Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

What They Say.....An emotionally powerful novel about three people who each lose the one they love most, only to find second chances where they least expect them—from New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg

For the past six months, Arthur Moses’s days have looked the same: He tends to his rose garden and to Gordon, his cat, then rides the bus to the cemetery to visit his beloved late wife for lunch. Sometimes in the evening he’ll take a walk and stop to chat with his nosy neighbor, Lucille. It’s a quiet routine not entirely without its joys. The last thing Arthur would imagine is for one unlikely encounter to utterly transform his life. 

Eighteen-year-old Maddy Harris is an introspective girl who often comes to the cemetery to escape the other kids at school and a life of loss. She’s seen Arthur sitting there alone, and one afternoon she joins him—a gesture that begins a surprising friendship between two lonely souls. Moved by Arthur’s kindness and devotion, Maddy gives him the nickname “Truluv.” As Arthur’s neighbor Lucille moves into their orbit, the unlikely trio bands together, helping one another, through heartache and hardships, to rediscover their own potential to start anew.

Wonderfully written and full of profound observations about life, The Story of Arthur Truluv is a beautiful and moving novel of compassion in the face of loss, of the small acts that turn friends into family, and of the possibilities to achieve happiness at any age.

What I Say....I loved, loved, loved this book.  Very much in the vein of A Man Called Ove, a little different but still just as good.  

Arthur visits his wife's grave every day, and there he notices a teenager hanging around.  Maddy is trying to avoid school and her father, who is grieving in his own way.  As they begin to share experiences, their bond begins to grow.  

Arthur tolerates his overbearing neighbor, Lucille, who is lonely in her own way.  However, Lucille gets a sudden second chance at happiness that will alter her life as well.

I don't want to reveal too much, not because there are huge plot twists because there aren't.  These are just lives lived well, that become even better when they give of themselves to others. 

I loved this book and I want everyone to read it!  I'm not even reading anyone else's reviews because I don't want my opinion to be swayed at all.  This book made me HAPPY!

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