Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Eudora Honeysett is Quite Well Thank You - by Annie Lyons

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Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Oh, Miss Annie Lyons, you've touched and absolutely pulled at my heartstrings with this one! I've just recently finished this five-star story on your publication day no less! This was an incredibly heart-warming tale; I was in (happy) tears at times while listening to the audiobook. Eudora, Rose, and Stanley will forever hold a place in my heart. πŸ’–

I went into this story thinking that it would be a simple, fun read - I admit the cover page pulled me in; there was just something about it. I never expected it would resonate so profoundly with me. Lyons has written a masterpiece, executed perfectly by narrator Nicolette McKenzie. 

Let's jump right in! Eudora Honeysett's narrative is a sincere exploration of love, loss, friendship, life, and death. At 85-years-old, she has just about seen it all and is ready to leave this life on her terms. Seeking the assistance of a clinic in Switzerland, Eudora aims to do just that. However, as chance would have it, a little girl named Rose and her family moves in next door. Ten-year-old Rose manages to bring color and excitement back into Eudora's world in ways she never would've imagined; alongside widowed Stanley, the trio unknowingly embarks on a journey they'll always remember - navigating the ups and downs and in-betweens of life.

I very much enjoyed Eudora's character; she's a no-nonsense, say what needs to be said sort of woman who appreciates the fact that some things are better left unsaid. Her character progression throughout her interactions with Rose, Stanley, and a few others was sweet to witness. Adding to this, the back and forth accounts of elderly Eudora alongside her memories growing up and you have the makings of a full circle, fully rounded book that should be on everyone's "to-be-read" list!

While the US version is titled, "The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett," the UK version has been named "Eudora Honeysett is Quite Well, Thank You." I had the pleasure of listening to this magnificent title thanks to a read-along I decided to take part in with One More Chapter, a commercial fiction division of Harper Collins. 

Thank you, @OneMoreChapterHC, @NetGalley, and the author, @AnnieLyonsAuthor, for providing me with a complimentary copy of "Eudora Honeysett is Quite Well, Thank You." I have voluntarily and honestly reviewed this title, rating it five hearts, I mean, stars!

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Book Blurb:

It's never too late to start living.

Infused with the emotional power of Me Before You and the irresistible charm of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and Be Frank with Me, a moving and joyous novel about an elderly woman ready to embrace death and the little girl who reminds her what it means to live.

Eudora Honeysett is done with this noisy, moronic world—all of it. She has witnessed the indignities and suffering of old age and has lived a full life. At eighty-five, she isn’t going to leave things to chance. Her end will be on her terms. With one call to a clinic in Switzerland, a plan is set in motion. 

Then she meets ten-year-old Rose Trewidney, a whirling, pint-sized rainbow of color and sparkling cheer. All Eudora wants is to be left alone to set her affairs in order. Instead, she finds herself embarking on a series of adventures with the irrepressible Rose and their affable neighbor, the recently widowed Stanley—afternoon tea, shopping sprees, trips to the beach, birthday celebrations, pizza parties. 

While the trio of unlikely BFFs grow closer and anxiously await the arrival of Rose’s new baby sister, Eudora is reminded of her own childhood—of losing her father during World War II and the devastating impact it had on her entire family. In reflecting on her past, Eudora realizes she must come to terms with what lies ahead. 

But now that her joy for life has been rekindled, how can she possibly say goodbye? 

About the author, Annie Lyons:

After a career in bookselling and publishing, Annie Lyons published five books in the UK including the best-selling, Not Quite Perfect. When not working on her novels, she teaches creative writing. She lives in south-east London with her husband and two children.

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