I knew Belinda Mckeon (left) as a journalist many moons ago and heard she had a book out a while back. I loved Solace. Perhaps I related to the young man moving up to college from the country, the awkward phone calls home with excuses for not going home this weekend or maybe I related to the Dad on the other end of the line, being one myself now, wishing and wanting things for his son or for himself. Small-town, country life is captured beautifully and had me both laughing and crying at times. Each character tells their own story and, though very tragic, I found it very life-affirming.