Thursday, August 2, 2012

Safe Within by Jean Reynolds Page...Review and Giveaway



A novel of how family happens—whether you like it or not
Elaine and Carson Forsyth have returned to the tree house—Elaine's childhood home, a cabin nestled high in the branches of two oaks beside a North Carolina lake—where forty-nine-year-old Carson has chosen to spend the waning days of his life. As Elaine prepares for a future without her beloved husband, their solace is interrupted. Carson's mother, Greta, has set loose a neighbor's herd of alpacas and landed herself in police custody. While Carson, remarkably, sees humor in the situation, Elaine can only question what her obligations are—and will be—to a woman who hasn't spoken to her in more than twenty years.
In the wake of Carson's death, Elaine and their grown son, Mick, are thrust into the maelstrom of Greta, the mother-in-law and grandmother who never accepted either of them. Just as they are trying to figure out their new roles in the family, Mick uncovers unexpected questions of his own. A long-ago teenage relationship with a local girl may have left him with more than just memories, and he must get to the bottom of Greta's surprising accusations that he's not Carson's son at all.



This is the first book I've read cover to cover in quite a while.  The boys keep me busy and reading time is hard to come by.  I found myself making time for this book.  It was easy to relate to the family dynamics and issues and it felt "real".  I wish there was a little more back story before Carson's death as I feel like I could have connected with the characters more if I had met them sooner.  I also wish that the flashbacks would have been better separated or marked in the story.  A simple paragraph break was not enough for me and it would take a few sentences in for me to realize we had jumped backward or forward in time.  I found that to be a bit distracting in an otherwise good book.  I think this book is definitely worth a read and especially if you've ever lived in a small town and dealt with that dynamic with your family. 

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24 comments:

gail said...

used to work on the north shore of oahu. neat place
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Ladette Kerr said...

Sounds great!

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aLilLacey said...

I live in one! There's about five thousand people where everybody has an acre lot minus all the new subdivisions coming in. There's even an ordinance that says no apartments can be built. It's pretty adorable. We are only five minutes from a small city so we're not too deprived. I love it!

Marthalynn said...

I live in a big city now, so pretty much anywhere I visit seems small and idyllic to me!

Stephanie Neely said...

Currently live in a small town in Middle Tennessee....love it here!

Kimberly said...

I have lived in the same town my whole life so I don't have that much to compare it to
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Brittany Poole said...

I use to live with my Dad in a small town called Guntown, MS. This town has one main 4 way stop, no stop lights, and the school only offers 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Also, there were only 6 police cars and you knew if the cops were out or not because most of the time all were parked at the station.

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i moved to one when i was a teen and didn't like it.

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Tracie Brown said...

I visited a small town in new york on my way to visit my mom called gloversville. It was so small and everyone knew each other!

Girl of The Grove said...

My hometown is small. Miss that sometimes.

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I grew up in a smallish town. I didn't enjoy it much. I like the big city a lot better.
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I've visited a small town in Kansas where my grandparents lived. Wasn't a fan. futurajen@yahoo.com

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Danielle said...

Lived in the 'egg capitol' of Indiana...so small there wasn't even a grocery store! Lolz cool place to be though.

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I live in a very small town... It used to be an actual town with a school and such, but now all we have left is a church. There's only about 50 people that live in our little community. We live about 14 miles from the nearest grocery store or 8 miles from the nearest gas station and we LOVE it!

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