Today it’s my turn on the blog tour for this unusual book. I’ve never read a book that consists almost solely of letters between people so this was a first for me. Many thanks to Anne Cater for letting me have a place on this tour.
BLURB: Sometimes it takes a stranger to really know who you are.
When Tina Hopgood writes a letter of regret to a man she has never met, she doesn’t expect a reply. When Anders Larsen, a lonely museum curator, answers it, nor does he. They’re both searching for something, they just don’t know it yet. Anders has lost his wife, along with his hopes and dreams for the future. Tina is trapped in a marriage she doesn’t remember choosing. Slowly their correspondence blossoms as they bare their souls to each other with stories of joy, anguish and discovery. But then Tina’s letters suddenly cease, and Anders is thrown into despair. Can their unexpected friendship survive?
My Review: This is such an unusual read and as such it’s taken more time than usual for me to work out what I want to say about it. It’s a lovely, moving and thought provoking story of two people who start corresponding by letter, almost by accident, and whose relationship grows as they continue writing and revealing more about themselves in their letters.
I’m not going to say too much because I don’t want to spoil it but the letters are so well written and, as I said, thought provoking, that I found myself looking at the world a little differently whenever I’d been reading it. I do notice things, it’s not like I walk round with my head down, but after reading this book it was as if what I noticed was crisper, sharper and almost more vivid than before.
It’s definitely an unusual book but one that is worth reading as it will make you think about your life, the decisions you’ve made, your surroundings and other aspects of your life and your experiences. It’s a gentle read that worms it’s way into your head and stays there. Only this morning I noticed something in my garden that reminded me of a bit in the book. The bit I am refering to was maybe 5 lines in total but clearly it stuck in my head because what I looked at reminded me of it and I took more notice of what I was observing becsuse of those few lines. That is why you should read this book. Few books ever have that much impact on me and I feel this is something that everyone needs to experience.
About the author:
ANNE YOUNGSON worked for many years in senior management in the car industry before embarking on a creative career as a writer. She has supported many charities in governance roles, including Chair of the Writers in Prison Network, which provided residencies in prisons for writers. She lives in Oxfordshire and is married with two children and three grandchildren to date. MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM is her debut novel, which is due to be published around the world.