Title: Where the Heart is
Author: Billie Letts
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Oprah’s Book Club edition (June 1, 1998
Genre: Adult Fiction
Source: My bookshelf
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
I bought this book in a second hand bookstore. There is already a movie made on this so I’m sure I would never have picked it up for normal price. I would have preferred watching the movie instead.
Anyway, I’m so glad I picked it up because I ended up loving it. I read this before the wedding so my memory is not that sharp but I do remember all the lovely characters from the book, most of all Novalee, so I guess that’s a big plus.
The book begins with Novalee Nation and her boyfriend traveling on road to get to some place where the boyfriend could get some job. Novalee is a teenager and is pregnant. Somewhere mid-journey when they stop at Walmart, the boyfriend chickens out and leaves Novalle at Walmart and drives off.
So here she is, 17 and pregnant, with no one to turn to for help. So she hides in Walmart and manages to stay there until the baby is born. But along the way she meets some people, strangers, who take her in and shower her with love and give her a place she could call home.
At times I think everything turned out to be too easy for Novalle, like everything just fell into place. I’m not sure that really happens in real life. What is the future of a 17 year old pregnant girl with no job, who knows no body in the town and has absolutely nothing going for her? It’s a miracle alright, something we have stopped believing in long ago. May be it’s time we stop being so cynical and believe there are people who are as unselfish as the ones Novalle met in that small town.
So in spite of what I now call a minor problem in the book, I absolutely loved and enjoyed reading Where the Heart is. It’s a heart warming story with endearing characters. You will find yourself rooting for Novalee and falling in love with her adorable little girl.
It’s a book that’s perfect for Christmas. Besides, isn’t that a perfect title?