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Shelter Me Paperback – Bargain Price, December 30, 2008
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''A tender tale . . . Juliette Fay can hit the high notes of emotion with unexpected moments of redemption and wry humor.'' -- Jacqueline Sheehan, New York Times bestselling author
''A richly told story . . . Fay writes with vivid dialog and conjures up characters that feel real enough to be sitting in your kitchen.'' --Lee Woodruff, New York Times bestselling author
''Fay keeps the reader engaged with a vivid descriptive palette evoking the little details of life in a small town. She also does a beautiful job capturing the ebb and flow of single motherhood, from small miracles and little annoyances to the big ordeals . . . Janie's journal entries give uncensored voice to her thoughts, which are tinged with searing insight and often hilarious wry humor. '' --Boston Globe
''Fay's mingling of Janie's pithy journal excerpts with crisp traditional plotting adds a nice depth to Janie's journey to emotional healing. The concerns of single motherhood after sudden tragedy come vividly to life, and as Janie learns to appreciate everyday miracles, readers will be charmed.'' --Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is full of humor and various forms of love, and the details of life are captured just right. Juliette Fay has woven a fine story full of interesting and quirky characters.
Personally I felt torn between wanting to read the book quickly, eager to see what would happen next, yet not wanting it to end. I highly recommend this book.
Shelter Me made me appreciate the wonderful people & good things in my own life, without being preachy or heavy.
Janie's story is told in part through her own journal entries, giving the reader the chance to experience events through Janie's eyes (and heart). The story moves along, with just the right sprinkling of these entries throughout.
This is a book I'll share and gift (too bad it came out after the holidays this winter).
It's a fun read and highly satisfying. I recommend it.
This is the type of book women will read and then insist that their partners read so they can have someone to talk about it with. It is amazing that this is her first novel. We will anxiously await her next one!
In the midst of her grief, one day a builder shows up at her house with the plans for adding a porch on to the house. Janie had nothing to do with the porch and realized that it was a surprise gift from her husband and would be his last gift to her. Tug, the builder, understands Janie's grief since he has his own quiet sadness going on.
Part of the story is told through Janie's journal entries which are interspersed with the third person narrative. I enjoyed reading her personal thoughts and Janie was very real to me, as were most of the other characters. This book is well-written with very well developed characters. It isn't a fluffy, sappy story at all, but a genuine look at grief and how it affects one woman's life and the life of her family, friends and even her priest. Janie is down to earth, practical and is trying to keep her children's lives as normal as possible, but the difficulties she encounters with some of the pre-school mothers who are a bit diva-ish are the opposite of Janie. Janie's anger takes on a life of its own when her dressy neighbor is a bit late bringing her son home from a play date. She tolerates her ipecac-toting aunt who will come to Janie's aid whenever she is needed, ipecac or not.
Ohhhh, and I almost forgot!! Mike! What a NICE SURPRISE! As the story was progressing, I kept thinking... 'Gosh, Mike is so like my two children and my husband.' Something kept ringing there with Mike's traits, and I knew it before J. Fay announced it in the novel. My husband and boys all have Asperger syndrome, and I loved how this was touched on with gentleness with Mike's character. Such a spot-on introduction to Asperger's without being so in-your-face... well done. Really, it was spot-on perfect. It makes me think Juliette Fay must personally know somebody with Asperger's because to get it THAT right, that perfect... you have to live with it to understand it that thoroughly. I loved it, and when I picked up this novel, I had no idea I'd read anything about Asperger's. For me: a nice surprise. I thought it was a really nice way to subtly raise more awareness about AS without the book actually being about AS...since Mike's just really a secondary character to the actual story. Hat's off to you, Ms. Fay! I really appreciated that. :)
Just bought Deep Down True as well, and I'm already enjoying it. I think I found a new favorite author! :) :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has stayed with me since I first read it . I have gifted it to so many friends,it is one of my all-time reference books for fiction. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Helen M. Baraban
This is a wonderful story - well written - absolutely the best!Published 2 months ago by Red Jim's Girl
This book was not what I expected. It is life as it can happen for real. It keeps your interest and is not boring all.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really cheesy dialogue, really unbelievable characters. Very shallow and inaccurate portrayal of grief. Couldn't even get through it.Published 5 months ago by Kathryn Featherston
Almost a thriller..will he, won't he...I'm looking foreword to Juliette's next bookPublished 5 months ago by Maryellen Trask
This is a somewhat light feeling read about a heavy topic - grief. I enjoyed the story very much. The author captures the mundane aspects of being a mom and caring for young... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Meg
The choice of three stars is because the basic story is rather predictable I did however found it engaging and enjoyed the charactersPublished 11 months ago by John Follansbee
This book is for everyone who enjoys the full range of human emotions, written with accuracy and exquisite turns of phrase. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
Loved this story of loss, love, hurt, and forgiveness. Be sure to read the last chapter, Father Jake's homily, carefully. It's a message to allPublished 16 months ago by Cathyp323