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Summary

 The International best seller.

Within the pages of 96-year-old Doris’s red address book are the names of all those she has loved and lost, telling the story of a colourful life. Living alone in Stockholm, she is comforted by the weekly calls of her grand-niece Jenny, who is haunted by a painful childhood.

Finally, Doris decides to put pen to paper, using her address book to recall the memories of a life well-lived – from 1930s Paris runways to narrow New York escapes during World War Two – and what she and Jenny discover may well change their lives forever....

©2018 Sofia Lundberg (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"Written with love, told with joy. Very easy to enjoy." (Fredrik Backman, New York Times best-selling author of A Man Called Ove)

"With an ingenious hook and a glorious heroine, this book is a delicate balance of heartwarming and heartbreaking and a timely reminder to hold on to those you love in case they get away. Enchanting." (Veronica Henry)

"Doris’s life story is magnetic, and it’s her strong personality and pearls of wisdom...that drive the book... Fans of Fredrik Backman will find much to like here." (Publishers Weekly)

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Didn't want this to end

I loved this tale of lost love. Although the premise of the book is profoundly sad (most of the characters are long since dead!) and much of the story covers Doris' hard life it does not feel sad throughout. Although come the inevitable end I was sobbing my way through! Not a book to read in the car on the way to work! Well written and original. Definitely a book worth reading.

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Heartwarming tragic story

Best not to say too much, it speaks for itself. Narration is superb. Character one can warm despite terrible circumstances.