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The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett


Book Review

Title: The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett

Author: Annie Lyons

Publisher: William Morrow

Genre: Contemporary/Historical/British


Every time someone came along and declared this was the best book ever, I was unable to offer an opinion because I stupidly still had this on my bookshelf. I’ve owned this one since 2020, when it came out, and allowed it stare at me from my book shelf and collect dust. Why? WHY!!! If you haven’t read this one yet, this is your sign. You must. You simply must!


Londoner, Eudora Honeysett, is eighty-five and done with life. Not in a depressed sort of way, but she’s feeling old, like she’s lived a full life, and is just plain tired and ready to die on her own terms. She calls a clinic in Switzerland and sets a plan in motion.


Feeling confident in her decision she didn’t expect her new neighbors ten year old little girl, Rose, full of sparkles and rainbows to come barging into her life. Eudora just wants to be left alone, but instead finds herself going on adventures (tea dates, shopping for new clothes, swimming, beach trips, and birthday & pizza parties!) with Rose and their other neighbor, Stanley a recent widow.


Told in a dual timeline within chapters, I loved learning all about Eudora’s earlier years in life.


Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Oh my heart! I absolutely adored Eudora, Rose and Stanley. Such unlikely friends and found family. I found this to be deeply moving and full of joy. It has subtle, gentle humor and it just so real and honest. Just allow yourself to feel these characters and this story! I highly, highly recommend. This is going on my favorites shelf and one I can see myself rereading.


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