Book Forty-One

My goal for several years has been to read 50 books in one calendar year – 52 weeks – but I have always fallen off the rails around 25 books. This year, I’m twice as determined. I will be posting short reviews of each book with my thoughts and any recommendations I received for the book as well as a link to purchase the book from Amazon, (though I recommend checking your local library first). If you have questions, leave a comment! If you want to follow my journey, find me on Goodreads.

It’s a well-known fact that I have trouble avoiding bookstores while traveling. There’s some magnetic force between me and a local bookstore that can’t be denied…or avoided. I picked this up when I wandered into the little bookstore in Bar Harbor while waiting on our tour of Acadia to begin. Written locally, the setting revolves around the famous fires of 1947 in the area and a woman’s attempt to rebuild her life after those fires.

The beginning was slow and writing style a bit boggy, but the second half was much more intriguing and a little heartbreaking. Grace is such a trapped housewife throughout the whole novel with little hope of escaping her monster of a husband. Shereve’s comments on mid-century marriage are striking. The panic is reeling. I learned so much about fires – who knew fire could travel under the ground?!

If you’re into local novels (and also love Maine), give this one a try.


Goodreads rating: 3.85/5

My rating: 3/5 stars

Days read: October 2 – 14

Recommend: Maybe