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3.0 out of 5 starsA reasonable, and light summer read?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 June 2018
Anyone looking for a light summer read? This book is a pleasant, easy read, and better than some others I have read this year - although a couple of parts don’t quite flow, but this may be down to being ‘lost in translation’. It flows quite nicely with an agreeable style doesn’t use unnecessary padding. The general theme is about how different people deal with the loss of a loved one in different ways. About how we learn through others and their relationships and need to take the occasional personal risk if we are to grow emotionally. There are the expected characters in terms of dubious ex and attractive new man with predictable outcome. Set in a small retirement home, the story has some humour and pathos whilst looking at life, love and loss across the generations. i.e. of the residents and those who work there. I’m not sure that the tiny ‘twist’ at the end -which is supposed to explain some things that may have not been clear - really worked for me but that may be down to different cultures. It is, in essence a reasonable feel good story that also accepts that some people are not naturally nice or sociable, but that whatever their age many people really do have an ongoing zest for life and enjoyment and for doing things that won’t always get approval from others. Although I quite liked the book I’m not sure that I was inspired enough to seek out further works by the same author.
3.0 out of 5 starsHow to Find Love in the Little Things written by Virginie Grimaldi for ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 May 2018
How to Find Love in the Little Things written by Virginie Grimaldi for me was quite a good read but not one which I will remember as it was a basic love story revolving around the main character as she starts a new job in a rest home for the elderly while grieving for her father. This new job will not only have her learning life lessons from the residents in a fun way. It is clearly a book you would want to relax with but not one which will stay with you.
I liked this,but I found the twist at the end very improbable. The book starts with Julia, a psychologist,happy in her Paris life with boyfriend Marc,getting a phone call that changes everything. Unable to cope,she takes a job at Ocean View in Biarritz; it's a retirement home and seems strange at first, but as she gets to know the residents, she starts to feel better about her life.There a quite a few funny bits,and it kept me entertained for a while.
I enjoyed reading this book. The humour was well balanced and the story flowed well. The writing was uncomplicated so it was quick to read. I found the book quite easy to read and the pace of the story kept me interested to continue reading. The book is a feel-good book and I really enjoyed reading it in comparison to some of the heavier books that I sometimes read.