Monday, October 07, 2013

Book Club: The Year of Pleasures – Elizabeth Berg

The Year of Pleasures
Betta Nolan moves to a small town after the death of her husband to try to begin anew.  Pursuing a dream of a different kind of life, she 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, a twenty-year-old who is struggling to find his place in the world, and a handsome man who is ready for love.

In this rich and deeply satisfying novel, a resilient woman embarks upon an unforgettable journey of adventure, self-discovery, and renewal and comes to appreciate the solace found in ordinary pleasures.

3/5 stars (liked it)
This book is about how Betta deals with the death of her husband John.  She ends up selling her beloved home in Boston and just driving and finds a home in a small town in Illinois.  Something that John and she had always talked about doing.  While in this town she meets some interesting people such as the realtor that sells her her home, a young man who is trying to find love and rent a room, a 10 year old boy that helps her with household chores and she gets in touch with her old college roommates.  Through all these people Betta learns to do the things she loves and find her place in the world.  I liked the book, it was short and I felt like it left off in a good place.

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