4 out of 4 stars
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“Schifflebein’s Folly” is a delightful story where good things happen to good people and everyone has a happy ending. For me, this was a refreshing change from some of the darker stories I’ve been reading lately.
Lloyd Schifflebein is a hard-working, honest, loving, and all-around nice guy. He’s in his 30’s, he’s single, he works with the maintenance crew for the Parks Department, and he has always dreamed of a home and a family. Dreamed so hard, in fact, that for all of his adult life he has been preparing for his future family. He bought a fixer-upper and fixed it up, adding some bedrooms and a workshop. He has a gourmet kitchen and has taught himself how to cook, so he will be able to feed his children properly. His plan is to adopt and he has been faithfully renewing his application every year for the last fifteen years. He has already prepared the rooms for the children and built all the furnishings for the rooms himself. And he keeps bunnies as pets, they have their own room, so that his future children will have the opportunity to have a pet and learn how to care for it. Now he is quitting his job and starting a business constructing equipment for playgrounds so he will be able to work at home and avoid the need for daycare for his kids.
The story takes us through the challenges that arise as Lloyd gets closer and closer to his dream. Some new people come into his life that believe in him and want to help him, but some not so charitable characters are at the same time trying to make his dream impossible to achieve. The sequence of events will keep the reader on their toes throughout the story.
I can recommend this book to any reader as there is no violence, sex or questionable content. This is a story that will make you feel good about the world and about pursuing impossible dreams. The book is less than 200 pages, so it’s a quick read. I see it as a perfect rainy day book for any age level. The author really seems to have had fun writing this story and it was a delight to read. I’m not quite sure what genre to place it in, unless feel-good is its own genre. Iris Chacon shows a real gift for creating unique but believable characters here, and the pace of the story is consistent throughout and doesn’t drag at any point.
I hope you will pick up this little book and enjoy it as much as I did. I’m giving this 4 out of 4 stars because it was a happy story with a few unexpected twists.
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