Just because you feel ordinary doesn’t mean you aren’t extraordinary to someone else.
Sixty-two-year-old Elsie knows what she likes. Custard creams at four o’clock, jigsaw puzzles with a thousand pieces, her ivy-covered, lavender-scented garden.
Ten-year-old Billy would rather spend his Saturdays kicking a ball, or watching TV, or anything really, other than being babysat by his grumpy neighbour Elsie and being force fed custard creams.
If it was up to them, they’d have nothing to do with each other. Unfortunately, you can’t choose who you live next door to.
But there is always more to people than meets the eye…
Elsie doesn’t know that Billy’s afraid to go to school now, or why his mother woke him up in the middle of the night with an urgent shake, bags already packed, ready to flee their home.
Billy doesn’t know that the rusting red tin he finds buried in Elsie’s treasured garden is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode her carefully organised life. And that when he digs it up, he is unearthing a secret that has lain dormant for twenty-eight years…
Children often don’t like to spend time with older people who don’t really have experience with the young ones. They think those adults are odd and are stuck in some strange routines.
The older people on the other hand find the youngsters too irresponsible, too wild and fear for their lovely possessions they cherish because they often hold sweet memories.
Once they start to spend more time together and get to know each other though, they learn to adapt. It’s not as easy as one-two-three and there certainly are discussions, but when the friendship blooms, they can be overcome.
This is a beautiful book about friendship and love between two very different people. They learn to trust each other and confide in each other. You have to let go of the past in order to have a bright future, but first you have to get rid of those skeletons in your closet.
Those are not the only emotions the author puts the spotlight on. She throws a lot more into the mix and ends up with a very touching story. 4 stars.
Thank you, Ruby Hummingbird and Bookouture
About the author
Ruby Hummingbird is a novelist based in the English countryside. She loves nothing more than writing uplifting and heartwarming fiction that gets her readers reaching for the tissues. When she isn’t storytelling, she can be found tending to her beloved sunflowers or sipping on hazelnut lattes.
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