Open House is the unforgettable story of how a woman re-creates her life after divorce by opening her house to strangers and her heart to the simple miracle of possibility.
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"Savvy, wry, and sharply observant." (The Denver Post)
"Smart, funny, and satisfying...a fine literary novel." (The Baltimore Sun)
No one could ever consider this book a literary masterpiece, but I thoroughyl enjoyed it. To find a comedy these days that isn't so silly and unreal is difficult. But this book had it. The narrator did a wonderful job. The ability to distinguish between male, female, young, old ...what talent that takes that not all have.
The characters were real and believeable. Take the young son. Who wouldn't be embarressed by what his mother was trying to do to start a new life? But in the end (maybe a little too young for total reality), he has more fun with her life than his Dad's. Hooray!! (Sorry if I spoiled the story for anyone.)
Maybe the ending was too "happily ever after" for some people, but there was a struggle to get there and some enlightenment on everyone's part. There were mistakes this woman made that she discovered and learned from in this story. How much more can we expect?
Again, I want to hear more from this author.
Samantha, the main character, goes through a metamorphasis with grace and humor, from pampered housewife to resourceful survivor. There were a lot of funny moments and absolutely no whinning or complaining even though this woman's husband of many years walked out without any warning and left her financially as well as emotionally strapped. Instead, she rebuilt her life bit by bit and opened herself as well as her home to new people. It was a fun read and the narrator was a good match for the tone of the book.
I would certainly recommend the book but I wouldn't listen again because I generally don't reread books.
There were many memorable moments in Open House, but the best one is when Sam has a chance to go back but moves forward.
No, I haven't listened to any of Becky Baker's other performances, but I plan to look her up on Audible's narrator search and select another book she has narrated because I really liked her voice. I think she fit the character of Sam very well.
I didn't have an extreme reaction, but I did chuckle at some of the parts and get a few tears in my eyes in other parts. It was just a very satisfying book.
I really liked Sam, because she was able to accept people for who they are and find the good in people without negative judgment. Her initial assessment of people focused on the positive rather than the negative. She was a very optimistic person, although I don't think she saw herself that way.
I totally enjoyed my drive back and forth from New Hampshire. I actually became engrossed in the story and had to wait another 15 minutes watching the sun set over my meadow, just so I could finish listening.
I KNOW that this story seems unreal ... but it happened to me. There is nothing like an open mind and an open house.
She did not even remotely touch upon the nastiness of divorce, she could have, but that is not what this story is about.
Very interesting "listen" I enjoyed it. Very positive message.
I really enjoyed the way the author wrote. The character was so real, it was like I actually knew her. A good story of how to take a bad situation and make it into a good one, having a few tears and laughs along the way. I recommend this book.
I really enjoyed this book. The narration was wonderful, and the story was poignant, relevant and entertaining. I laughed outloud and felt the sting of all too familiar emotions.
Melodramatic woman bores her husband into leaving her, and then spends the rest of the book attempting to bore the reader stone dead.
If you've ever had a friend who can't live without a crisis and can't stop whinging about them, that's the tone of this book.
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