Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publication Date: November 21, 2017
Story Perspective: Alternating Third-Person
Themes: Friendship, Family, Grief, Loss, Love, Multi-generational Relationships
While in a cemetery, widow Arthur and lonely teen Maddy meet, and they quickly become friends. Now, with Arthur’s neighbor, Lucille, the three form a different type of family and are there for each other, even through the rough times.
This was another book that gave me mixed feelings. There were some parts that I thought were endearing, while others I felt could have had more depth.
One of my favorite characters was Arthur, of course. He had such sweetness, kindness, and gentleness to him that warmed my heart. His constant and unfailing love for his deceased wife was both lovely and sad at the same time. That kind of strong love and commitment is what, I believe, most people (perhaps everyone) would want. Lucille was another character I enjoyed reading. She always had a strong presence in every scene she entered, and I loved reading how she found purpose in life again. Though they were all likable characters, their background building, including Maddy’s, lacked somewhat.
Though plot flowed well, it was fairly predictable and not very exciting. Perhaps the purpose of the story wasn’t meant to be exciting and maybe it didn’t matter that it was predictable, but it was something I noticed. However, there is a big plot hole here. Without giving too much away, Arthur’s almost supernatural ability was not explored and didn’t make much sense with this realistic story.
I did enjoy the major themes presented throughout. There is something about the older people taking in a young girl that is pleasant and sweet.
Surprisingly, there were errors throughout this book. I would have figured for a book that has several versions out there would have been proofed better.
Overall, this sweet read was one that had its positives, but also one that needed a bit more character building and tweaking in the presentation of the plot.
I would recommend this to those who enjoy simple and sweet stories about friendships that are multi-generational. Also, I would recommend this to who do not mind a story with low action and one that is steadily paced.
Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
41 out of 50 books of my choosing for 2018!