Loved this book and way the author thinks. This one had me literally from page one, which rarely happens for me. Basically, broken people from different walks of life come under one roof to find they can still put the pieces back together, especially when they have a shoulder to cry on. Great book!
A decent read, but not that great of a book. It starts out well, then goes kind of weird for me. I get that an incident of that type would change your world- but I am not sure it works in a book like this. And it all gets put together just way too neat in the end. It felt like the author had a great idea for a story, but didn't know how to tell it right.
Wonderful story although a little frustrating at the end. You think here comes the happy ending and then there's another twist to the story. All straightens out in the end though for a very satisfying read.
I stumbled across this one in one of my sister's giveaway piles. What a find! A story of heartbreak transformed, devastation and loss that leads to rebirth and immeasurable gifts.I found the characters believable and utterly lovable. I didn't want it to end!
I really liked this book, it was an accidental read given to me by a friend. It's about two women who each need healing in their own way, and how fate brings them together to heal each other. It's given a modern setting with some historical flashbacks, which I loved---one of the women is quite young and the other quite old. I finished it thinking how much I liked it and wondering why it hadn't appeared on any bestseller or recommended read lists I follow.
This new author has written a great novel about a bounty of unusual people who come together and help each other find their own truths. The characters remind me of Ann Tyler's...kooky and loveable. I hope Kallos writes many more books!
This book started out so well and then went in all different directions.
an older woman(Margaret) living alone in her mansion filled with many valuable antiques meets up with a young woman (Wanda) who becomes a border in her home.
both women have endured self imposed exile; after they meet and become unlikely friends.
this is an eccentric book. funny and sad;heartbreaking family situations. but the enduring theme, the saving grace of surrogate families,surmounts even the diffucult subjects brought up.
I read this book shortly after moving from Seattle to San Diego so that may have influenced my love for it. I thought it was a poignant and sweet story, with multiple levels and interesting characters. All set in my favorite (and much missed) city.
Kept my attention throughout but seemed a bit childish overall. Characters were a bit shallow and it seemed as if Kallos strained to bring it altogether. Realistically, breaking priceless antiques to make art? Didnt work for me.
An elderly woman finds out she doens't have llong to live and in an effort to change her life she takes borders into her large home. These strangers become family as their lives grow together. Interesting book.
Great book with in-depth character development. Story of a 70-something woman who lives alone and decides to bring in a roommate who arrives with a broken heart and a past. It is an amazing book of relationships, families, and what is right in the world.
When I began reading this book for my book club, I felt it was totally crazy, but as I kept reading, I became more interested. When this story of broken china and fascinating characters turned out to be a winner!
This book begins so sweetly and then layer after layer of of emotions commence. There is humor, sadness, joy, grief, loss, and catharsis. I loved it, and it was much deeper and more satisfying than I expected it to be. If you want a good meaty read that makes you feel all of these things, please read this book.
I really tried to get threw this book. I simply could not. I have this thing about once I start reading a book I have to finish, but this book was that bad. I just could not. Maybe I can't relate to the story, what ever the reason, it was painful to read
This was one of the best books I've read in a while. The characters were all so quirky and I just loved them all. My only exception was that it was a bit predictable. Still I highly recommend this book