Hilarious, heartwarming, and addictive!
Every so often I need to read something that’s not a crime or psychological thriller, just to cleanse my palette and reset my heart from all the rollercoaster rides I go on. This time, I was drawn to Hannah Lynn’s The Afterlife of Walter Augustus and my gosh, what a bloody book!
Before I tell you my thoughts, here’s the blurb …
Letty Ferguson is not dead. Letty Ferguson is a middle-aged shoe saleswoman who leads a pleasant and wholly unextraordinary life, barring the secret fortune she seems unable to tell her husband about. However, when she takes possession of an unassuming poetry anthology, life takes on a rather more extraordinary dimension.
My thoughts …
Being so used to reading crime thrillers full of characters I hate and don’t trust made it an absolute joy to meet and fall instantly in love with Letty Ferguson.
A bit of a doormat, she’s just plodding through life with her husband, her job in the shoe shop, and her little side business making bespoke cakes.
She’s perfectly happy with her lot, well, apart from being unable to say no to anyone, especially those closest to her, which leads to her becoming the proud owner of a decades-old poetry book she has no interest in.
I completely fell for Letty, I want her to be my aunt, she’s one of the most beautiful characters I’ve read!
The author has created a set of characters who you instantly adore. Walter is one too. Stuck in the Interim, a kind of waiting room for those still remembered on Earth, he can’t move on until no one thinks about him anymore. Walter is over 100 years old and is an adorable man. He loved his family, worked hard, and now just passes his time waiting until he can pass over.
When a chain of hilarious events on Earth mean Walter has to come down from the Interim and try to ensure he isn’t remembered, the ensuing antics of the ghosts and humans had me hooked to the pages, laughing out loud one minute, and almost in tears the next.
Lynn has a wonderful way with words. She weaves a superb tale and executes the plots with an intelligent and sleek flaire that makes reading her work easy and thoroughly enjoyable.
Delving into the supernatural, The Afterlife of Walter Augustus is a gorgeous tale of love, trust, and otherworldly beings that will capture your heart.
Action packed from the off, you’ll find it hard to put this one down, the supporting characters are a madcap bunch who add to each page and will keep you on your toes.
Well thought-out, perfectly balanced, and superbly exciting, this is one book you don’t want to miss!
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About the author …
Hannah Lynn was born in 1984 and grew up in the Cotswolds, UK. After graduating from university, she spent ten years as a teacher of physics, first in the UK and then around Asia. It was during this time, inspired by the imaginations of the young people she taught, she began writing short stories for children, and later adult fiction. Her first novel, Amendments, was published in 2015. Now as a teacher, writer, wife and mother, she is currently living in the Austrian Alps.
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