Thursday, April 22, 2010

Book Review: Guest House by Barbara Richardson (and GIVEAWAY)

Guest House by Barbara Richardson


Melba Burns, a divorced real estate agent living in Portland, Oregon, sees a bicyclist hit by a truck one afternoon as she is drivng home from work. The incident profoundly affects her life and causes her to re-evaluate. She quits her job and moves into an old farmhouse. Then follows a series of unusual guests who completely change Melba's way of thinking and cause her to do things she never would have done before. She soon sees how her life has truly been enriched as a result of taking these new friends into her life and home.


Guest HouseBarbara Richardson is a talented writer. She has a unique style that I found refreshing. I loved (most of) her characters and even identified with a few. The story was funny and, at times, somewhat depressing as the characters went about their pitiful lives hurting one another and themselves in their attempts to find meaning and happiness. The more I read, the more I just felt sorry for these people and their sad circumstances and ways of coping with those circumstances.

I have read several positive reviews of this book and although I agree with some of what is in those reviews, I cannot say I completely enjoyed this book. I have to confess I didn't even read all of it. I couldn't. There comes a point where I, as a reader, must consider whether it is worth my time to finish a book in which I am not taking pleasure. I must move on.

So, I move on. And I say, may this review be taken with a grain of salt and remember, it is only one person's opinion. There are others who loved this book. Here are just a few:

Book Retreat
Confessions of a Bookaholic

If any of you would like my copy of the book, I'll be glad to mail it to you so you can read it for yourself. Who knows, maybe you'll like it! Just let me know in the comments and if I get more than one of you who wants it, I'll have a drawing. I'll wait until Tuesday (April 27) to give you a chance to request it.

Tolle Lege!


Romeo y Julieta Cigars said...

so bad story i ever listen. a lady who lived alone at home. i hope man you will OK now.God bless her

Carrie said...

Not trying to confuse your comment section here. But I'm glad to hear your review. I took a pass on this one. I thought it had promise but I think your experience confirms that I would have felt the same way.

Thanks for sharing your opinion on this one! As you said, it saves valuable reading time when you pass on the ones you do not enjoy or do not like!

Barbara said...

I would like to read this book. I'll be happy to have your copy, or enter me in the drawing if you get several takers. Thanks.


Julie said...

Thanks for linking to my review. As you know, I really liked it. But I can definitely see your point!

Jennifer@ Mrs. Q: Book Addict said...

I've seen this one around. I wasn't sure about it. It does sound interesting. I might have to read it for myself. It's strange how one people can love a book and the next person not so much.

Rocky Patel Cigars said...

first i read that book after that i say something on this book and also about writer.

Kate the Book Buff said...

I was really disappointed with this book, because the first few pages started out to be so promising, then zzzzzzz and aggravation ensued :(