In this novel, Samson tells the story of Fiona Hume, who was a former child star in the Hollywood movie business. She deserted this lifestyle and her family and began a secluded life in Baltimore, where she bought a dilapidated old mansion and slowly began filling it with “treasures” she could use in her dreams of grandeur art projects or elsewhere. In essence, she became a hoarder.
Her money runs out and, in desperation, she rents out the maid’s room to Josia, a blacksmith. Over time, Josia’s happiness and perspective begins to affect Fiona and she slowly begins a journey of healing, both inside and out.
I give this book four stars. Samson’s writing style doesn’t always flow very well, but her quirky characters and the abundance of great quotes in the book drew me in.
Strangely, I also liked the fact that the book did not end tied up in a nice little bow. The reader is left wondering some things about the characters and left to her own conclusions. Usually I don’t like stories like that, but for some reason with this one, it works.
It’s just a refreshing departure from the “norm” and was a touching story of vulnerability and hope.
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