Thursday, January 08, 2009
First, let's get the bad out of the way. I initially liked the cover. But then I read the book. Janie, the main character, has curly hair. And the house is in town, not in the country. If you're going to put the characters on the cover, get it right!
Okay, now that I've gotten that off of my chest, on to the book. Which I liked.
We first meet Janie LaMarche in April, four months after the sudden death of her husband. With two young children, Janie is struggling to deal with her grief and the demands of a baby girl and a young son who is confused by death of his father. Despite the sad circumstances, this story is not a total downer (although I did cry a few times). The charm is in it's characters. Janie is bitter smart-ass, yet I found myself pulling for her as she wades through her grief and constructs a new life for her family. The rest of her family, and the new friends that she finds through her grief, are equally compelling.
If you like Marisa de los Santos and her books (Belong To Me, Love Walked In) then I'd recommend Shelter Me. I'm not really sure why these authors are so appealing, or even why they remind me of each other. Maybe it's because the situations they construct are things that could happen to any of us. The books are a slice of life, the characters you and me.
This one is going in the book closet, which will resume it's regularly scheduled appearance this Friday. I'd suggest you grab it, if you get the chance.