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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've ever read, March 7, 2011
This review is from: Shelter Me (Paperback)
Shelter Me by Juliette Fay is beyond any doubt one of the best books I've read in the last 10 years. This is the story of Janie LaMarche and her first year as a widow. She's got two small children to raise all by herself. Her emotions are raw and convincing and her anger is palpable. It sounds so easy to say I felt her pain, but I did. It was real. No matter what her loved ones did for her, there was still the absence of Robbie. No one could change that. Sometimes I wanted to shake her and tell her to straighten up, sometimes give her a big atta girl, and sometimes just wanted to sit down and have a cup of coffee with her and tell her to hang in there. Because isn't that what we all want; just to know that someone hears you and understands you?

Juliette Fay has given a truly remarkable voice to her protagonist, Janie, and has allowed her to have all her emotions, all her anger, all her distrust of her family and friends. After all, they're not nearly in as much pain as Janie and cannot know how her life has been affected. Slowly I saw Janie come to realize that she did not live in a vacuum; there were others who were affected by Robbie's death.

The characters were all true; these were all people I have known in my former New England neighborhood. I came to the conclusion while reading that she must have known my son when he was a little boy because my boy so resembled Dylan at 4 years old, right down to expressing some of his concerns in the say way. Then I discovered that the author and my son were born in the same year; that pretty much wiped out that idea. I also discovered Shelter Me is Juliette Fay's first book which makes it even more amazing. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a true to life story about anger and grief and survival, sometimes just making it from minute to minute. This is a book I will keep and read again, something I seldom ever do because there are so many books to read. But I feel connected to these characters and don't want to let them out of my life just yet.
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Initial post: Mar 12, 2011 12:26:35 PM PST
Hey Becca: You've led me to many a great book. Just put this one on my wish list. Thanks for the good review!!!!

Pam

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2011 1:03:29 PM PST
R. A. Taylor says:
Hey Pam! I know you will love this book too. I've already told my daughter-in-law about it and she says she'll be waiting for delivery of it when we pull into their backyard this summer. I wish I had the chance to read it again for the first time!

Becca

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 7:38:42 PM PDT
Julia Flyte says:
Becca, I bought this recently and it's been sitting in my TBR pile. Clearly I need to get onto it. Thanks for the review!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2011 8:24:19 PM PDT
R. A. Taylor says:
Julia, I could see a mile down the road some of the things that were going to happen. But I never felt like I was reading the same old thing over again. The journey was wonderful! Enjoy!
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