Monday, September 24, 2012
Discovering Nowhere by Lisa Bork
I'm used to Lisa Bork's murder mysteries, so this was quite a change. It's a novel about a woman whose husband dies while parachuting. His son goes to live with his mother, he nullified his life insurance by parachuting and there's no money. His wife finds the will left by his parents in which he, and now she, owns a house in Nowhere, SD. Broken hearted, alone and low on funds, she leaves Rochester, NY for Nowhere with the intent on selling the house. But she never expected to be welcome by the little town, or for it to help her heal.
The biggest theme in this book (and I have noticed this in her other books) is that of motherhood. Moira, the main character, was a stay-at-home step-mother and put her step-son first. Once he goes to live with his mother, she buys a dog to shower with affection. Once she's in Nowhere, she befriends her neighbor's son and becomes a second mother to him. The end of the book didn't really wrap up everything in a neat and tidy box, but the main point was that Moira was a mom and would do anything for children.
There's a bit of a mystery, a bit of romance, a bit of humor, but not enough for those genres to take over. I would have liked a little more romance but it was still enjoyable.
Rating: 3.5 stars