At the opening of Eve Marie Mont’s debut novel, Free to a Good Home, we meet Noelle, and on this Christmas, she is a newly divorced thirty-three year old veterinary tech, very unsure of what comes next. Unfortunately, her ex can still make her heart race, even though she knows that his being gay made the relationship more than unworkable. She’s also still reeling from the discovery that she cannot conceive a child, another turn in life that she was completely unprepared for. With all of that on her mind, she’s certainly not imagining a new beginning right around the corner. As readers, though, we know that the next year as chronicled in the novel, will hold lots of ups and downs, hopefully with the storybook happy ending.
If you’re looking for a summer novel with charm, humor, and a main character whose likability leaps off the page, let me encourage you to get to a bookstore or library. Noelle is the quintessential character who is less than fully self-aware– always there for others, but not necessarily keeping her own best interests in mind. She could be perceived as somewhat unbelievable… unless you know people like her (or you are that person!). Over the course of a year, Noelle not only learns some things about herself, but also deepens relationships with some other people in her life as well. With a new perspective, new beginnings come naturally.
Giving the book a special feel are both the New England setting, with the seasons playing out on the pages in lush descriptions, and the animal shelter component of the story, which provides some thoughtful parallels between the human and canine experiences.
With a comfortable and contemporary tone to the first-person narrative, not only is Noelle’s character extremely likable and easy to relate to, the whole novel flows quickly, making Free to a Good Home a wonderful summer read, when a long, lazy afternoon begs to be spent reading!
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Dawn’s ideal summer day involves a little sun, a little water, and a whole lot of reading. Oh, and don’t forget at least a few minutes blogging away at my thoughts exactly.