_“Angie Pantera thought she had the perfect life: a loving, devoted husband of twenty-five years, two wonderful, grown children, and an impending wedding anniversary celebration with friends and family. But the celebration is ruined by a cheating husband, and Angie’s life devolves into a living nightmare–until serendipity brings her to Birdsong, Maine, as recreation director at the Home of the Little Flower. _
A church-run nursing home that is slowly wasting away with its nonagenarian inhabitants, the Home could use a miracle … or maybe a facsimile of one. A bit of creative advertising prompts Angie to buy a bouquet of “magical” dandelions, and in a flash of inspiration, she knows exactly how to bring light to these dark days. After all, no one is ever too old for wishes.
But then people start dying, and the only thing they have in common is Angie. Harangued by a distrustful elder and under suspicion by the police, Angie must fight to clear her good name as she seeks out the truth: Is this a miracle or murder?” – Amazon
Tigers Love Bubble Baths & Obsession Perfume by Mary K. Savarese is such a wonderful look at the miracles that can happen in life. Savarese takes us into a small Catholic church and gives us an in-depth look at the rituals, sacraments and other daily events of the church while combining a story of a woman who lost a lot, but is able to find hope again.
I really enjoyed getting to know the senior residents that Angie held programs for and gave the Eucharist to, and I wish (see what I did there) that we would have learned even more about their past. At times it felt like the story was trying to move towards a mystery, but Savarese had written the premise of the miracles so well that to me it was never a question of if there was a killer on the loose.
Even though a lot of people have passed away by the end of Tigers Love Bubble Baths & Obsession Perfume it wasn’t a sad book as much as one that encourages you to live your life to the fullest and realize death doesn’t have to be something to be afraid of if you have faith.