Samantha Morrow is thirty-three years old, trying to reclaim her life after her husband has declared that he is leaving her and their eleven year old son, Travis. Sam realizes that she doesn’t know this person that she has become after years of marriage, having molded herself into what she thought was the perfect woman that her husband wanted her to be.Now, as her life is unraveling, Samantha receives counsel from her eccentric mother and wacky best friend. She covets the sage advice of Martha Stewart as her ideal role model. She even calls Martha, and actually talks to her, to ask how she handled her own divorce! In a last act of desperation to get back at her husband, Sam goes on a spending spree at Tiffany’s to purchase the beautiful (and expensive) things that she never had that she thinks will make her life perfect again only to give them all to a homeless woman on the street. Sam’s life begins to turn around when she begins to take in boarders to help pay the mortgage
A couple of them actually help and enrich her life in ways she never expected. She makes a new male friend, King, who is a brilliant but untraditional man, who helps her find work and happiness. In the end, Samantha emerges from her grief and pain a stronger woman who reclaims the talented, independent woman she used to be before her marriage.
I listened to Open House on CD and the narrator, Becky Ann Baker, gave Samantha Morrow a very special and humorous personality.It really enhanced an already very delightful novel.