Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by Random House
About the Book:
Lucille Howard is getting on in years, but she stays busy. Thanks to the inspiration of her dearly departed friend Arthur Truluv, she has begun to teach baking classes, sharing the secrets to her delicious classic Southern yellow cake, the perfect pinwheel cookies, and other sweet essentials. Her classes have become so popular that she's hired Iris, a new resident of Mason, Missouri, as an assistant. Iris doesn't know how to bake but she needs to keep her mind off one big decision she sorely regrets. When a new family moves in next door and tragedy strikes, Lucille begins to look out for Lincoln, their son. Lincoln's parents aren't the only ones in town facing hard choices and uncertain futures. In these difficult times, the residents of Mason come together and find the true power of community--just when they need it the most.
Elizabeth Berg is my favourite author. I have read everything she has written, and this book is only one of the reasons why. She has such a way with words and seems to know what goes on in people's minds, from the very young to the elderly. I sat down with the book this afternoon and finished it in one sitting.
Never underestimate the joy of being the one who is cared for.
I loved the quirkiness of this book, the writing will make you smile, but it will also cause you to reflect on your own life and on the lives of others. Berg treats each character, whether a curmudgeon or a charming individual, with wit and warmth. She describes characters so that you can not only picture their physical presence, but also understand their psychological make-up and emotional responses to situations. This book says a lot about being human and being happy.
This is a character-driven novel that will tug at your heart strings, but will also lift your spirits. The characters are so unique and vivid that you think you know them. The plot races along, pulling you with it so that it is impossible to put the book down.
A novel by Elizabeth Berg is always ultimately a feel-good story, but more than that, it’s the journey along the way that matters. Thoroughly enjoyable, the writing is indeed wonderful and I highly recommend it.
Thank you NetGalley, Random House and Elizabeth Berg for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.