Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Guest House: Book Review & Giveaway

About The Book:

This debut novel follows the unusual road 
two loners take toward home. Can real love
close the distance?
 
     Driving home from work on a summer afternoon, Melba Burns witnesses a nightmare collision. The wreck ends her pursuit of success at any cost—Melba parks her car, quits her job and stops driving. She retreats into her beloved old farmhouse, yearning for a simpler peace. 

     But peace and Melba’s new roommate, JoLee Garry, have never met. A shallow, self-absorbed stunner, JoLee magnetizes messes and trouble. She brings boyfriends, booze and a tag-along son with her—a series of unexpected guests who transform Melba’s solo life into something different, daring and richer.


       “This being human is a guest house,” Rumi says, “Every morning a new arrival…” Arrivals come and go in Melba Burn’s life: JoLee Gary who can’t shake her addictions, her husband Gene Garry, who won’t give up on love, and Matt Garry, their unwanted son who will stop at nothing until he has found his own way home.




You can read an excerpt of Guest House here.

About The Author:

Barbara K. Richardson's previous work has appeared in Northwest Review, Cimarron Review, Quarterly West and Dialogue. Barbara earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Eastern Washington University, where she studied with Ursula Hegi, Nance Van Winckel and John Keeble.

My Review:
  
I loved this book! Guest House is a very simply written, beautifully descriptive book that kept me longing to read more from this author, long after the last pages were read. It contains themes of death, fear, love, infidelity, family, and moving on from your past. These are all themes that most of us can relate to and I love it when a novel is written in this manner. Through reading this book I was reminded that sometimes your immediate family turns out to be very different than you would like, but that you can build new "family" with the very special people that come into your life. The journey to do this is not always easy and I was so encouraged by the actions of the characters in this book as they walked through this journey.


I highly recommend this book and give it a thumbs up!


BUY IT: You can puchase GuestHouse by Barbara K. Richardson online, through Amazon.com and Amazon.ca It is also available through your favorite local bookseller.


WIN IT: One (1) reader will win a copy of Guest House by Barbara K. Richardson


TO ENTER: Easy - Make a comment on this post or any other from the last week


GIVEAWAY OPEN TO U.S. AND CANADIAN READERS ONLY


GIVEAWAY ENDS MAY 19, 2010


GOOD LUCK TO ALL!


***Thank you to Anne at Authors On The Web for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review on this blog***

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. It looks compelling. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. I really enjoyed your review of this book especially the part about family. "Through reading this book I was reminded that sometimes your immediate family turns out to be very different than you would like, but that you can build new "family" with the very special people that come into your life." I have systemic lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and a right shoulder that the surgeons cannot do any more with after an accident at school. My family is just too busy to help me. Because I have those things where I don't look sick, my family just doesn't want to accept it that I am sick. So I have joined a support group and made a new circle of friends who are always there when I need some help.

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

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