Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Bar Harbor Retirement Home For Famous Writers (and Their Muses) by Terri-Lynn DeFino

Good morning, readers! Today I'm a stop on the TLC blog tour for Terri-Lynn DeFino's The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (and Their Muses).

The Bar Harbor Home for the Elderly was founded with publishing professionals in mind. Authors, editors, anyone who made a living with books can stay there. Their newest resident, Alfonse Carducci, has been expected and there's much buzz about his arrival, but his health is not great and he spends much of his early days confined to his room. That doesn't mean no one sees him, though. Fellow author and one time lover Olivia Peppernell has been keeping him company. And Cecibel Bringer, an orderly who hides her face and the story behind it, has caught Carducci's attention. So much so that Cecibel has inspired in Carducci a new story. In return Carducci awakens a desire in Cecibel that has long been dormant - a desire to live life once again. 

A book about writers and books, what more could a book junkie ask for, right?

The characters are gorgeously wrought and the story alternates between their story and the one that Carducci himself is writing. I'll admit Cecibel in particular was the narrator I was most drawn to and I did find myself occasionally rushing through the other parts of the narrative in order to get back to her story.

The book is much more character driven than is my usual preference but there are small subplots that add an air of mystery to the tale and keep the story moving along. The biggest (back to Cecibel again) is the story behind Cecibel's injuries.

Anyone who loves books about books will adore DeFino's debut!

To see more stops on the tour check out the official TLC tour page here. And for more on Terri-Lynne DeFino and her work you can visit her website here.

Purchase Links: HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble


Terri-Lynne said...

Thank you so much for the lovely review!

Kay said...

This sounds just about perfect for me - in between my other books - mostly crime novels as you know. :-)

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I feel like any booklover would enjoy this book!
Thanks for being a part of the tour.