Open House by Elizabeth Berg

About the book

Samantha’s husband has left her, and after a spree of overcharging at Tiffany’s, she settles down to reconstruct a life for herself and her eleven-year-old son. Her eccentric mother tries to help by fixing her up with dates, but a more pressing problem is money. To meet her mortgage payments, Sam decides to take in boarders. The first is an older woman who offers sage advice and sorely needed comfort; the second, a maladjusted student, is not quite so helpful. A new friend, King, an untraditional man, suggests that Samantha get out, get going, get work. But her real work is this: In order to emerge from grief and the past, she has to learn how to make her own happiness. In order to really see people, she has to look within her heart. And in order to know who she is, she has to remember–and reclaim–the person she used to be, long before she became someone else in an effort to save her marriage. Open House is a love story about what can blossom between a man and a woman, and within a woman herself.

Reviewed by Ladies Who Lunch Reading group:

An enjoyable read. Not intellectually challenging but realistic and thought provoking. We found plenty to discuss in this book related to real-life experiences.

Star rating: ***

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3 thoughts on “Open House by Elizabeth Berg”

  1. Review by Shipton Bellinger W I Reading Group :
    A light read but didn’t make us want to read any more of her work
    Rating: *

  2. Review by Brookmans Reading Group:
    We couldn’t agree with the critics that it was ‘hilarious’ but it was an accurate description of a broken marriage. The characters – Lydia, King and Edward were all very likeable but we couldn’t imagine why Sam would want Rita for a friend. The high point in the book was when Sam rejected her husband’s attempt to return!
    Star rating: ***

  3. Review by Biscuits Books and Banter Reading Group:
    Mixed reception. Thought by many to be an easy read and some interesting characters which the author had managed to bring into story. American woman, left by husband and how she copes over time. None of our readers in same situation so don’t know if feelings ring true.
    Star rating: ***

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