By Tim Farrington
Rebecca Martin is a unmarried mom with an house to hire and a feeling that she has used up her illusions. I had the romantic factor with my first husband, thanks very much, she tells a hapless suitor. I'm thirty-eight years previous, and i have acquired a daughter studying to learn and a task i do not relatively like. i do not want the violin music. but if the hot tenant in her in-law condo seems to be Michael Christopher, at the lam after two decades in a monastery and smack dab in the course of a gloomy evening of the soul, Rebecca starts to suspect that she isn't as completely dissatisfied as she had thought.
Her daughter, Mary Martha, is overjoyed with the recent arrival, as is Rebecca's mom, Phoebe, a rollicking widow creating a new lifestyles for herself one of the religious eccentrics of the coastal city of Bolinas. Even Rebecca's ally, Bonnie, as soon as a proven cynic in concerns of the guts, urges Rebecca on. yet none of them, Rebecca feels, is familiar with how advanced and unsafe love truly is.
As her not likely friendship with the ex-monk grows towards anything deeper, and Michael wrestles together with his melancholy whereas adjusting to a moment profession flipping hamburgers at McDonald's, Rebecca struggles along with her personal temptation to wish. however it isn't until eventually she is stated brief by means of the realities of lifestyles and demise that she starts to glimpse the genuine secret of affection, and the unfathomable depths of faith.
Beautifully written and playfully enticing, this novel. is set one guy wrestling along with his longing for a lifetime of contemplation and the necessity for a lifetime of motion on this planet. yet it truly is Rebecca's spirit, in addition to her relationships with Mary Martha, Phoebe, her irresponsible surfer ex-husband Rory -- and, in fact, the monk downstairs -- that makes this tale shine.