The Year of Pleasures

  • by Elizabeth Berg
  • Narrated by Sandra Burr
  • 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Betta Nolan moves to a small town after the death of her husband to try to begin life anew. Though still dealing with her sorrow, Betta nonetheless is determined to find pleasure in her simple daily routines.Among those who help her in both expected and unexpected ways are the ten-year-old boy next door, three wild women friends from her college days with whom she reconnects, a young man who is struggling to find his place in the world, and a handsome widower who is ready for love.Elizabeth Berg's The Year of Pleasures is about acknowledging the solace found in ordinary things: a warm bath, good food, the beauty of nature, music, and art. Above all, The Year of Pleasures is about the various kindnesses people can provide one another. Betta's journey from grief to joy is a meaningful reminder of what is available to us all, regardless of what fate has in store. This exquisite book suggests that no matter what we lose, life is ready to give bountifully to those who will receive.

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What the Critics Say

"Berg is a true women's writer whose latest exploration of one woman's joys and sorrows will not disappoint." (Bookmarks magazine)
"Sandra Burr brings genuine expression to this remarkable story of a woman's adjustment to widowhood. Her clear and easy narration beautifully captures the diverse feelings experienced by protagonist Betta Nolan." (AudioFile)

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I bought this book, downloaded the book but I cannot open the book no matter what I try. Can another book be sent and then maybe I can open it.

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Book Review: The Year of Pleasures

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I wasn't really planning to read this book, but I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the way Betta tentatively made new friends and opened her heart and life to new and old friends.


If you’ve listened to books by Elizabeth Berg before, how does this one compare?

I have not listened to other books by her.


Do you think The Year of Pleasures needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I think it would be interesting to read about the store and have the customers take up part of the story.


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- JL

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-22-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio