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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Matters of the heart – a book review of The Threadbare Heart by Jennie Nash

I am mighty pleased that I’ve had the chance to get a little reading done. Wait, let me clarify: Not just reading, but finishing books! For me that’s extremely exciting. Most recently, I’ve read The Threadbare Heart by Jennie Nash, which I won from 5 Minutes for Books, and A Hole in the Attic by Mary Ellen Dias.

When I first began reading The Threadbare Heart I had a little trouble concentrating and getting into the story. I think it was just my brain being distracted because the overall story and message of the book soon engulfed me and started my brain churning.

From the back of the book:

A photo of her sons. A doormat from Target. Twenty-three tubs of fabric.  Somehow it comforts Lily to list the things she lost when a wildfire engulfed the Santa Barbara avocado ranch she shared with her husband, Tom. He didn’t make it out either. His last act was to save her grandmother’s lace from the flames – an heirloom she has never been able to take scissors to, that she was saving for someday.

As she negotiates her way through her grief, mourning both the tangible and intangible, Lily wonders about her long marriage. Was it worth all the work, the self-denial? Did she stay with Tom just to avoid loneliness? Should she have been more like her mother, Eleanor – thrice-married and even now, approaching eighty, cavalier about men and, it seems, even about her daughter’s emotions?

It is up to Lily to understand what she could still gain even when it seems that everything is lost. Someday has arrived.

Without giving a lot away, I’ll just say that while Lily discovers the true meaning of what’s going inside of her head and heart in the midst of grieving, you may discover something about yourself and what you believe about love, marriage and commitment.

This is the first book where I’ve actually read and thoughtfully considered my answers to the reader’s guide at the end. It’s because The Threadbare Heart was more than entertainment to me, it’s a glimpse into others’ thoughts (in the form of the characters) about feelings that effect each individual in a different way. And it was a way for me to seriously consider where my opinion falls.

Nash is also the author of The Last Beach Bungalow and The Only True Genius in the Family, which both received rave reviews. I can’t wait to read those as well.

If you’ve read The Threadbare Heart then please leave a comment letting me know what you thought. Otherwise, share what your favorite read has been.

Disclosure: I won a copy of The Threadbare Heart in a giveaway at 5 Minutes for Books, but that in no way affected my opinion of the book. No other compensation was received. If you click the picture and make a purchase I will receive a small commission. My complete disclosure policy is a click away.

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