Title: Safe Harbour
Author: Christina Kilbourne
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Harbour is fourteen years old and living in a tent in a ravine outside Toronto with her dog and what feels like a million cans of tuna. She’s not homeless—she’s just waiting for her dad and their thirty-six-foot sailboat to arrive. She can’t tell a soul about her past, not if she wants to remain safe. So she ignores the overtures of friendship from homeless Lise as she waits for her dad.
Then summer turns to fall and her dad still hasn’t arrived. The eccentric reading list he left her didn’t cover how to survive in a tent in the winter, and soon Harbour’s confidence in her father fades, and she’s forced to accept Lise’s help if she wants to survive.
This was an excellent read. Harbour doesn’t seem like she’s only fourteen—she has a much more mature voice—and with everything she’s been through, I can see why not. Her struggles were so vividly portrayed that I almost felt cold when she did. There are a lot of scenes that show an intimate look at being homeless—and surviving—and this book was both sad and full of hope.
Christina Kilbourne is from Ontario. Safe Harbour is her newest novel.
(Galley courtesy of Dundurn Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)
3 thoughts on “Book Review: Safe Harbour, by Christina Kilbourne”
I like the premise of this book and I recently added it my ‘TBR’ list (even though the cover art is bland and didn’t get my attention at all.) I hope this isn’t one of those books where the dog dies to illicit an emotional reaction but I figure it probably is. If I read it maybe I’ll come by your blog and tell you what I think! 🙂
I actually loved the cover art. I enjoyed the book very much…and your guess about the dog is incorrect (I hate when that happens in a book, too.)