Sarah is seventy-five years old and thought her life was settled and like a lot of elderly assumed that she and her husband, Charles, would live out their old age together in their rural Vermont home. Sarah is an amazing character and has a wonderful relationship with her family and friends.
After the death of her beloved husband, Charles, Sarah must learn how to love again and that loving means learning to love through loss but she is unable to find 'peace'. Slowly, Sarah begins to take in wilful and wayward souls. The first person to stay with Sarah is her disobedient granddaughter, Lottie, who can't stand living with her mother, then an Israeli soldier who needs a retreat; a woman with her baby who is escaping a violent partner; and a young Mom with her son whose home was disintegrated in a fire. Why is Sarah doing this, taking in these boarders? She has wonderful memories of her parents doing the same thing during the Great Depression and wants to preserve that memory.
Through this group of people, Sarah flashes back on wonderful memories of times spent with her husband in loving snapshots in her mind, while reinventing herself. All in all this was a good solid story and makes you think about the uniqueness of the word "family".
March 19, 2011