The Year of Pleasures, by Elizabeth Berg

The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg: Audio Book CoverFinished audio 11-23-09, rating 4/5, fiction, pub. 2005

Betta Nolan is recently widowed and feeling alone in the world.  With no family, her husband had been the center of her universe and now in her mid-fifties she is set to embark on an adventure.  She sells her home in Boston and buys a large Victorian home in a small town outside of Chicago.  She chose the town at random and bought the house on a whim and she has her weak moments where she thinks she has made a big mistake.  Betta is still grieving and by making a few new friends and finding old ones she is able to start healing.

Betta’s heartbreak was touching and I felt for her as she tried to let go of her old life and forge ahead with new dreams.  It was easy to put myself in her place.  I was proud of her for taking her friend’s advice to purposefully do something everyday that makes you happy.  We should all take that advice.

I really liked this book.  I’ve seen people compare Berg’s books to sitting down with an old friend and I agree.  There is a familiarity in her writing that draws me in.  I felt that way about this one, but it was not without faults.  A few of the storylines were skipped over at the end and I felt a bit cheated out of knowing what happened.  So, while this wasn’t my favorite Berg novel I did enjoy it.

This was a library copy.

10 thoughts on “The Year of Pleasures, by Elizabeth Berg

  1. Wanda says:

    This book sounds perfect for my mother-in-law. Glad to learn it is available as an audio book, she so loves her books but doesn’t see so well anymore.

  2. Literary Feline says:

    I have heard such great things about Elizabeth Berg, like you said, that reading one of her books is like sitting down for a chat with an old friend. I am glad you enjoyed this one, Stacy. I hope to read it one day too!

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