Marg recently enjoyed The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyon, a "charming, heart wrenching story" that she considers one her favourite books of the year. Here is her review:
Once in a while a special book comes along that tugs at ones heartstrings, The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons was that book for me. This charming, heart wrenching story is one that I came across at just the right time for me and is one I will not soon forget.
Eudora Honeysett, “that’s with two t’s” mind you, is a proper English lady and is the very epitome of curmudgeonly. She lives with her only companion, a cat called Montgomery who happens to share her temperament. When we meet Eudora she is contemplating beginning the process of voluntary assisted suicide at a clinic in Switzerland where it is legal. She is 85, done with living and wants to go out on her own terms. She wants to be in control of what happens to her and she does not want to end up in a nursing home. When an extremely precocious 10 year old girl named Rose moves next door and insists on becoming friends Eudora is hesitant at first but is eventually won over by her. Rose, along with another neighbor, recently widowed Stanley and Eudora become an unlikely trio going on outings and adventures. Eudora realizes that life may just be worth living again.
Snippets of Eudora’s painful childhood and family life are told in flashbacks at the end of most chapters giving the reader insight into why Eudora is the way she is. The character development of the quirky and eccentric group of people in this story is outstanding making it a quick and enjoyable read.
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