Friday, June 15, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway: Safe Within

{From the author's website}
How often does an adult book come along that is set in a tree house? Safe Within begins with the backdrop of this storybook setting, but this tree house is no child’s fort – it is a full-sized home, populated with a family that is facing some of life’s most realistic struggles. Set in fictional Lowfield, North Carolina, the narrative follows the story of two strong-willed women confronted with unexpected circumstances. Elaine grew up in the tree house cabin, high above the shores of a beautiful lake. Looking up at her, Carson saw a figure out of a fairytale. Then he fell in love. Thirty years and one son later, Carson and Elaine return to the cabin, with Mick, their now 24-year-old son, not far behind. It is Carson’s favorite place, and because he has only weeks-maybe days – to live, this is where he wants to be. But their time by the lake is anything but peaceful for Carson and Elaine. Carson’s headstrong mother, Greta, who has long been estranged from Elaine, sets loose a neighbor’s herd of alpacas because of a land dispute. With Carson too weak to retrieve his mother from police custody, Elaine is drawn into the storm of Greta’s life – a situation that is sure to continue once Carson is gone. Once Elaine finds herself a widow, she wishes to move away from the past, but another crisis with Greta renders this desire impossible. In addition, Mick is determined to find out the truth about his parents and the grandmother he has never known.
An intense exploration of the inevitability of family, Safe Within demonstrates that the hardest bonds to forge can be the most necessary.

What I thought:
{I know, I know...I said I wouldn't do another book review...that I'm not a book blogger.  BUT I couldn't pass up an opportunity to review a book from TLC Book Tours.  They are the reason I started blogging.  So here goes!}
I had a hard time with this novel.  When I had read the description I was excited.  Life in a tree house - I'm in!
But I couldn't connect with the characters or the story.  I did like the flashback aspect of the novel, but I was left wanting more...I wanted to have the "I can't put this book down"-feeling and I didn't get it with this book.
This is not to say that I didn't like the book.  When Carson passes away, I could feel the heartbreak in Elaine's loss.  I see her laying next to his grave and not caring what anyone else thinks.  I see her dying inside as I would.
I think this book will be on a lot of book club lists this summer.  Even though it's a long read, I do see people with a wanting for some "southern-ness" to enjoy this book.
And they'll want to read if Carson is Mick's daddy...or is he? {dum dum duuuummmm}

Would you like a stab at reading this book?  Leave a comment with your email address.  I'll announce the winner on Monday.

For more info on this book, go to the TLC Book Tour page! 


twistingthelens said...

While I have not seen too many reviews raving about this one, I would still very much like a chance to read it. Thank you for the honest review, and I hope to see more! I just discovered your site through the TLC page, and I will be following from now on.

Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours said...

Sounds like there were things to like in this book even if you didn't end up loving all of it.

Thanks for being a part of the tour!

Kristen Seuberling said...

I'd never heard of this book until you told me you were reading it. I can see how it could be a good book, even if it is hard to read and connect with. Thanks for giving a good description, and an honest review!