Book Review Twelve Houses

portada twelvehouses finalTitle: Twelve Houses

Author: Olga Soaje

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

What will she do now? Amelia Weiss wakes up alone, with the body of her husband cold beside her, dead. She cannot believe he has left her when he swore he never would. It is almost as if she is nothing without him.

But this novel is not about a man’s death. It is about a woman coming back to life. Slowly, painfully, a sensitive artist and mother makes new connections, finds new occupations, and rediscovers her place in the world.

Raised to believe a widow’s role is to take care of grandchildren and make grief her companion, Amelia takes a different path. She embarks on the most challenging year of her life.

She struggles to repair her broken relationship with her daughter and develops a second career in midlife. If she can find a way to allow herself to act in the face of her guilt and her daughter’s disapproval, she may even find love again.

This heartfelt novel is the story of a courageous woman’s spiritual rebirth. As Amelia begins to rediscover herself, readers will share in her refusal to give in to loss or to accept anything less than a rich and meaningful life.

I had a faint suspicion this book was going to make me cry – and it did. Amelia is nearly sixty when her husband, Nathan, the love of her life, passes away. She succumbs into a deep depression. Her relationship with her daughter Chloe has always been difficult, so when Chloe reaches out to her with the news she’s pregnant and will be alone for a few days with her husband on business trip, it seems the ideal opportunity to start making up for those years lost.

Amelia goes to stay with Chloe. She visits the shop she used to frequent nearly every day when she still lived in the city, and finds her old love for astrology back. While she and Chloe work on their relationship, and Amelia tries to salvage the relationship with Chloe and her husband, Brian, before the baby is born.

Amelia is a sculptor, but she hadn’t been able to work on anything since Nathan passed away. In finding her love for astrology again, meeting new people and forming new friendships, and rescueing the relationship with her daughter, she may be able to learn how to move on.

The book was written in a consistent, clear language. Amelia is an intriguing protagonist – she’s older than most protagonists, andshe has an unique, spirited personality. The plot was sad, but heartwarming as well.

A decent read, especially for around Christmas time, about second chances, love and friendship.

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