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.)
Call Number: AXIS360 EBOOK FICTION BERG

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janwishart
Jun 22, 2015

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

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VRMurphy
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.

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kesha1123
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.

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jmandrews
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.

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happy7
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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arrobins70
Jul 06, 2014

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

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