Book Review: The House of Bradbury by Nicole Meier

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Synopsis:

Mia Gladwell’s life is going nowhere. The media has skewered her debut novel, her fiancé Carson, a successful Hollywood producer, has jumped ship, and now she’s living in her sister’s carriage house―unattached, unemployed, and uninspired. Then she learns that the Los Angeles estate of iconic author Ray Bradbury is up for sale, and she feels an immediate urge to buy the wonky old house, convinced that moving into the late author’s home will inspire her to create her best work yet.

Life in the Bradbury house is not what Mia imagined, however. Soon after moving in, to fulfill a debt she owes to Carson, she agrees to take in a pill-popping young actress as a tenant, and suddenly she finds herself in a balancing act between her needy ex, an unpredictable starlet, and her disapproving sister, who’s keeping a close eye on her. Add to this a series of mysterious sketches left at her doorstep by a stranger, and Mia’s life is more complicated than ever. As she searches for clues, though, Mia discovers insights into her own life. Maybe moving into Bradbury’s house was a big mistake―but maybe not.

About the Author:

Nicole Meier is a native Southern Californian who pulled up roots and moved to the Pacific Northwest. She works as a freelance travel and lifestyle writer. She can be found at http://www.nicolemeierauthor.com

My Review:

I really enjoyed reading The House of Bradbury.  I love how Meier included some of Bradbury personal and the house history into this fiction; readers do not need to know who Ray Bradbury was in order to enjoy this novel.  Meier has done a great job describing him and/or his works.

I did not recall who Ray Bradbury was until Fahrenheit 451 was mentioned.  I read Fahrenheit 451 back in high school, 10th grade to be exact.  It was a good novel.  I remember watching the movie along with book as well.  Sadly, I have not had a choice to read his other works.  I wonder how many of the Ray Bradbury’s stories are real in the novel. Will I ever find an author I love so much that I would do anything to buy his/her house like Mia.

I wish the mystery man story is a little more developed or longer.  All the other characters are great, especially Zoe.  There are so much going with her.  I feel like she can have her own book, maybe that can the next book. =D

4.5 out of 5 Stars
Received a free copy from BookSparks (2016 Summer Reading Challenge) in exchange for an honest review.

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