Review: The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers and Their Muses

The Bar Harbor Retirement Hone for Famous Writers and Their Muses

The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers and Their Muses
By Terri-Lynne DeFino
William Morrow Paperbacks, 9780062742674, June 2018, 336pp.

The Short of It:

I’m a sucker for stories about writers.

The Rest of It:

The Bar Harbor Retirement Home is home to a group of retired writers and what a group they are! Some have had relationships with one  another, others have collaborated with each other, and some are still collaborating as they live out their final days.

What makes this story entertaining is that there is a story within a story as Alfonse Carducci, writes what could be his final story, and this new work of his is inspired by his caregiver, Cecibel. Cecibel, although much younger than Alfonse cannot help but be smitten with him. As a fan, she finds his work thrilling. There is just something about his charm and wit that hold her captive.

Usually, I am not a fan of the “story within a story” device but in this case, I didn’t mind it. Carducci writes what is essentially a love story and again, not something I’d typically enjoy but I did find myself wanting to know how that story would end.

The ending didn’t go the way I expected it to but all in all, it was an enjoyable read.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
Disclosure: This post contains Indiebound affiliate links.

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14 thoughts on “Review: The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers and Their Muses”

      1. I’m always working on a new book. I’ll be pitching one of them to my editor in the next month or so. Fingers crossed!

  1. I do like a ‘story within a story’ mostly. And I’ve seen this book, but I think yours is the first review I’ve read. Sounds like one I’d enjoy.

  2. I’m okay with a story within a story, but I would have to think twice about that second story being a romance. Typically, for me, such literary devices work best when they are thrillers or true crime of some sort.

  3. I had been under this impression that this one might be just a bit too precious but you’ve convinced me to give it a shot!

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