Open House

Open House

In this superb novel by the beloved author of Talk Before Sleep, The Pull of the Moon, and Until the Real Thing Comes Along, a woman re-creates her life after divorce by opening up her house and her heart.
Samantha's husband has left her, and after a spree of overcharging at Tiffany's, she settles down to reconstruct a life for herself and her eleven-year-old son. Her eccentric mother tries to help by fixing her up with dates, but a more pressing problem is money. To meet her mortgage payments, Sam decides to take in boarders. The first is an older woman who offers sage advice and sorely needed comfort; the second, a maladjusted student, is not quite so helpful. A new friend, King, an untraditional man, suggests that Samantha get out, get going, get work. But her real work is this: In order to emerge from grief and the past, she has to learn how to make her own happiness. In order to really see people, she has to look within her heart. And in order to know who she is, she has to remember--and reclaim--the person she used to be, long before she became someone else in an effort to save her marriage. Open House is a love story about what can blossom between a man and a woman, and within a woman herself.


From the Hardcover edition.

Title:Open House
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780345435163
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    Open House Reviews

  • Connie

    Elizabeth Berg might just be my favorite author for a guaranteed, enjoyable comfort read. I may need to keep one of her books handy at all times. Her stories are true to life, her characters are rela...

  • Sharon Metcalf

    3.5 stars rounded upWhat a delightful little book was Open House by Elizabeth Berg. It's been sitting on my bookshelf for the longest time just waiting to reach the top of my TBR. Samantha Morrow is 4...

  • Dylan

    Open House is a celebration of self-absorption, self-centeredness and self-pity in women. The book centers on a recent divorcee, Sam, who whines incessantly and feels sorry for herself. Sam reads like...

  • Janice Williams

    I read "Open House" by Elizabeth Berg for the first time four years ago. I discovered her books at the library and read all of Berg’s titles available there, then purchased some additional titles as...

  • Kim

    Shallow sketches of uninteresting characters paired with the bare outline of a plot whose every development was easily guessed. Had Berg gone any deeper into any of the characters, we might have had a...

  • Suede

    Next time I find myself thinking that I need a really easy read, I'll edit my thought to be "I need an easy, BUT STILL WORTHWHILE, read."Although I hate to love, and love to hate on Oprah and her book...

  • Heather

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Elizabeth Berg has a way of creating characters who I want to be friends with. They are real and vulnerable and strong. This was a story about Sam, who is heartbroken and ...

  • Laura

    I was truly shocked by how much I disliked this book. I've been enjoying Elizabeth Berg's books since I picked up a copy of Say When at my library in 2004-- since then I haven't read one I didn't enjo...

  • Amanda

    I am going to review this book based on the first 3/4 and the last 1/4.At first, I was pleasantly surprised when I picked this one up. Berg described feelings and characters in such detail that I was ...

  • Britany

    Samantha's husband recently left her and her 11 year old son Travis. She expresses herself through Martha Stewart, shopping at Tiffany's and renting out rooms in her house to many different personalit...