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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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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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Enjoyable listen

Often times when an author reads their own book, well.. it just doesn't work. But this time Elizabeth Berg does a very nice job reading her story. She put the right emotions and inflections in each character's voice. Berg's reading made this simple story very enjoyable. It is what we librarians like to call "A gentle read". I recommend this to those wanting a nice, easy, gentle read that will bring a tear to your eye in the end.

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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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Charming

A lovely slice of life story. Heartwarmingly, sweet without that fake aftertaste. This is how we love and learn to love and choose whom to love.

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  • Lori Ann
  • 100 Oysterman Dr, Milton, de 19968
  • 01-04-18

Sweet story

This was a sweet story that, in my opinion, would have been better performed by a reader other than the author. The nasal and mouth sounds or the orator were disturbingly distracting.

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A wonderful feel good story

This is a great story about childhood Feelings and emotions. It deals with old-age and new births a wonderful story

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A warm hearted story.

The characters were well defined - you felt like you knew them. A feel good story.

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My favorite author

I have loved Elizabeth Berg books for decades. This story was well written and narrated by the author herself.

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Truly wonderful

What a delightful book. I am so glad I put it on my audible book list!$

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Elizabeth Berg does it again - LOVE "TRULUV"

What made the experience of listening to The Story of Arthur Truluv the most enjoyable?

The voices Elizabeth used for each character - she put so much feeling into each of them.

What did you like best about this story?

"BEST" - well the whole story, but it really touched my heart how the 3 main characters, Maddy, Arthur and Lucille, with such vast personalties and ages, could come together and make a loving family.

Which scene was your favorite?

I can't say there is a "Favorite" - but several stand out in my mind:
1) When Maddy is upset about Lucille moving in and Arthur gives her great wisdom and without forcing her, she changes her mind.
2) When Maddy's father comes for Thanksgiving - awkward and uncomfortable but willing to try and make amends for his past 18 years of neglect and anger at Maddy.
3) When Arthur chased Anderson out of his yard and down the road with the baseball bat!
4) When Arthur is at Nola's grave for the last time and tells her his flower petals are dropping and he will be seeing her soon.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed, worried, disagreed and cried with all the characters - disliked Anderson very very much and felt so sorry for Maddy's father. This book was an emotional rollercoaster for the soul and I LOVED IT!.
TRULUV WILL BE ONE OF MY TRULUV'S.