The House of Bradbury
The House of Bradbury: a novel by Nicole Meier. Tempe: BookSparks, 2016. 258 pages. ****
Thirty-eight-year-old Mia Gladwell's life is in shambles. Her first novel has tanked, she has moved out of her cheating fiance's place and is living in her sister's carriage house. When Ray Bradbury's house comes on the market, it seems like destiny that Mia should live there. The only thing holding her back is the $1.5 million purchase price. Borrowing the money from her successful movie producer ex-fiance, he owes her after all, Mia moves in with the hope of being influenced by the great writer. The home is what she has hoped for and more, what she didn't expect to find is a detailed pencil sketch in a plain envelope taped above the bell next to her front door. Nor did she expect her ex-fiance to call in a favor so soon after loaning her the money for the house. Cole wants her to take in the Zoe Winter, a successful twenty-three-year-old actress, who has recently completed rehab for alcohol and pill issues. All Mia wants to do is write a best-selling novel and learn the identity of who is leaving sketches by her front door. The inspiration for her novel comes unexpectedly and Mia finds that she has come home after all.
Meier has written an entertaining tale of friendship, intrigue, and love. I am a Bradbury fan and I really enjoyed the many references to his writing and his house. This is one of those books that when I started it, I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. It's an easy, sitting on the porch or beach kind of read.
I received a copy from BookSparks for a review.
Nicole Meier is a native Southern Californian who pulled up roots and moved to the Pacific Northwest. She works as a freelance travel and lifestyle writer. She lives in Oregon with her husband and three children. The House of Bradbury is her first novel.
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