This ferris wheel revolves faster than I remember. It was Robert's idea to come tonight. "A great way to say goodbye to the old year - right, kiddos?" Oliver and Izzy jumped up and down, squealing their agreement. There was no saying no. And so we ride. pg. 1
I was drawn to Shelter Us by Laura Nicole Diamond because I love family dramas. Sarah Shaw is the stay-at-home mom of 2, well 3 if you count her daughter that only lived a few short weeks. Though it has been a few years, Sarah has not been able to pull out of her grief and it is putting a strain on her marriage. But this isn't the part that captured my attention. It was the homeless woman with a small child that captured mine and Sarah's attention.
I knew how Sarah felt as she passed by the young woman. I so want to help someone who I see is in need. Sarah feels an extra attachment to the young woman because the death of her daughter. She can't get the woman out of her mind. She must do something. Her greatest desire is to bring her home and give her shelter. Yet her husband isn't keen on the idea obviously.
The story is told through the eyes of Sarah. A woman who cares deeply for her family, even the child who didn't live to see her first birthday. However, it is the all consuming grief and guilt that keeps her from fully being in the moment with her family. It's all she can do just to go through the motion. Until she meets Josie, the homeless mother. This may just be what Sarah needs to pull herself past her grief.
The story is so well told that you begin to think of Sarah as more than a character in a book. She could be the woman you see in the pick up line at preschool or the mother sitting on the park bench as her children play in the sand box.
Normally I would not think of a story like this as a summer read. I typically think of fun and fluff. Yet, I do think Shelter Us would be a perfect book for the summer. There are layers of emotional depth without being too heavy. There are enough sweet moments to balance out the grief and guilt. The writing also has a beauty to it that makes the story flow effortlessly. Diamond's style reminded me some of Jillian Medoff, but I enjoyed Shelter Us more.
If you are looking for more than fluff this summer, then I highly recommend Shelter Us by Laura Nicole Diamond.
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available formats: ebook and print (257 pages)
published: June 2015 by She Writes Press
genres: women's fiction
read: April/May 2015
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