The Year of Pleasures – Elizabeth Berg | A Guest Review

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My friend found this book for me one day while browsing the library shelves. She thought the cover looked calming, and like something I’d enjoy. And I did! Though the cover didn’t match the story at all, lol.

I give this book maybe a 6 out of 10 because there were some very positive attributes to it, and there were also a few major flaws.

characters:

Betta ~ semi-likeable, it’s frequently hard to relate to her, though easy to feel sympathetic for her…she is a newly-made widow who moves across the country to start a new life

John ~ very likeable, he was kind, thoughtful and generous…he is Betta’s deceased husband

Benny ~ likeable, he is the boy who lives next door who becomes an unlikely friend to Betta

Matthew ~ very likeable, he is a financially-struggling young man who helps Betta with projects in her new home and also becomes her friend

Jovani ~ very likeable, he is Matthew’s Brazilian roommate who ends up going into business with Betta

Lorraine, Susanna, and Maddy ~ likeable, they are Betta’s old friends from college who come back into her life

plot:

Betta has just lost her husband to cancer and doesn’t know how she’ll carry on without him. She (quite literally) moves on with the plan they’d had to relocate to a town that was totally new to them and start over. And start over she does! New home, new (and old?) friends, and new challenges await her.

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What I Liked:

The whole concept of moving to a new place, rekindling old friendships, and meeting new people was intriguing, although she was grieving so it was bittersweet.

What I Didn’t Like:

I didn’t care too much for Betta once I reached the book’s midway point. Before that point, I felt sympathy for her and I enjoyed the narrative format, but then her true personality (or, her newly acquired personality?) began showing and I didn’t like her much.

Favorite Parts:

When Betta spends time at Matthew and Jovani’s apartment for moral support, company, and even physical security (at night), there is a sense that she belongs there. It made me feel cozy to picture them there watching movies and eating what little food the guys had to offer.

Do I Recommend It? Yes!

…if you like reflective, introspective narratives

…if you like realistic fiction

…if you don’t mind moments of sorrow and solemnness

…if recovering from the death of a loved one and starting over are of interest to you


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