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Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon #bookreview


There are three things you should know about Elsie.The first thing is that she’s my best friend.The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better.And the third thing… might take a little bit more explaining.84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As shewaits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come tolight; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly aman who died sixty years ago?
From the author of THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP, this book will teach you many things, but here are three of them:
1) The fine threads of humanity will connect us all forever.
2) There is so very much more to anyone than the worst thing they have ever done.
3) Even the smallest life can leave the loudest echo.

PUBLISHER -  The Borough Press

PUBLICATION DATE - 11th January 2018


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This is the book that I chose to read to say farewell to 2017 and hello to 2018.... and what a way to start the year!! It was wonderful!!! And if you loved The Trouble With Goats and Sheep, as I did, then you are in for a treat as this was just as fabulous, if not a little bit better - if that is even possible! And I'm very grateful to Waterstones for sending me my pre-order earlier than release date!!

This is the story of Florence who we find on the floor of her living room floor in the sheltered accommodation awaiting someone to come in and help her. As she is waiting we get to hear her background of her time in Cherry Tree along with her best friend, Elsie, along with the stories of those who work there and other residents. 

She is an extremely astute and witty woman, despite the fact that her memory is beginning to fail her leading to the fact that those around her doubt things she says and notices. So when a new resident appears that she recognises, it falls on deaf ears when she tries to explain just who this character is and what impact he had on her past. The threat of being moved to a different care home hangs over her if she doesn't improve memory and behaviour wise, and this is something that Florence really struggles with and causes her even more doubts.

It's a story of characters who are all evaluating their lives - as we all do - have the things we've done meant anything to anyone? The author really captures that doubt that affects us all of what we contribute to the world, be it big or small, and nothing summed this up more for me than when the residents watched as a room was being cleared when one resident dies and they await a new one. The sadness it made them feel that all those things that meant so much to one person were just swept aside.

The mystery at the heart of the book was also a fascinating and clever one. The way the characters came together to revisit the past was the reason I couldn't put this book down once I'd picked it up! 453 pages in one sitting! ! I love finding books that make you put real life on pause - even just for one night!!

I was an emotional sobbing mess by the end of this book and that is how much all the characters came to mean to me! Definitely going to be on of my books of 2018 - already!! Loved it!!!!!

You need this book in your life!! Believe me!!! Ooh and the cover is gorgeous so would make for a fabulous addition to your bookshelves - so what more excuse do you need!!!


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