Thursday, October 28, 2010

Guest House

Barbara K. Richardson

On a summer afternoon, Melba Burns witnesses a nightmare collision. The unknown bicyclist dies in her arms, ending Melba's desire for success at any cost. She settles into her boxy old farmhouse trying to find a simpler peace. But Melba's stunning new roommate JoLee Garry only magnetizes messes and trouble-she brings a series of unexpected guests who transform Melba's fruitful solo life into something different, darker, and better.

My Take:

I really feel like the odd man out on this one, all reviews I've come across on this book are absolutely glowing, but it just did not float my boat.  I'll be perfectly honest, my opinion may very well be tainted, because there were a few jabs at my religion that made me a little uncomfortable throughout.  While I absolutely respect the fact that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, it just left me with a bad taste in my mouth.  I feel like the author is a very talented writer.  The plot and dialogue all flowed quite well, but I didn't connect with the characters, so I was a little bummed on that front.  For example, the main character literally giving up everything in her life just because she saw a horrific accident?  Yes it is sad (I'm an EMT I've seen it all) but I just wanted to shout at her to get on with her life!  I was also constantly frustrated and furious with one of the main characters who was a horribly neglectful mom with an entitlement complex.  Again, I felt like the writing of this book was solid, and I'll probably read her stuff in the future, but as for the characters in this book, they just totally turned me off. 4, Borrow from a Friend

Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel!

If this book were a movie it would be rated R for strong language and sexual content

***FTC Disclosure:  This book was provided in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own***

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Melly said...

The plot sounds intresting...thanks for sharing!

Melly said...

The plot sounds intresting...thanks for sharing!

Melly said...

The plot sounds intresting...thanks for sharing!

Judylynn said...

How refreshing to find a review that is honest and someone who thought like I did about Guest House! Here is my review:

Sue said...


First, many thanks for your welcome on my page on Book Blogs. For some reason I can't reply to anything on that site. Never mind, I'm following you here now. You write wonderful, and truthful, reviews which I appreciate.
Although I'm an author I also do reviews for a site and, like you, I'd heard wonderful reviews about a book. But when I read it, I couldn't help but dislike it - it was pointless, the MC was a ridiculous girl in need of a shake...ah well, it's a good thing we don't all have the same opinions.



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