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Home Safe #(2021)

Home Safe

Home Safe

  • Title: Home Safe
  • Author: Elizabeth Berg
  • ISBN: 9781400065110
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Hardcover
Home Safe By Elizabeth Berg,



Home Safe Best Read || [Elizabeth Berg] - Home Safe, Home Safe In this new novel beloved bestselling author Elizabeth Berg weaves a beautifully written and richly resonant story of a mother and daughter in emotional transit Helen Ames recently widowed coping wi


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This is quite a short book about an author called Helen who has lost her Muse and apparently most of her common sense in the year since her husband died She is a very irritating main character and I did not feel sympathetic towards her at all This detracted somewhat from my enjoyment of the story Fortunately there were other likeable characters and a few interesting things happened I skimmed a bit here and there when Helen started dwelling on her own issues and in the end I was very happy for h [...]

The main character is a writer who can t write any after the sudden death of her husband She is one of the most unsympathetic characters in books I ve read by this author She is an overbearing, over the top mother of an adult daughter whom she won t let alone She whines and wallows in her grief The implausible plot twist is a missing 850,000 that her late husband used to have a dream house built for her in Marin County This new widow has the unlikely luck to be able to choose the dream house AND [...]

I received this book for free, as a sort of promotional Nook was doing I felt kind of cheap and decided I would get this, instead of one of the books I had planned on What a mistake but before I get into subject analysis and general ranting, here are the technical specs.Most of the writing is in third person present tense At first it s awkward to read in present tense, but you get use to it It appears to be written this way so as to make easy transitions from past and present.The main character, [...]

I ve heard this is not a typical Elizabeth Berg story, but this is my first, and, from the writing, it could be my last Incidentally, I have been informed by a rather nasty reviewer , to put a Spoiler tag here So, here it is SPOILER ALERT.The book seemed to lack plot or point the main character, Helen was so unlikeable needy, non self reflective in any way, no sense of self, critical, empty, and lacking any EQ, that I felt sorry for her daughter and parents, and angry and irritated at her She wa [...]

Elizabeth Berg s books tend to be those I refer to as brain resting books Not to say that the characters aren t real or developed nicely, it s just that they are a whole lot like that pair of pajama pants that are definitely not for public viewing Her books are comfortable and cozy and not at all surprising in any way Sometimes a girl needs a book like that In Home Safe A Novel , I felt so often that Berg is becoming and autobiographical in her character development There was a time in this bo [...]

I always look forward to a new work by Elizabeth Berg which is why I devoured it, gulping it when I should have probably done sipping and savoring The plot, a middle aged widow with writer s block discovers a secret her husband kept from her, and a secret she has kept from herself about who she is and what she is truly capable of, is classic Berg I didn t particularly care for Helen Her relationship with her daughter, Tessa, made me want to smack her up side the head on several occasions Her st [...]

When I first picked up an Elizabeth Berg novel, I was so intrigued I read the entire thing in a day, I had a special connection to the characters, I loved the intimate details of feminine life, and I wanted to be like all of her protagonists when I grew up I gave the books to my mom, we discussed how much we loved them, and I was convinced that this is what adult women were like.Fast forward 15 years ahead, and this book actually made me ANGRY in how little i could relate to the characters Helen [...]

Elizabeth Berg s books are really good I m enjoying novels by women these days This was a mother daughter story of a recently widowed woman who is overprotective of her 27 year old daughter The mother s own mother gives her excellent advice from older times We didn t need to air all our dirty laundry and run to therapists every five minutes Life comes with problems You just have to accept that And you have to try to lead the simple life to not constantly ask questions about the whys and the wher [...]

In Elizabeth Berg s newest novel Home Safe, we are almost immediately plunged into the world of loss It begins in the preface, when, as a nine year old girl, Helen Ames experiences the death of a classmate she describes everything she sees, up close, from the hands on a wristwatch to the top of the mother s head and the sound of her weeping and completely immersed in this experience, she becomes obsessed with these details And then she describes Nothing helped until the day she took a tablet and [...]

I m now officially a fan of Elizabeth Berg This is my second book and I finished it in 3 days I guess Berg has a gift in hooking readers with her natural storytelling style.Home Safe is about a novelist and a widow who can t get over the death of her husband While the theme may sound depressing, Berg managed to tell Helen s life without too much weight in the heart It s not like I d get to almost choke with tears but there were moments in the book that I truly felt for Helen.Helen was very depen [...]

I m always ashamed to admit how much I like Elizabeth Berg s books I mean, really they re corny, with a lot of rumination about the small pleasures in life Which, yeah, ok, I have to admit I m kinda the same way I just don t talk about how much I love the iridescence of a scrub jay s wings Maybe Elizabeth Berg is just the part of myself I d never let anyone see because I d be too freakin embarrassed.Anyway I read this book in a day and a half, and that was even with Charlie sitting on my lap and [...]

I ve read several of Elizabeth Berg s books because I love her thoughtful discriptions of everyday ordinary life But I keep waiting to really LOVE one of them, and it just hasn t happened yet I did love this quote about books though When Suzie introduced Helen, she told the audience that one of the best things about books is that they are an interactive art form that while the author may describe in some detail how a character looks, it is the reader s imagination that completes the image, makin [...]

I bought this book when it first came out, but the reviews that I read put me off it and it s been sitting on my bookshelf ever since Now that I ve finally read it, I m sorry I waited so long It s a lovingly written, thought provoking book about moving on after you ve lost your partner, and redefining what your home safe place will be.Helen Ames is in her late 50s and a successful author She is recently widowed and is struggling to cope without her husband, Dan She is becoming overly dependent o [...]

Berg s writing was warm and simple, with perfectly timed moments of radiance I think you could feel her love for her characters I would describe the book as effortlessly charming, even elegant It s the kind of novel you read, not be challenged or teased or even entertained, but to relax The kind of book you grab while you re wrapped in a blanket, holding a hot cup of tea, and want to read something honest and kind about life, love and loss I wouldn t recommend it to everyone though Some of the r [...]

Sometimes books present themselves to us at special times of our lives and we love them because there is something particularly timely to us I love Elizabeth Berg since Pull of the Moon, Open House and Durable Goods but this book was timely to me because my mother just died and she was a woman a lot like Helen Home Safe is a story about a woman whose husband died and she is forced to grapple with no only the loneliness of losing a marriage but the loss of a man who took care of life, paying the [...]

I like the depth of Elizabeth Berg s characters even if I can t identify with the characters, which is the case with this book The main character is Helen, a woman nearing 60, a writer whose husband suddenly drops dead There is a mystery he withdraws most of their savings without telling her If this was an Anita Shreve or Jodi Picoult, it would be for nefarious purposes I can t identify with Helen much She strikes me as self indulgent and weak I did squirm uncomfortably at how interfering she is [...]

While this book wasn t as enjoyable as other Berg books I ve read, it did serve its purpose to provide a little escape from real life I could really identify with the love and appreciation for the written word which was woven through the pages of this novel She opens the novel again, reads one page, another Then another And finally, everything in her own life surrenders to the one being presented here.Dan once had a friend who died from metastatic cancer Toward the end, Dan visited him with some [...]

I woke up around 2 30 last night and couldn t go back to sleep I have no idea why, but I finally got up at about 3 and decided to read 3 in the morning is not the time for The Gulag Archipelago, so I grabbed this one from the shelf.I guess by now I know that Elizabeth Berg s themes are death usually a husband , small towns neighbors, a sort of forced created friendship with unlikely people, and older female relationships, but this one was just one too many This book just isn t her best work It s [...]

I don t really dislike books very often, but this one is a dislike for me I would probably give this a 1.5 stars because the writing is not hideously bad, I just did not find the story enjoyable at all.This book is what my husband and I call a lady book It s as close as I comfortably get to a beach read , but far from romance novel It s the kind of book I probably would have liked in high school because I thought it would make me seem sophisticated or grown up The story focuses on Helen, a widow [...]

Helen is a 50 something widowed author who is still trying to find her way a year after her husband s death She cannot do the most basic things around the house relying instead on her 27 year old daughter Tessa and she has not been able to write at all When she finds out the nest egg she thought would support her financially is gone, having been taken out of the bank by her husband before his death, she has no idea what to think She takes a job teaching a writing workshop and the eccentric stude [...]

I ve told you before that Elizabeth Berg is my favorite author I don t think I could ever read a book by her that disappoints This novel is about a 59 year old writer, Helen Ames, who is recently widowed and trying to now fend for herself, and is battling writer s block Her 27 year old daughter lives in the same city and Helen depends on her too much and meddles in her life as well One day Helen discovers her husband was seemingly leading a double life and had withdrawn a huge amount of money fr [...]

This book received many conflicting reviews Personally, it made me think about lots of things that I d rather not face, like the sudden death of my spouse, how that would change my relationship with my children and how I would now have to handle all the day to day things that were always taken care of for me I felt that many of the negative reviews were written by women who, for one reason or another, had to rely solely on themselves and therefore could not relate to Helen s situation One review [...]

Nem sempre um livro consegue estar altura dos coment rios que constam nas contra capas por regra, pequenas considera es de cr ticos de renome Este Porto de Abrigo descrito como sendo Simples, belo e real e S bio, gracioso e rom ntico E realmente isso tudo e muito mais, na minha opini o, claro Elizabeth Berg n o uma autora da moda, mas a Bertrand j publicou v rias das suas obras, o que significa que os leitores portugueses gostam das suas hist rias Eu adoro, e progressivamente tem se tornado numa [...]

I didn t particularly like the first book I read by Elizabeth Berg The Pull of the Moon but I thought I d give her another chance I wish I hadn t Although I do like the author s writing style, I just don t like her characters at all Helen Ames is so pathetically inept and ditzy that I can t relate to her at all I mean, I like characters with weaknesses, because that makes them interesting and realistic, but this woman is an embarrassment to the female species Calling 911 when she has a plumbing [...]

Painful to read I disliked the main character so much that I wanted to reach in the book and smack her

This lovely book tells of the anguish and self doubt that Helen Ames, a writer, feels following the sudden death of her husband of many years She has depended on Dan for so many things, emotional support, looking after their finances and all the many minor things needed for the upkeep of their home He was the one who would fix a leaky toilet or set the thermostat while she was completely clueless about these Now that he has gone she realizes how completely lost she is without him and their 27 ye [...]

Gentleman scribblers take note THIS how you write an unlikable protagonist Her flaws are obvious, they hold her back from things, her community is aware of them and reacts variously but negatively to them She is a human person who is bad at adulting and bad at other stuff NB she is not malicious or so stunted as to fall naturally into dangerous or antisocial behavior She does not pose very much of a threat to anyone with even rudimentary emotional and communication skills She has accomplishments [...]

Perfect book for me Loved it.

I really enjoy Elizabeth Berg s storiesey always make me think and wonder about life This book centers around an author s inability to write after the death of her husband And thrown in for fun is her relationship with her daughter It all goes together to make a very nice read.

I started listening to the audiobook yesterday and couldn t stop when it was time for sleep so, instead I just listened straight through the night until it was finished I could really identify with the protagonist, not because we re alike but because of Berg s writing I felt each character s existence and ideosyncracy filled interactions on a par with people I have known myself This is where the universality of human experience comes into the equation for me Once I feel they are tangible, I can [...]


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