A lovely, uplifting story. Arthur Pepper is a lovely character. If you liked "A Man Called Ove", "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" and "Major Pettigrews Last Stand", this will be a pleasure. The narrator didn't thrill me initially, but I grew to appreciate his reading as the story pulled me in.
12 of 14 people found this review helpful
This book strives to be quirky in the style of Fredrik Backman's charmingly off-beat books. There is even a hint of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand in the tone. Somehow though, for me, it missed the mark. Maybe it was just a bit too sweet, a tad too perfect in the resolutions and neater and tidier than life often works out. I thought it just didn't ring clear with a strong sense of truth, probability and reality.
However, the narration was very good. It really was the driving factor that propelled me through a book that had me occasionally sighing and rolling my eyes as the story played out. Langton saved the day.
Overall, not a disaster, but not a favorite either.
42 of 52 people found this review helpful
I read many genre of books. Recently I discovered what I call my baby boomer stories, stories, which deal with the later part of their lives when things are winding down.
Baby Boomer Stories
They do not start with a bang. You have to be patient while the character unfolds and quite to hear the ache in his heart. Finally, you have to be willing to take that slow walk around the block with him as he tells his story.
So I did all that, twice, and I still never could take that walk with Arthur Pepper. I have taken a few walks with the author Fredrik Backman,which I highly recommend. This book was listed as a suggestion to read if you liked the Backman books. Well... Arthur Pepper could not motivate me to take a walk with him.
Read A Man Called Ove, by Backman and see who you would rather take a walk with.
33 of 41 people found this review helpful
Sweet and tender. Teaches us that we don't always know everything about our significant other's past, but that it's all about the life we build and share with that person which really matters most. Loved seeing Arthur Pepper's growth throughout his journey.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
Widower finds out he didn't know anything about his wife's life before him. Many of his assumptions proved false. He comes to doubt her, then himself, and even his kids.
This is a sweet story of love, trust, commitment, life, family, self-discovery, and reconnections. Some of it might be a little hard to swallow, but it is still a good story, well read, and with a happy ending.
12 of 15 people found this review helpful
This book was a good listen, mostly due to the narration which was perfectly suited to the story and English setting. The characters carried the plot in this book, which was really fine. A relaxing read.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful