Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy, representing Bookouture, for inviting me on the Blog Tour for The Wish List of Albie Young by Ruby Hummingbird.
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…
This life-affirming and heartfelt tale is for anyone who has ever looked at their life and wanted more. Fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and The Keeper of Lost Things will love this poignant story, which shows us that for the truest loves, the end is never really the end…
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Maria is seventy years old and very set in her routine so when her friend Albie, who has met her every Thursday for the last four years, doesn’t show up at their regular cafe, she is concerned. When he doesn’t come the following Thursday she is very upset and withdraws into herself in her flat. When her phone rings and it is his solicitor she has to accept that Albie won’t ever be going to meet her again. When the solicitor asks Maria to go to their offices she finds out that there was more to Albie than she could have ever imagined.
What a wonderful story this is. Yes, there are so many regrets and if only moments in the story which really touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes about what could have been, but it was too late. When she found a list written by Albie she began to piece together snippets of conversations from Albie, people he had mentioned, places he went to and it began to make sense. Maria got a new purpose in life.
There are some lovely characters in the story each with their own memories of Albie and what he had done for them. Maria was seeing a new side to the gentleman that sat with her each Thursday that told her only a little about himself but was always ready to hear about her week.
I loved the changes that happened in the people she met and facing the biggest challenge of all. This is a really good feel factor read that made me glow inside. It makes you really get behind Maria. I still cried at the ‘if only’ thoughts I had though. A super book, couldn’t have asked for more from this lovely story.
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE, IS A LITTLE 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.
Instagram at rubyhummingbirdauthor.