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.
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