For as long as anyone can remember, Britt-Marie has been an acquired taste. It's not that she's judgmental or fussy or difficult - she just expects things to be done in a certain way. A cutlery drawer should be arranged in the right order, for example - forks, knives, then spoons. We're not animals, are we?
But behind the passive-aggressive, socially awkward, absurdly pedantic busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams and a warmer heart than anyone around her realises. So when Britt-Marie finds herself unemployed, separated from her husband of 20 years, left to fend for herself in the miserable provincial backwater that is Borg - of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it - and somehow tasked with running the local football team, she is a little unprepared.
But she will learn that life may have more to offer her than she's ever realised, and love might be found in the most unexpected of places.
The number-one European best seller by the author of A Man Called Ove, Britt-Marie Was Here is a funny, poignant and uplifting tale of love, community and second chances.
©2016 Fredrik Backman (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton
After falling in love with Backman's A Man Called Ove, I decided to read all of his books that I could get my hands on. This one was enjoyable. It was a bit slow going at first, and the character voice changes were a bit on the ear piercing side ;) but around halfway through, I found myself yearning to listen and yearning to find out what happens as the story unfolds. I won't spoil the ending, but even though I enjoyed it, I was a bit disappointed. Overall, I recommend anyone who enjoyed Ove also give this a listen as well.
"Beautiful and uplifting"
Love all of Fredrick Backmans books. This is another gem. Poignant and full of hope. Can't wait for his next one.
A wonderful tale . This is the story of Britt Marie and a place called Borg, an uplifting tale with excellent narration. If you enjoy quirky stories with interesting characters and genuine emotion then you'll enjoy this. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.
"A woman who you really want to hate but can't"
Joan Walker brings Britt Marie's annoyingly loveable character to life. Hilarious & touching story. Highly recommended....
"Another fantastic heartwarming book!!"
LOVE all of his books - such interesting characters and he always manages to extract a tear or two out of me.
A great follow on from my grandmother sends her regards, but you don't have to have read that to enjoy this. Will be eagerly awaiting his next book.
"Lovely heartwarming story."
Excellent story mixing wit and pathos but always uplifting. Beautifully and sympathetically read.
I love the way that the story is progressed. The mixture of humour and sadness is well handled and always riveting.
Great understanding of the characters and what the author is trying to portray in this and his other two books that are featured on Audible. As much as I love the books; they are seriously enhanced by the excellent narration.
This book just like the other two books mainly raise a wry smile although there are some very sad moments.
All I all: I wish that there were more books written by Backman that I could listen to. I mainly listen when I am out walking and they totally immersed me.
If this book had not been recommended by my brother, I would have dropped it after the first hour. I'm so glad I didn't!
I related to it emotionally, specially "feeling" chapters 31 and 32.
Now I'm looking forward to reading Fredric's other "Ove" book.
"I fell in love"
this book will make you cry and break your heart at the same time. it is truly sensational.
"Fredrik Backman does it again!"
I absolutely loved this book. The humour, the reality checks. The sorrow and finally the joy, are all placed well in this story. Fredrik Backman never disappoints. Now, I am off to read another!
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