Former child star Fiona Hume deserted the movie biz a decade ago–right after she left rehab. She landed in Baltimore, bought a dilapidated old mansion downtown, and hatched dreams of restoring it into a masterpiece, complete with a studio for herself. She would disappear from public view and live an artist’s life. That was the plan. Ten years later, Fiona’s huge house is filled with junk purchased at thrift stores, haggled over at yard sales, or picked up from the side of the road. Each piece was destined for an art project . . . but all she’s got so far is a piece of twine with some antique buttons threaded down its length. She’s thirty-two years old and still recognizable, but Fiona’s money has finally run out. She’s gotten pretty desperate, too, and in her desperation she’s willing to do almost anything for money. Almost. So it is that she comes to rent out the maid’s quarters to a local blacksmith named Josia Yeu. Josia is everything Fiona isn’t: gregarious, peaceful, in control without controlling . . . in short, happy. As the light from the maid’s quarters begins to permeate the dank rooms of Fiona’s world, something else begins to transform as well—something inside Fiona. Something even she can see is beautiful. (From Netgalley.com)
Sissy: In this world full of evil, greed, pride, and power hunger it is easy to become jaded, to believe that there is no goodness or trustworthiness. But as Fiona learns, there are altruistic people out there; those who serve and do good for no other reason than love for their fellow human beings and love of God. Fiona is lost in a place of non-healing, lack of progress, and bad decisions and just needs something to give her hope and a nudge forward.
Bubby: I can relate to Fiona’s desire to hide in a comfortable place surrounded by things I love, but I tend to hide for the afternoon and not ten years.
Sissy: Yes, but Fiona is alone, for all intents and purposes, and you have me. Why, if it weren’t for me you would be a miserable, babbling, drooling recluse crouched amidst the detritus of your hoarder’s piles of old paperback books, fabric scraps, and chocolate bar wrappers.
Bubby: Oh, Sissy. Thank you for making my existence not a complete futile waste. My husband and children are grateful. It’s a good thing that Fiona eventually finds Jack and Josia and her coffee shop owner friend to remind her of all the good things in life.
Sissy: A Thing of Beauty by Lisa Samson doesn’t have your standard love story happy ending but rather ends with a whole host of hope and possibility. I rather love that, and find it’s a good message for the lot of us. Don’t give up–there is always hope, and life is full of promise.
Bubby: Instead of a “Happy Ending” we have a “Happy Beginning.” A great New Year’s theme and read!
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