Twelve Houses

Twelve Houses

by Olga Soaje


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Can anything good follow the best thing that ever happened to you?

Amelia Weiss loved her husband of thirty-five years very much, but now he's left her a widow. Without him, she is unable to work in her sculpture studio without crying. She no longer has a bridge to her estranged daughter. And she can't seem to keep her mind in the present.

But when her daughter reaches out asking for her help and her agent threatens a lawsuit if Amelia doesn't deliver for an upcoming exhibit, she's forced to make a choice. Will she reengage with her life and the people in it-allowing room for things to be different than they were before? Or, will she remain stuck in the past, choosing her memories over real-life relationships?

Thrust fully into the present, Amelia stumbles into a surprising journey of self-discovery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781494285999
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/28/2013
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

In my novel Twelve Houses, I tell the story of a widow who discovers that her life story is far from over. Amelia is a brave woman who struggles to find her true place in the world and at the same time to create a life that holds spiritual meaning and purpose. Though my first book, Borrowing My Mother's Saints, was a comedy set in New York, I think both books describe a similar spiritual journey. I always consider the spiritual aspects of a character's story as I write. I love to hear from my readers about my books.

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Twelve Houses 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
LoriGarside More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written, powerful and poignant - Twelve Houses is the story of one woman's journey back to life after the death of her beloved husband. The book explores the relationships around her and her painful journey back to love.  Amelia Weiss loses her beloved husband, Nathan, after being married for 35 years. A talented artist and loving mother, she does not know how to go on. Her creative muse has disappeared; she's very close to her sun, but has a rocky relationship with her daughter; and is uncertain about her future. So, like many children of the sixties, she looks to her astrological charts for guidance.  Her daughter reaches out and asks her to visit San Francisco, the place where she and Nathan met, and Amelia embraces the idea with open arms. Once back in her old stomping grounds, Amelia goes to visit her old astrologist - and from here the story blossoms! This book made me cry, it made me laugh, and it gave me hope. Have tissues handy because this book made me 'ugly cry'. It brought back the pain of losing my mother and my father's journey back to life and love! I LOVED THIS BOOK!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lisa Jones for Readers' Favorite Twelve Houses by Olga Soaje is the story told from a widow's perspective. As Amelia comes to terms with the death of her soul-mate Nathan, her life seems unbearable. She could not contemplate life without him and cannot move on. After thirty-five years of marriage and two beautiful children, the prospect of being without him is too much to bear. Nathan had always shared a special connection with his daughter Chloe, one which sadly did not include Amelia. She struggled to understand her daughter throughout her childhood and into adulthood and her husband was always their mediator. Now that he was gone, the distance between them seemed further than ever. Desperate to get closer to her daughter, Amelia makes the decision to stay with her for a time to help her through a difficult pregnancy. As the days pass by, their relationship blossoms and they slowly become closer. Amelia begins to sculpt her art again as the biggest exhibition of her life looms and she also unwillingly finds love. She fights her feelings as guilt overtakes her, but it is as if her dead husband is there, willing her to live again. This is a beautiful story in every sense and I found it very moving. The way it developed was inspiring and the many twists and turns were sublime. Each character was well developed and I felt as though I knew them, which is what every writer aspires to achieve. I found the astrological aspect that was incorporated into the novel fascinating. The stereotype that I already had about a widow of that age was the opposite of what I discovered with the help of this book. It has shown me that life is indeed precious and you must grab it with both hands and live it to the fullest. If you are lucky enough to find love again then why deny happiness out of guilt. Overall, this lovely little story filled me with hope and happiness. I would recommend Twelve Houses by Olga Soaje to everyone if they want an uplifting and emotional read.
clahain1 More than 1 year ago
Amelia Weiss is in her late fifties when she loses her husband of many years to an unexpected heart attack. Her grief is profound, and she's unsure how to move forward--or even if it is possible to do so. She has support from friends and from her two children, though they live in different cities. But Amelia's grief gets in the way of her creativity--she's a famous sculptor. This is a problem because her agent, a difficult and complicated woman, has arranged a show in a renown NY venue. Amelia has no idea how she'll keep this commitment. Adding to sadness is her troubled relationship with her daughter. Her husband, while he was alive, used to act as a buffer between the two. With him gone, Amelia feels her fragile boned with Chloe will deteriorate even more.   I enjoyed the book a great deal. Amelia is a well-drawn, realistic character. I like how imperfect she is. Her stubbornness in her grief adds a lot of tension to a plot which could have easily become too sentimental. The integration of Astrology--as a means for Amelia to connect with her pre-married self and gain a little perspective on her current situation--was  well done and believable. It made me want to have my own Natal chart done. The various settings--Seattle, San Francisco, Napa--were realistic and enhanced the larger narrative. If there was one aspect of the book that distracted me a bit, it was the across-the-board upper class economic situations of ALL of the characters. On one hand it added a fairy tale quality to the book which was pleasant to dally in for a while. Also, it highlighted the fact that, for all the material riches at Amelia's fingertips, her heart and soul were as vulnerable to suffering as anyone else's. But it did get to be a tad too much. The zipping around the country. The buying of wineries and penthouses. Out-of-state interior designers for a baby's nursery. Toning it down a little would have emphasized the genuine emotion which makes the book such a pleasure.   Overall, I loved the book. The writing is thoughtful and accomplished. The plot touches the heart yet avoids melodrama. Also, in a literary landscape populated with heroines of eighteen-to-thirty, it's refreshing to explore the hopes and desires of a woman in late middle age. 
Shelby_Mead More than 1 year ago
* I received a free Ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review * Twelve Houses by Olga Soaje is a remarkable novel of life and death and love and loss so intricately and wonderfully woven together. The first chapter of this book is so incredibly sad. Amelia has lost her husband, Nathan, the love of her life. She doesn't she how she can possibly go on without him and furthermore, she doesn't want to. In Twelve Houses we follow Amelia on her journey to find a balance, a routine, a reason in her new life. She has to learn to live life without Nathan and to forgive him for making her do so. But more importantly she has to learn to forgive herself for wanting to. I loved this book. It's so easy to find yourself connecting to the characters and story. I've never experienced a loss like Amelia's but I have experienced great love and I felt so many emotions with her every step of the way. This is a novel for the masses. There is something in it for everyone to relate to and that's part of what makes it so great. Do you have or have you had a great love? So did Amelia. Have you experienced a heart breaking, life changing loss? So did Amelia. Do you struggle to connect with your kids? Live with regrets? Have amazing friends? So does Amelia. Twelve Houses was a beautifully written, moving novel full of friendships and choices and love and life. This author has an amazing talent for storytelling. I will recommend this book to everyone I know and I look forward to reading more by Olga Soaje.
MRCROCCO More than 1 year ago
Difficult Decisions A captivating piece of written art to provoke thought and reflection on one’s own life is how I perceived Twelve Houses. Olga Soaje did not claim to have written these magnificent words as a self-help book, but I’m making the comparison. Adversity is part of life, but as the cliché states, it’s how we handle our struggles that matters. Amelia became a widow after thirty-five years of a loving marriage. Understanding her choices regarding family, work, and relationships, may provide hope for readers. Amelia’s personal loss kept her artistic love of creating pieces of sculpture. She found it difficult to consider entering her studio. Her two children brought insignificant relief, especially her daughter, who was daddy’s girl. As time went on, Amelia realized she needed to stop grieving and get back to living. The touching story in Twelve Houses is magnificent as Soaje uses picture-perfect words to convey the concept of recognizing and accepting change. Soaje uses compassion and benevolence to explain how Amelia recovered from the unexpected hard knocks delivered in her life. Twelve Houses, by Olga Soaje, is an enjoyable story for readers of any age.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
After her husband passes away, Amelia Weiss goes through the most difficult period in her life. Without Nathan, she’s lost, clueless of what to do next. Even getting out of bed in the morning is nearly impossible. Sculpting, which always brought her joy, reduces her to tears. The love of her life is gone, and she’s left alone to pick up the pieces. Her son, Davi, leads his own life in the city with his fiance. Her relationship with her daughter Chloe is strained. They’ve never gotten along well, and Nathan always had to act as the middle man. But now he’s gone, and there’s no one left to reconcile them. Chloe makes an effort when she asks Amelia to come visit her in the city, revealing her pregnancy and marriage troubles to her mother, who tries to help her in every way possible. As they slowly grow closer to each other, Amelia finds a new love for yoga and gets back in touch with her old love for astrology. She learns how to make new connections and rediscover who she is and who she wants to be. And maybe, just maybe, she’ll find love again. This novel talks about a courageous woman, who’s heartbroken at first, and slowly learns to put herself together again. Missing pieces are replaced by new ones, old friends by new friends, and she becomes whole again. It’s a heartfelt novel, just in time for the holiday, about loss, sadness, grief, and never giving up, about being loved from beyond the grave and feeling that love in everything you do. About making a new life for yourself when your loved ones are taken away. Many times throughout reading, I was reduced to tears. With good writing, solid characters, and a keen sense of detail, Twelve Houses is a novel that will appeal to many people. I thought, since the protagonist is so much older than I am, and the topic is rather sad at first, it wouldn’t appeal to me, but I found myself rooting for Amelia, her personal growth, every minor victory, and feeling for her as if she was a long lost relative. So even if you don’t think this might be for you, at first, it’s worth giving it a shot.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Every once in a while a book comes along that takes your breath away with its powerful message and magnetic words. Twelve Houses by Olga Soaje has rocked me back on my heels. Amelia and her husband vowed to never leave each other, but thirty-five years after they took their vows, Amelia has been made a widow. She becomes like a ship lost at sea, unable to function, to create the sculptures she loves so much, she is paralyzed emotionally. The relationships around her are strained, and she cannot find solace anywhere. Her adult children are no comfort for her and she is so lost in her own grief, she fails to think of their loss, so when her estranged daughter "needs" her, she finds it difficult to respond. Between concerned friends and the "voice" of her late husband, she begins to see the person she has become, steeped in her grief. Only when she realizes that she is living in the past, does she work to truly "live" in the present and accept that life goes on, there are those who love and need her in their futures. Olga Soaje has created a masterpiece of words that flow through each page, rich with detail and emotion. Twelve Houses is a journey for one woman who learns to live again, as she starts to heal her pain by reaching out to others and forging new bonds. The stages of recovery and healing are handled with finesse and brutal clarity simultaneously as Ms. Soaje brings Amelia's story to life, a story that we all can relate to, the loss of a loved one whose life we can only honor by moving on. Twelve Houses is an amazing piece of art that comes alive in your hands and your heart. I received this copy of Twelve Houses from Olga Soaje in exchange for my honest review.