E-book was gifted by the author for review
Room 46 is a lot of things to a lot of different people. For Edith it is her place now, after a tragic accident that left her unable to look after herself this is where she ended up. Even thought it is bright and colourful and the people are friendly and helpful, to her it is place she would rather not be.
For Grace, it is a place she dreads going to, she is afraid, afraid because her life had not turned out the way she had imagined. So much promise and now what did she have to show for it? She lives in constant panic over situations and people to the point she has panic attacks, how on earth is she supposed to volunteer at the nursing home and worse still, read to a person she has never met before? The one good things in this situation is, the patient can not talk so, will not be able to ask questions about her and her life, the only silver lining.
For Marion, it is a place she loves to work in, the residence of Rosehill Gardens are happy and always pleased to see her when she cleans their rooms. She especially loves cleaning Edith’s room. The poor woman who lost her husband in a tragic accident and slowly lost her voice and mobility due to a series of strokes. That however has not killed Edith’s spirit, each day when she arrives at work Edith is always eager for her cleaner to have a chat. Marion has another reason for wanting to work at Rosehill Gardens. She is hatching a plan to change the lives of Edith and Grace, they both need a push in the right direction. Because of what happened in the past, Marion will do anything in her power to make the future bright again for these two women.
Helen McKenna, has done it again with this wonderful tale. I am a huge fan of this author’s work and was delighted when I was asked to read this book for review. There are so many different levels to the story going on all at once, but it is so cleverly done, you do not actually realise it all connects together until you reach the last chapter. The short stories that Grace reads to Edith are so engaging that when they came to an end, I was disappointed because I wanted to know more about the characters. The secret to what makes this story work is the beautifully crafted characters that are so engaging. They all have a story to tell, some of them will make you laugh, get angry or even shed a tear or two, but above all they all have one theme in common, even when life looks like it has no direction, with a little help and encouragement anything is possible.