A moving novel about three people who find their way back from loss and loneliness to a different kind of happiness. Arthur, a widow, meets Maddy, a troubled teenage girl who is avoiding school by hiding out at the cemetery, where Arthur goes every day for lunch to have imaginary conversations with his late wife, and think about the lives of others. The two strike up a friendship that draws them out of isolation. Maddy gives Arthur the name Truluv, for his loving and positive responses to every outrageous thing she says or does. With Arthur’s nosy neighbor Lucille, they create a loving and unconventional family, proving that life’s most precious moments are sweeter when shared.
Well!! This book hit the spot! It is an absolutely charming read and gives you all the feels. I fell so hard for Arthur. He is a joy. He visits his wife’s grave every day at lunch, which is where he meets Maddy. Maddy is a unique and sad young lady. Her mother passed away when she was young and her father is not much of a father. She and Arthur develop a relationship and it is just exactly what each of them need. Throw in a pesky neighbor named Lucille and you have a perfect family.
Did I mention I love this book. One of the reasons is the chemistry between ALL the characters. Each bring something special into the relationships, plus all have some baggage or hang up. Maddy is a heartbreaking teenager. She does not fit in anywhere, school or home. She is bullied and even has thoughts of suicide. Arthur is her saving grace. (Like I said, HE IS ADORABLE!).
This is the perfect book if you are looking for a heartwarming, delightful read. Plus, you may shed a tear or two if you are not careful.
I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review