Title: Walter’s Muse
Author: Jean Davies Okimoto
What a genuinely pleasant read. Walter’s Muse is full of spunky characters and a lovely setting. I could easily picture Vashon Island even though I’ve never been there before.
Maggie is an interesting character. I enjoyed getting into her head and understanding the reasoning behind her frustrations with her sister and her neighbor, Walter. Okimoto did a great job of pacing the reveal of information which pulls the reader along. You find out in snippets what happened between Maggie and Walter before they moved to the island and what Maggie’s life was like growing up. They both play a huge part in what drives her as a character.
My favorite character was Martha Jane. She is Maggie’s neighbor and at ninety-one years old she is full of spunk. I especially love that she accepts her own limitations with her age. If she forgets what she was talking about, she simply asks. If only we could all be so comfortable with ourselves to enjoy every aspect of life, including getting older.
Okimoto really captured the essence of these characters which makes their story believable. I think that’s really important, especially when there’s potential romance involved. And even though the majority of the characters are in their fifties or older, I could still relate to them.
My only problem with the book was Maggie’s relationship with her sister. The relationship itself didn’t bother me. I thought Maggie was right to feel the way she did about her sister, but I didn’t like how that relationship was wrapped up at the end of the book. I was hoping for a little growth and development on both sister’s parts, but that just doesn’t happen. It was slightly disappointing, but not enough to ruin the overall satisfaction with the book.
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*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.*