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It's never too late to start living. Infused with the emotional power of Me Before You and the irresistible charm of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and Be Frank with Me, a moving and joyous novel about an elderly woman ready to embrace death and the little girl who reminds her what it means to live. Eudora Honeysett is done with this noisy, moronic world—all of it. She It's never too late to start living. Infused with the emotional power of Me Before You and the irresistible charm of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and Be Frank with Me, a moving and joyous novel about an elderly woman ready to embrace death and the little girl who reminds her what it means to live. Eudora Honeysett is done with this noisy, moronic world—all of it. She has witnessed the indignities and suffering of old age and has lived a full life. At eighty-five, she isn’t going to leave things to chance. Her end will be on her terms. With one call to a clinic in Switzerland, a plan is set in motion.  Then she meets ten-year-old Rose Trewidney, a whirling, pint-sized rainbow of color and sparkling cheer. All Eudora wants is to be left alone to set her affairs in order. Instead, she finds herself embarking on a series of adventures with the irrepressible Rose and their affable neighbor, the recently widowed Stanley—afternoon tea, shopping sprees, trips to the beach, birthday celebrations, pizza parties.  While the trio of unlikely BFFs grow closer and anxiously await the arrival of Rose’s new baby sister, Eudora is reminded of her own childhood—of losing her father during World War II and the devastating impact it had on her entire family. In reflecting on her past, Eudora realizes she must come to terms with what lies ahead.  But now that her joy for life has been rekindled, how can she possibly say goodbye? 


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It's never too late to start living. Infused with the emotional power of Me Before You and the irresistible charm of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and Be Frank with Me, a moving and joyous novel about an elderly woman ready to embrace death and the little girl who reminds her what it means to live. Eudora Honeysett is done with this noisy, moronic world—all of it. She It's never too late to start living. Infused with the emotional power of Me Before You and the irresistible charm of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and Be Frank with Me, a moving and joyous novel about an elderly woman ready to embrace death and the little girl who reminds her what it means to live. Eudora Honeysett is done with this noisy, moronic world—all of it. She has witnessed the indignities and suffering of old age and has lived a full life. At eighty-five, she isn’t going to leave things to chance. Her end will be on her terms. With one call to a clinic in Switzerland, a plan is set in motion.  Then she meets ten-year-old Rose Trewidney, a whirling, pint-sized rainbow of color and sparkling cheer. All Eudora wants is to be left alone to set her affairs in order. Instead, she finds herself embarking on a series of adventures with the irrepressible Rose and their affable neighbor, the recently widowed Stanley—afternoon tea, shopping sprees, trips to the beach, birthday celebrations, pizza parties.  While the trio of unlikely BFFs grow closer and anxiously await the arrival of Rose’s new baby sister, Eudora is reminded of her own childhood—of losing her father during World War II and the devastating impact it had on her entire family. In reflecting on her past, Eudora realizes she must come to terms with what lies ahead.  But now that her joy for life has been rekindled, how can she possibly say goodbye? 

30 review for The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett

  1. 5 out of 5

    marilyn

    Published September 8th 2020 The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons is a special book. We meet eighty-five year old Eudora Honeysett as she is so very aware of her mortality and absolutely sure she does not want to have her last days in a hospital, on machines, kept alive well past the time she is ready to go. She has seen this happen to her mother and to other people and she wants no part of it, especially because she has no friends or family. If she doesn't take control of her de Published September 8th 2020 The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons is a special book. We meet eighty-five year old Eudora Honeysett as she is so very aware of her mortality and absolutely sure she does not want to have her last days in a hospital, on machines, kept alive well past the time she is ready to go. She has seen this happen to her mother and to other people and she wants no part of it, especially because she has no friends or family. If she doesn't take control of her death and the timing of her death, she'll be at the mercy of decisions and actions of strangers, so she needs to do something soon. Eudora has a plan and it involves being accepted to a clinic in Switzerland, where she can die on her own timeline, on her own terms.  At the same time she is initiating the process to be accepted to the clinic, a new family moves next door. Her new neighbor, ten year old Rose, a self professed fashion guru whose fashion consists of wearing the most colorful, outlandish, sparkly clothes possible, immediately claims Eudora as her best friend. Rose is such a smart, precocious girl who sees no need to filter her words or thoughts and she is just what Eudora needs, whether Eudora knows it or not. Eudora is a cranky grump and she is in no mood for noise, happiness, adventure or friendship, this late in the game. But nothing can put Rose off and under all of Eudora's gruffness is a kind heart that isn't willing to hurt Rose's feelings. Added to this duo in a third person, heartbroken widower Stanley, who spreads cheer wherever he goes, while pining for his late wife.  At the end of each chapter, we go back to Eudora's past and learn about the hardships that made her the woman she is today. It's all about family and the sacrifices that she felt she must make throughout life, putting others before herself while neglecting the chance to have an independent life of her own. Now, Rose and Stanley have roped Eudora in with friendship and love, just when she is finally going to do something for herself. Her memories and guilt weigh so heavily on her and she doesn't want these people pulling her into a life she never got to have in the past. I'm glad I was able to buddy read this book with my friend, DeAnn, because we both had a lot of thoughts to share. Thank you to HarperCollins Publishers/William Morrow and NetGalley for this ARC.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jayme

    If you have been needing a cathartic cry....for any reason..this is the book for you! 😭🤧 There are happy tears 👵🏻 and sad tears 😿 but, I don’t think you can read this without shedding some tears! First, let’s dispel with the comparisons. This is the same book as Eudora Honeysett is Quite Well, Thank You. (Which is actually a fitting name, because that is always her answer if asked) But, I was afraid that title was a play on “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” and I wasn’t sure that I liked that, If you have been needing a cathartic cry....for any reason..this is the book for you! 😭🤧 There are happy tears 👵🏻 and sad tears 😿 but, I don’t think you can read this without shedding some tears! First, let’s dispel with the comparisons. This is the same book as Eudora Honeysett is Quite Well, Thank You. (Which is actually a fitting name, because that is always her answer if asked) But, I was afraid that title was a play on “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” and I wasn’t sure that I liked that, so, I am glad that the name was changed for the U.S. version, as this book is no copycat. It actually is more similar to “A Man Called Ove” as it begins, but with a faster pace and a main character who you will warm to more quickly. A young new family moves in next door to 85 year old, Eudora Honeysett and just when she has begun arrangements to embrace death on her own terms, her 10 year old neighbor, Rose Trewidney, reminds her of what it means to be alive. Most chapters end with a bit of history, explaining how Eudora had always put the happiness of others, ahead of her own, and why she is now alone with no family to share her last years with. You have heard the expression “out of the mouths of babes”? Well, that is Rose! Wise beyond her years, with happiness and love that is infectious! She becomes Eudora’s fashion guru and best friend, insisting that she needs her more than she needs kids her own age, and asking her to various social engagements with the plea: “Please can you try to stay alive till then?” Heartwarming and Charming, I was reading this book anxiously, hoping that Rose could convince Eudora, that maybe it wasn’t time to say goodbye, just yet... Because, I certainly did not want to say goodbye to either one of them!! I am sure this will be on my favorites shelf, this year! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  3. 5 out of 5

    DeAnn

    5 Unicorn Stars This is a terrific book! I truly enjoyed being part of Eudora’s life and watching her change through the book. Eudora is 85 and ready to leave this world and she’s found her path to do just that. She’s no nonsense and prefers her solitary life. It’s funny how life sometimes gets in the way of your plans though. She gets a new wonderful neighbor family with 10-year-old Rose who in in close competition for my favorite character in this book. Rose loves fashion and dressing in amazing 5 Unicorn Stars This is a terrific book! I truly enjoyed being part of Eudora’s life and watching her change through the book. Eudora is 85 and ready to leave this world and she’s found her path to do just that. She’s no nonsense and prefers her solitary life. It’s funny how life sometimes gets in the way of your plans though. She gets a new wonderful neighbor family with 10-year-old Rose who in in close competition for my favorite character in this book. Rose loves fashion and dressing in amazing colors that match her bright personality. She also loves to visit Eudora and her cat, too often for Eudora’s taste. She also loves to hear about Eudora’s early life and finds herself more at ease with older adults than kids her own age. Together with another older neighbor who has recently been widowed – Stanley – this trio builds a unique friendship and looks out for each other. I adored Stanley’s two dogs as well. These friends have some fun adventures with shopping, swimming, pizza parlors, and a senior group. At the end of each chapter, we read about a part of Eudora’s life growing up and we start to understand how the events in her life have turned her into this woman at age 85. For fans of “Eleanor Oliphant” and “Me Before You” this book was an engaging heartfelt read for me. It made me think about death and how to have a “good death” and made me aware that there are death doulas. We celebrate birth and shy away from talking about death. Eudora makes a big impact on Rose and Stanley and I find myself still thinking about her. I highly recommend this one along with a fresh box of tissues. Thank you to Book Club Girls/William Morrow for an early copy to read through NetGalley. This one is now available.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Javier

    "Life is precious and as long as we have a reason to continue, we should follow that path" Do you know how there are some books that while you're reading them you immediately know are gonna stay with you for a very long time? Well, "Eudora Honeysett is quite well, thank you" was that kind of book for me. Although it deals with some deep issues, it does it in a such a natural way that it was a delight reading it. Eudora is 85 years old and done with this world. After many sufferings and with her h "Life is precious and as long as we have a reason to continue, we should follow that path" Do you know how there are some books that while you're reading them you immediately know are gonna stay with you for a very long time? Well, "Eudora Honeysett is quite well, thank you" was that kind of book for me. Although it deals with some deep issues, it does it in a such a natural way that it was a delight reading it. Eudora is 85 years old and done with this world. After many sufferings and with her health starting to fail she's decided she wants to end things on her own terms. Rose is her new neighbor, a 10 years old with an outgoing nature and a peculiar fashion sense. Along with Stanley, a recent widower, they make Eudora reflect about her past, her life and what lies ahead. If this review contains some typos it's because my eyes are still blurry after finishing this. It's not usual for me to cry with a book, but I'm not ashamed to say that in this case I had to keep some tissues at hand while reading cause there were several moments were I found big fat tears rolling down my face and a lump in my throat. It is such a moving story. Eudora, Rose and Stanley might be some of the most lovable characters I've had the pleasure to read. Ever. They were quirky, funny, well drawn out, managing to move you from laughs to tears in a matter of seconds. I specially loved Rose's character, such an insightful 10 yo, so full of life and at the same time with such an adult take in some issues, as her vision of death as something not to be afraid of. I would definitely want her as a friend and as a fashion guru! I felt for Eudora so much during the whole story. Loved those glimpses into her past that showed us how she came to be the person she is now. It was so despairing seeing how she put the weight of the world on her shoulders, caring all the time about other people's needs, but what about her needs? I would have liked so much to be able to tell her to live her life for herself and not for others. A moving story about friendship, death, and most of all life and how it pass you by in a blink, hencefore the importance of living it to the fullest, not letting you be held back by your own history. Thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins UK/One More Chapter for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    4.5 stars You can read all of my reviews at Nerd Girl Loves Books. I absolutely loved this book! It is so sweet and life affirming-I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend you read it. Eudora Honeysett is 85 years old and is done with life. She wants to leave on her own terms and sets a plan in motion to do just that. Of course, when we make plans, God laughs... Enter 10 year-old Rose Trewidney. Rose is a whirling dervish of energy, sparkles and color. She has an endearing enthusiasm for life an 4.5 stars You can read all of my reviews at Nerd Girl Loves Books. I absolutely loved this book! It is so sweet and life affirming-I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend you read it. Eudora Honeysett is 85 years old and is done with life. She wants to leave on her own terms and sets a plan in motion to do just that. Of course, when we make plans, God laughs... Enter 10 year-old Rose Trewidney. Rose is a whirling dervish of energy, sparkles and color. She has an endearing enthusiasm for life and despite Eudora's desire to be left alone to set her affairs in order, Rose has other plans. Before she knows it, Eudora is swept up in Rose's wake. She suddenly has BFFs in Rose and neighbor Stanley, and is getting out and about attending parties, afternoon tea, shopping and going to the beach. Eudora is embraced by Rose and Stanley's families, which reminds her of her unhappy and difficult family life. Inserted throughout the book are memories of Eudora's past, explaining how she ended up alone and unmarried. Eudora starts out a prim and solitary person. She's not exactly grumpy or cranky because she's not unkind, she's just very closed off and open displays of emotion makes her uncomfortable. There are probably a lot of people that can relate to Eudora. It was wonderful to see her learn to be more open with her feelings and more willing to put herself out there. She witnesses Rose and Stanley's loving and expressive families - a far cry from her own experiences - and appreciates basking in their glow. Rose is such an effervescent and unique person - a true force of nature- and as she struggles with acceptance by her peers, Eudora helps guide her to become more confidant in herself. As a result, Rose begins to bloom in her new school. I can't say enough wonderful things about this book. You just need to read it for yourself - you won't be sorry. Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers for giving me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Pauline

    Eudora is an 85 year old who is very set in her ways and feels that she has had enough of life. When new neighbours move in next door Rose a ten year old girl decides to form a friendship with her and Eudora’s peace and quiet is now a thing of the past. A feel good story to lift your spirits with some laugh out loud moments. Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Collins - One more Chaper for inviting me to read this book, I enjoyed it immensely.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    4 - 1/2* Eudora Honeysett at 85 years old is seriously done with life and is in the process of arranging her own demise. With no family or friends she sees no reason why she should not make her own arrangements with a clinic in Switzerland. Eudora is a bit grumpy (but never rude) and lonely (although she won’t admit to it) that is until a new family moves in next door and she meets the exuberant and very unique 10 year old Rose. Rose’s personality is as vibrant and unconventional as her style in f 4 - 1/2* Eudora Honeysett at 85 years old is seriously done with life and is in the process of arranging her own demise. With no family or friends she sees no reason why she should not make her own arrangements with a clinic in Switzerland. Eudora is a bit grumpy (but never rude) and lonely (although she won’t admit to it) that is until a new family moves in next door and she meets the exuberant and very unique 10 year old Rose. Rose’s personality is as vibrant and unconventional as her style in fashion. Rose is a force to be reckoned with, a force that Eudora is unable to ignore. The book takes us back through Eudora’s life which turns out to be a rather sad tale of loss and mistakes and missed opportunities leaving Eudora thinking that closing herself off from life is her only way not to be hurt yet again. That is until Rose. This is a really easy read with a bit of humour and some really open discussions about old age and death.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Corina

    Bittersweet ending always make me cry 😭

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jodie (That Happy Reader)

    Some authors have an ability to take a delicate, complex subject and make it enjoyable and meaningful. Annie Lyons does just that in Eudora Honeysett is Quite Well, Thank You. Eudora Honeysett is an eighty-five year old woman who lives alone. Physically, she does quite well swimming regularly and getting around to the shops. But emotionally, her life has been one filled with challenge. Eudora has always been so very responsible, always putting others’ needs ahead of her own. She is full of despai Some authors have an ability to take a delicate, complex subject and make it enjoyable and meaningful. Annie Lyons does just that in Eudora Honeysett is Quite Well, Thank You. Eudora Honeysett is an eighty-five year old woman who lives alone. Physically, she does quite well swimming regularly and getting around to the shops. But emotionally, her life has been one filled with challenge. Eudora has always been so very responsible, always putting others’ needs ahead of her own. She is full of despair and contemplating how she would like to see her life end before the choice is taken away from her. Indeed, she begins exploring euthanasia in Switzerland. Then, one day a new young family moves in next door providing Eudora with something she didn’t even realize she was missing. Rose is the ten year old that lives next door to Eudora. She is full of endless energy, enthusiasm and has a forthright way of speaking. Eudora and Rose become great friends, and bring out the best in one another. They soon add a fellow octogenarian, Stanley, to their trio and the three grow to develop one of the most caring and respectful relationships I can remember in the literary world. The book is extremely moving. The characters are all well-developed and likeable. The book flows well and made me want to read on. Aging and the need to feel productive throughout our lives are themes in the book. Eudora’s past relationships and experiences in her life had kept her isolated for much of her later years: all too common in the way our culture perceives aging. It’s too bad we all don’t have a Rose to bring joy back into our lives as we enter our senior years. I listened to the audiobook edition of this book which was narrated by Nicolette McKenzie who gave a superb performance. The versatility in her voice captures the age, gender and personalties of the characters very well. I would recommend listening to the audiobook version of this book which enhanced an already wonderful story. Thanks to Netgalley and HarperCollins Audio UK for the ARC of this book in exchange for the honest review provided here.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Fiction Addition Angela

    When I started this story I knew nothing about it really. One more chapter asked if I would like to read it and I jumped straight in. I immediately thought of the books A Man called Ove and Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine. The main character a cranky, older, grumpy elder who has just had enough! After a few chapters I was hooked. Annie Lyons has created a moving novel that is about an elderly woman nearing the end of her life and is ready to embrace death her way and in sharp contrast a littl When I started this story I knew nothing about it really. One more chapter asked if I would like to read it and I jumped straight in. I immediately thought of the books A Man called Ove and Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine. The main character a cranky, older, grumpy elder who has just had enough! After a few chapters I was hooked. Annie Lyons has created a moving novel that is about an elderly woman nearing the end of her life and is ready to embrace death her way and in sharp contrast a little girl who is so full of life, reminding us what it’s like to fully live in the moment. Without family or friends Eudora learns about a service in Switzerland that allows people the chance to die on their own terms. While she waits for the service to be approved, a family move in next door, and the ten year old daughter Rose aka unicorn fueled, rainbow fashion guru I love everything, quickly becomes a constant in Eudora's life. Rose is the best little character and draws the reader in and makes you want all the sadness and loneliness for Eudora to end. There’s also new friend Stanley another neighbour who also in his twilight years, mourning the recent loss of his wife also in the need of a boost in life.Between the three of them they become an unlikely three musketeers, a troop of friends. Rose and Stanley teach her what it’s like to love and be loved and to taste life in Eudora’s case for the first time. Initially I felt quite sad reading about Eudora's life, her Father dying in the war, Dora being left to look after her baby sister and her ungrateful mother and a whole host of other sad circumstances that has made Eudora lonely and isolated in life. But as new characters were introduced and as the two time lines unfolded I felt myself willing Dora to allow herself to experience and enjoy life... and I really immersed myself into her character and thought you can do this Eudora. This is a laugh out loud and at the same time grab a tissue book. It celebrates life. Full of quirky characters that I enjoyed. It touched me, made me realize that life can pass you by in a blink, and to enjoy it despite the not so easy times. It was a surprise in a book and I really enjoyed it. Four stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thanks to Onemore chapter and Netgalley and #annielyons for this smasher.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett (US) Eudora Honeysett is Quite Well, Thank You (UK) By: Annie Lyons This is one of my best reads this year and will rank as one of my top three books of 2020. Eudora Honeysett is 85 years old and is so done with the world - the noise, anger, disrespect from others she has found herself having lived a full life and want to exit the world with dignity having no family or friends left. She will not pass away as her own mother did, with multiple hospital visits be The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett (US) Eudora Honeysett is Quite Well, Thank You (UK) By: Annie Lyons This is one of my best reads this year and will rank as one of my top three books of 2020. Eudora Honeysett is 85 years old and is so done with the world - the noise, anger, disrespect from others she has found herself having lived a full life and want to exit the world with dignity having no family or friends left. She will not pass away as her own mother did, with multiple hospital visits being poked and prodded only to die alone and miserable. Eudora wants to take control of her own death and exactly when she decides it to happen and has set up with a clinic in Switzerland. While she is waiting for her affairs to be put in order, a family moves in next door and she meets an incredible ten year old Rose Trewidney, and an unlikely friendship blossomed - and with that, Eudora is opened up to meeting people in her neighborhood including a recently widowed gentleman named Stanley, and having trips to the mall, afternoon teas, shopping sprees and birthday parties. What I loved about this is the way we learn about Eurdora's life through flashbacks in each chapter as we glean into what shaped her, her relationship with her family and friends, her love life and the many happy moments along with disappointments and hardships she has lived through. This was such a tender and heartwarming story I enjoyed for the detailed character development, the brilliant writing, and the beautiful message of the story about life and friends as chosen families.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jenna | JennaStopReading

    I loved this story! It was so sweet and beautifully woven. The characters were charming and funny. The story was believable and hit hard, but still had felt hopeful and inspiring. It was an excellent debut and I look forward to more from Annie Lyons!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Cook - A Book Ninja

    I was not familiar with Annie Lyons but I am a fan. I will read anything she writes now that I have read The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett. If you know me at all, you know that I am a sucker for any story about unlikely friends. I think often that these unlikely friendships are the best there are in this world. This is the case of Eudora, an eighty-five year old woman, and Rose, a ten-year old girl along with a neighbor Stanley. The story switches time-lines as it goes. The story starts out I was not familiar with Annie Lyons but I am a fan. I will read anything she writes now that I have read The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett. If you know me at all, you know that I am a sucker for any story about unlikely friends. I think often that these unlikely friendships are the best there are in this world. This is the case of Eudora, an eighty-five year old woman, and Rose, a ten-year old girl along with a neighbor Stanley. The story switches time-lines as it goes. The story starts out in the present day of Eudora's life and progresses but as the story goes it switches to the 1940's with Eurdora as a young girl. Lyons continues this parallel telling of Eudora's life which shows the great struggles and sadness that has blanketed her life. This is a story of perseverance, familia love, friendship, dedication and kindness. I laughed and I cried. Kudos to Lyons from not shying away from the topic of growing older and death. She handles it with the loving care that it deserves. I received an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This book desersves its spot on my all-time favorite book list. <3

  14. 4 out of 5

    Fictionophile

    Eudora Honeysett – 85 years old and increasingly troubled by the usual ailments, vulnerabilities, and indignities of old age. Eudora has never been married and still lives in the London house she grew up in – her only company is a cantankerous black cat named Montgomery. She feels like she is ready to meet death ‘head on’ and she has no fear of its mysteries. Alone, with neither family or friends, Eudora feels that she is done with life. She despairs of the modern way of life with lack of manner Eudora Honeysett – 85 years old and increasingly troubled by the usual ailments, vulnerabilities, and indignities of old age. Eudora has never been married and still lives in the London house she grew up in – her only company is a cantankerous black cat named Montgomery. She feels like she is ready to meet death ‘head on’ and she has no fear of its mysteries. Alone, with neither family or friends, Eudora feels that she is done with life. She despairs of the modern way of life with lack of manners, its technology, and public displays of affection. “It’s such a nuisance that elderly people have to look so old. This shrunken, prune-like appearance, as if someone is slowly deflating them, is most unprepossessing.” Rose Trewidney – a 10 year old, precocious, talkative, relentlessly cheerful girl with a colorful and often ill-advised dress sense. She has just moved in to the house next door to Eudora, and she makes it her mission in life to ease Eudora’s loneliness and become her best friend. Though Eudora tries to resist Rose’s persistent attempts at forming a friendship, she realizes quickly that Rose is a ‘force of nature‘ who is impossible to resist. Stanley Marcham – an elderly widower who lives near Eudora. Though he is very gregarious, he too is lonely, and grieving his beloved wife. He lives with two King Charles Cavalier spaniels who he walks regularly on Eudora’s street. When he comes on Rose’s radar, she adopts him as another of her ‘best friends‘. “Life is precious and as long as we have a reason to continue, we should follow that path.” MY THOUGHTS The unusual trio of Eudora, Stanley and Rose become true friends and their journey together is a joy to read. The importance of inter-generational relationships between the very young and the very old are showcased in an absorbing way. The narrative switches from the present day to frequent flashbacks of Eudora’s life throughout the years. This gave the reader a comprehensive understanding of Eudora and her way of thinking. The book discusses death, a topic that is usually avoided at all costs. It approaches this often taboo subject with empathy, compassion and levelheadedness. Also stressed in this novel is the paramount importance of being kind to others. This lovely novel engenders all the emotions with its straight-forward Eudora and her dry humour. It is a book that I think everyone should read, regardless of their age as it clearly describes how it feels to get old – a state that is often neglected and ignored by society at large. While reading Eudora’s story I was strongly reminded of Fredrik Backman’s “A Man Called Ove“. Fans of that book will surely love this one as well. A heart-warming, life-affirming novel of intergenerational friendships. I laughed – I cried. It was a book that you feel like hugging at the end. ‘Uplit‘ at its finest! All the stars!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Chelsey

    This review is based off a digital ARC provided by Net Galley and Harper Collins. Eudora Honeysett is ready to die. She's eighty-five, and alone, and she wants to have a good, peaceful death on her own terms. She's faced a life of heart break and disappointment, and after watching her mother wither away slowly, she just wants to have her own say on the end of her life. Choosing death on your own terms, however, is quite difficult, and just as she begins the long process of applying for assistance This review is based off a digital ARC provided by Net Galley and Harper Collins. Eudora Honeysett is ready to die. She's eighty-five, and alone, and she wants to have a good, peaceful death on her own terms. She's faced a life of heart break and disappointment, and after watching her mother wither away slowly, she just wants to have her own say on the end of her life. Choosing death on your own terms, however, is quite difficult, and just as she begins the long process of applying for assistance at a clinic in Switzerland, a new family moves in next door. That family features a young, lively girl named Rose who is determined to worm her way into Eudora's heart, despite Eudora's wishes. Soon Eudora finds herself dragged out into the world by Rose, meeting new people and feeling something new twist in her heart for the first time in a very long time. When the time comes for Eudora's good death, will she still want to say goodbye? This tear-jerker of a story asks deep questions about what makes life worth living, and what can make a death "good." Told in two storylines, one in the present, as Eudora applies for her assisted suicide, and one that spins through the heartache of Eudora's past, this story digs deep into why people are who they become. While the ending doesn't quite live up to the wry and sincere sense of humor in the earlier parts of the book, it still delivers a generally satisfying conclusion.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laura Hill

    Thank you to Harper Collins Publishers and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The book will be published on Sept. 8th, 2020. Plot: 2 Writing: 3 Characters: 3 This is a new entry into the recent spate of novels which begin with a cranky, bitter, oldster and end with a heartwarming celebration of life. Eudora Honeycutt is 85 and is planning to end her life with the aid of a Swiss clinic. In alternating chapters we witness her life’s transformation Thank you to Harper Collins Publishers and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The book will be published on Sept. 8th, 2020. Plot: 2 Writing: 3 Characters: 3 This is a new entry into the recent spate of novels which begin with a cranky, bitter, oldster and end with a heartwarming celebration of life. Eudora Honeycutt is 85 and is planning to end her life with the aid of a Swiss clinic. In alternating chapters we witness her life’s transformation into one worth living and the historical events that brought her to the situation: alone and calmly planning to end her life. The best character in the present story is the irrepressible 10-year old girl who moves in next door and befriends Eudora. That character draws the reader in and makes the book worth reading. The other characters are friendly and pleasant but not (for me) very believable. I had more trouble with the historical sections — it’s a long, sad story that is told without nuance so that it is too easy to think of obvious alternative choices Eudora should have made. It’s a feel-good book with a strong pro-people, pro-friends, pro-life message full of caring neighbors and social workers.  For me it crossed the border into saccharine and cliche but it was an easy, light, read with some funny and poignant bits.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carol (Reading Ladies)

    4.5 Stars If you love Ove you will love Eudora! Both are quirky, opinionated, impatient with “stupid” people and situations, are tired of living, have a compassionate and tender side well hidden beneath their rough exterior, and unexpectedly become friends with a much younger generation. Eudora is a bit snarkier than Ove and I love her dry humor and wit! She also has a heartfelt backstory. This is a story of Loneliness, Friendship, Kindness, and finding Joy in living again. It’s also the story of 4.5 Stars If you love Ove you will love Eudora! Both are quirky, opinionated, impatient with “stupid” people and situations, are tired of living, have a compassionate and tender side well hidden beneath their rough exterior, and unexpectedly become friends with a much younger generation. Eudora is a bit snarkier than Ove and I love her dry humor and wit! She also has a heartfelt backstory. This is a story of Loneliness, Friendship, Kindness, and finding Joy in living again. It’s also the story of how a vibrant 10 yo can make a difference! You will love sparkly and energetic Rose! #TheBrilliantLifeOfEudoraHoneysett is on my favs of the year list and fav quirky characters list!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Full review on blog https://readingladies.com/2020/10/02/... TW: suicidal ideation. Do you love quirky characters and heartfelt stories?

  18. 4 out of 5

    thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)

    This book is beautiful. Beautifully written, beautifully told and just stunning overall. I absolutely fell in love Eudora and Rose, they are both such amazing characters. The story although focused around death is positive and full of hope. This book stays with you long after you finish turning the pages and I think will be with me for many years. This is one of my favourite reads, ever ! This will be a best seller and definitely should win awards, it’s that good. Thoroughly recommended read for This book is beautiful. Beautifully written, beautifully told and just stunning overall. I absolutely fell in love Eudora and Rose, they are both such amazing characters. The story although focused around death is positive and full of hope. This book stays with you long after you finish turning the pages and I think will be with me for many years. This is one of my favourite reads, ever ! This will be a best seller and definitely should win awards, it’s that good. Thoroughly recommended read for me. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Doyle

    Review coming soon but in the meantime 😭😭😭

  20. 4 out of 5

    Carmela

    Thank you Netgalley, the publisher and author. This was such a wonderful story, Eudora is 85 years old and a recluse. She has set a plan in motion to leave this earth on her terms. One day new neighbours move in along with their spunky 10 year old daughter. She had a difficult time at the beginning but somehow life changes for the better. Dual timeline where we see her earlier life as well as the reasons why her life turned the way it did. This story makes her smile, cry. Heartwarming story of life, Thank you Netgalley, the publisher and author. This was such a wonderful story, Eudora is 85 years old and a recluse. She has set a plan in motion to leave this earth on her terms. One day new neighbours move in along with their spunky 10 year old daughter. She had a difficult time at the beginning but somehow life changes for the better. Dual timeline where we see her earlier life as well as the reasons why her life turned the way it did. This story makes her smile, cry. Heartwarming story of life, family and love. I loved this story to the very end. Highly recommend. 4 stars.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Sligh

    Life is precious and as long as we have a reason to continue, we should follow that path. Hi. Do you like to cry? I mean ugly cry. The kind of cry when you’re wailing uncontrollably but no sound is coming out because it’s THAT HARD. Oh, you do? Pick this up then. Okay, but seriously, this was a beautiful book. It was written so well and gave me every emotion, including hope. I believe this is one that will be on the big screen, and will pull at your heartstrings. The book goes back and forth bet Life is precious and as long as we have a reason to continue, we should follow that path. Hi. Do you like to cry? I mean ugly cry. The kind of cry when you’re wailing uncontrollably but no sound is coming out because it’s THAT HARD. Oh, you do? Pick this up then. Okay, but seriously, this was a beautiful book. It was written so well and gave me every emotion, including hope. I believe this is one that will be on the big screen, and will pull at your heartstrings. The book goes back and forth between present day Eudora and younger Eudora (1940s-2005) It shows flashbacks of the war, her mother, her sister Stella, romances, friendships, all of it. I wanted to be wrong about some of her flashbacks, but sadly my guesses were all correct. I wasn’t even 10ish pages in and I stared crying. It was a flashback, Hitler was in charge and Eudoras father had to go away (to war) and whew, tears. I absolutely loved these little historical portions written in. It truly helped the reader see exactly how and what shaped Eudora into the person she is present day. As each page went back, I enjoyed Eudora more and more. She did seem like a bitter, closed in elderly woman, and the more she hung out with Stanley and Rose, the more she lived on the page. She is sharp tongued and really had some great one liners. (I truly imagined her being played as Maggie Smith, and it made Eudora truly come to life). Rose was truly the star of the show. The young and old friendship is one of my favorites, and Rose was so eccentric. During this entire book, you realize Eudora never really had a chance to live.. I mean really truly live. She put everyone above her own happiness. She held on to regret for too long with situations that were not her fault. She finally starts to live just as she contemplated death, and it is a beautiful thing. It was a beautiful reminder to live while we can. Thank you William Morrow & NetGalley for this beautiful story. The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett is out September 8th.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Maine Colonial

    I received a free digital advance reading copy from the publisher, via Netgalley. Eighty-five-year-old Eudora Honeysett uses her taciturn expression and formal, acerbic speaking style as a suit of armor, meant to repel any advances. She has learned that making herself vulnerable to other people only leads to disappointment and heartbreak. And so here she is, living in her lifelong home, with no friends or family, and nothing but her daily routine of crosswords and swimming—and a grumpy cat—to get I received a free digital advance reading copy from the publisher, via Netgalley. Eighty-five-year-old Eudora Honeysett uses her taciturn expression and formal, acerbic speaking style as a suit of armor, meant to repel any advances. She has learned that making herself vulnerable to other people only leads to disappointment and heartbreak. And so here she is, living in her lifelong home, with no friends or family, and nothing but her daily routine of crosswords and swimming—and a grumpy cat—to get her up in the morning. Despite exercising nearly every day, Eudora can feel her body failing. She is horrified by the idea of a long, undignified institutional end. She is ready to go and ready to take action to achieve her goal. But the new Trewidney family next door, especially 10-year-old daughter, Rose, are impervious to Eudora’s armor. Every day she is dragged into more and more activities by Rose and her neighbor Stanley, a widower also pulled into Rose’s web. This dual-narrative novel alternates between flashbacks to the events of Eudora’s life that so crushed her spirit and made her close herself off from others, and the present-day story of how Rose makes Eudora shed her armor, bit by bit. The way things are in our world right now, it would be easy to roll my eyes cynically at this novel. But I’m finding during this pandemic that so many neighbors and members of the community are reaching out to care for others. That’s what we see in this novel, and I can’t be cynical about that. This is an entertaining and heart-warming novel that should appeal to readers of Frederik Backman.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Foster

    Eudora Honeysett is near the end of her life. She's 85 years old and she wants to die on her own terms. When she learns of a clinic in Switzerland that helps people do that very thing, she's determined. While she's waiting to find out if her application is approved, a new family moves into the neighborhood and the eccentric, 10-year old Rose, worms her way into Eudora's life along with widower and fellow neighbor, Stanley. The unlikely trio embark on a friendship that has Eudora questioning ever Eudora Honeysett is near the end of her life. She's 85 years old and she wants to die on her own terms. When she learns of a clinic in Switzerland that helps people do that very thing, she's determined. While she's waiting to find out if her application is approved, a new family moves into the neighborhood and the eccentric, 10-year old Rose, worms her way into Eudora's life along with widower and fellow neighbor, Stanley. The unlikely trio embark on a friendship that has Eudora questioning everything. Will the arrival of Rose and Stanley into her life change her mind about her death? The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett was achingly, heartwarming. I felt for Eudora, who had a hard life, which was chronicled as flashbacks throughout the book. I could understand that she did want to lose control over her mind and faculties and become a burden to those around her, or to spend her final days hooked up to machines and being monitored by strangers. I silently cheered when precious Rose came into her life and lifted Eurdora's spirits and caused her to look at life a bit differently. Stanley made me laugh with his sarcasm and quick wit compared to Eudora's prim and proper demeanor. This is not my typical genre but I felt it was an important story and gave me pause to think about how my own grandparents or other elderly family and friends could be feeling during their twilight hours.

  24. 4 out of 5

    The Bookend Diner

    Thank you to William Morrow for gifting me a copy of THE BRILLIANT LIFE OF EUDORA HONEYSETT. After spending a few weeks of September in a reading rut that I was trying desperately to dig myself out of by reading three books at the same time (don’t ask me how I thought that would work), I finally decided to pick a book that I knew would be good for my soul. I am undeniably a sucker for any book that features an older character looking back at their life. I think there is a clarity that comes with Thank you to William Morrow for gifting me a copy of THE BRILLIANT LIFE OF EUDORA HONEYSETT. After spending a few weeks of September in a reading rut that I was trying desperately to dig myself out of by reading three books at the same time (don’t ask me how I thought that would work), I finally decided to pick a book that I knew would be good for my soul. I am undeniably a sucker for any book that features an older character looking back at their life. I think there is a clarity that comes with age where you see your life and the decisions that you made in a completely different way - wisdom truly comes with age. From a very young age, I found that I related more to people who were older than me than to those that were my age. I have never cared for the drama of youth (or sometimes adulthood). I prefer to spend my time with those who have the wisdom of years of learning. So, it was only natural that I felt a connection to Rose Trewidney because, in a way, she was me when I was ten-years-old. I couldn’t get enough of Annie Lyons' writing style in THE BRILLIANT LIFE OF EUDORA HONEYSETT. It drew me and made my heart grow with so much love for the cantankerous Eudora as she discovered what it was like to have friends. The sections of the book that featured Eudora’s earlier years brought such a heaviness to my chest as I read about her sacrificing herself for others constantly. She never gave up trying to follow her father’s last wishes even though it meant that her happiness never came first. This was truly a beautiful story about finding friendship in the unlikeliest of people and that it’s never too late to discover that it is okay to put yourself first. I was captivated by Eudora and her brilliant life. I recommend this book to anyone who needs something that makes their heart feel good.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Penny (Literary Hoarders)

    I absolutely and completely adored this book. Everyone needs an Eudora and Rose in their lives. This is simply wonderful. Loved it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Onceinabluemoon

    3.5 rounding up because she did the right thing!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    4.5 stars! This is a charming story about an 85 year old woman Eudora and her brightly dressed 10 year old neighbor Rose. I laughed and I cried. The book was well organized, revealing Eudora’s past via flashbacks at the end of every chapter. Ultimately it addresses the question of life and death, and who we choose as family. Highly recommend.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    4.5 stars. Such a beautifully written story with characters everyone can relate to. I absolutely fell in love with Rose, a vivacious free spirited child, and her friendship that forms with Eudora and Stanley. Although Eudora and Stanley are a bit older, their friendship is pure, true and arrives exactly on time. Recommend! Thanks to William Morrow and Harper Collins for the ARC.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Oriana Blyth (_head_in_a_book)

    I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful book!! I wasn’t overly sure at first, but a few chapters in and I was hooked!!!! Eudora is a wonderful character and I loved her old fashioned use of language and how we eventually find out why she comes across as having a heart of stone! She was betrayed by people she never would have expected and gave up her life to look after her mother! Rose is the most amazing, vibrant little lady, and although she’s only 10 the relationship between her and Eudora is absolu I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful book!! I wasn’t overly sure at first, but a few chapters in and I was hooked!!!! Eudora is a wonderful character and I loved her old fashioned use of language and how we eventually find out why she comes across as having a heart of stone! She was betrayed by people she never would have expected and gave up her life to look after her mother! Rose is the most amazing, vibrant little lady, and although she’s only 10 the relationship between her and Eudora is absolutely gorgeous!! It soon becomes apparent that they both come to rely on one another and need each other! I really really loved it, and it really made me think about all those living alone, elderly or otherwise. I found it extremely poignant and beautifully written. Because of this I’m going to have to give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ as the message is so important!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shannon (The Book Club Mom)

    Am I morbid and disturbed for thoroughly enjoying a novel about an elderly woman wanting to die? Yeah, maybe a little. In all honesty, The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons isn’t as cryptic as I’m making it sound. Trust me. It’s probably one of the most heartwarming stories I’ve ever read. Eighty-five-year-old Eudora is just done. She’s lived a long and eventful life, and wants to leave this world on her own terms. The poor woman takes matters into her own hands and makes an appo Am I morbid and disturbed for thoroughly enjoying a novel about an elderly woman wanting to die? Yeah, maybe a little. In all honesty, The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons isn’t as cryptic as I’m making it sound. Trust me. It’s probably one of the most heartwarming stories I’ve ever read. Eighty-five-year-old Eudora is just done. She’s lived a long and eventful life, and wants to leave this world on her own terms. The poor woman takes matters into her own hands and makes an appointment at a clinic in Switzerland to get the job done. Meanwhile, a new family moves into her neighborhood. The ten-year-old daughter, Rose inserts herself into Eudora’s life, and the relationship that forms will surprise you. The adventures these two embark on will surely bring a smile to your face. I’ll admit that I found the plot of this story somewhat predictable, but it still worked for me, and pulled like crazy on my heart strings. I especially like how the author goes back in time and gives the reader snippets of important events in Eudora’s life. You quickly understand how such events have formed who she is today. The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett is perfect for fans of A Man Called Ove, The Authenticity Project, and The Story of Arthur Truluv. You don’t want to miss this touching story about friendship, family, life, death, and acceptance. Highly recommend! 5/5 stars for this little gem!

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