Wednesday, November 07, 2012

More Good Reads from My Days Without Power


 The Shortest Way Home is a novel full of humor and hope - it's about finding yourself where you least expect.
Sean Doran, a man convinced he has inherited a life-threatening genetic disease, resolves to travel the world as a nurse caring for the poor, sick and injured, found among natural disasters and war zones. He is determined to do as much good as possible with the time he has. Physically and emotionally burned out, Sean returns home to Belham, Massachusetts, only to realize that home may be the one place he is needed the most.

The Shortest Way Home is a tender-hearted novel, that's rich with depth, weight, and reflection. If you have a minute, here is a link to the wonderful book trailer:

The Shortest Way Home by Juliette Fay

Sean has spent twenty years in Third World war zones and natural disaster areas, fully embracing what he’d always felt was his life’s mission. But when burnout sets in, Sean is reluctantly drawn home to Belham, Massachusetts, the setting of Fay’s much-loved Shelter Me. There, he discovers that his steely aunt, overly dramatic sister, and quirky nephew are having a little natural disaster of their own. When he reconnects with a woman from his past, Sean has to wonder if the bonds of love and loyalty might just rewrite his destiny. Completely relatable, The Shortest Way Home is another perfect serving of a slice of life from the irresistible Fay

The 411 by Maria:

What a great read about family while I hunkered down with mine during a long 5+ days without power. I adore the cover and the read is beautifully written and made me feel like I was watching a Hallmark movie.  The story of Sean and his family was funny and touching at the same time.

Sean has spent many years away from his family over seas as a nurse taking care of  others and needs to regroup and slow down. Heading home to a family he no longer knows to live with his sister, her son Kevin and his old aunt Sean must get reacquainted with life and heal his aching back.

We learned through Sean's flashbacks that his mother was diagnosed with  Huntington's Disease and died young and this this hereditary disease looms over his every move. While he get it, will someone else in his family have it? 

Sean's father abandoned the remaining three children (sounds vaguely familiar which is probably why this book resonated so much with me) after their mother's death. 

This book completely took me by surprise in how it affected me. Each and every character is well written and interesting. I loved the whole family and read it in one night as I couldn't put it down. 

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We’ve all been around a couple who can engulf the attention of an entire room merely by occupying it. Harry and Madeleine Winslow are that set; the natural ease between them is palpable and their chemistry is almost tangible. He is a recent National Book Award winner with a promising career ahead of him, and she is blessed with family money, but radiates beauty, elegance, and humility. Whether they are abroad in Italy after he receives the Rome Prize, in their ambrosial East Hampton home, or in gritty Manhattan, they are always surrounded by close friends and those who wish to penetrate their inner circle. During a summer spent at the beach, they meet 26 year-old Claire and, as the summer blazes on, she is slowly inducted into their world. Claire can’t help but fall in love with Harry and Maddy and at the end of the summer, it is no longer enough to just be one of their hangers-on. Told through the omniscient eyes of Maddy’s childhood friend Walter, Indiscretion is a juicy, page turning novel with writing that is sophisticated and lyrical. Deeply textured, full of light and darkness, and overwhelmingly sensual, this book will be the sexiest, most intimate story you read all year.

The 411 by Maria:

WOW people this is a must read and no one is telling me to tell you that. I was thoroughly pleased that I had this book in my To Be Read Pile.

I loved Indiscretion from the first paragraph. Beautifully detailed descriptions always get me and Charles Dubow knows how to paint a picture.

The story is narrative form by a third party of the book. Walter, is the third wheel to his best friends Harry and Maddy Winslow and godfather to their son.

Walter, Harry and Maddy are wonderful party folk and love entertaining their friends which is where we meet another main Claire. Claire is introduced to them by their friend and they eventually take her under their wings inviting her to spend time with them at their shore house.

The book is uniquely layered and full of depth. As the title declares we will embark on a journey of deceit. Maddy and Harry are a lovely couple, happy, engaging and loving life until a moment of weakness brings their world to a crushing stop. 

What I loved most was how involved the reader becomes. You feel like Walter is telling you the story. He is talking directly to you and you are watching the events unfold. 

Twists and turns had me completely engrossed in the story from the first to last page.

Disclaimer: I received complimentary books for my honest opinion. 


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