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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.
And this book is a little thing I love. Cheerful, heartwarming, and utterly uplifting, this well-written and engaging book is a perfect beach read. Some genuine laugh-out-loud moments in an expertly-written and paced page turner.
It's a nice story but not really the one I was hoping for. I kind of lost my way part way through and never really got back on board with it. Not quite sure why it didn't work for me but it is what it is. I'm sure others will love it but it just didn't work for me. I'm still not sure what that ending meant either but I won't dwell on it to try to puzzle it out.