Shelter Me Author:Juliette Fay Four months after her husband's death, Janie LaMarche remains undone by grief and anger. Her mourning is disrupted, however, by the unexpected arrival of a builder with a contract to add a porch onto her house. Stunned, Janie realizes the porch was meant to be a surprise from her husband?now his last gift to her. — As she reluctantly allows const... more »ruction to begin, Janie clings to the familiar outposts of her sorrow?mothering her two small children with fierce protectiveness, avoiding friends and family, and stewing in a rage she can't release. Yet Janie's self-imposed isolation is breached by a cast of unlikely interventionists: her chattering, ipecac-toting aunt; her bossy, over-manicured neighbor; her muffin-bearing cousin; and even Tug, the contractor with a private grief all his own.
As the porch takes shape, Janie discovers that the unknowable terrain of the future is best navigated with the help of others?even those we least expect to call on, much less learn to love.« less
To me, a great book is when you can really connect with the characters in the story. When, as you read, you can literally feel their pain, their joy, and all the other deep emotions they experience.
Shelter Me is such a book. I knew by the second page that I was going to love this story about a young woman with two small children who recently became a widow. And I was right. This book had me laughing, crying, and celebrating every little 'Good thing' right along with the main character. I read this book as slowly as I could, because I didn't want it to end!
The book progresses through the ups and downs of this year of recovery after the tragic death of her husband which leaves her alone with two small children. It ends with hope and the greatest quote; "We're all on loan. The only thing that makes sense is to be together." Definately recommend reading this book!
Such a wonderful story about love, loss and loving again. Juliette Fay is wonderful in her writing and really makes you feel her story. Recommended to anyone who loves a wonderful outcome to a painful experience.
An amazing read! I absolutely enjoyed and believed in each character. I feel as though each character could be walking the streets of our hometowns today.
I have lost some people in my life to the world beyond - and to hear from one woman's perspective her battle with grief was both heartbreaking and eye opening. I loved how her story felt real. I felt her ups and downs and believed that each moment could be happening to a widow at anytime. Without revealing the whole plot line, I appreciated her internal judgement and fear of how others would perceive her taking steps towards moving on from this tragedy.
A deep and thought provoking read that I would absolutely recommend.
I have to admit.. when I first started reading this book I thought the main person (Janie) was kinda annoying...she had all these people there for her and she was so mean and angry to them.. but as the book goes on she gets better. I love most of the main people in this book. I love how it ends!