When I agreed to review the novel, The Household Guide To Dying: A Novel About Life, by Debra Adelaide for Mom Central's Mother Talk, I was intrigued by the title. Then when I received the book I was reluctant, being a mother myself, I worried it would be a depressing read. Thankfully my initial assessment was completely incorrect. The Household Guide To Dying is masterfully written and takes the reader through Delia's life through snippets of flashbacks allowing the reader to come to understand just who Delia is. The author does not disappoint the reader with her beautiful prose, one can almost see and smell all that she describes from the gravel roads to the flowers of her beloved Australia.
The Household Guide To Dying is a poignant tale of a woman's love for her family. When Delia, a mother of two young girls, finds out she has finally lost her battle with cancer she decides to use what time remains to write a book of sorts. By trade, Delia is a household advice columnist. She uses her talents to leave behind advice for her daughters, advice she would have given them through various stages of their lives, had she lived.
I was very pleased at how witty and lovable I found Delia to be. I truly was expecting to be rather depressed, yet that was close to impossible for me considering the whit in which the story is told through Delia. She is practical, fun, sentimental, and above is not depressed (which amazed me). Delia is also a bibliophile, which I related to rather well. I found the descriptions of how Delia would react in comparison to say a mother in an Austen novel to be delightfully fun! The novel is filled with numerous twists and turns guaranteeing the reader will not want to put the book down.
I would not hesitate to recommend this novel to anyone. I know a few family memebers who will be receiving copies of this novel as gifts. Intrigued? The book can be purchased at Amazon.com. Come back and let me know how you liked the novel.
I am extremely grateful to Mom Central's Mother Talk for allowing me the opportunity to review The Household Guide To Dying: A Novel About Life by Debra Adelaide.