This is a warm book with interesting characters. Maria is an older lady, who at first is very unassuming, with low self-esteem, who for 4-years has had a weekly ”relationship” with Albie Young.
In these weekly visits, they meet at a local cafe and share a pot of tea and a slice of marble cake. These visits are the highlight of Maria’s week, we'll, life. She gets groceries on Monday, goes to the hair salon on Tuesday's, does laundry on Wednesday, meets Albie at the cafe on Thursday, Friday is ironing, Saturday she buys TV listings, Sunday is church.
Albie changes her whole world, and not only hers. Albie has a list of 16 things to do. When he is no longer able to complete these things, Maria takes on the task. Through her journey, it changes her, and many other people’s lives and each task brings Maria out of her shell of insecurities and helps her to finally face a great tragedy in her life, and start living again.
When I read the title of the book, and read the description of the book, I wondered to myself, what kind of person would want to fulfill someone else’s bucket list. As the story developed, I understood that completing this bucket list was really for her to face herself. Are some things predictable? Yes. But it is absolutely the way you want it to go.
I loved the way that the author weaves the current day story with Maria’s backstory through little vignettes.
A lovely Sunday read, with tea, of course.