Sometimes you have to hit the bottom before you can float to the top.
Maria Birch is seventy 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 favourite 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…
When something devastating happens, it’s not easy to pick yourself up and move on. Some people still suffer sometimes many years later. You build a wall around you and you only feel good in your little bubble.
It’s only when you have to go through something that turns everything upside down again, that you realise how little you are living.
Based on a piece of paper, left by a very special person and with the help of another special one, you dive into the challenge head first. While you might struggle from time to time in the middle, but you arrive as a different person on the other side.
You deal with your past and you welcome the future with open arms.
A beautiful story where you see how Maria blossoms and friendships are built. The author added a few nice surprises to make the story even more heartbreaking and warm at the same time. 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. The Wish List of Albie Young is her debut novel, and it promises to be a real heartbreaker.
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