ARC Review: Geraldine Verne’s Red Suitcase

Goodreads Blurb:

His dying wish was to set her free. So why does she feel so trapped?

Jack had two dying wishes: that his wife scatter his ashes somewhere ‘exotic’, and that she not give up on life once he was gone. He intended to spur her on to new adventures, but despite clinging to her red suitcase, Geraldine Verne hasn’t left the house for three months.

It takes an accident for Geri to accept help from her friends, but when Meals on Wheels arrive she is mortified. Yet heartbroken volunteer Lottie brings with her more than cottage pie and custard. Like Geri, she too is struggling to cut loose.

As a gloriously unlikely friendship blossoms, Geraldine begins to feel a long-lost spark of life and a newfound confidence. Perhaps what both women needed most, after all, was each other.

My Thoughts:

Wow, I am finally done with this book. It took me a while to read but I got through it. I think it had more to do with reading about a character dealing with grief than the writing style that forced me to slow down. It wasn’t the author’s fault since I knew what I was diving into. Geri’s loss had been depicted beautifully to the extent that I thought I was experiencing the same loss.

I loved Geraldine’s characterization. She was a quirky and smart woman who loved to bake, read, and bingo.

Even when she didn’t have any children or grandchildren, side characters helped her experience that form of love. Geri’s friendship with Lottie and Len was admirable. The little neighborhood kids were adorable too!

I couldn’t understand why this book was written in Geri’s narrative. Things were happening in the lives of Lottie and Len, things that were talked about in detail but the first person narrative just didn’t suit it since it felt like excessive information without direct impact toward’s Geri’s character. (Especially the situation with Len.) Sure Geri’s compassion and kindness were apparent but it served no purpose truly.

Ah, Jack. What a sweetheart and gentleman. The cake. That just… it ripped my heart out and this is exactly why I have such high expectations for men! WHO WOULD EVER STAND THROUGH IT ALL?
Also, it kinda bothered me how there was no actual scene regarding the other characters’ reaction to eating that cake. I would’ve liked it a lot if Len or Geri would’ve shared their thoughts.

Overall, it’s a sweet book that takes you through a rollercoaster. The writing style clearly depicts the storm that brews inside of Geri. Each character had their little parts to play and was distinguished, which isn’t easy to write. The ending was unforeseeable but cheerful nonetheless. I enjoyed reading it.

Additionally, I would love to mention the research the author has done with regards to the lives of butterflies! That was something I just had to mention. Thank you for educating me on that aspect, I love books that teach me something new.

My Rating: It’s a 3/5.

Content Notices: Death. Loss of a loved one.

Audience: Young Adults

Pages: 304, Kindle Edition

I received a complimentary advance review copy, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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