FTC Disclosure: Review copy provided by publisher.
“Dear Lucy Silchester, You have an appointment for Monday, May 30, 2011. Yours sincerely, Life.”
I’m not much of a general fiction reader, yet for some writers I make exceptions. Sometimes I’m disappointed, but so far never with Ahern.
With no disrespect to the author, they have not been a challenge to read – which is a good thing. Too many times I pick up a Pulitzer or Booker winner and wonder what in the hell am I missing?
In her stories P.S., I Love You and now The Time of My Life, Ahern gives us a quirky story that is a pleasure to read and easy to recommend to others.
If I were still working at the bookstore, this is definitely one I’d put out on the end cap. (Anyone who works retail can tell you that’s pretty high praise)
The premise seems almost too much. Lucy hasn’t been treating herself, and therefore her Life, all that well. So when it literally comes calling to hold her to account for her actions, what entails teaches us all a thing or two about honesty and respect, especially when it comes to our Selves. (And yes, that is meant to be two words)
Lucy has a lot to learn and by the end of the book, the reader will be wondering what they may need to do to make their Life better and happier. Not that there are any great revelations or deep soul searching within the story that hasn’t been seen in books before, but what interested me and kept me reading was Lucy herself.
She’s flawed and faces some real tough issues, as we all have and do, but I liked her sense of humor and the fact she wasn’t so over the top miserable or whiny kept me connected. I’ve seen worse pity parties in literature – hers wasn’t hard to deal with, because really, it wasn’t that bad and definitely fixable.
The greatest lesson from reading this, is that it’s all fixable, you just have to accept the fact that your Life is a living and breathing entity, and if you ignore it, it won’t go away. It may just show up and want attention when you least expect it or want it.
Lucy finally faced hers and this book is worth the read to find out how.