By Tim Farrington
Rebecca Martin is a unmarried mom with an residence 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 bought a daughter studying to learn and a task i do not rather 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 20 years in a monastery and smack dab in the midst of a depressing evening of the soul, Rebecca starts off to suspect that she isn't as completely disappointed as she had thought.
Her daughter, Mary Martha, is overjoyed with the hot arrival, as is Rebecca's mom, Phoebe, a rollicking widow creating a new lifestyles for herself one of the non secular eccentrics of the coastal city of Bolinas. Even Rebecca's ally, Bonnie, as soon as a proven cynic in issues of the center, urges Rebecca on. yet none of them, Rebecca feels, is familiar with how complex and unsafe love really is.
As her not likely friendship with the ex-monk grows towards whatever deeper, and Michael wrestles together with his melancholy whereas adjusting to a moment occupation flipping hamburgers at McDonald's, Rebecca struggles along with her personal temptation to wish. however it isn't really until eventually she is stated brief through the realities of lifestyles and demise that she starts off to glimpse the genuine secret of affection, and the unfathomable depths of faith.
Beautifully written and playfully attractive, this novel. is ready one guy wrestling along with his craving for a lifetime of contemplation and the necessity for a lifetime of motion on the earth. yet it is Rebecca's spirit, in addition to her relationships with Mary Martha, Phoebe, her irresponsible surfer ex-husband Rory -- and, after all, the monk downstairs -- that makes this tale shine.