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- Book 4 of 5 in The Camilla Randall Mysteries (5 Book Series)
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Camilla is also alone and on the run. But in her case it is from romance gone bad and life turned sour. As she works to start her new life in a local bookstore along the warm coast she finds herself living a life far from the romance and bustle of the city. As Camilla attempts to adapt to her new world, she begins to believe she may, once again, have a life with an interesting man in it. But then again, men who are interesting tend to have complex backgrounds and she may have found one with a background that is less impressive than she had hoped.
Silas and Planatagent, erstwhile bookstore owners, former actors of fame and fortune, a quirky homeless man hiding his own past and the rich and fabulous all ready to Co mingle on the pages of this witty laugh-out-loud novel that reads like a sitcom gone right. Very funny and easy to read I couldn't put it down until I had read every last word.
Karen Bryant Doering,
Parents' Little Black Book
The fourth novel in Ms. Allen's Camilla Randall series tells parallel stories of two women who are down on their luck. One is Doria Windsor Sharkov, the former editor of "Home" magazine who has seemingly lost her husband and home to a fire. Then there's Camilla herself, once known worldwide as the Manners Doctor, but now running a bookstore in California and also in danger of becoming homeless.
Ms. Allen handles the romantic-comedy/mystery genre deftly. Colorful characters, snappy dialogue, mistaken identities, and complicated plot twists just keep on coming. As the story shifts from Doria's viewpoint to Camilla's, almost every chapter ends in a cliffhanger. "No Place Like Home" is a quick and enjoyable read.
In addition to telling an entertaining story, Ms. Allen offers an intriguing look at the world of the homeless. Like Brianna Karp's memoir, "The Girl's Guide to Homelessness," this novel makes it clear that not all homeless people are alike, and many cannot be dismissed as mentally disturbed and/or unemployable. Some are among the book's most admirable characters.
While the novel holds up well on its own, there are many hints that several of the characters have interacted in the past. I'm eager to read Camilla's earlier adventures.
This is the third in the ‘Camilla Randall’ series. The previous ones have always been written in the first person, but this one branches out. Startled at first, I found it a brilliant innovation.
The second thing I liked most about this book was that it’s comedy about a dark enough topic – homelessness – and it succeeds without ever descending into tasteless insensitivity, or tipping over into sentimentality.
Now I’ll get on my soapbox: homelessness in any affluent country is a disgrace (it’s a disgrace to everyone anywhere, but it’s worse in countries where there is massive consumerism). It’s also a complex problem; sometimes the homeless have drink and drug problems; some have alarming problems with madness and/or violence; however, most homeless people are just unlucky, but often seen as a group of drunken, drug crazed layabouts: many are women, and they all tend to be ashamed of the stigma that hounds them.
All right, sermon over; now on to more about this book, which deals with all of the issues I’ve mentioned above with a consummate ease that never grates or labours the point.
There are two female leads in this book. The first, Camilla Randall, the former debutante and society columnist who, partly due to the machinations of her ex husband and her late mother’s unlucky sixth marriage, has fallen on hard times, followers of the series will know from before. The second, Doria Sharkov is a super rich owner/editor of a home decorating magazine whose husband’s financial chicanery is suddenly revealed by his sudden death as their luxurious home is razed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm an old nurse. Nobody leaves hospital a fresh abdominal post-op with drains and does what this character does. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Trish
Not much mystery really. Is she dead, is he???? At least four characters were in the dead? Category. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sara Paschal
I enjoyed the parallelism between the two women who both had been wealthy and had descended into the realm of the rest of us...both nearly to homelessness. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Sy Lee
this book was a fun trip in a place I would not have thought many would go so many people in there time of need yet took time to help another in share what they had freely not... Read morePublished 24 months ago by bookworm read
Lovely read! I found myself looking for a book to read while I was down on bed rest, and No Place Like Home completely fulfilled my reading appetite. Anne R. Read morePublished on July 9, 2014 by Kimberly J Fuller
This was her best one yet! An eye opener for the homeless situation, great story and wonderful characters.Published on July 5, 2014 by avid reader
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