Thursday, May 28, 2009
77 - Home Safe; Elizabeth Berg
I was anxious to read Home Safe: A Novelby Elizabeth Berg, because I have enjoyed a few of her books in the past. The premise of this story is not a new one: when her husband dies unexpectedly, Helen Ames is stunned and finds it difficult to move on.
Yes, Helen lose her husband, but this woman was incapable of doing anything for herself ; honestly, she was pathetic. Once a best selling author, she even loses her her ability to write. She also becomes dependent on her 27 year old daughter Tessa, to the point of annoyance.
I could not relate to the total helplessness Helen displayed even a year after her husband's death. Just when Helen learns from her accountant that her husband had withdrawn most of their retirement money just before his death, I looked forward to some suspense and perhaps a side story about "The Secret Life of Mr. Ames", but no such luck. Even when I found out what he did with the money, I was bored.
While some Berg fans may sing the praises of Home Safe, for me the story fell short of my expectations: unlikable characters and a predictable plot.
RATING - 2/5 - COMPLETED - 5/27/09
WHERE FROM: Library