Wednesday, March 13, 2019

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Me for You by Lolly Winston

Me for You 
by Lolly Winston

From the New York Times bestselling author of Good Grief comes a richly poignant and stirring story that asks: How soon is too soon to fall in love again?

The last thing Rudy expected was to wake up one Saturday morning, a widow at fifty-four years old. Now, ten months after the untimely death of his beloved wife, he’s still not sure how to move on from the defining tragedy of his life—but his new job is helping. After being downsized from his finance position, Rudy turned to his first love: the piano. Some people might be embarrassed to work as the piano player at Nordstrom, but for Rudy, there’s joy in bringing a little music into the world. And it doesn’t hurt that Sasha, the Hungarian men’s watch clerk who is finally divorcing her no-good husband, finds time to join him at the bench every now and then.

Just when Rudy and Sasha’s relationship begins to deepen, the police come to the store with an update about Rudy’s wife’s untimely death—a coworker has confessed to her murder—but Rudy’s actions are suspicious enough to warrant a second look at him, too. With Sasha’s husband suddenly reappearing, and Rudy’s daughter confronting her own marital problems, suddenly life becomes more complicated than Rudy and Sasha could have imagined.

With Winston’s trademark humor and sweetness that will appeal to readers of Jennifer Weiner and Fredrik Backman but is uniquely her own, Lolly Winston delivers a heartfelt and realistic portrait of loss and grief, hope and forgiveness, and two imperfect people coming together to create a perfect love story.

Momma Says: 3 stars⭐⭐⭐

My feelings about Me for You are somewhere in the middle. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. The story had potential, and I like the beginning as Rudy tries to deal with his loss, but it changes as the book progresses with the introduction of subplots that don't all see their way to a satisfactory conclusion. There are some unanswered questions, and the last half of the book was a bit too drawn out for my tastes. For me, this book was certainly worth the read, but it isn't something I would want to revisit.

❃❃ARC provided by NetGalley and Touchstone

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