This book started innocuously enough, and I knew I would like it. By the time I set the book aside, I also found myself wanting to give it a full five stars. It creeps up on you with all the ‘feels’.
The story is based in a retirement home, the main protagonists being reluctant residents of the Woodlands Nursing home. The characters are of sound mind but not of the body, which has brought them all under one roof. First, we have Hattie who loves and understands birds but knows next to nothing about people. This is going to be her first lesson. Then, we have the man who is Walter, who is sure of his charm, but it is not helping him with anything. Until the very end, I could not be sure about the state of his marriage with his late wife, which I think felt very realistic in the time of frequent happily-ever-after books.
Hattie and Walter bond over a lot of smaller things as well as another resident’s declining health, even if their first meeting happens disastrously. There are a lot of other issues bound into the narrative, along with showing how the lack of independence hinders their agendas regularly. It has its moments, but the realizations and how they change the course of action during the story endeared the book to me. It is ultimately a happy book with its own hidden nooks with jolts of reality which triggered the tears.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.