Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Review - Twelve Houses

Author: Olga Soaje
Published: 24 November 2013
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction
Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 4.5 dragonflies

Can anything good follow the best thing that ever happened to you?

Amelia Weiss loved her husband of thirty-five years very much, but now he’s left her a widow. Without him, she is unable to work in her sculpture studio without crying. She no longer has a bridge to her estranged daughter. And she can’t seem to keep her mind in the present.

But when her daughter reaches out asking for her help and her agent threatens a lawsuit if Amelia doesn’t deliver for an upcoming exhibit, she’s forced to make a choice. Will she reengage with her life and the people in it—allowing room for things to be different than they were before? Or, will she remain stuck in the past, choosing her memories over real-life relationships?

Thrust fully into the present, Amelia stumbles into a surprising journey of self-discovery.

Twelve Houses is a beautifully written novel, full of emotion, hope, love and light.

We are confronted from the very first page with the grief that is overwhelming our leading lady Amelia. So many questions, so much heartache, at times you feel that she is never going to be able to continue.

We follow Amelia's journey as she learns to cope, and to let new experiences into her life. To embrace the new and unexpected, and to not question. 

I am a firm believer of 'Everything happens for a reason'. This message is also portrayed in Twelve Houses. While the title hints at the astrological twelve houses, this is only one of many themes that are wound throughout the story. 

The characters for the most part are believable, and I did find myself drawn into their lives as they all come to terms with grief in their own way while trying to continue living. At times I felt that some of the dialog was predictable and was not surprised by the outcome of some of the situations. This however did not detract from my enjoyment of the book.

At times the author included some extra back story that I felt did not really enhance the story in any way. It did not assist in understanding the characters thoughts or emotions at that particular point in time.

Overall I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to others.

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