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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
Anyone picking up Ulrica Hume's latest book, House of Miracles, is in for a treat. The author chooses to focus on three major characters and interweave them through the lives of others, as well as the limitations of time and place. We meet Janet, an indecisive woman with an ugly past. There is Jack, Janet's sometimes boyfriend who seems to lack a direction in life. Lastly, there is Mrs. von Meurs who is filled with eccentricities, life experience, and wisdom. There are many lessons contained in the book, the most prominent of which might be that negative and noxious life events may simply be the difficult gifts offered by life so that the desired consequences can be even more deeply appreciated. This is a no-nonsense book, rich with joy and sadness. At times, it reads like a work of prose. The simplicity of many of the author's statements must be consumed and digested so that the full depth of the story is revealed to the reader.
Although most readers would conclude that Hume's writing is earthy, there is also a nearly ethereal quality at times. House of Miracles is a seemingly simple and yet poignant story of life, love, and taking chances on personal need and personal growth. Sometimes, you know you are at the right place and the time is ripe to act. Sometimes, you just understand the person you are with is one with whom you could share a lifetime of memories. Sometimes, you simply comprehend that love is such a personal preference that no definition or explanation can steer you in the right direction. And yes, this book makes you think about all those things - and so much more!