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A life-affirming novel about an unforgettable character, a wise and loving man whose humor and unconditional love create for himself and others second chances at happiness.

Three people find their way back from loss and loneliness to a different kind of belonging in this deeply moving novel. Arthur, an old widower struggling to overcome his grief, meets Maddy, a troubled teenage girl who avoids school by hiding out where Arthur goes every day for lunch. The two strike up a friendship that draws them out of isolation. Maddy gives Arthur the name Truluv for his positive responses to every outrageous thing she says or does. When Arthur's nosy neighbor Lucille horns in on their friendship, they create an unconventional family, sometimes bickering but most often believing that life's most precious moments are sweeter when shared.

©2017 Elizabeth Berg (P)2017 Recorded Books

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predictable

this story was so predictable from the moment I started to read it there were no surprises at all. I never got invested in any of the characters because they seem so very one-dimensional. it was a struggle to finish. The only reason I did is because a friend of mine recommended it so it wanted to see it through. The narrator was not very pleasant to listen to it all. she had that off-putting wet mouth sound while talking. if after reading what this book is about you still want to read it I wouldn't listen to it I would recommend reading it. but all in all either way I wouldn't recommend this book.

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Sickly Sweet

I have a hard time being happy for a 17 year old girl getting pregnant ( without having sex) and deciding to keep the baby. Her boyfriend wants nothing to do with her. She hasn't finished high school. Her father is distant and her mother is dead. No job, no money, no family.The old people she befriends of course come to her rescue. The author reads the story her voice is too sweet and cute. She needs to hire a reader.

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  • Mark
  • Waltham, MA, United States
  • 06-22-18

Sweet novel of three interconnected lives

This novel follows three people: Arthur (a old, recent widower), Lucille (the old nosy, needy next door neighbor), and Maddy (a misfit teen). Arthur and Maddy meet at a cemetery, a place they frequently visit. This book was touching and felt real from the start. I found myself believing and caring about these characters. Well, maybe not Lucille, who can be hard to take, but she means well, and was a great character.This novel went from good to excellent when the three lives become very intertwined. After that, I loved this story, boosting this from a 4 star to a 5 star novel. The author is the narrator, which is usually not good. Berg, though, brings the sweetness and emotions to the listener. She is great with the female voices, but falls short when reading the male dialogue. This is common among professional readers of both genders. That said, I think that she added to the listening experience as narrator. This is a relationship story, but I think it is quality writing and should appeal to both men and women (I am a man). While somewhat predictable, this "feel good" novel worked for me, and earned a rare 5 stars from me.

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I was in Trulove

I loved how the characters were so different than what is expected of their ages. And how their personalities should have never made them be near each other. This book was just a great story. Great character development. And lovely ending. I was sad when it ended.

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She’s done it again

I feared Elisabeth Berg was done . That she wouldn’t write another book. But she has, and it’s wonderful. Thank you Ms Berg

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What a beautiful story

Lovely wording, lyrical images. Compelling and enriching story. I can’t wait to read more of her books.

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Worst reader I have listened to

So slow and seems to think her reading is more important than the book. I had to quit and finish on the kindle so the authors viewpoint came through not her exaggerated presentation.

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  • Deborah
  • Wylie, TX, United States
  • 03-15-18

Wonderful characters play out their parts in LIFE.

I loved spending these hours in the company of Arthur and his "family." The author described the settings without wasting words. The reader will be able to fill in the colors and textures as each reader chooses. The story is a hopeful one. Thank you to Elizabeth Berg.

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  • jo
  • 03-07-18

Touched my heart!

I love books that touch my heart! In this book, Truluv instructs me, by his example, how to be a kind, compassionate, loving human being. In this age of a selfish, greedy, self involved status quo, Truluv consciously takes us gently by the hand ( and heart) and gently walks us down a different path of compassion, generosity, open mindedness and generosity! I want to be like him as I grow old!! Thank you for this sweet gem, Elizabeth Berg!!

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Beautifully written and performed by the author.

I never wanted this book to end and I can't wait to read another Elizabeth Berg book