The Story of Arthur Truluv is the first novel I’ve had the opportunity to read a book from NetGalley written by Elizabeth Berg. I haven’t read a book by Berg in years, but she’s written a couple of wonderful novels that truly resonated with me when I was younger. When I saw that she had a new novel coming out, I jumped at the chance to read it. Enjoy my review and consider getting yourself a copy or pre-ordering a copy for when it comes out in November. <3
The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg
‘Everybody has thoughts that shame them. You can’t control them coming in. But you don’t have to let them all out. That’s the crux of it. That’s what made for civilization, what was left of it, anyway.’
What a truly wonderful, beautifully written story. I’ve read a few books by Elizabeth Berg and have loved every single one of them. This one is special. Its an interesting view on life and living and the intricate events that happen in people’s lives that create the path they take in life. Sometimes you believe that everything happens for a reason and sometimes lives are taken from us too soon. Occasionally you find your family in people that are not related by birth or marriage, but by soul and life. Those are the relationships that this book touches upon and this story resonated with me. To feel alone in the world and then find others that somewhat feel the same way for one reason or another is a special occurrence. To come together to create a family bond with such individuals is a unique and beautiful event.
This book made me cry happy tears at the end, especially in seeing how Maddy’s life turns out. The Story of Arthur Truluv was a truly beautiful story and I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys reading for enjoyment. If you enjoy reading fictitious stories that feel realistic and make you think about life and living, this is a compelling novel you won’t want to miss.
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
I received a complimentary review copy via NetGalley. All reviews 100% reflect my honest opinion. Also please note the quote above is from an Advanced Review Copy and may differ in the final draft of the novel.
About the Book
Author: Elizabeth Berg
Published: November 21, 2017
A beautiful, life-affirming novel about a remarkably loving man who creates for himself and others second chances at happiness.
A moving novel about three people who find their way back from loss and loneliness to a different kind of happiness. Arthur, a widow, meets Maddy, a troubled teenage girl who is avoiding school by hiding out at the cemetery, where Arthur goes every day for lunch to have imaginary conversations with his late wife, and think about the lives of others. The two strike up a friendship that draws them out of isolation. Maddy gives Arthur the name Truluv, for his loving and positive responses to every outrageous thing she says or does. With Arthur’s nosy neighbor Lucille, they create a loving and unconventional family, proving that life’s most precious moments are sweeter when shared.
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