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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,718 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Berg Narrator: Elizabeth Berg Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9780739331897
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In this new novel, beloved bestselling author Elizabeth Berg weaves a beautifully written and richly resonant story of a mother and daughter in emotional transit. Helen Ames–recently widowed, coping with loss and grief, unable to do the work that has always sustained her–is beginning to depend far too much on her twenty-seven-year-old daughter, Tessa, and is meddling in her life, offering unsolicited and unwelcome advice. Helen’s problems are compounded by her shocking discovery that her mild-mannered and loyal husband was apparently leading a double life. The Ameses had painstakingly saved for a happy retirement, but that money disappeared in several large withdrawals made by Helen’s husband before he died. In order to support herself and garner a measure of much needed independence, Helen takes an unusual job that ends up offering far more than she had anticipated. And then a phone call from a stranger sets Helen on a surprising path of discovery that causes both mother and daughter to reassess what they thought they knew about each other, themselves, and what really makes a home and a family.


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Quotes & Awards

  • Some of the best fiction plants us in someone else's life and forces us to keep turning the pages no matter how minute the details. Elizabeth Berg, who is expert at that technique, has produced one of her most honest and intimate novels with Home Safe.''—Boston Globe
  • Berg is a tender and enchanting storyteller who wisely celebrates the simple, sustaining elements of life… A keen and funny observer, she is the poet of kindness…This [is] an insightful, graceful, and romantic novel. Booklist
  • Berg gracefully renders, in tragic and comic detail, the notions that every life–however blessed–has its share of awful loss, and that even crushed, defeated hearts can be revived. Publishers Weekly
  • [Berg’s] warmth, humor, and forgiving eye for human nature, mixing wry observation with heartwarming moments, make this a pleasant read. Library Journal
  • A charming read. People

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanie | 2/20/2014

    " Quick read. Not deep but with an unusual perspective and an interesting mother-daughter relationship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne Knibbe | 2/20/2014

    " THis novel really spoke to me because the main character, Helen, is a recent widow, and many of the thoughts she has are thoughts I have had. The plot kind of falls apart at the end, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanmarie | 2/15/2014

    " I could relate to this story. We quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annalise | 2/14/2014

    " I am a sucker for "plain life" stories of growth that we all have been through or experienced. This reminded me of so many facets of growing up or growing differently. Berg is a master of real-life narratives. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margaret | 2/13/2014

    " I'd given another book of Berg's a 4 out of 5 and can't recall that book at all! This one had its moments (some of Helen's realizations and how her mother handled her fathers passing). Sadly few though and both Helen and Tessa were not terribly likeable. Helen too hopeless and Tessa too rude. Thank goodness for Helen's sounding board Midge. I did like how Berg resolved the Mill Bay house conundrum, but had a very hard time relating to Helen's troubles. Oh to have a house in Oak Park and another in Mill Bay. Sheesh. It was all a bit insipid. My fault for reading about lives that seem trivial. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 1/22/2014

    " Berg is an on-again, off-again writer. This is one of her better ones. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lindsey Murry | 1/22/2014

    " Ugh...that's about all I can say. Waste of time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sherry Richert | 1/17/2014

    " I loved Berg's "Range of Motion," so when I saw this at the library, I snatched it right up. But I found it to be simplistic, cliche, and flat. :-( "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leanne Ellis | 1/2/2014

    " Two and a half stars. I usually love Berg's writing, but this one was so slow to start. Some nice moments in it, but overall disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey Mcclune | 12/27/2013

    " I liked the insights on mother-daughter relationships and marriage. The main character, the mother, was interesting, but I found the daughter a bit overdone and annoying. It was a quick, enjoyable read and I'd read more of this author's books if I'm looking for something like that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary-Frances | 12/26/2013

    " Another good one! Interesting pattern of widowhood, but definately a different story. I really enjoy the portrayal of 2nd romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb Bailey | 12/19/2013

    " This book by E Berg was very engaging and enjoyable. Not once did I really want to put it down and come back to it later. One of Bergs best books I think. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anne-Marie | 12/5/2013

    " I wanted to love this book but i never really got into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 11/30/2013

    " I anticipated more drama from what I read on the inside jacket. Overall not a bad book, it reads quickly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara Norris | 11/20/2013

    " There were a few moments while reading this book that were humorous but mostly I found the character annoying and the whole premise pretty annoying. How can a novelist (the main character) be so unaware? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty410 | 10/21/2013

    " Like other books by Berg, this appeals to women more than men. This is about the many lchanges that must be made to adjust to both joys and sadness as life progresses. Berg uses simple language but goes to the heart of the matter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Woodruff | 5/24/2013

    " Helen Ames is devastaed by her husband's sudden death. She learns that her husband had withdrawn a million dollars from their bank account. But for what? Her quest leads her back to living. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 5/15/2013

    " This was a very cozy book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty | 4/9/2012

    " Easy read..interesting characters, even if the story line had some implausable parts. Loved that she gave a plug to a Milwaukee Italian deli that my sister-in-law loves. (Glorioso's on Brady). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah B | 1/20/2012

    " A moving and insightful work...I did the audiobook. I did expect a little more mystery, maybe a little scandal, but it just didn't happen, which also made it kind of refreshing. I was moved to tears more than once. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 9/27/2011

    " A quick and ultimately hopeful book about a woman whose husband died suddenly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne | 8/5/2011

    " Giving this 2stars only becuz I actually finished it. no, not so much... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marylin | 6/28/2011

    " Pure Elizabeth Berg--such a talent for getting inside women's heads! I suggest you begin this book when you have time to spend reading--it's the kind of book you'd like to read in a day or two, at the most! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peg | 6/13/2011

    " Truly captured the female thought process of my generation. Helen felt so honest and fragile and . . . lost. Curiously, much about Helen rang true. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Academicsupport | 5/18/2011

    " A friend suggested this author as one of her favorites, but so far I am having difficulty relating or maybe truly enjoying her novels. I guess I want to be entertained, touched, or transported. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janice | 5/13/2011

    " Not my favorite Berg novel, but still an enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hilary | 5/3/2011

    " I love this author, and parts of the story were great, but other parts really dragged for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terise | 4/26/2011

    " Love it 100 pages in. Beautiful account of a woman mourning, but still in the early stages of the novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 4/23/2011

    " I enjoyed this book more for the lyrical writing style than for the story, although the story was interesting too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 4/8/2011

    " Elizabeth Berg is a wonderful writer but this was not a favorite for me. The protagonist irritated me and I never "bonded" with her or understood her viewpoint. I actually read almost 2/3 of the book before realizing I had already read it. That's not good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristin | 3/27/2011

    " this is a very nice, sweet story of a 60 year old woman finally finding herself...I hope most women have a much stronger sense of self than the main character did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 3/24/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book, grandmother, mother, daughter. Listened to book w author narrating, beautiful voice. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tina | 3/13/2011

    " Painful to read. I disliked the main character so much that I wanted to reach in the book and smack her! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shalyce | 3/11/2011

    " Hillsboro Book Club pick. quick read. pretty clean. interesting to think about loss of spouse and if you are prepared financially, and emotionally. co-dependence? "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Berg

Elizabeth Berg, the author of three New York Times bestsellers, won the NEBA Award for her body of work and was an ABBY Award finalist for her book Talk before Sleep. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Ladies’ Home Journal, Redbook, and the New York Times. Berg also teaches writing workshops at Radcliffe College.