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A Lovely and Compassionate Story
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2014
Sherryl Woods really cannot write a bad book. It would be so easy for her to rest on her laurels and coast for a few books, as many authors in her position have done (I won't name names; read my reviews!), but she never lets the reader down.
Seaview Inn is a charming story that on its face has been told many times in many books: Divorced mother of college daughter returns to her home town that she fled many years ago. College daughter, doing well at Stanford, suddenly takes a leave of absence from college for very emotional reasons. Grandmother wants to keep the inn that has been in her family for generations; daughter believes she should go in assisted living. Trouble Iraq War veteran comes to his birthplace to sort out his soul.
OK, if that were the plot and there was nothing more, I might have given this book a whirl--or maybe not, as I have read so many similar books. BUT... we have more to this story.
First, we have a poignant and realistic look at the anguish an adult child feels when her parent or grandparent can no longer continue in the life she loves. What should be done? Is assisted living the answer? Or is it unspeakably cruel? Next, we have a very realistic look at a recent breast cancer survivor who, having watched her own mother die of the disease, cannot believe in her own future. The terror is very real and beautifully described. And then we have the bitterness of a wounded war veteran who comes home to find that his wife has dropped him for his best friend.
It all sounds so very melodramatic, but it isn't--not when Sherryl Woods is writing the book! Her compassion, her honesty and her very real wisdom shine through on every page. I've already ordered the next in the series, and I can't wait to read it.