Tuesday, June 29, 2010

"Guesthouse' by Barbara Richardson

Title: Guesthouse
Author: Barbara K. Richardson
Publication Date: March 20, 10 Bay Tree Publishing
Pages: 218
Genre:  Fiction
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.

My Thoughts:
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!.


  1. Thanks for the reminder that I need to get this book read SOON!!! So glad to see you loved it ;)

  2. This looks really good. Love the cover, the title and your review. Home run :)

  3. A highly recommended book, big words there and I will keep this one in mind

  4. This sounds like a good one! I have a feeling you make a difference in the lives of some of those unwanted kids in your school.

  5. Guest House sounds like a book I would like. Thanks for letting me know about it!

  6. I know what you mean about kids like Matt. I've taught them in my class and they break your heart. Sounds like a great read, will be adding it to my list!

  7. It seems like users always manage to find people who want to help who then get taken advantage of! Great review - this sounds good!

  8. Poor Matt :\ I've met kids in situations like that too.

  9. Oh, I am soooo bad. For whatever reason the title and the cover just made me think, "Oh, this isn't going to be a book for me." Luckily, I love reading your thoughts whether I think a book will interest me or not though...because this is another example of how wrong my first impressions can be. This book sounds really good...and yes, it is going directly to my wish list!

  10. Books that reflect various aspects of our lives can really speak to us. It looks like thats the case here. I especially love stories where a child is rescued and I love it even better in real life. I've put this one on my list.

  11. I put this on my TBR list!!!! Thanks for all of your great reviews. I always find good books here!

  12. I saw your review link on Facebook for Authors on the Web. Good one!!!

  13. this sounds like a great book. and it seems like the characters are easy to relate to which is something i love in books. i'm definitely going to keep this book in mind the next time i go into a bookstore.

  14. I'm glad you enjoyed this one Staci and it does sound good. The cover is absolutely gorgeous.

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