Rating: 5 out of 5.

the bar harbor retirement home for famous writers by terri lynne defino, 336 pp

literary fiction / women’s fiction

Sometimes you need a super creative, light read in your life. First, I love the idea of a retirement home for kindred souls, in this case, past literary giants. Second, I love the setting of Bar Harbor, Maine-my husband and I enjoyed a fabulous long weekend there a few years ago-highly recommend! Third, a story within a story exemplifies an author’s talent for creative thought. Not a simple dual timeline approach, but an entire other story which makes sense and enriches the novel. Fourth, there’s enough character twists to consider pushing this one into a whole other genre. Might I suggest a slight comparable with one of my all-time favorites, Shutter Island, without the violent scare the sh*t out of you. My only complaint? The title doesn’t exactly roll off your tongue for easy verbal recommendations. LOL.

Check out my other top picks for Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Non-Fiction and Simple Pleasure Reading.

That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.

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