The Story of Arthur Truluv ……

51Wj-94dQIL._AC_US327_QL65_Thanks to NETGALLEY and RANDOM HOUSE for allowing me to read and review this wonderful
novel. Elizabeth Berg is one of my all time favorite authors, I love her writing style, the details,
the stories, and the characters, they are down to earth lovable people with real life issues.
This story is about a lonely man and a lonely teenager. Arthur’s wife passed away, so he walks to the cemetery every day and has lunch with her and talks to her, as he passes the other graves, he gets feelings that he knows what happened to the people in them.
Maddy is a lonely teenager whose mother passes away, and due to her fathers own grief, he doesn’t know how to help her through her grief. Maddy goes to the cemetery to be alone and think, she meets Arthur at the cemetery and they start out with just a few words, then more and they become fast friends, Arthur invites Maddy back to his house. Arthur finds out that Maddy is pregnant by her one and only boyfriend, who has no interest in being a father, she wants to keep the baby, and have someone to love and love her.
So she ask Arthur if she can move in with him and be roommates, she’ll cook and clean. In the meantime, they become family, Arthur taking care of Maddy, and Maddy taking care of Arthur. They
find out that you don’t have to be blood related to love and care for someone.
Lucille is a neighbor of Arthurs and sent him cookies , food, she’ s so lonely, she ends up moving in with Arthur and Maddy, then they really are a family. I loved these characters, Arthur is everyone’ s dream of a grandfather, Maddy is a good kid, she’s just had a few rough years and Lucille is a woman with loads of love to give.
One of favorite lines in the novel is “Arthur telling the bus driver to be careful, he has precious
cargo ” meaning Maddy, I always think this when I have my grandkids in the car with me, Precious Cargo….that’s what they are to me.
This novel is wonderful, it addresses many issues, the loneliness of the elderly, the challenges of
a teenagers life, friendship of all the ages, devastating loss, forgiveness, you can be family without
being blood related. That love and acceptance is something everyone wants and deserves. That relationships are not always black and white , that we are all multi-layered. Lucille and Maddy and Arthur will stay with me a long time.
My words to describe this novel are: bittersweet, well-written, reflective, heartfelt, moving, uplifting, engaging, and heartwarming .

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