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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.
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Review: The Cabin at the End of the World

The Cabin at the End of the World

The Cabin at the End of the World
By Paul Tremblay
William Morrow, 9780062679109, June 2018, 288pp.

*No Spoilers*

The Short of It:

When I think “cabin” I usually think of tranquility, vacation, rest. I don’t think that anymore.

The Rest of It:

Whoa, Nelly. I originally requested a copy of this one because of this tweet:

King Tweet

I  mean, how can you not read it after such an endorsement? However, by the time I actually read it, mixed reviews began to pop up. In some cases I can see why, but for the most part, I agree with King’s assessment.

First off, the setting. Most of the story takes place in a small cabin in the woods. It’s remote and there is no cell service. But that is exactly what Wen and her two dads wanted. A little screen-free downtime.

What they didn’t want, were four strangers, dressed in plaid, overtaking their cabin with a twisted plot to save the world. The world that they believe is ending. Or, is it?

There was one part in this story where I almost completely lost it because I was thinking something was about to happen, but then it didn’t. I was so relieved.  But that lead-up! I was on edge and shaking my head from side-to-side because I did not want the story to go that way.

But then the story continued and I really didn’t know what to think. I could not figure out what was going to happen and that BUGGED me but it also had me flipping those pages.

The premise itself it terrifying. People, can be terrifying. Their beliefs, no matter how ridiculous can cause you serious anxiety, This book is like one big panic attack. My mind was all over the place. This was a good thing.

There is one plot point that made me super angry. When I read it, I put my Kindle down and was like, “Seriously?” I had to take a break after that because I could not see the story moving forward but it does.

The Cabin at the End of the World will have you questioning what you would do in a similar situation. How desperate do you have to be to do what’s needed?

If you focus on the plight of these characters, you’ll appreciate it but it’s the type of story that is left wide open for your own interpretation.

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