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 I'm thirty-eight years outdated, and i have acquired a daughter studying to learn and a task i do not rather like. i do not desire the violin music. but if the recent 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 really as completely upset as she had thought.
Her daughter, Mary Martha, is thrilled with the recent arrival, as is Rebecca's mom, Phoebe, a rollicking widow creating a new existence 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 concerns of the guts, urges Rebecca on. yet none of them, Rebecca feels, knows how advanced and hazardous love truly is.
As her not going friendship with the ex-monk grows towards whatever deeper, and Michael wrestles along with his melancholy whereas adjusting to a moment occupation flipping hamburgers at McDonald's, Rebecca struggles along with her personal temptation to pray. however it isn't until eventually she is pointed out brief through the realities of existence and dying that she starts to glimpse the genuine secret of affection, and the unfathomable depths of faith.
Beautifully written and playfully attractive, 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 really 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.