synopsis from author's website:
This contemporary novel moves between Portland, Oregon and Atomic City, Idaho, the absolute center of nowhere. GUEST HOUSE explores the grace that comes from daring to intervene in a stranger’s suffering. It will appeal to those who have forgotten the power that comes from living simply, and to anyone in their middle years whose life has been hijacked by love.
I enjoyed this book immensely. I loved Melba and found her to be real. She witnesses a horrible accident which changes her perception of life and the world around her. She decides to quit her job, renovate an old house and get back to the simple things in life. While doing so she meets JoLee Garry, her husband Gene, and their neglected son Matt. I understood how Melba was sucked into helping JoLee, Gene, and Matt. The adults are users of people, money, and substances. I've witnessed these types of people myself, and have in fact, had several like these in my own life. Matt is a kid who is unwanted, unloved, and totally ignored. Unfortunately, I too have known kids like Matt...witness it daily in my job at a middle school. Melba finds her life in a whirlwind of chaos, but the one shining point is Matt. This is a story of two unlikely souls who find each other, heal together, and move on to a better life.Highly Recommended!
Thank you to Anne from the Book Report Network for sending me a review copy.
I was not compensated for my review.
My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author.
They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel.
Click here to read Chapter One from Guesthouse and here to buy a copy for yourself and to visit the inspiration for the book!.