Home Safe

Home Safe

A Novel

eBook - 2009
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Helen Ames--recently widowed, coping with loss and grief, unable to do the work that has always sustained her--is beginning to depend far too much on her twenty-seven-year-old daughter, Tessa, and is meddling in her life, offering unsolicited and unwelcome advice. Helen's problems are compounded by her shocking discovery that her mild-mannered and loyal husband was apparently leading a double life. The Ameses had painstakingly saved for a happy retirement, but that money disappeared in several large withdrawals made by Helen's husband before he died. In order to support herself and garner a measure of much needed independence, Helen takes an unusual job that ends up offering far more than she had anticipated. And then a phone call from a stranger sets Helen on a surprising path of discovery that causes both mother and daughter to reassess what they thought they knew about each other, themselves, and what really makes a home and a family.
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2009
Characteristics: 1 online resource (260 pages)
ISBN: 9781588368522 (electronic bk.)
1588368521 (electronic bk.)


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Jun 22, 2015

A slow moving book - the relationship between recently widowed Helen and her daughter Tessa. Good.

May 20, 2015

I ordered the audiobook by accident - I've enjoyed her other books. However, I found that while I like her voice as an author, her actual voice as a reader is a bit grating. Will re-order and make sure it's for the real book this time.

samdog123 May 08, 2014

When Helen's husband Dan dies from a sudden heart attack, she begins to rely on her daughter, Tessa. A successful writer, Helen is dealing with writer's block. Her life turns around when she discovers a wonderful surprise and begins teaching a writing class at a local library. I love Elizabeth Berg's books. The author reads on the compact disc and I love her telling of the story.

Mar 11, 2014

Great storytelling. I love the monologue that in jest honors women who relinquish their strength momentarily to take a much needed break. I felt Helen wholeheartedly in that moment of text.

Aug 01, 2011

Blurb about book is very misleading as to the story, made the whole thing seem insipid. Thought relationships could have been better written.

Apr 04, 2010

True to Elizabeth Berg's style, the (audio) book started out very slow, but eventually the story caught my interest. It is a sweet book about a writer that is inspiring in the sense that the writer is able to overcome her writer's block through her work as a writing teacher. The only word I can really think to sum up this book is sweet.

smc01 Nov 23, 2009

Elizabeth Berg creates very believable characters that we care about. The main character, Helen, is a writer, who has been widowed in the last year. I especially enjoyed her descriptions of the writing process as Helen struggles to write again, and her thoughts about the importance of reading and book stores in our lives.


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Jul 06, 2014

“Books educate and inspire, and they soothe souls -- like comfort food without the calories.” - Helen


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