During those two months, she becomes acquainted with several residents who help to reassure her that life can be better. Sister Husband offers her unconditional friendship, Ben gives her a small tree and Moses gives her a photo album. Shortly after that, she meets Forney, the librarian who opens her to a world in knowledge. All of these people willingly help Novalee with no expectation of her being able to help them in return. It's the first time in a long time that she has felt herself to be at home.
While I think it is unlikely that anyone could secretly live in a department store for two months, I didn't let that deter me from enjoying the story. I liked how Novalee went from being a stranger in town, to finding friends and people she could care for as she would family. A heart warming story.
Cover image courtesy Hachette Book Group.