Book Review: Twelve Houses

Welcome to one of the tour stops of TWELVE
by OLGA SOAJE. Lady Reader’s Bookstuff Tours is hosting a
week-long tour for Ms. Soaje for her new book. Twelve
which is Contemporary Woman’s Literary Fiction. The book
addresses and tells the tale of one woman discovering her life is far from
over. Join us today and follow along to see some great posts including an Amazon
Gift Card giveaway!

Can anything good follow the best thing that ever happened
to you?

Amelia Weiss loved her husband of thirty-five years very much, but now he’s
left her a widow. Without him, she is unable to work in her sculpture studio
without crying. She no longer has a bridge to her estranged daughter. And she
can’t seem to keep her mind in the present.

But when her daughter reaches out asking for her help and her agent threatens a
lawsuit if Amelia doesn’t deliver for an upcoming exhibit, she’s forced to make
a choice. Will she reengage with her life and the people in it—allowing room
for things to be different than they were before? Or, will she remain stuck in
the past, choosing her memories over real-life relationships?

Thrust fully into the present, Amelia stumbles into a surprising journey of

My Review:
Grab yourself a box of Kleenex before sitting down with Twelve Houses. Amelia Weiss has just lost the love of her life, Nathan. She struggles to move past this grief, this sudden loss and find meaning in her lonely state. Fortunately for Amelia (and unfortunately for my tear ducts) she has the amazing support from two friends, one new and one old and her two children. Even still, Amelia shuttles back and forth between the memories of what was and her painful present. With each passing memory, I felt even more connected to Nathan’s character and more heartbroken for Amelia. Is that possible? To miss a character in a book that I did not “know?” What I especially loved about Amelia’s recall is that her memories aren’t littered with perfect moments as if she were married to the holiest of saints; they’re real and call to mind even the unpleasant moments.

Without Nathan by her side, Amelia is faced with the immense disconnect between her and her daughter, Chloe. Amelia takes this opportunity, this shared loss, to mend fences. She initially feels a similar disconnect to her work as an artist but is thrown back into it by her tough loving agent. “Conversations” with Nathan are a help as she molds fresh clay and yet, are at times, a hinderance, reminding her of the loneliness.

Amelia also finds solace and great comfort in reigniting her passion for astrology. While that is something that I, personally, have little interest in, it’s a wonder to see it fill Amelia’s desire for purpose.

Soaje paints an emotional and intimate portrait of grief and the life that lies ahead. She breathes new life into the importance of friendship and the support they so amazingly provide.

5 stars for Twelve Houses

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On my latest novel Twelve Houses, I tell the story of a
widow who discovers that her life story is far from over. Amelia is a brave
woman who struggles to find her true place in the world and at the same time to
create a life that holds spiritual meaning and purpose.
Though my first book, Borrowing My Mother’s Saints, was a
comedy set in New York, I think both books describe a similar spiritual journey.
The struggles of all of my characters are very important to me, and I love to
hear from my readers about my books.
In my everyday life, I am married, and my husband and I
are raising two sons. We currently divide our lives between San Diego, California,
and Mexico. 
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