Amazing, beautiful and heartfealt, Eudora Honeysett is Quite Well Thank You is a book I heard about quite by chance because the publisher emailed me some while ago about a readalong event they were doing this week.
I naturally accepted and waited with baited breath until the readalong was here, or tried to, to start the eARC. I must admit that I failed in my attemopt to wait and devoured the first few chapters before the readalong because I was so desperate to start the book.
Eudora Honeysett is an 85 year old from London who is, well, fed up with life. Not depressed, she will assure anyone who enquires. She does not have friends or family nearby. She thinks the best thing she can do is take a trip to Switzerland where she will finally be free.
I have to say, I felt like asking Eudora, are you really sure? I was concerned about her from the outset and wanted to have a good chat with her. I didn’t need to, because Rose rang on her doorbell.
Oh, Rose, what a sweet, sweet girl! Just 10 years old, she is anything but shy. Curious, she wants to know what’s troubling Eudora and how she can help. Reluctant at first, Eudora lets her in, literally. We, and Eudora, are in for a thrill ride with Rose. Lover of purple, glitter unicorns and gold, she is forward-thinking, unafraid, colourful and caring and there’s a role reversal as she takes Eudora under her wing.
Eudora is not the only one in need of help. Stanley is a lonely polite elderly man who Rose wants to help too. And when she introduces them they form an inspiring group.
Rose’s parents Rob and Maggie adore their daughter and are glad to meet Eudora and with time they welcome her into their home. Rose is a great lover of fun times and balances out Eudora’s cautioness until she, Eudora and Stanley have fun at the fair (literally) and Stanley and Eudora have time together.
There’s more surprises in store for Rose (unicorns and all!) and along the way there are happy, sad and desperate times.
Eudora Honeysett is Quite Well Thank You made me smile, laugh cry and go on a journey I will never forget. You MUST read this! It’s a gem of a book which challenges what we think of the elderly, young people, adults death and life. It will have you wanting to squeeze every drop out of every minute you spend witnessing the life of Eudora, Rose Stanley and all the characters.
I was sad when it ended but I also felt warm and fuzzy inside at having found a new favourite novel and author. Annie Lyons does an amazing job of representing life from all angles and I think many people will identify with this book.
Eudora Honeysett is Quite Well Thank You is a celebration of love and life in all its purest forms.
My hope is that it will make those who sometimes think negatively banish their bad thoughts and that it will help positive people to celebrate life even more.
If ever there was a poignant novel for a pandemic, Eudora Honeysett is Quite Well Thank You is it. It is an uplifting breath of fresh air and utter magic.
For those who have recently lost a loved one like I have, the book will help you grieve. It will lift you up and make you celebrate all your loved one was. For anyone who has parents, grandparents, daughters and sons it will drive home the importance of family, whether you have different views to those close to you or not. It challenges our notions of death and dying and turn them round.
In short, Eudora Honeysett is Quite Well Thank You is one of the best feelgood books of the year and it is daring in that taboo topics become normal again.
Author Annie Lyons writes in such a way that you identify with the characters’ lives, struggles hopes and dreams and it lets you dream with them.
I am so glad I came across this novel because it was a wild ride and I really enjoyed the readalong.
Huge thanks to Annie Lyons, One More Chapter Harper Collins and United Books for my eARC in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. The book sparkles just as much as Rose’s glitter-encrusted Memory Box.
Speaking of memories, the novel has left me with some very sweet ones and will do for years to come. I cannot recommend this book enough, I would give it more than 5 stars because it is iconic.