I’ve read a couple of books this year already that centre around older people, who are in their twilight years. They certainly make you think about life and realise you only get the one life and should make the very most of it. This is another book where the central character is an older person. This one however is more of a summing up, looking back on the people and the times that have passed, a look at his mistakes, things he may have done differently if he had the chance but above all its a celebration of all those who made his life special.
About the Book
‘I’m here to remember – all that I have been and all that I will never be again.’
At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He’s alone, as usual – though tonight is anything but. Pull up a stool and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story.
Over the course of this evening, he will raise five toasts to the five people who have meant the most to him. Through these stories – of unspoken joy and regret, a secret tragedy kept hidden, a fierce love that never found its voice – the life of one man will be powerfully and poignantly laid bare.
Heart-breaking and heart-warming all at once, the voice of Maurice Hannigan will stay with you long after all is said.
What I Thought
I really enjoyed this book. I would describe it as a fictional auto biography. It is difficult to say much about the story as I wouldn’t want to give anything away. It is best told, from the beginning by the man himself Maurice Hannigan. He tells a good tale, and in his head he tells what is his life story to his son as if he’s there with him. Instead it’s the reader who listens and you really are in for a treat.
As in the description above it is a heart warming, very often poignant story. It carries you along on a tide of emotion as you experience both the highs and the lows of all that has made Maurice who he is today.
It was very well written, completely absorbing with long chapters but such a compelling story that I had to keep reading til the next chapter no matter what else I was supposed to be doing. I would definitely read another book by this author it was a lovely read, but very sad in places.
♥ Happy Reading ♥
Thank you to the publishers Sceptre via Netgalley for this ARC in return for an honest review.