Continuing with my #BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge I was delightfully surprised by the gem of a book, The House of Bradbury by Nicole Meier. Meier, a debut author, tells a story of unexpected friendships and mysterious love all against the backdrop of the historic home of Ray Bradbury. It is a fun, quick read that I could have finished in a day. The story was that seamless and captivating. Again another summer pick that will be a perfect companion at the beach or the pool. Can you tell summer reading is my favorite 🙂
Mia is a young writer who has been unsuccessful with her first novel. Panned by the critics, she also starts to lose her sense of direction as her fiancee Carson leaves her and she is now living with her sister. She sees that Ray Bradbury’s, a famous mystery/sci-fi author, house is for sale and decides that purchasing the house may just be the inspiration and new start that she needs. Carson being the big Hollywood producer helps her purchase the home but that doesn’t come without some baggage. Mia agrees to take in a young, drug recovering actress, Zoe, who needs a little sense of direction as well, as a favor to Carson. Shortly after moving into the home, mysterious notes are appearing her doorstep. Could it be her handsome neighbor or just some kids playing a prank? As she she starts to develop a friendship with Zoe she sees how she is struggling and almost becomes a mother figure of sorts to her, something Mia was not prepared for. As Mia adjusts to living her life at Bradbury she can see all the magic that it once held for Bradbury himself and her creative energy is sparked. Will she write her next novel, find love and create new friendships? She soon discovers that this house and the presence that was once there could be exactly what she needed in her life.
Meier shines in her debut novel. A sweet story that reaffirms friendships can be made in the most unlikely situations and love always shows up when we are least expecting it. The house being a character itself played a huge part in the book and Meier so beautifully depicted that. I loved the relationship between Mia and Zoe. This relationship really developed each character so beautifully and it made me love Mia even more. The House of Bradbury is a perfect summer read with a sunny plot and refreshing ending!
*Thanks to BookSparks for sending a copy for review.