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Friday, 14 August 2015

Book Review - Moving by Jenny Eclair

Title: Moving
Author: Jenny Eclair
Release Date: July 2015
Rating: 5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley who gave me an ARC of 'Moving' in exchange for an honest review.

I'm not quite sure what I expected when I started this book, but it definitely wasn't this perfect little gem of a novel. I only know of Jenny Eclair as the quick witted, hilarious comedienne and had no idea that she was an accomplished author, so this wonderful story came as a complete surprise to me. Heartbreaking, bittersweet, yet laugh out loud funny at times, this book has moments that completely take your breath away.

The story is told by three very different narrators, the first being Edwina, who I fell in love with from the moment we first meet her. After more than 50 years living in the same house, Edwina has decided that the time has come to sell up and move away. As she begins the long, arduous task of getting her house ready for sale, the memories begin to flood back and we are taken on a journey throughout the years. What follows is a moving, very real story of a life well lived. Of love, losses, happiness, heartbreak and the many unexpected twists and turns our lives can take us.

The story is then taken up by two other narrators who shed light on the events of the past, which lead us to a moving, bittersweet, yet ultimately uplifting conclusion.

 I loved this book from beginning to end and savoured every beautifully written word, especially Edwina's story, which felt very real to me. She is a character who I think will stay with me for a long time to come.

An excellent 5 stars. A highly recommended read.

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