Synopsis from HarperCollins:
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.
It’s never too late to start living.
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 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 Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett was written by Annie Lyons. It was recently published on 9/8/2020 by William Morrow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, paperback, 372 pages. The genres are contemporary, British literature, chick lit, and historical fiction. According to the publisher’s website, “One of the industry’s premier fiction and nonfiction publishers, William Morrow is home to bestselling and award-winning authors such as Ted Bell, Ray Bradbury, Meg Cabot, Patricia Cornwell, Deborah Crombie, etc. Founded in 1926 by American publisher William Morrow, the house celebrated its 85th birthday in 2011.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett on 12/2/2020 and finished it on 12/11/2020. This book was a fantastic read! I liked Eudora. Rose was a great character as well as Stanley. Loved those carefree days where Rose just invited herself into her neighbor’s house that she just met and made herself at home. It was hilarious when she invited her two neighbors: Stanley & Eudora to her house for tea and calling each other by their last name. Eudora’s attitude to spite Stanley was funny. Just as the present day was full of humor, the past will tug at your heartstrings. Eudora was a good daughter and an awesome big sister. I enjoyed Eudora’s kindness and no nonsense attitude towards unkind people.
This book started with Eudora Honeysett, 85 living an active life despite her old age and joint pain. She lived alone with her cat, Montgomery, and had no family or relatives. She didn’t worry about death when it came to it and in fact, she’s actually ready for it. The story then switched to the past, starting 1940 when Eudora (Dora) was a little girl around 7 years old and bombings in London by Hitler was happening. Her dad was called to war and she grew up before her age to take care of her mom and her new sister. The story switched back to the present day and Eudora finally made that inevitable phone call to take control of her immediate future because she doesn’t want her future to be stuck wearing adult diapers or worse. Then Eudora met her new neighbors, Rose and Stanley, and little things started to change.
The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett was a fast paced read and one that got me giggling often. This story definitely pulled out all of my emotions from me. A thought provoking read, this book has an interesting idea about life and death, family and friendship. I liked how the story showed a full path taken by each woman: Beatrice, Eudora, Stella, and Sylvia. I loved that this story encourages kindness from people. One thing I feel cut short was that Eudora couldn’t live another 5-10 years to enjoy her new friendships. A very well written book, I highly recommend everyone to read it!
Pro: fast paced, page turner, life and death, humor,
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
After a career in bookselling and publishing, Annie Lyons published five books in the U.K., including the bestselling 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. (Photo and info obtained from HarperCollins’ website).