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The Bluebird House: A madam. A diary. A murder. Paperback – February 9, 2012
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After being attacked by a moose while on a solitary hike, 50-year-old Molly Binfet reassesses and changes her life. First, she sheds her husband. Then she heads up the road to Snowshoe, Montana, to thank the man who rescued her after her tangle with the moose. There she discovers "the Bluebird House," an almost decrepit bordello vaguely reminiscent of a birdhouse, and falls in love with it. She hires the local outcast, a mountain man named Ben, to help rebuild the bordello. Supposedly Ben murdered a man 20 years ago and was acquitted at trial, but everyone in Snowshoe except newcomer Molly believes he did it. Meanwhile, the restoration of the Bluebird House is an epiphany, allowing her to reach for a new life, a new love, and a new home with open arms. An eclectic cast of characters animates this borderline black comedy, and the author's own experiences renovating an old bordello give it a solid punch. Lee's novel will please fans of romance and westerns. Melanie Duncan
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". . . pulls the reader into the wide open spaces of Molly's life." Tess Pendergrass, author of the Colorado Trilogy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I don't know how autobiographical this story actually is, but the first person narrative gives it the feel of a memoir. I enjoyed Molly's wry sense of humor and her no-nonsense approach to life. The author has a knack for describing people and situations; I could easily visualize the characters and the scenes. And while I can't picture myself making many of the decisions that Molly did, there is something universally relatable in a character who, at mid-life, takes stock of things and decides it's time for a change.
I enjoyed this; the writing was smooth and infused with humor and warmth. It's a slow moving story - no edge-of-your-seat excitement, though there is a bit of a mystery that unfolds. There's a slight "woo-woo", ghostly aspect that can be easily glossed over if that kind of thing doesn't appeal to you.
Fun line: "I find it curious how pets can take the place of one's significant other, especially when he proves to be other than significant." (Ain't that the truth!!)
Little (if any) strong language and no explicit sexual content.
This author made the story so captivating with a ghost story, an old bordello, a mystery or two, a journey of self discovery... and laughter. The characters who inhabit the fringes of the town are dear to my heart;those who want nothing more than to be free and happy, without the trappings of society.
Having lived in gold mining camps for some years, I recognized these folks who became Molly's new life.
Thank you Rae Ellen Lee for this wonderfully real and fun, touching book.
We had to perform a recital at the Marathon Yacht Club... I kept my mind on the music but I couldn't wait to get back to the boat so I could finish the book. Good thing I had it on my 'droid so I could read it without keeping Jinna awake with the cabin light! Even better since she was asleep I didn't have to put up with that "Show me that part..." plaintive whimper... We have to get another eReader!
Everyone will enjoy this book. I don't want to "spoil" it by describing the story but suffice it to say it has romance, love, adventure, suspense, fantasy and even outdoorsmanship... if that's a word...
I identified strongly with this story. I've had similar experience in my own life. I know this book is a novel but I feel as if Rae Ellen must have lived a good portion of the story personally. The tale is set against the backdrop of a difficult and costly renovation of a decrepit building with a sordid past. The work proceeds in an environment both literally and figuratively on the edge of civilization. I felt right at home because I restored an old boat in surprisingly similar circumstances The Borealis; A True Story About Living Aboard While Restoring A 90 Year Old Wood Boat but I didn't have to put up with a Montana winter.
I felt as though I came to know the main characters personally. Through their eyes I was able to recognize and re-experience feelings I have had. The Bluebird House gets readers so involved that they feel they're actually present in the story. So complete was my involvement that on occasion I felt as if I should actually say "Excuse me, I don't mean to pry!" A good book is better than a movie. Like a story on the radio... the pictures are better!
Rae Ellen Lee has once again underlined her mastery of the art of being a wordsmith. This book is a gourmet meal of literary delight. Just enough nutrition... and a master chef's understanding of spice.
Want a good read. everyone? Well look no further!