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Thursday, October 23, 2008

A slow boil

On the Woman's Bookshelf

Although I've written book reviews before, this is the first installment into what I plan will be a weekly column. On the Woman's Bookshelf (yes, I've changed the name already since the first time I told you about it) will include reviews of some of the books I've read as well as synopses of books I think you'll enjoy hearing about. So, sit back, relax, grab a yummy cup of your favorite drink and enjoy reading my current review.

I don't know about you, but when I pick up a book I can normally tell from the first page whether I'm going to like it or not. I can also tell whether it's a fast-paced read with a lot of excitement giving me a dire desire to reach the end or a slow, simmering enjoyment that I can't put down until I find out what happens. "Shelter Me" is the latter.

Written by Juliette Fay, "Shelter Me" is a novel about Janie LaMarche who is dealing with the sudden death of her husband. Left with two young children, Janie's emotions spill over into every relationship and interaction she has as she tries to make sense of life without the husband she loved so dearly.

The novel is a message of one's need for the support and love of others even when they're floundering in the dark, and the realization that the support may come from those you least expect. It's a message about somehow returning the favor when you come up from the depths of your grief or whatever inward battle has been waging. This book is a gift to readers who will embrace it and share it, and it's written in a subtle yet strong, magical yet realistic and humorous yet serious way.

"Shelter Me," which is Fay's debut novel, will be released in January 2009, is already available for pre-orderand will be sold at Target. Don't miss the opportunity to read a book filled with humor, love and raw emotions or give it as a Christmas gift to the reader in your life. It's a definite must-read.

Next week, click on through to read my "bookshelf roundup;" a few books that have been lurking on my shelves that I want to share.

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