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The Wish List

By: Ruby Hummingbird
Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
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Summary

"I absolutely loved this... Heart-wrenchingly sad but...also one of the most uplifting and heartwarming books... It had me crying (and I mean big heaving sobs!!)... I finished this book last night, and yet here I am 24 hours later still thinking about it!... Fabulous, amazing, wonderful!!" (Stardust Reviews, 5 stars)

Sometimes you have to hit the bottom before you can float to the top.

Maria Birch is 70 years old, and for her every week is the same.

On Monday, she does her weekly shop. On Tuesday, she goes for a blow-dry. On Wednesday, she visits the laundrette. But Thursday is her favorite day of all - everything hurts less on a Thursday.

Every Thursday Maria walks to her local café. Waiting for her at one of the red gingham-topped tables is Albie Young, a charming man with a twinkle in his eye and an impressive collection of tweed flat caps. Every week, the pair share a slice of marble cake and a pot of tea.

Except one week, Albie doesn’t turn up.

When Maria finds out what has happened, her perfectly ordered life is ripped apart at the seams. Suddenly, she is very lonely. Without her Thursday friend - her only friend - she no longer has the energy to circle the weekly TV listings, she has no reason to leave her apartment, no reason to laugh.

Then she discovers that Albie isn’t who she thought he was, and she’s left wondering if she knew her friend at all. But Albie has left behind a legacy - a handwritten list of wishes he never got the chance to complete.

Maria is resigned to facing the rest of her days heartbroken and alone. But fulfilling Albie’s wishes could hold the key to her happiness - if only she’s able to look past his secret....

This life-affirming and heartfelt tale is for anyone who has ever looked at their life and wanted more. Fans of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and The Keeper of Lost Things will love this poignant story, which shows us that for the truest loves, the end is never really the end....

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Not my cup of tea

I heard this as an Audible narration. The narration itself was good, I only wish I could say the same about the story. it was just too tame and stodgy for me. A bit like an episode from a soap like Emnerdale or sonething similar. I couldn't connect to the characters at all. The premise of the story was good, it was just the way it came across, or rather didn't come across in my case, that made me rate this only 3 stars. Sadly it just wasn't my cup of tea.

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not for me

I found this book a bit of a slog to be honest. I like the narrator but that's about it. I feel like the plot lacked depth and I couldn't relate to the characters at all. Maria annoyed me a lot and the story was too hard to believe. I'm glad it's finished!

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Wise and insightful

At the beginning I wondered if it was the book for me, it felt banal and dreary until After the non appearance of one of the protagonists I realised it was an example of parallel process.
The stories of other figures and the theme of transformation was uplifting.
Julie

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