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59 Memory Lane

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,548 ratings  ·  98 reviews

May Rosevere has reached the grand old age of one-hundred-and-ten, thanks to a slice of toast with butter every morning, a glass (or two) of sherry in the evening, and the wonders of the Cornish sea breeze – or so she tells everyone.

But May has a secret. One that no one has ever discovered, not even her late husband Charles.

A treasure trove of long-forgotten letters, just waiting to reveal theCharles.



Kindle Edition, 480 pages
Published April 1st 2019 by HarperCollins
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Samantha Tonge
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Opening this book each evening was like delving into a pick n' mix of characters - all very different to each other yet impossible to choose as a favourite.
I LOVED this story! Centenarian May is determined to reach her one hundred and eleventh year - but this would come at a price. Is she willing to use her special gift, and achieve her goal, to the detriment of others?
The book enjoys a delightful seaside, cottage setting and felt utterly escapist each time I delved into it. The olde
Lizzie Lamb
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written novel for anyone who enjoyed Ruth Hogan’s THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS. Be drawn in by the cover and then learn to love the characters who inhabit the pages, each one (for different reasons) beguiles the reader. I loved May and totally bought into her story and was rooting for her to reach the milestone of the 111th birthday - will she find enough new memories to help her to get there? What secrets will she discover? Will the past defeat her? I’ll leave you to find out for you ...more
Liz Fenwick
Utterly enchanting...a delight from intriguing start to emotional finish!
The summary for this book is very cryptic, but it got my interest nevertheless. And although this is a book with not so much really happening, I'm glad that I read it.

For me it was mostly a book about loneliness in old age, and solidarity in a community. Here it is a little seaside village in Cornwall that house a lot of older people, most of them living alone. A dedicated women organises an "Adopt a Granny" scheme, and thus Julia (85 years old) is thrown together with her vis-à-vis
P.W. Hazeldine
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Back in July I sought shelter in a bookstore to cool down from the hottest day of the year. As I buried my nose into the latest releases, I noticed a lady pick up a copy of Celia Anderson’s novel.
Our eyes caught for a few flickering moments, yet it seemed like eternity. A smile lit up her elderly face, wiping away the lines that gave away her age.
“I’m going to enjoy this book,” she told me in her croaky voice and tucking her wispy grey hair behind her ear.
“Why?” I quizzed.
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
59 Memory Lane is an strange story. The “main” character May is 110 years old and is waiting for her 111th birthday, which is just a couple of months away. She is some kind on energy/memory vampire and all she needs to last those last months is another dose of somebody’s memories. But May is not the only one who lives on Memory Lane, her over lane neighbor is Julia, who buried her husband Don recently, her next door neighbor is Andy with his daughter Tamsin, who’s mom died shortly after her birt ...more
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great collection of characters! They were so well written that I felt a real connection with them. When they were popping in and out of each other’s home, I was there with them. The setting helped as well, right on the coast in the beautiful county of Cornwall. May was nearly 111 years old and had collected many memories, not all her own. I loved how the friends looked out for each other. There are several secrets that come to light by the end of the book. It also highlighted the serious ...more
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you netgallery for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book really grabbed me at first. I was taken in by the setting and loved the concept of this book. However as the book progressed I started to feel like some of the issues and characters were pointless and didnt really add to the story. I was a bit confused on times and did not really like the ending. There was a big build up to it but didn't really meet my expectations and I was left with questions afterwards. However I fell
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful story! Such an unusual concept and characters you wish lived on your street. I loved May, aged one-hundred-and-ten, but sprightly as a spring lamb. The reason she's so young at heart will knock your socks off and I, I won't say more because I don't want to spoil the story. The younger characters are equally as likable, well apart from Candice. But the less we say about her the better. And all this set against a gorgeous Cornish backdrop. I could almost believe I was on ...more
Leah Mercer
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's been a while since I've really been able to get stuck into a book, and this wonderful novel more than did the job! Once I started, I was immediately drawn into the stories of the characters. Set in beautiful Cornwall, I felt like I was escaping into another world every time I picked it up. With warm and engaging characters along with a brilliant plot, I can't recommend this book enough.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it
A charming read with some quirky characters and a sprinkling of intrigue. I didn’t really buy into the ‘memory harnessing’ concept though so difficult to rate it more highly.
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Every so often, a book totally confounds your expectations: this always looked like a book I’d really enjoy with its promises of being “charming”, “heartwarming” and “feel good”, perhaps a little light froth to escape from life, and that might just have been enough. But it proved to be a book I fell in love with, quite head over heels – and not only because of its wonderful depiction of the older characters I love to read about but so rarely find at the centre of the books I read. There’s a stro ...more
Jill Steeples
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such an intriguing and original concept which kept me turning the pages. A warm-hearted read with memorable characters and a lovely seaside setting. Recommended!
Mandy Baggot
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
A deeply evocative story for fans of Elizabeth Noble and TV's Call the Midwife.
Michelle Mills
Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Started off really well, but unusually for this author - the ending was very disappointing.
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
In a small Cornish town, there's a lot of activity going on among the residents. Thanks to an adopt-a-granny initiative, 85-year-old Julia ends up 'adopting' her 110-year-old neighbour May who has a few magical secrets as to how she's reached the ripe old age. May starts helping Julia with a family mystery and soon enlists the help of Julia's granddaughter Emily from New York.

A lovely beachside setting and a somewhat magical twist, 59 Memory Lane has the ingredients for a lovely read
Clare Chase
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. The storylines of the multiple well-drawn characters are so involving. The relationships are sometimes funny, sometimes sad and always believable. The book as whole is wonderfully touching and uplifting and the various mysteries and secrets from the past that are gradually unravelled add to a very satisfying mix. I also enjoyed the extras at the end of the book (I have the Kindle version) which include a recipe and an author Q&A. I was delighted to see that Celi ...more
Barbara Camelford
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story. It is like a warm blanket to wrap around you on a cold night. The community spirit we see so rarely these days intertwine the characters diverse lives and strengthens as the story unfolds.
May is the delightful old lady who is determined to reach 111 but can she do it by fair means or not. She realises how silly she has been when she has her eyes opened to see the care bestowed on her by others.
Love, caring for others, obstinacy, understanding and so much more
Yvonne Morgan
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book just called out to me...sometimes i do think books choose you. Full of warm mostly happy surprises. Very easy to read amazing characters great quirky storyline...which just sucked me in from the first chapter to the last...and i do think the author has left enough of the storylines slightly open for us to enjoy a sequal....pretty please...
Sandra McKenna
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read.

This is a lovely story set in Cornwall.
May is approaching 111, and is holding onto lots of secrets and mementos of other people. Can she put things into perspective before she passes?
This easy to read and moving story was well written and entertaining from beginning to end.
mumma loves books
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this quirky storyline and it’s fantastic characters.
I loved the fact the main characters were all more mature in age rather than being a romance story solely about a younger generation.
The story deals with love, friendship, grief, and the trial and tribulations of moving into the twilight years of life.
This book has great characters and an interesting take on memory and how it can be enjoyed or used in a slightly different way!!!!
Jenni Fletcher
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. It was original, thought-provoking, utterly convincing and beautifully written. I really loved the concept and characters and it kept me guessing right to the end. I wished it could have gone on for longer. Hugely recommended!
Carrie Elks
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such an excellent book. Full of quirky characters I fell in love with, and a mystery that kept me turning the page. A really enjoyable, thought-provoking read.
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nice easy read
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Memories are very important to all our lives from young to old

A wonderful story of day to life in a small seaside village mixed with memories , love , jealousy , laughter and finding ones true place in life !
Janice Preston
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the many different characters to the evocative Cornish seaside setting, this was an enchanting read from start to finish. The concept was original, with 110 year old May as a collector of memories, and the underlying theme of loneliness was subtle and thought-provoking. A wonderful novel.
Jenni Keer
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An original and intelligent concept. Totally absorbing. The author had me at "collector of memories".
Inspired and beautifully written.
Claire Mc Partlin
I was really looking forward to reading this book, as I do like a bit of magical realism, and 110 year old May sounded really intriguing.

I did enjoy it to start with, but a couple of the characters started to irritate me so I started struggling a bit. May keeps herself younger by harnessing other peoples memories, through old items and letters, but is finding it harder to keep going at the moment because she's more housebound, so there are less opportunities to steal other memories.
Lee Bellingham
May 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
I’m undecided whether to give this 2 or 3 stars but on balance I don’t feel it quite warrants three. The concept of this book was intriguing but I felt that the magical element just fizzled out and the full implications were never explained or resolved. There were too many things happening, and people brought in, to really engage fully with the characters. It felt a bit whistle-stop, without real focus as it moved to the last third of the book. I just never felt that I really understood any of t ...more
Abbey Jane
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting characters but the story line seems a bit confused in places, and there are a number of loose ends that never get tied up.
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