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Home Safe: A Novel Paperback – September 29, 2009
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In this story, we are given a window into how the death of a spouse upon whom one depends--perhaps too much--can completely disorient one to the point where behavior appears odd even many months later. The world seems to have a time limit to its sensitivity and support, the griever has no such limits.
My only criticism here is that while the central characters were realistic, I didn't like them very much and for me that detracted from my enjoyment of the story. While I sympathized with Helen's plight, it was from afar, but perhaps there was a message there too.
As so many others, I had 'reader high hopes' - the curse of a past-excellence creating author, I'm sure. This book was as if the editor kept calling to make some money off her and this is what she came up with.
Main character Helen is irritating, and I would not even want to be her friend - I have never said that about any other work from Elizabeth Berg - I've raved. The one point I appreciated was Helen coming to the realization that her dead husband was NOT a perfect mate. So often, after the death of a loved one, we put them on a pedestal during the mourning, and that is normal, but true healing does not happen until we can acknowledge their flaws without feeling guilty about it.
'Home Safe' does not have the open-door, come on in warm feeling of most other Elizabeth Berg books. I should have read The Year of Pleasures again instead. :)
We are led to believe that, one year after the death of her husband, Helen becomes aware, despite great resistance to facing a financial situation, that she is suddenly much poorer due to a unilateral decision of her husband. This makes no sense because there is no way that the will or trust was not either probated or otherwise dealt with, taxes paid, papers signed, and all these financial conundrums and decisions brought into the light of day. Even if another person acted as executor, Helen could not possibly be so completely surprised a year after the death.
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I had good expectations for this book, but I ultimately was disappointed. I could not relate to the main character and her weakness. Read morePublished 1 month ago by teriteri
The story was not as good as I had hoped. I will try another of her books to see if maybe the story line was not what I expected.Published 4 months ago by Teresa Shafer
I have always loved Elizabeth Berg's writing and stories. Seems I can always relate to so many of them. Good read!Published 5 months ago by Rosemary Ryan
I love Elizabeth Berg's work but this wasn't my favorite. The main character felt contrived.Published 6 months ago by bookish
Just a mistake that I picked this up for the second time but felt much more connected with Helen's emotional roller coaster.Published 10 months ago by Sheila Shaffer
Good to read, when you're looking for something to poke at before bed. Interesting enough storyline, not a favorite, but it was a decent book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mistie Dawn
Loss makes Helen Ames start writing as a child, and loss of her husband makes her stop. This is a book about a midlife crisis, the pain of having the comfort of routines shift... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Carole P. Roman