It's early in the summer and I've been reading some great novels of suspense, flying through them quickly. The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers and Their Muses has definitely been a change of pace.
This novel is quieter, more character driven, yet just as good as all these page turners I've been sucked into.
Aging writers live out their last years in the Bar Harbor Retirement Home, where authors as well as others in the book industry are welcomed by the home's workers who are discreet and able to care for their notable guests.
Cecibel is one such worker. Still a young woman, she works at the Bar Harbor Retirement Home as a penance of sorts. Her face was badly damaged in an accident that also took her sister from her. Unable to truly move on with her life, she spends her time caring for aging writers.
When Alfonse Carducci moves in, Cecibel suddenly has something happen that may make her choose to live in the present. And Carducci, a famous author at one time is left to evaluate his life decisions and how he has come to live out his days at the Bar Harbor Retirement Home.
This novel has lots of things about it I enjoyed. First of all, the idea of a retirement home for writers and other literary greats is a fun one and I had a good time imagining a group of now famous writers spending their golden years together. I also liked both Cecibel and Alfonse and the way their characters choices affected each other. DeFino moves the novel from past to present seamlessly which provides some background information for the story and does a good job of setting the stage at the retirement home.
Book lovers will especially enjoy this novel that is quiet, character driven, and well written.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours for providing a copy of this book for my review. All opinions expressed are, as always, my own.
For more information about this book, visit the HarperCollins website.