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A delightful novel about surprising friendships, community, and the way small acts of kindness can change a life, from the bestselling author of The Story of Arthur Truluv Lucille Howard is getting on in years, but she stays busy. Thanks to the inspiration of her dearly departed friend Arthur Truluv, she has begun to teach baking classes, sharing the secrets to her deliciou A delightful novel about surprising friendships, community, and the way small acts of kindness can change a life, from the bestselling author of The Story of Arthur Truluv Lucille Howard is getting on in years, but she stays busy. Thanks to the inspiration of her dearly departed friend Arthur Truluv, she has begun to teach baking classes, sharing the secrets to her delicious classic Southern yellow cake, the perfect pinwheel cookies, and other sweet essentials. Her classes have become so popular that she's hired Iris, a new resident of Mason, Missouri, as an assistant. Iris doesn't know how to bake but she needs to keep her mind off a big decision she sorely regrets. When a new family moves in next door and tragedy strikes, Lucille begins to look out for Lincoln, their son. Lincoln's parents aren't the only ones in town facing hard choices and uncertain futures. In these difficult times, the residents of Mason come together and find the true power of community--just when they need it the most. "Elizabeth Berg's characters jump right off the page and into your heart" said Fannie Flagg about The Story of Arthur Truluv. The same could be said about Night of Miracles, a heartwarming novel that reminds us that the people we come to love are often the ones we don't expect.


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A delightful novel about surprising friendships, community, and the way small acts of kindness can change a life, from the bestselling author of The Story of Arthur Truluv Lucille Howard is getting on in years, but she stays busy. Thanks to the inspiration of her dearly departed friend Arthur Truluv, she has begun to teach baking classes, sharing the secrets to her deliciou A delightful novel about surprising friendships, community, and the way small acts of kindness can change a life, from the bestselling author of The Story of Arthur Truluv Lucille Howard is getting on in years, but she stays busy. Thanks to the inspiration of her dearly departed friend Arthur Truluv, she has begun to teach baking classes, sharing the secrets to her delicious classic Southern yellow cake, the perfect pinwheel cookies, and other sweet essentials. Her classes have become so popular that she's hired Iris, a new resident of Mason, Missouri, as an assistant. Iris doesn't know how to bake but she needs to keep her mind off a big decision she sorely regrets. When a new family moves in next door and tragedy strikes, Lucille begins to look out for Lincoln, their son. Lincoln's parents aren't the only ones in town facing hard choices and uncertain futures. In these difficult times, the residents of Mason come together and find the true power of community--just when they need it the most. "Elizabeth Berg's characters jump right off the page and into your heart" said Fannie Flagg about The Story of Arthur Truluv. The same could be said about Night of Miracles, a heartwarming novel that reminds us that the people we come to love are often the ones we don't expect.

30 review for Night of Miracles

  1. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    4.5 stars Absolutely Charming! I highly recommend reading “The Story of Arthur Truluv” before reading this book. It is the book where many of these characters are introduced and their stories continue from that book. Could this book work as a stand-alone? Possibly, but I don't think one can truly appreciate this book without reading its predecessor first. "That is the gift of love, not only that you have somebody but that you are changed by somebody." Lucille Howard is a spit fire of a women. She is 4.5 stars Absolutely Charming! I highly recommend reading “The Story of Arthur Truluv” before reading this book. It is the book where many of these characters are introduced and their stories continue from that book. Could this book work as a stand-alone? Possibly, but I don't think one can truly appreciate this book without reading its predecessor first. "That is the gift of love, not only that you have somebody but that you are changed by somebody." Lucille Howard is a spit fire of a women. She is known for her honesty and telling it like it is. She may come off as gruff, but she has a heart of gold and a giving nature. Her late friend, Arthur Truluv, inspired her to begin teaching baking classes (he did this in The Story of Arthur Truluv) and she now has a successful baking class business. She is up there in years and due to the popularity of her classes, she has hired, Iris, a divorced woman who is coming to terms with the choices she has made in her life. If running a baking business is not enough, Lucille has become a babysitter for her next-door neighbors when tragedy strikes their household. When not baking and babysitting, she enjoys visits from Maddy and Nola, her adopted family (again, you will know Maddy from The Story of Arthur Truluv). "What she knows now is that no one is ever through with love. No one ever should be." Iris is new to town and is happy to have made friends with her neighbor Tiny, a large man with a heart of gold and crush on a local waitress. Will he ever make his move? Will Tiny and Iris's friendship cause people to think they are a couple? Will Iris ever make peace with her divorce? Will Lucille ever know the effect her friendship has had on others? How has friendship with one man, Arthur Truluv, changed the lives of both Lucille and Maddy? "Never underestimate the joy of being the one who is cared for..." I found this book to be absolutely charming and gave it high marks for the feel good, enjoyment factor. Will this book win literary rewards? I don't know but it has won my heart! It was lovely to visit these characters again and see what was occurring in their lives. I enjoyed the new characters induced in this book and their stories. All of them fit together nicely and effortlessly. I found this book to be well written, perfectly paced, well thought out and like a breath of fresh air. If you are a softie like me, you may want to read with tissues nearby. This book is heavy on the feels - I laughed, I cried, and I was so happy that I was given the chance to enter these characters lives once again. The beauty of this book is in the writing and the relationships that the characters have with each other. The characters live in a small town and live normal ordinary lives yet in the hands of Elizabeth Berg, their stories are extraordinary! This book is full of beautiful passages and I found myself hightailing large sections of this book. I love Elizabeth Berg's writing. "Let it never be said that Nola was not given good-night kisses. Let it never be said that she didn't practically drown in them." If you enjoyed The Story of Arthur Truluv then I am quite certain that you will enjoy this book as well. I could go on and one about this book, but I will stop and simply say that I highly recommend this book. Thank you to Random House Publishing and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own. Read more of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jaline

    The people in this story come to the town of Mason, Missouri because it is small, picturesque, and the perfect refuge for folks who are seeking a quality of life that nurtures them. Of course, as always, it is the people themselves who develop and sustain this quality of life. There are several new characters introduced in this sequel to The Story of Arthur Truluv and each vignette is so perfectly coloured that I was immediately drawn to them – with great attentiveness. My curiosity was sparked b The people in this story come to the town of Mason, Missouri because it is small, picturesque, and the perfect refuge for folks who are seeking a quality of life that nurtures them. Of course, as always, it is the people themselves who develop and sustain this quality of life. There are several new characters introduced in this sequel to The Story of Arthur Truluv and each vignette is so perfectly coloured that I was immediately drawn to them – with great attentiveness. My curiosity was sparked by each of their situations that were succinctly laid out, and throughout this read my interest and concern never waned. Five years have passed since the first book ended, and we find Lucille busy as ever with her baking classes – at age 88! She advertises for a helper, and Iris, a newcomer from Boston who knows almost nothing about baking, makes her bid for the part-time job. Lucille is also on friendly terms with the next door neighbours who bought her own house – and she is especially fond of their young son. Iris meets Tiny, who lives in the same apartment building and who is in love with a waitress at the local café. Tiny is shy, not tiny at all, and having a difficult time trying to woo the lady he loves. There are other characters, too – some of them familiar from the first book – and some of them ones we meet for the first time. Their paths circle around each other until a series of events coalesce those paths into a common road. Once again, I found myself fully immersed in the stories of the people in this town. Their concerns became my own, and my affection for these people was accompanied by the desire to see their problems resolved and their lives on a highway to happy ever after. I love Elizabeth Berg’s ability to write inspiring stories about people who are presented in such a real and authentic manner that it is disorienting when the last page is done. Part of me was still in Mason, Missouri and I was sad to leave my old and new friends behind as I returned home. I recommend this novel to everyone. Even if your tastes are highly cerebral, or maybe all about fast-paced thrillers. Reading this book is like an energizing inoculation against indifference, despair, boredom, and hopelessness. You won’t even need to rub your arm to take the sting away – all the goodness is taken in through the heart.

  3. 5 out of 5

    JanB

    4.5 stars It has been a while since I was so charmed and taken by a story. I loved The Story of Arthur Truluv and now we have Night of Miracles, which is the delightful sequel. It would work as a standalone but do yourself a favor and read Arthur Truluv first. I read/listened to this in one day. Elizabeth Berg is one of my favorite authors. I’ve been following her since back in the day when my children were young and she wrote a column for Parents Magazine. She is one of the few authors who has a 4.5 stars It has been a while since I was so charmed and taken by a story. I loved The Story of Arthur Truluv and now we have Night of Miracles, which is the delightful sequel. It would work as a standalone but do yourself a favor and read Arthur Truluv first. I read/listened to this in one day. Elizabeth Berg is one of my favorite authors. I’ve been following her since back in the day when my children were young and she wrote a column for Parents Magazine. She is one of the few authors who has a way of eloquently putting into words what many of us feel in our hearts. The story centers around the small town of Mason, Missouri. Lucille is back and Maddy and her daughter make a cameo appearance. Several new characters are introduced, people I’d love to have as my friends and neighbors. They have their struggles and heartaches just like any of us but they deal with them with grace, humor, wisdom, and love. By the end, each will get their own small (and not so small) miracle. From Elizabeth’s web page, in answer to the question about her inspiration for this series says: “I found myself becoming increasingly depressed about the way the world seems to be going. I wanted to write myself out of my own funk, to remind myself of the beauty in the world, and in small things.” This is a series that will restore your faith in human goodness. It is sweet and funny; sad yet also uplifting. Who doesn’t need more of that in our lives? *Many thanks to Netgalley and Random House for a digital copy in exchange for an honest review. * This is also excellent on audio. E Berg was wonderful as the narrator.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Angela M

    3.5 stars One of the things I liked about The Story of Arthur Truluv is that it was a feel good story that was good for the soul. I can say the same of this sequel of sorts, but I do have to admit that I enjoyed the first book more. This one could probably be read as a stand-alone, but I would recommend reading Arthur Truluv first because you get a better feel for how Arthur brought together Maddy and her daughter Nola and Lucille. A number of new characters are introduced, each facing front and 3.5 stars One of the things I liked about The Story of Arthur Truluv is that it was a feel good story that was good for the soul. I can say the same of this sequel of sorts, but I do have to admit that I enjoyed the first book more. This one could probably be read as a stand-alone, but I would recommend reading Arthur Truluv first because you get a better feel for how Arthur brought together Maddy and her daughter Nola and Lucille. A number of new characters are introduced, each facing front and center some of the ringers that life sometimes throws - sickness, loneliness, relationship issues. Most of the time it felt like there were too many characters and it was hard get to know them and their stories as much as I would have liked. Mason, Missouri is a lovely, little place where neighbors help each other. So of course, as the story unfolds the characters connect in a way that brings out the best of them as they give to each other in spite of their own troubles, illustrating the power of friendship. It’s a quick read, sweet and sentimental, predictable, except for the bit of magical realism, but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would at first. A welcomed feel good story in light of what is happening in the world, not a bad way to spend a part of my weekend taking a break from the news. I received an advanced copy of this book from Random House through NetGalley.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg is a 2018 Random House publication. A sweet, whimsical story that pays forward the tradition of kindness started by Arthur Truluv- In this follow up to “The Story of Arthur Truluv, the reader is reunited with Lucille and Maddy, as they embark on the next big adventure in their lives. Lucille has started to teach a baking class, which is very successful. Maddy, left home, but has returned to visit Lucille and has a big announcement to make. Meanwhile, readers fo Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg is a 2018 Random House publication. A sweet, whimsical story that pays forward the tradition of kindness started by Arthur Truluv- In this follow up to “The Story of Arthur Truluv, the reader is reunited with Lucille and Maddy, as they embark on the next big adventure in their lives. Lucille has started to teach a baking class, which is very successful. Maddy, left home, but has returned to visit Lucille and has a big announcement to make. Meanwhile, readers follow several characters connected to Lucille in some way- her neighbor, who has been diagnosed with cancer, the awkward romance of one of her baking class students, and, Iris, her new assistant. While this second installment isn’t quite a strong as the first one, there is plenty to love about this story. The eccentric group of characters, each struggling with trials and heartache, find a niche, or comfort in some way from Lucille and her kitchen. While some of the topics addressed are serious ones, the charming and whimsical mood remains intact, from start to finish. Once again, we experience the power of kindness, neighborliness, and friendship. It is also a reminder to anyone of a certain age that life goes in cycles. Keep living yours with as much gusto as possible, all the way up to the ‘jumping off place’. Overall, this another wonderfully warm ‘feel good’ story. I am hoping that some of the characters introduced in this book will become main characters in future installments and carry on the traditions set forth by Arthur to future generations. You can never have too books like this one. 4 stars

  6. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    4.5 stars, rounded up I was a huge fan of The Story of Arthur Truluv. This one took longer to draw me in. I think part of the problem was the large cast of characters and how each chapter switches from one to another. It just takes awhile to get them all straight in your head. This is a lovely, sweet story, about the people who live in a small town and how intertwined their lives are. In style, it reminded me a bit of Elizabeth Strout’s Anything is Possible. While it took me longer to get into th 4.5 stars, rounded up I was a huge fan of The Story of Arthur Truluv. This one took longer to draw me in. I think part of the problem was the large cast of characters and how each chapter switches from one to another. It just takes awhile to get them all straight in your head. This is a lovely, sweet story, about the people who live in a small town and how intertwined their lives are. In style, it reminded me a bit of Elizabeth Strout’s Anything is Possible. While it took me longer to get into the story, once I did I was hooked. I came to care about each and every one of them. I laughed, I cried. This book brings out all the emotions. Read this when you need something to remind you of what’s right with the world. My thanks to netgalley and Random House for an advance copy of this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    4 stars! I’m so grateful Elizabeth Berg re-visited this quiet, uplifting story! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Woo! I listened to Elizabeth Berg narrate The Story of Arthur Truluv on one of my favorite audio renditions of a story, ever. She captures the poignancy to her characters, and I could not wait to read this follow-up to Arthur’s story. While I think you can read Night of Miracles on its own, you will miss out on how Lucille, Maddy, and Nola came together thanks to Arthur, and Arthur’s character is too spec 4 stars! I’m so grateful Elizabeth Berg re-visited this quiet, uplifting story! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Woo! I listened to Elizabeth Berg narrate The Story of Arthur Truluv on one of my favorite audio renditions of a story, ever. She captures the poignancy to her characters, and I could not wait to read this follow-up to Arthur’s story. While I think you can read Night of Miracles on its own, you will miss out on how Lucille, Maddy, and Nola came together thanks to Arthur, and Arthur’s character is too special not to meet in his own novel. Night of Miracles is Lucille’s story this time around. She’s living in a quaint small town in Missouri, and she’s teaching baking classes to stay busy. A new family moves in next door, and Lucille ends up caring for the young son, Lincoln, when a tragedy occurs. More tragedy and strife unfortunately happens, and the town of Mason becomes a character in itself as the community members join hands and lift each other up. Night of Miracles is an easy, breezy, heartwarming tale of friendship and unexpected family. It is a treasure of a read, and I’m grateful that Berg took the time to write this follow-up perspective on Lucille along with some magical elements sprinkled in. Thanks to Random House for the ARC. All opinions are my own. My reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com

  8. 5 out of 5

    Diane S ☔

    I loved Arthur Trulov, and now that he is gone, the story focuses on Lucille who was also a key character in the first book. This one didn't have the same emotional pull or connection, I think because there were other characters with problems, it diluted the storyline. Made it quite depressing at times. Lucille's, unusual dream visitor was an interesting addition, but also took the story in still another direction. Don't get me wrong, I did like all the characters, wished them all well, the stor I loved Arthur Trulov, and now that he is gone, the story focuses on Lucille who was also a key character in the first book. This one didn't have the same emotional pull or connection, I think because there were other characters with problems, it diluted the storyline. Made it quite depressing at times. Lucille's, unusual dream visitor was an interesting addition, but also took the story in still another direction. Don't get me wrong, I did like all the characters, wished them all well, the story was okay, but after Arthur I was hoping for more. Lucille's baking still sounds delicious and had me craving sweets. So there's that. ARC from Netgalley.

  9. 4 out of 5

    *TUDOR^QUEEN*

    Thank you to the publisher Random House who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This is the sequel to the wonderful book "The Story of Arthur Truluv". I suppose you could read this book as a standalone, but it would be a far more enriching experience to have read the prior book. To summarize the story of the original book, Arthur Truluv is an elderly widower who visits his wife's grave each day, eating lunch there. Unbeknownst to him, a troubled teenager named Maddy finds refuge in th Thank you to the publisher Random House who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. This is the sequel to the wonderful book "The Story of Arthur Truluv". I suppose you could read this book as a standalone, but it would be a far more enriching experience to have read the prior book. To summarize the story of the original book, Arthur Truluv is an elderly widower who visits his wife's grave each day, eating lunch there. Unbeknownst to him, a troubled teenager named Maddy finds refuge in this cemetery, and has been watching him over some time. They eventually speak one day. Arthur is a gentle, heartwarming, loving and giving old man. They become friends, which transforms Maddy's life for the better. Arthur also has an elderly neighbor Lucille who loves to bake. She's a feisty retired teacher who never married or had children. She's reeling following the sudden death of her fiance Frank. They had known each other in high school and had reconnected after many decades. Arthur invites both Maddy and Lucille to live with him in his house, and they make a very unique and loving family. Arthur passes away at the end of the book, but he leaves the house to Maddy (who had gotten pregnant by an ex-boyfriend and now has a daughter). As this book begins, Lucille now lives in Arthur's house by herself, renting it from Maddy. She utilizes her extraordinary baking talents by holding baking classes at the house. The business is doing so well that she's looking for an assistant. There is a side story involving the local diner and a waitress named Monica. She's been sporting a crush for "Tiny", a very large man with a big heart who runs a trucking/cab service. Another character named Iris Winters is a divorcee with lots of regrets, who struggles with the heartache of her inability to have children. She lives on one of the other floors in Tiny's house and becomes a valued friend. Rounding out the characters in this tight knit small town of Mason, Missouri is the family of three next door to Lucille- parents Jason and Abby and their young son Lincoln. Abby is fighting an aggressive cancer, and Lucille helps out watching (and feeding) Lincoln for a couple of hours when needed. Maddy surprises Lucille by appearing on the doorstep with her 5 year-old daughter Nola (named after Arthur's beloved wife), sporting an engagement ring. She is now engaged to her college professor. Lucille hasn't been feeling exactly spry as of late, and she's been having encounters with what appears to be a male angel. But, Lucille has too much to do between her baking and watching Lincoln, and is not ready to die just yet! This is a gentle and easy read with likable characters in a small town setting. At the start of the book I was having trouble getting a handle on the new characters, but once Lucille burst into the picture I was settled in for a cozy ride. I enjoyed the first book just a little more than this one. Arthur Truluv was a character you couldn't help but love, but Lucille Howard doesn't fall too much farther behind. Enjoy!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cheri

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! "There's a full moon up and rising, And there's a whisper of a breeze. Blowing through the tangled silver, Hanging from the cypress trees. There's a river made of moonlight, Flowing clear across the lake. And there's a million stars just waitin', To fall for any wish we make. "Why don't we get caught in this moment? Be victims of sweet circumstance? Tonight I feel like all creation, Is asking us to dance. " -- Asking Us to Dance, Kathy Mattea, Songwriters: Hugh Prestwood Night of Mir !! NOW AVAILABLE !! "There's a full moon up and rising, And there's a whisper of a breeze. Blowing through the tangled silver, Hanging from the cypress trees. There's a river made of moonlight, Flowing clear across the lake. And there's a million stars just waitin', To fall for any wish we make. "Why don't we get caught in this moment? Be victims of sweet circumstance? Tonight I feel like all creation, Is asking us to dance. " -- Asking Us to Dance, Kathy Mattea, Songwriters: Hugh Prestwood Night of Miracles is Elizabeth Berg’s sequel to her 2017 The Story of Arthur Truluv. If you haven’t read her 2017 story, you might miss out on the significance of some of this story, but this can still be enjoyed on its own merits. Lucille, Arthur’s former neighbor, now lives in his Mason, Missouri home, a home which he left to young Maddy, and she, in turn, allows Lucille to live there rent free. One kindness begets another kindness. Lucille is a wonderful character, quirky, whimsical; she enjoys the everyday touches of magic inherent in this life, rainbows, leprechauns, and the stars. She retains an almost childlike wonder at the grace of everyday life, the wonders of the world all around us. At the magnificent age of 88, she teaches a baking class in her kitchen to women who gather to learn the joys of baking, but perhaps sometimes just for the chance to be surrounded by other adult women. Lucille enjoys teaching these women, and enjoys the local diner’s devotion to her cakes, where her baked creations are sold to those dining at Polly’s Henhouse. Inside the Henhouse passersby and locals stop to eat, some more often than others. One of the very shy, male regulars, Tiny, loves the cooking there, but is also more than a little sweet on an equally shy waitresses, Monica. Forgiveness, aging, life & death, the disdain for those whose weight is over a social-media set limit, the balancing act of love in all its many forms – these are all topics that are lightly touched on in this novel, but this is not by any means a heavy or dark story, it is also compassionately humorous, with the strongest message being one of kindness and, yes, love. Pub Date: 13 NOV 2018 Many thanks for the ARC provided by Random House Publishing Group – Random House

  11. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    4.5 stars rounded to 5 stars for the sheer enjoyment factor What a wonderfully satisfying read this was! And I liked it as much as the first of this two-book series, The Story of Arthur Truluv. I didn’t think I would as Arthur is a pretty special character, but Lucille fills the starring role beautifully in this story. Several new characters are introduced that were not featured in the first book. There is the family next store struggling with serious illness, a waitress grappling with romance, a 4.5 stars rounded to 5 stars for the sheer enjoyment factor What a wonderfully satisfying read this was! And I liked it as much as the first of this two-book series, The Story of Arthur Truluv. I didn’t think I would as Arthur is a pretty special character, but Lucille fills the starring role beautifully in this story. Several new characters are introduced that were not featured in the first book. There is the family next store struggling with serious illness, a waitress grappling with romance, a divorcee still regretful of dumping her husband, and an overweight driver named Tiny who needs help with his self-esteem and love life. And of course, Lucille, Maddy, and young Nola return from book one. Lucille is getting older, 88 years old in this installment, but she is still full of life and making the best of each moment. The story is set in a small town in Missouri and is purely about relationships. This is a really quick read; I read it in two days, which is fast for me. Being captivated by these people right off the bat, I hated to be torn away from the book to deal with real life issues. Some might call this tale sentimental, and it is. But it is done in such a way and with a bit of paranormal thrown in that I was totally charmed! I so enjoyed the opportunity to visit this little town again. It left me with all the feelings. Elizabeth Berg is a new author for me. I am happy to see she has written a LOT of novels, and I look forward to diving into some of her other works soon. I highly recommend this two-book series (most definitely best read in order) to all looking for something sweet and bewitching.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    3.5 stars. Having just read Elizabeth Berg's sweet, life-affirming book, The Story of Arthur Truluv (see my review), I dove right into its follow-up, Night of Miracles , rather than wait for the characters to get a little bit foggy. It was nice not to have to say goodbye to the characters right away. "This is what happens. You live past your time of importance and relevance and the world must be given over to the younger ones. Lucille is all right with that notion. As the old folks yielded 3.5 stars. Having just read Elizabeth Berg's sweet, life-affirming book, The Story of Arthur Truluv (see my review), I dove right into its follow-up, Night of Miracles , rather than wait for the characters to get a little bit foggy. It was nice not to have to say goodbye to the characters right away. "This is what happens. You live past your time of importance and relevance and the world must be given over to the younger ones. Lucille is all right with that notion. As the old folks yielded to her as a young woman, she will yield to the young folks coming up after her." Lucille Howard knows she's getting on in years, but she's not willing to simply sit around and let loneliness and despair conquer her. Her baking classes, started at the suggestion of her dear friend Arthur, have become so popular that she has to hire an assistant. She never would have thought so many people would want to learn how to bake (even though she knew nobody baked as well as she did), and she's shocked that her classes appeal to men and children as well as women. Things have gotten so popular, she needs to hire an assistant, so she hires Iris, a newcomer to their small town of Mason, Missouri. Iris doesn't know how to bake, actually (her answer to Lucille's question, "What can you add to milk to make it a substitute for buttermilk?" was "butter"), and she doesn't need to work, but she needs a distraction from thinking about the way her marriage ended and how she quickly left her old life in Boston. Night of Miracles also brings back Maddy and Nola from The Story of Arthur Truluv , and introduces some new characters whose lives connect with Lucille and Iris. Much like its predecessor, this book is about how we come to depend on our friends, even people we don't expect to become friends, to help us through life's challenges. Without realizing it, our friends become our family, sometimes providing more support and love than those who share the same blood with us. Most of the characters in this book are dealing with some sort of challenge, be it grief, sadness about the path their life has taken, illness, self-esteem, or loneliness. As you might imagine from reading this book, everyone's problems will be taken care of (if not quite solved), and they'll realize that the challenges they face make the outcome that much sweeter, but it takes a while to come to that discovery. "What Maddy has come to believe is that certain life circumstances make for people who walk with a psychic limp for all of their days. Never mind the progress they seem to make, peel back a few delicate layers and there it is: a stubborn doubting of worth; an inability to stand with conviction behind anything without wondering if they should be standing there at all; a sense that if they move in this direction it's wrong; and if they move in that direction, that's wrong, too." Once again, Berg has created a warm and moving book, sweet and predictable yet enjoyable. I didn't think it was as strong as The Story of Arthur Truluv , however, because there were a lot of characters introduced in this book that didn't do much, and simply popped in and out of the story to advance the plot. (Her next-door neighbors often felt like an afterthought.) While I enjoyed Lucille's character, and that she is so much more than the know-it-all curmudgeon she appears to be, she wasn't quite appealing enough to anchor a book the way Arthur was. That being said, reading Night of Miracles was like returning to a place you enjoy. Definitely read The Story of Arthur Truluv first, but both books will make you smile, and maybe even evoke a tear or two. Berg knows how to tug at your heartstrings without being manipulative or maudlin. These seem to be perfect books for the holiday season. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marialyce

    4 charming stars My reviews can be seen here: http://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpress... For those of us who so liked Elizabeth Berg's Arthur Truluv, this new book is such a bewitching and enthralling follow up. Some of our old favorites are back in this sequel where I was able to sit back, relax and fall once again into love with these wonderful characters, wishing I could be a member of their community, not to mention a participant in some of Lucille's baking classes. Lucille Howard is back with al 4 charming stars My reviews can be seen here: http://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpress... For those of us who so liked Elizabeth Berg's Arthur Truluv, this new book is such a bewitching and enthralling follow up. Some of our old favorites are back in this sequel where I was able to sit back, relax and fall once again into love with these wonderful characters, wishing I could be a member of their community, not to mention a participant in some of Lucille's baking classes. Lucille Howard is back with all her prickly self. She is teaching classes making scrumptious desserts while making people around her become filled with love and admiration for her, not only for her baking skills but also for the person she is. Armed with aprons and a plethora of scrumptious recipes, Lucille charms her students into moments of happiness, joy, and delicious cakes and cookies. Unfortunately though, Louise is old and she is anxious to once again be with her beloved Frank but she knows there is still work to be done before that happens. Into her life comes Iris who eventually becomes an assistant to Lucile. Iris need this job and she is also in need of a friend. There is also a new family that has moved into the house next door who face some difficult issues. This new couple's son, Lincoln, forms a bit of a bond with Lucille, as he faces a difficult future where his young life will be possibly changed. Told with much style and grace, this story is peaceful. It is one where friendship and love is treasured, where value is placed on people, and where a community looks out for one another. It's a place where we all would love to dwell. It is a book which warms your heart and makes you believe in miracles. Thank you to Elizabeth Berg, Random House, and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this delightful novel. Some recipes from Lucille! https://randomhouse.app.box.com/s/9s4... https://randomhouse.app.box.com/s/9s4... https://randomhouse.app.box.com/s/9s4... https://randomhouse.app.box.com/s/9s4...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Irena BookDustMagic

    I went into Night of Miracles not knowing it was a sequel to an already published book The Story of Arthur Truluv. Thinking it was a standalone I fairly enjoyed it, but as the story progressed I realized I should already be familiar with the characters or things that happened to them before. Therefore, even though this book does work as a solid standalone, I think I would appreciate it more have I read it’s predecessor before giving it a try. At the beginning of the book we read about our main cha I went into Night of Miracles not knowing it was a sequel to an already published book The Story of Arthur Truluv. Thinking it was a standalone I fairly enjoyed it, but as the story progressed I realized I should already be familiar with the characters or things that happened to them before. Therefore, even though this book does work as a solid standalone, I think I would appreciate it more have I read it’s predecessor before giving it a try. At the beginning of the book we read about our main character Lucille who is 88 years old. If I’m being completely honest, I had no idea about her age before picking up this book, and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to connect with the character who is so much older them me (we talk about 50+ years gap here). In some way my feeling was right, but thanks to other characters that are part of the story I still enjoyed the novel. This is pretty short book and it can easily be read in one sitting. It is written in third person and it follows multiple characters. I liked the positive atmosphere through the entire book. If you need a story that will come as a chicken soup for your soul, this book is a perfect choice. Small town setting contributes to this feel-good vibe too. Out of all the stories, my favorite was one centred around Tiny and his love interest. I think it is because those characters were the closest to my age. The magical aspect of the story really took the book to another level, and I enjoyed it very much, because it gave the magic to this solid novel and made it whole. I would recommend Night of Miracles to readers who enjoy feel-good books that follow many characters and perspectives. Read this and more reviews on my blog https://bookdustmagic.com

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

    Night of Miracles follows The Story of Arthur Truluv and here is this story with catch up with Lucile. Inspired by Authur she spreads kindness through her baked goods. Reading Night of Miracles is like sharing a piece of her sliced cake with these characters in this community. Night of Miracles is a charming, heartbreaking and heartwarming story with endearing characters that explores human connections through a community. It explores the effects of down to earth kindness can have on a community Night of Miracles follows The Story of Arthur Truluv and here is this story with catch up with Lucile. Inspired by Authur she spreads kindness through her baked goods. Reading Night of Miracles is like sharing a piece of her sliced cake with these characters in this community. Night of Miracles is a charming, heartbreaking and heartwarming story with endearing characters that explores human connections through a community. It explores the effects of down to earth kindness can have on a community in times of crisis and when characters get to that age where they feel they are dismissed by society for their age. We see how Lucile who feels she hasn’t much to offer other than her baked goods makes a huge difference in a family in crisis giving them hope. The story touches on some heartbreaking issues here however Elizabeth Berg keeps it light and focuses more on the heartwarming moments that make a difference in the lives of these characters. I highly recommend grabbing a nice warm cup of cocoa and snuggle up with this feel-good story I received a copy from the publisher on NetGalley

  16. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I was so very happy to revisit the small town of Mason, Missouri, where we were first introduced to Arthur Truluv! We now see how life is for Lucille, his elderly neighbor who came to live in his home after he died. LOVE Lucille, and there are some new characters and a couple from the first book, that are just wonderful! This book just made me happy, great timing for me to read it! Thank you to Elizabeth Berg for writing this sequel! Thank you to Random House and Netgalley for making this book avai I was so very happy to revisit the small town of Mason, Missouri, where we were first introduced to Arthur Truluv! We now see how life is for Lucille, his elderly neighbor who came to live in his home after he died. LOVE Lucille, and there are some new characters and a couple from the first book, that are just wonderful! This book just made me happy, great timing for me to read it! Thank you to Elizabeth Berg for writing this sequel! Thank you to Random House and Netgalley for making this book available to me!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    A sweet and charming read. This is one that takes you back to a simpler time in a small town where neighbors know each other and take care of one another. It makes me wish I lived in Mason, Missouri with these characters as my neighbors. The book touched my heart and made me fall in love with the characters. I have not read The Story of Arthur Truluv and I understand that many of the characters in this book were introduced in this previous work. I will make a point to read it soon, but I don't th A sweet and charming read. This is one that takes you back to a simpler time in a small town where neighbors know each other and take care of one another. It makes me wish I lived in Mason, Missouri with these characters as my neighbors. The book touched my heart and made me fall in love with the characters. I have not read The Story of Arthur Truluv and I understand that many of the characters in this book were introduced in this previous work. I will make a point to read it soon, but I don't think that not reading it detracted from the story. I was a little lost in the first part of the story when each chapter introduced another character and I wasn't seeing any overlap. But of course later this resolved. Thanks to Elizabeth Berg and Random House through Netgalley for an advance copy of this book. I truly enjoyed it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    ☮Karen

    4.5 Books that are very sweet or saccharine are usually a big turn off. But when there is literally sugary sweetness, as in cookies and cakes, and lots of them, count me in. And with this author, I am 100% in, knowing it's going to be a moving experience, as it was. Lucille, alone in life but never lonely with all her good friends, has opened her house to baking classes, so there is much to drool over while she describes her goodies. Ancillary characters either work in or go to the local restauran 4.5 Books that are very sweet or saccharine are usually a big turn off. But when there is literally sugary sweetness, as in cookies and cakes, and lots of them, count me in. And with this author, I am 100% in, knowing it's going to be a moving experience, as it was. Lucille, alone in life but never lonely with all her good friends, has opened her house to baking classes, so there is much to drool over while she describes her goodies. Ancillary characters either work in or go to the local restaurant for breakfast -- some will order an Overnight FrenchToast which makes its own syrup. Yes, lots of sweetness. As in Arthur Truluv, the characters that Berg has created are people you would want to know. My favorites were Iris, a recent divorcee from Boston, trying out small town Missouri for the first time, and Tiny, a thoughtful, kind taxi driver and friend to all. Oh, and little Link, Lucille's precocious neighbor boy whose mother has cancer. I enjoyed this tremendously, through lots of tears (happy tears and sad too), and recommend to anyone, especially if you liked Arthur Truluv. If Ms. Berg writes more of these small town tomes, count me in. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher Random House. R.H. sent me a link to this site devoted to the book's devotees, including some recipes! https://randomhouse.app.box.com/s/9s4...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Esil

    The Night of Miracles is charming — sentimental but charming. It’s a sequel of sorts to The Story of Arthur Truluv, which I had also liked for similar reasons. Early in The Night of Miracles, one of the characters talks about going to bed with a Maeve Binchy novel, and she explains what she likes about Binchy’s novels. The Night of Miracles has the same feel. People involved in everyday struggles, coming together and helping each other. Nothing deep, but a bit of a balm for the soul given the cur The Night of Miracles is charming — sentimental but charming. It’s a sequel of sorts to The Story of Arthur Truluv, which I had also liked for similar reasons. Early in The Night of Miracles, one of the characters talks about going to bed with a Maeve Binchy novel, and she explains what she likes about Binchy’s novels. The Night of Miracles has the same feel. People involved in everyday struggles, coming together and helping each other. Nothing deep, but a bit of a balm for the soul given the current state of the world. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    Honest, pensive, and affecting! Night of miracles takes us back to the small town of Mason, Missouri and into the lives of many, including Lucille Howard who’s still teaching people to bake, befriending those who are lonely, and selflessly helping those in need; Iris, a middle-aged woman, struggling to move on after a recent divorce; Tiny, a large man with no confidence and courage; and Abby, a young mother battling for her life against a relentless disease. The prose is vivid and sincere. The cha Honest, pensive, and affecting! Night of miracles takes us back to the small town of Mason, Missouri and into the lives of many, including Lucille Howard who’s still teaching people to bake, befriending those who are lonely, and selflessly helping those in need; Iris, a middle-aged woman, struggling to move on after a recent divorce; Tiny, a large man with no confidence and courage; and Abby, a young mother battling for her life against a relentless disease. The prose is vivid and sincere. The characters are complex, genuine, and engaging. And the absorbing, astute plot takes us on a heart-wrenching rollercoaster ride of love, loss, friendship, family, community, thoughtfulness, loyalty, and companionship. Overall, Night of miracles is another beautifully written tale by Berg that made my heart fill with joy and burst with heartbreak. It’s a perceptive, sentimental, poetic tale that reminds us that life is not only about the highs and lows but also all those quieter moments in between. Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Selena

    I received a free e-copy of Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg from NetGalley for my honest review. This is the first book I have ever read by Elizabeth Berg. Absolutely fantastic!! A wonderful heart felt and warming story that makes your heart smile. The characters are beautifully thought out and written and you find yourself loving them as if they are real. A story of love, struggles, forgiveness and life. I do plan on going back and reading The Story of Arthur Trulov because I loved this so m I received a free e-copy of Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg from NetGalley for my honest review. This is the first book I have ever read by Elizabeth Berg. Absolutely fantastic!! A wonderful heart felt and warming story that makes your heart smile. The characters are beautifully thought out and written and you find yourself loving them as if they are real. A story of love, struggles, forgiveness and life. I do plan on going back and reading The Story of Arthur Trulov because I loved this so much.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Does the guy always get the girl? Does the troubled pregnant teenager always find love and fulfillment? Does the cancer patient always wake up cured? Is it all believable? Probably not, but the title of the book warns the reader to put their skepticism aside. The definition of miracle is: "A surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws." There is something childlike in miracles. One is awed and doesn't critique - just believes. Sometimes this is a very pleasan Does the guy always get the girl? Does the troubled pregnant teenager always find love and fulfillment? Does the cancer patient always wake up cured? Is it all believable? Probably not, but the title of the book warns the reader to put their skepticism aside. The definition of miracle is: "A surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws." There is something childlike in miracles. One is awed and doesn't critique - just believes. Sometimes this is a very pleasant experience. Berg's characters are warm and easy to love. She knows how to connect her readers to her characters. We all know someone like Lucille, Tiny, Iris, or Monica. Beginning and ending the book with a view from a plane's window was different and very appropriate. Our world, our life, getting smaller or larger as a plane ascends or descends. This is such a make -you- feel -good book. I need that once in a while. Although a diet of this type of book is not appealing, I will pick up a book by Elizabeth Berg whenever I need again to believe in the goodness of people and the sanity of the world.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    Absolutely delightful! Review to come!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    The continuing and ever-expanding saga of Arthur Truluv’s legacy and stories of old and some new friends and neighbors. This one is mostly of Lucille. She is a bit caustic, but is funny, wise, kind, compassionate, and level headed in her actions and voice. Everyone has their day to day interactions; some unique situations to be worked through, some new opportunities and creative ideas that are probably setting the tone for a forthcoming book #3. I did enjoy this one, but it was not a five star a The continuing and ever-expanding saga of Arthur Truluv’s legacy and stories of old and some new friends and neighbors. This one is mostly of Lucille. She is a bit caustic, but is funny, wise, kind, compassionate, and level headed in her actions and voice. Everyone has their day to day interactions; some unique situations to be worked through, some new opportunities and creative ideas that are probably setting the tone for a forthcoming book #3. I did enjoy this one, but it was not a five star as I gave to the first; because the first was the original story and hit me home harder. No doubt, this and the original are warm and fuzzy heart rendering stories that will affect you in their own individual way.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    Night of Miracles is a charming story about the inhabitants of a small town. While it is billed as a sequel to The Story of Arthur Truluv, it is a completely standalone book. But reading them in order will give you a little bit more enjoyment when reading the second one, because of the additional backstory knowledge of a couple of characters. There are a lot more characters in Night of Miracles compared to The Story of Arthur Truluv which centered on three people. In fact, the beginning of Night Night of Miracles is a charming story about the inhabitants of a small town. While it is billed as a sequel to The Story of Arthur Truluv, it is a completely standalone book. But reading them in order will give you a little bit more enjoyment when reading the second one, because of the additional backstory knowledge of a couple of characters. There are a lot more characters in Night of Miracles compared to The Story of Arthur Truluv which centered on three people. In fact, the beginning of Night of Miracles requires some patience on the reader’s part — the first 5 chapters, although they are short, revolve around different characters (Lucille, Iris, Abby/Jason, Tiny/Iris, and Monica) with a few tertiary character names as well. So don’t be surprised if you are a bit confused and have trouble keeping the characters straight — it will become clearer as you read more. The book is about how these individuals become interconnected as their stories unfold. Are these people extraordinary? Not really. But they are good-natured and kind — people you would like to get to know. They are coping with everyday issues and problems while dealing with others in a compassionate way. Their different circumstances include illness, a small business, losing weight, starting over after a divorce, dating, unrequited love and so on. By the time their story ends, each one will get their own small miracle. The different characters come to realize different truths through their experiences with each other and the situations in their lives. There are bits of wisdom sprinkled through the pages on various topics including love, life, and kindness. That is the gift of love, not only that you have somebody but that you are changed by somebody. One good thing about someone really liking something you have is that you appreciate it yourself all over again. But you can’t custom-order people’s kindnesses. People do what they can, they give what they have. There are some amusing moments as well as clever writing. He takes the recommended small bites! which means that he cuts the sprouts in quarters. Looks like he’s going to have to add a microscope to his table setting. They didn’t even eat together anymore, not breakfast, not lunch, not dinner. Oftentimes, they ate separate things, and Iris thought this was worse than separate beds. They were more than over. They were rotted. Ms. Berg is a skilled writer who gives the reader worthy ideas to ponder: Lately, she draws comfort from watching the second hand go smoothly around and around. Isn’t it funny that she, so enamored of the past, is now consoled by seeing time move relentlessly forward? Funny how important those birds have become to her. But people need something to depend on. They need something to love. And everybody’s job was to love life while you had it and never to take anything for granted. It was hard to remember to do that, but it was worth it to try. Although I enjoyed Night of Miracles, I didn’t love it as much as The Story of Arthur Truluv. Maybe the abundance of characters has something to do with it. The character of Arthur Truluv is unrivaled in Night of Miracles — he is truly unique. Overall I think The Story of Arthur Truluv set a very high bar which would be extremely difficult to surpass. Thank you to Random House and NetGalley for an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kendall

    Wow Elizabeth Berg you truly blew me out of the water with your talent. I truly will always remember this novel and it will be leaving such a special place in my heart. Those final words at the end left me in tears and awe of your talent. I have not read The Story of Arthur Truluv but have heard nothing BUT spectacular things about it. After finishing this novel... I will definitely be getting the audio for the first novel to get the background of previous characters. This can be read as a standa Wow Elizabeth Berg you truly blew me out of the water with your talent. I truly will always remember this novel and it will be leaving such a special place in my heart. Those final words at the end left me in tears and awe of your talent. I have not read The Story of Arthur Truluv but have heard nothing BUT spectacular things about it. After finishing this novel... I will definitely be getting the audio for the first novel to get the background of previous characters. This can be read as a standalone...but I can see why so many readers urge you to read the previous story first due to continued characters from the first book will be in this novel. I cannot say enough good things about this novel and it exceeded my expectations completely. I felt like this is a shooting star with talent by Elizabeth Berg! 4.5 stars for Night of Miracles. This one is not to be missed my friends <3 <3. Thank you to Random House and Netgalley for granting my wish. The arc was provided in exchange for my honest thoughts. Publication date: 11/13/18 Published to GR: 10/21/18

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jayme

    Excerpt: Surely you’ve had this happen. You are seated by choice or misfortune in a window seat on an airplane. You look out as the plane takes off, rises up higher and higher, levels off. If you have a chance to glance down, you see a particular kind of order not realized on earth. You might feel a kind of hopefulness at the sight of the houses clustered together.... Now imagine, that you are looking down at a small town called Mason, Missouri. The town where Lucille is still living in her frien Excerpt: Surely you’ve had this happen. You are seated by choice or misfortune in a window seat on an airplane. You look out as the plane takes off, rises up higher and higher, levels off. If you have a chance to glance down, you see a particular kind of order not realized on earth. You might feel a kind of hopefulness at the sight of the houses clustered together.... Now imagine, that you are looking down at a small town called Mason, Missouri. The town where Lucille is still living in her friend Arthur Truluv’s house, teaching her baking classes. Although Arthur has passed away, he didn’t do so before changing the lives of Lucille, and Maddy (From The Story of Arthur Truluv). And, now it is Lucille’s turn to continue the legacy with a new cast of characters. Iris, a woman in search of a fresh start. Tiny, a “large” man with an even bigger heart. Monica, the waitress who works at Polly’s henhouse, who is the woman he is secretly in love with. The family who now lives next door to Lucille, in her old house (Abby, Jason and their 10 year old son, Lincoln) And, a few others, from past and present who make up this community, which feels more like a big family. As the famous quote remind us, “When one door closes, another door opens....” This book is best served up with a freshly brewed pot of coffee, a baked good of your choice fresh from the oven, and a box of tissues close by.... Heartwarming and delightful, it may make you want to move to a small town! If you have read and enjoyed Maeve Binchy’s books, the Arthur Truluv books (two so far!) will help fill the void, Ms Binchy left behind. This can be read as a stand alone, but why not read the first one while you are waiting for this one to be released? I would like to thank Netgalley, Random House Publishing and Elizabeth Berg for the ARC provided in exchange for a candid review! Available Nov. 13th 2018!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Rosenblit

    Elizabeth Berg you are a MASTER of creating characters that forever leave an imprint in my heart and tears on the pages long after I read the final words. The Story of Arthur Truluv made my Top 10 of 2017 list and when I heard a sequel of sorts was coming and would be centered around Lucille, I knew it was going to be amazing but also have some large shoes to fill. And this book totally exceeded my expectations. I loved meeting a new cast of characters interspersed with the old favorites and I h Elizabeth Berg you are a MASTER of creating characters that forever leave an imprint in my heart and tears on the pages long after I read the final words. The Story of Arthur Truluv made my Top 10 of 2017 list and when I heard a sequel of sorts was coming and would be centered around Lucille, I knew it was going to be amazing but also have some large shoes to fill. And this book totally exceeded my expectations. I loved meeting a new cast of characters interspersed with the old favorites and I have a feeling Night of Miracles will be making the 2018 list for sure. Thank you to Random House for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Aura

    This book comes out in November and I received an ARC from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review. I will be purchasing this book and Arthur Truluv for a few of my loved ones to read. I luvvvvvvvvvvvd this book. I cried for Lucille. I wept for Iris. I bawled for Tiny and Monica. I was a complete mess for Abby and her son Lincoln. This book hit me in a place I havent been affected in a long time. All I can say is that Elizabeth Berg is a fabulous author and I recommend this book high This book comes out in November and I received an ARC from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review. I will be purchasing this book and Arthur Truluv for a few of my loved ones to read. I luvvvvvvvvvvvd this book. I cried for Lucille. I wept for Iris. I bawled for Tiny and Monica. I was a complete mess for Abby and her son Lincoln. This book hit me in a place I havent been affected in a long time. All I can say is that Elizabeth Berg is a fabulous author and I recommend this book highly but I think you must read The Story of Arthur Truluv first.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    This is a charming sequel to Arthur Truluv. It takes place about 5 years afterwards. We are reintroduced to Lillian, Maddy, And Nola and meet some new residents of Mason, MO. All their lives intertwine at some point. At times it seemed like too many new characters were introduced, and I felt like I didn’t get to know some as well as others. The book is beautifully written, which is almost a given with Elizabeth Berg. Her writing can elevate even the simplest story. Although I enjoyed this book, This is a charming sequel to Arthur Truluv. It takes place about 5 years afterwards. We are reintroduced to Lillian, Maddy, And Nola and meet some new residents of Mason, MO. All their lives intertwine at some point. At times it seemed like too many new characters were introduced, and I felt like I didn’t get to know some as well as others. The book is beautifully written, which is almost a given with Elizabeth Berg. Her writing can elevate even the simplest story. Although I enjoyed this book, I loved Arthur Truluv more. But I would recommend any Elizabeth Berg book, and I definitely recommend this one.

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