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 she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man 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.
This author’s first book, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, caught my attention with its intriguing title. This time, Three Things About Elsielured me in with its tasty Battenberg cake cover. It makes me think of my childhood, of saving the marzipan until last, of not having a gluten intolerance. I knew I just had to read this book too, and not just because I wanted to eat the cover.
For me, Three Things About Elsie felt like a combination of Joanna Cannon’s first book, with the mystery and style it was written in, andElizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey, which I absolutely adored.
I enjoyed the overall story and mystery, and the great mix of interesting characters. But what I loved most about this story was the strong and everlasting friendship between Florence and Elsie. Although emotional in places, I found this story to be mostly funny and endearing.
This is definitely a book I recommend if you enjoy character led stories that will touch your heart.
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