Author: Gail Honeyman

First Published: 2017

Listen to as an audio book.

“I pondered what else I should take him.  Flowers seemed wrong, they’re a love token, after all.  I looked in the fridge, and popped a packet of cheese slices into the bag.  All men like cheese”

I’m going to start by saying this isn’t my usual type of book but since I have taken out a monthly subscribtion to listen to more audio books I thought I would give it a try and I am so glad I did.

This book is charming, witty and so very sad.

At the beginning of the book I thought that Eleanor was a strange character and almost cringed at some of the things she said and thought but it’s not long before this charming character become someone you want to help, talk to and have in your life. If truth be told I think we can all see bits of ourselves in Eleanor.  I just wanted to give her a hug.

Touching on the raw subject of how our childhood shapes our future this story soon unfolds with lots of twists and turns along the way. Even without the fabulous ending this book would still be a fabulous read.

I had laugh out loud moments and moments I just wanted to stop and cry.  Net time I open my mouth and say something inappropriate I will think of Eleanor and smile!

It is a thought provoking book and really makes you appreciate the people you have around you.  It is also a great lesson on not judging people as you first see them.

By the end of this book I absolutely adored Eleanor Oliphant, I love her attitude towards life and how she see’s things so very clearly.

This book really gave me food for thought and it will be one of those stories I think about often. It is an easy read that flows and before you know it you have missed a whole day of life because you simply couldn’t put this book down.

This is one author I will be looking out for and counting down the days for a second book!