Review of Making It Home by Christine Campbell
Now that I’ve learned to use the Kindle Paperwhite I got for Christmas I’ve been browsing through Amazon.com and reading some e-books by authors who are new to me. One of these that really stands out is Making It Home by Christine Campbell. Though the book appears to be hot off the presses it doesn’t rub your nose in modern life. Set in a vaguely modern day Edinburg, Scotland the book is well titled as the main character wrestles – in a very ladylike manner – with what she had made into a home, what she really wanted from a home, and how to help others find the ability to create a home for themselves.
In this book we meet Kate, who has a fairly normal middle-aged life, but it is slowly unwinding like an old clock and she is beginning to realize that it is time for a decision about what kind of life she truly wants. Phyllis, an older woman who befriends Kate, helps open Kate’s eyes to how much she has been sleep-walking through her life. They both recognize that Naomi needs their help but they can’t quite work out how to offer that help or what all it will entail.
So far it could be any politically correct book on the “women’s literature” market – but this book rises above that. The characters deepen and where men come into the story they start out almost as caricatures and then find their own realism as the women in the book begin to see them as real people with real thoughts and ideas. The people in this book stay with the reader and seem to grow even after the book concludes. It is a gentle read that sinks into your mind and soul and gently helps you change your assumptions about others.
I am really impressed with this author and with this novel. I recommend it to anyone who isn’t looking for a cookie-cutter story-line. Making it Home doesn’t come at you with a message or a sermon; it simply shares the lives of the people in it and lets you decide for yourself. This book gives me the same peaceful experience I found reading D.E. Stevenson’s work – but updated for modern times. Amazon has a page for D. E. Stevenson, if the author is unknown to you – here is the web address, and I do apologize that I’ve done such a bad job with the link. http://www.amazon.com/D.-E.-Stevenson/e/B000APY7WM/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1364868203&sr=1-2-ent