The Year of Pleasures, a little too sweet

“There is love in holding,” he’d said. “And there is love in letting go.”blog year of pleasures

The story follows a widow’s first year after her beloved husband’s death. Elizabeth Berg always writes women’s voices clearly and accurately. You can hear them. You know them. She’s also excellent with likeable characters, details and descriptions. But this book just didn’t provide enough tension or conflict to make it a really good story. No really tough choices, no high stakes. Even for a Berg fan, this one just fell a little flat.

2 thoughts on “The Year of Pleasures, a little too sweet

  1. I had this book on my list to read. Based on your critique, I might substitute for it. Anymore, I feel like there are so many excellent books available that I don’t want to spend time reading one that someone I trust, like you, doesn’t recommend.

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  2. And I usually LOVE Elizabeth Berg’s books, especially Pull of the Moon, Range of Motion, and Talk Before Sleep. I’m really enjoying The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry at the moment. And it recommends so many good books. And our next book club read, In the Shadow of the Banyan. Lovely, lyrical, writing about a period of history I knew nothing of. So many books, so little time.


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