“Shelter Us is about characters in search of refuge both literal and metaphorical. In spare, unsentimental prose, Laura Nicole Diamond explores how grief can divide people, how the bonds of marriage can twist and fray under pressure, and how consolation can be found in the unlikeliest places. I couldn’t put this lovely book down.”
“A sensitively told exploration of layers of loss, isolation, motherhood, and marriage. Diamond knows there are no easy answers and her portrait of Sarah is drawn by a skillful, compassionate hand.”
“A watercolor portrait of a family at a crossroads, Shelter Us is a deftly rendered narrative of the everyday joys and devastating heartbreaks of parenthood, love, and loyalty. Laura Nicole Diamond’s is a new voice that rings with an old truth: the only way to survive life is through the grace and kindness of the living.”
“Shelter Us is beautiful novel that strikes every emotional chord—hope and fear, love and loss, betrayal and forgiveness. Laura Nicole Diamond is a talent. Her moving story will resonate with anyone who has ever walked past a homeless person and wondered, ‘Could I make a difference?'”
“What a beautiful, heartrending, ultimately hopeful story this is! I absolutely loved this book by Laura Nicole Diamond; it is gorgeously written, deeply felt, and set with such detail of character, plot, and emotion that a narrative about motherhood, loss, and the meaning of life becomes a true page-turner. Every element of this story rang true and deep, with its resolution built on compassion, forgiveness, and love the most salient of its themes. A deeply satisfying read that I heartily recommend, I will be sure to follow this writer to whatever is next.
– Lorraine Devon Wilke, author of After the Sucker Punch and Hysterical Love
“A novel that intimately and accurately penetrates the depth and intricacies of a mother’s loss is a very unusual gem to find. To find that in the context of a captivating story with momentous themes, as it is here, is a rare gem indeed. Shelter Us is a flawless diamond that reflects brilliant light into some of the darkest and most cryptic issues of our time, the tragedies of loss and homelessness. Improbably, this work of fiction not only makes us care more, but compels us to go out into the world and do more.”
– Susan and Wendell Whitmore, Parents of Erika, Founders of GriefHaven
“Laura Nicole Diamond writes a truly evocative story. Her words are so brilliantly weaved together, making this a gift for me to read. I was enamored by each sentence. Some people are meant to write, and Laura Nicole Diamond is definitely one of those writers. Shelter Us is a story that will stay with you. There are some things you will never look at the same, and things you will think about that may have once seemed “invisible.”
“A perfect book for the summer. There are layers of emotional depth without being too heavy. There are enough sweet moments to balance out the grief and guilt. The writing has a beauty to it that makes the story flow effortlessly. If you are looking for more than fluff this summer, I highly recommend Shelter Us by Laura Nicole Diamond.”
– Donna Huber, book reviewer (full review here).
“A novel that had me instantly intrigued…an author who is not afraid to tackle tough or sensitive issues. The characters are fabulous, flawed, brilliant and most importantly HUMAN. Every one seemed to bring something different and fresh to the table and I thoroughly enjoyed discovering what they had to offer. This is the author’s debut novel and I feel that Laura Nicole Diamond is definitely an author to watch out for in the future!”
– Bibliobeth (full review here).
“How far would you go to help a stranger in need? What would you sacrifice for this help? Shelter Us attempts to answer those questions, filtered through a woman at the end of her emotional rope. This book is sad and hopeful, and Laura Nicole Diamond does a terrific job creating a situation that seems all too real and all too believable. This is Diamond’s debut novel, and she definitely proves that she is a writer worth watching in the future.”
– Larry Hofer, book reviewer (Full review here.)
“Laura Nicole Diamond’s Shelter Us is beautifully written, at times more like prose poetry than novel. The most mundane moments become something different. This is what makes Diamond’s writing interesting, her ability to make art out of every moment. It is beautiful, engaging, quick reading, that resonates and illuminates. Not a summer beach read, but something to consider for those moments when you need to reflect. This is a book you will want to talk about. Great reading for book clubs.”
– Chick Lit Plus (Full review here)
“Recommended for book groups interested in discussing issues relating to women, the loss of a child, and family relationships, with homelessness as a secondary issue.
The loss of a child can tear a marriage apart or make it stronger. In the case of Sarah and Robert Shaw, she’s lost in crowds, sees home as a safety net, and struggles to cope with the daily needs of her two young boys. Robert disappears into his work as a law professor during the day but throws himself into parenting when he’s home. When Sarah sees a young homeless mother and her toddler in a stroller, she becomes fixated on helping them. It’s the first time she’s felt compelled to help anyone since her daughter died. Yet, even as she lies and deceives her husband about her actions, Sarah questions herself. Is she helping Josie and Tyler in order to find her own way out of darkness and ease her own hurt? When Sarah’s reckless actions lead her to betray her family, it takes two relatives to bring her back to sanity and reality, forcing her to realize what she stands to lose.”
– Library Journal
“Shelter Us is a vivid, beautifully written tale of loss and renewal.”
“Shelter Us is a moving story told in first person from Sarah’s perspective. Ms. Diamond made a great choice using her voice as the narrator. It’s a book that makes me think about many things in my own life and society in general. When Sarah first sees the young homeless woman with her baby, it makes you think that maybe, despite our own problems, we all have something to be grateful for, as does Sarah in this story. Finding the young mother almost becomes an obsession for her and it keeps you reading to find out if she’ll be able to track her down and what the woman’s story is, and how she ended up on the streets.
A blurb on the back of the book says, sometimes it is the people we set out to save who save us. This sums up Shelter Us beautifully. For me a good book is one that leaves you feeling an emotional tug. That’s exactly what this story did. If you like women’s fiction, I recommend this one to you.
– Long & Short Reviews, Book review website (Full review here).