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by Juliette Fay
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Shelter Me 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 180 reviews.
MeganL More than 1 year ago
It's been quite awhile since a book has captivated and stayed with me long after I finished it. Everyone will find someone or somthing to relate to in "Shelter Me." It will spark interesting contemplation and conversation about the meaning of true love, family, spirituality, forgiveness and fate. I am jeolous that you get to read this book for the first time. Don't miss this very precious opportunity. I give it my highest rating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. No - enjoyed is not the right term --- absorbed...agonized over....consumed by..... -- these much more aptly describe my experience with reading this incredible piece of work. I became deeply attached to Janie, and felt her fury, cried her tears and celebrated her survival. I read the book in three days, stealing every moment I could to dive into a page or two. Changing my 4 month old's diaper? Propped the book open and read a page while I let the baby "air out". "Watching" my three year old do a puzzle? Read a few sentences at a time when she wasn't looking at me. I even brought a flashlight to bed to read while my husband slept! A flashlight! I haven't done that since I was 10 and reading Madeline L'Engle!

I can't recommend this book highly enough. It is a brilliant first novel, and I eagerly await a second! It will be an absolute honor to once again experience this writer's exceptional gift.
ann_staffeld-ret.-editor More than 1 year ago
Shelter Me, by Juliette Fay, is one of the most emotionally honest novels I¿ve ever read, in a long lifetime of much reading. I don¿t find it easy to say why ¿ in part, because the words used to praise such novels have become hackneyed ¿ and also, to divulge details about plot, theme, or characters could not begin to capture the fascination one feels from experiencing them first-hand. Suffice it to say, I was grabbed by this book from the beginning and the fascination intensified as I read on. About midway, I began reading more slowly, because I didn¿t want the experience to end (one of my hallmarks for a great read). When I got to the denouement, what a joy to find it not only believeable but inevitable, even though I hadn¿t forseen it.

Despite the long process of recovering from a major loss, which is so graphically shown here, Shelter Me tells a basically life-affirming story. The cast of characters is large and varied; each is vivid and believable; their conflicts, attractions, and interacting in the ordinary business of life create a world of kaleidoscopic intensity, as the innumerable ways in which people comfort or repel each other are portrayed by a gifted story-teller. In a largely domestic setting, this story covers the entire spectrum of human emotions. Even in scenes of rage, hurt feelings, or crushing disappointment, there is always an awareness that these lives are interlocked, and a sense of the great beauty of unnoticed, everyday heroism.

Recently, I woke up one morning thinking ¿ ¿It¿s January 14th. That¿s the day Robbie died.¿ Was Robbie one of my own nearest and dearest? No, he¿s a character in Juliette Fay¿s first novel. I think that¿s quite a tribute to the insight and artistry of this new author, and I already look forward to her next creation.

Ann Staffeld, editor (retired)
Harvard University Press
Little, Brown and Company
AlisonB More than 1 year ago
Shelter Me was a great read and offerred everything that I look for in a book-- well developed and engaging characters, insights into human behavior, a plot that moves swiftly but believably, and well crafted sentences. So often I find that books strong on character development with lyrical prose lack a plot, but this book had it all. Such beautiful writing that it made me laugh and cry-- and that almost never happens to me. This book would be a great gift for a friend, and a wonderful choice for book clubs. The cover is gorgeous and totally captures the spirit of the novel. Great job Ms. Fay! Can't wait for your next book!
writerchickTP More than 1 year ago
Hard to believe this is her first novel. Such great writing and characters you really get to know and love. Can't wait to read her next one...
LM45 More than 1 year ago
This was a great great book. couldn't put it down. This book really made you think about life and how you should treasure every moment. Like it says in the book "We are all here on loan enjoy being together." Doesn't get any better than that. just in that one sentence it says it all.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Pelham, Massachusetts, thirty-eight years old Janie LaMarche is stunned to learn her husband Robby died in a motorcycle accident. She needs to grieve, but must hide her inner torment from their two preschool aged children, Dylan and toddler Carly. Each, but especially the older Dylan questions when will daddy come home?

As a pleasant surprise for his wife, before Robby died four months ago, he hired contractor Tug Malinowski to build a screened-in porch. Divorcee Tug is stunned how attracted he is to the new widow although he tries to hide his feelings out of respect for her grief. She in turn finds herself shockingly wanting someone else who she knows should be beyond temptation; which adds to her overall depression.

Janie is a complete character who owns the novel as she mourns her loss yet tries to put up a strong front for her bewildered children. Her journal entries display her confusion, her fears, and her grief as she doubts she will be able to cope as a single mom raising two children feeling overwhelmed by her trials and tribulations. The two new men in her life add to her overall bewilderment. Juliet Fay provides a deep character study focusing on a depressed person, buried in grief and fear with no outlet for her stress that she hides from her kids while also over time starts to marvel about the beauty and wonder of life.

Harriet Klausner
bonnieleeo More than 1 year ago
It is hard to believe that this is the author's first book! The characters quickly became real to me as I became involved in Janie's situation. It was interesting to see her life changing as she slowly emerged from the despair of her husband's death. There were several good lessons to be found in this book. Realistically, there was no real conclusion and I was left wondering and caring about what happened beyond the last page.
quiltingdiva More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a very enjoyable, touching book. Loved the son,with his sippy cup, the swimming goggles, the neighbor, the priest...a well rounded novel. I found it very entertaining and not predictable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good read; however, it was predictable. I was hoping for more after reading so many of the raving reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope that Juliette Fay continues to write. This is a touching, entertaining read that goes to the heart of grief with a sense of reality that is hard to convey. The humor and honesty is so well written that you find yourself with Janie and the kids living every moment. The characters are so real I think that Fay might know some of my family members.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got up at 4 am just to finish this before work this morning. A REAL book about grownups and grownup things, with well- written prose and engaging characters. And for only $1.99? I don't know why it was so inexpensive, but I'm happy it was or I would have passed by this one. What a treat!
Koo52 More than 1 year ago
This was one of those books that you want to keep reading because it is so good, but you also don't want to read it too quickly, since you want it to last. I really enjoyed the book and Juliette's writing style.
wilsonsmom More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was an easy, fast read and I found I wanted to pick it up to get back into the lives of these characters. There were some times when I laughed aloud and several times it made me cry. I really felt for this character and her plight. I recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We loved this book! Most of us couldn't wait to pick it up each day. The plot is alittle convenient, but the characters become people you care about. A nice blend of main and supporting characters. The book cover is nice, but would have preferred models that truly represented the characters and with an actual quilt to tie into the story more.
TreadmasterReader More than 1 year ago
I look forward to more from Juliette Fay. I love entering a story to become fully involved. I connected so intimately with this young women's plight. The author seem to take a page from my life. I was sorry to get to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Shelter Me. It was so well written and a book I could NOT put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't want the story to end.
Ms Fay brings her characters to life and you want to have them in for coffee. This novel is warm and sad, challenging and funny. The characters grow out of adversity. You are proud to 'know' them.
Look forward to Ms Fay's next produciton.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book moved me tremendously. The author has created characters that are multi-dimensional and authentic ¿ you want to know these people. You¿ll laugh and cry, and think about your own values while following Janie¿s transitions.

While primarily for women, this book is deeper than traditional chic lit. It is amazing that this is the author¿s first book. She has much to offer and I look forward to her next novel.
36weston More than 1 year ago
Juliette Fay's first novel "Shelter Me" was wonderful! At first I was unsure of a novel begining with such tragedy but as the charecters and plot unfolded I found myself glued to the pages! Tears stung my eyes many times. I laughed and cryed as I read about Janie and her family. Ms. Fay¿s descriptive language brought each new page to life! I felt like I was there and couldn¿t help imagining what I would do in her situation. Then I bought a copy for my Shelly to read!
FlashlightUnderTheCovers More than 1 year ago
Shelter Me is one of those rare books that take precedence over your own life. When I was at work, or running errands around town, or picking up the kids, I wished I could be at home so I could read more pages of the book. I have to confess that I even tried to sneak in reading a page while waiting at a red light while driving around town. Juliette Fay's writing drew me to invest time and emotional energy in Janie. I got attached to the characters and was rooting for some and silently booing for others. Mostly, I found myself looking for hope in Janie's life, and also being more mindful and treasuring the small pockets of joy (one of my favorite Janie quips: f**k joy) in my own life. I LOVE the little flippant quips and remarks in Janie's head. I was always, from day one, tugging for Tug.

I see Shelter Me as a twist on Tolstoy's every happy family is the same but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Juliette Fay's book demonstrates that there is a common thread to unhappiness as well: you lash out at people who care about you, you rely on unexpected resources, and at some point, you realize that you are, eventually, able to upgrade from the "still sh***y" seating section of life.

This book made me cry more than any other book I've read in a long time. The way the scenes were crafted just pulled me in, sometimes I didn't realize it until a little splat landed on the page. The self-defense class with Kayla and her dad; Dylan's birthday party and the child running to fetch his dad for pictures. It seemed so real and was so flawlessly rendered that I wanted to scoop Dylan up and hug him tight. I care about Janie and Dylan and Carly; they are not merely characters on the page, I am invested in them and their happiness (or lack thereof).

Overall, a thoroughly engrossing novel with a premise that you know will make you cry. What you don't expect is that you emerge from reading the book feeling happy/more grateful, with a calm sense of peace, with a tender and keen appreciation for what you have. It's all relative. Juliette Fay's book makes you value the people close in your inner circle, and makes you more open-minded to your outer ring. In big ways and in small, *everyone* needs someone to lean on at some point. Shelter Me reminds us that's why we're here.
great_book More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down!! It is about hope, and love, and family, and strength. Being a mother myself, I could put myself in Janie's shoes, and imagine what she was going through. I felt like I was there, in the midst of her crazy life and adorable kids!! I wanted to jump inot the book and bring Robby back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an incredible story of love, life and hope. This book will remain in your heart for years to come. The author has such a wonderful way of making you laugh, cry and smile all in one page. What I loved most was how real it was.....every character was a true person....just like all of us!
It is a book that you don't want to stop reading but you force yourself to put it down so there will be more to come back to!! I am hoping that Juliette Fay will continue to write...she is truly a gifted author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! The character development was so well done. As the reader, you can really feel these new friendships and relationships unfold as though you are there. It's compelling how the human heart needs/craves relationships with positive feedback and love no matter the potential consequences....After Janie tragically and suddenly loses her husband with 2 young children, the reader can so relate to this sudden change and unacceptable new life. I was constantly wondering how I would fare if God forbid I was ever in this situation. Janie teaches us all that time, good friends, amazing acquaintances and family will eventually get you to the other side. Life does go on (even though you wish it wouldn't) and you must dig deep inside yourself to let these people into your lives and pick you up.....

The sub plots were all intriguing and so well tied together. Tug rocks! And I can't wait to see his casting when this fabulous book is made into a movie. And Janie, what can I say, I will miss reading about her every night. Shelter Me, is a book that will stick with me for years to come!
notoprah More than 1 year ago
Fay had me laughing, crying, feeling sad, and sensing hope throughout this novel; despite the sad, desperate condition of the main character, Janie, whose life has fallen apart after losing her beloved husband in an accident. Fay's writing is clever, detailed, and entertaining. Shelter Me is a good story, well told.