The House Guest

The House Guest

by Deborah L Norris


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ISBN-13: 9781634136983
Publisher: Mill City Press, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

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The House Guest 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Pervin More than 1 year ago
The House Guest by Deborah Norris is a relaxing novel with Maggie Davis as the protagonist; owner of a grand Victorian Manor turned to a bed and breakfast. Her daughter Jenna and her outspoken neighbour Lee are her two lifelines which keep her moving; along with a few newcomers who frequent this manor bringing with them tales of their own. The quaint Tilden town, the conversations and discussions of the house guests around the kitchen table, and the screen door shutting at the back porch of Maggie’s home and the kitchen door swinging open; perfectly reflects old time grace. The story connects the readers to the importance of culture and to value family ties. The author’s colorful writing style reflects actual events which occur in our lives someday or the other, engaging me till the end and I would highly recommend this book to all who enjoy nostalgia with a tint of humor and a bit of mystery as well.
MelissaMcLeod8484 More than 1 year ago
The House Guest Is about a woman who has had loss and love and great friendships in her life. The best memories are talking and chatting over the kitchen table. Years and years after the love of Maggies life died in an accident, a house guest comes to stay at her bed and breakfast, Noah is a soft spoken quiet guy who keeps to himself. Over time he falls for Maggie and comes to love her daughter. It Was a good book and it kept my interest. However I wish the author would have described what the characters looked like more so I could have pictured them more as I was reading. Usually when reading a good book I see what Im reading playing out in my mind like a movie. This book did that for me as well, but it was almost like everything was hazy and I couldnt quite see the characters faces. Overall I did enjoy the book. It was a fast, easy read.
MissLewingtonKatie More than 1 year ago
This seems quite an unemotional novel considering it deals with themes of family and death, all while this is mostly centred around the kitchen table and conversation. I think the first chapter is overly dramatic and has no bearing on the rest of the book, that's as interesting as it gets. The book is OK until the house guest arrives and things start to look up. There is a romance but so subtle, it will make little sense. Lee is a great character, source of much of the comedy and I only wish the writer had worked as hard as rounding off the other characters. A fine book, set in the past and I like its depiction of old times. The sense of community that Tilden has and its history is charming (although I think there are plot holes) and once it gets going, is likable.
Francine1440 More than 1 year ago
The House Guest is a book that explores many ideas but in such a way that none ever become the main focal point and all remain equally important. In most books this wouldn’t work but in The House Guest everything intertwines nicely, never becoming confusing, monotonous or “preachy”. I enjoyed the setting and time period which is a rooming house in the 1950s. It’s run by the main character, Maggie, a widow trying to raise her daughter on her own but luckily has a strong support group consisting of a unique group of characters who each contribute greatly to Maggie and Jenna’s lives. There’s Lee, an outspoken and obnoxious neighbour who represents the prejudice of the era. Anna is the gentle grandmother type who suffers a tragic loss but exhibits poise and kindness through it all. Noah is the mysterious man who shows Maggie she can love again. Many more interesting people make up the cast of characters that all come together to tell a beautiful story about how people become a family whether blood related or not. There’s even a bit of a mystery although, much like real life, it isn’t solved to my satisfaction. I read this on my ereader and it formatted well. The cover is as relaxing to look at as the book is to read. It’s like coming home, relaxing and satisfying.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite When Maggie Anderson Davis inherited the Victorian home where she grew up, it was with the anticipation of continuing the family legacy of mingling the familiar with the unexpected. Small town Tilden, Nebraska, becomes ever smaller at Maggie’s table where stories grow, memories are rehashed, and gossip fuels minds. With a neighbor like Lee, the opinionated and brassy outspoken voice of reason, there is always lively fodder for conversation. From homespun advice to openly chastising the traveling salesman famous for reneging on his room and board when he appears on his sporadic visits, to Maggie’s bed and breakfast, Lee offers a comic relief in this beautifully told tale. Though Maggie is the rightful owner of her home and business, her Uncle William is determined to acquire sole ownership of the family home. In her fight to maintain the dignity and history of the property, Maggie is thrown into a battle of wills and the reality of greed. Some people obviously do not understand the importance of tradition and customs. Unfortunately those people are often family. Deborah L. Norris has created a lovely tale of family and community in her novel The House Guest: Persuasions, Perspectives & Prejudices. This story is a reflection of old time grace and nostalgia. I enjoyed the author’s voice and colorful connections with the many visitors who came the way of Maggie’s table. The House Guest is the perfect novel to complete a hot cup of tea on a rainy day. I loved this novel.