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The Wish List of Albie Young

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This unmissable, unforgettable book will crack your heart in two and piece it back together again. Have a packet of tissues handy…

Sometimes you have to hit the bottom before you can float to the top.

Maria Birch is seventy years old and, for her, every week is the same.

On Monday, she does her weekly shop. On Tuesday, she goes for a blow-dry. On Wednesday, she visits the
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Bookouture
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ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so utterly entertaining, delightful, and heartwarming that I gave it five stars for the sheer story-telling pleasure it gave me. The Wish List of Albie Young is refreshingly charming, honest and sweet. It's pretty different to most of the other books I've read recently. Instead of angst ridden drama or thrillers, Ruby Hummingbird's story is playful and quaint - the definition of whimsy and threaded skillfully into the narrative is effective use of flashbacks to tell the story of ...more
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the author, Bookouture, and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Maria always met up with her friend Albie for Tea and cake every Thursday for as long as she remembers. When he fails to come see her, she knows something is wrong. She is in the shock of her life when she finds out that her friend has died and left behind a good samaritan wish list for her to do. Can she fulfill Albie's final wishes through his wish list? Read on and find
Emma Shaw
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Inspirational, heartwarming and uplifting, this delightful debut novel was a joy to read and is one that will linger long after reading.

Seventy-year old Maria Birch lives a solitary life on a rigid routine. The one day she looks forward to, the only day she breaks free of her self-imposed isolation, is Thursdays. On Thursdays, she goes to the local cafe to share a slice of marble cake and a pot of tea with her friend Albie Young. Until the week he doesn’t show. When she learns her beloved friend
Melissa Borsey
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous book with all the feels! I loved this book so much and didn't want it to end. When Albie Young dies suddenly the list of his "things to do for others" list is found by his friend Maria, for whom he has left everything to in his will. Maria, heartbroken and in need of a purpose decides to continue on with his list and meets some fabulous people along the way. Perfect time of year for a book like this. I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this delightful book.
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
The debut novel by Ruby Hummingbird is one that will stay with any reader for a lifetime, it is a mesmerising and heart-breaking. I knew just going by the back blurb that this was going to be a tearful and emotional ride, but those few tantalising words at the back of the book really doesn't do this book justice.
This is one of the most tenderly beautiful and heart-warming books I have read, it steals your heart with the simple, yet humbling story of hope, friendship and starting to live life no
Sherri Thacker
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wasn’t too sure what to make of this book in the first few chapters. But O.M.G. this book was sooooo good!!!! I will think about this book for days after.. 5 . Just fabulous!!!! ...more
Sandie Bishop
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book! I wasn't sure when I requested this one whether it might get a little bit maudlin in places but Ruby Hummingbird has managed to make me cry with emotion without depressing me at all then lifted me up with hope and happiness.
The story follows 70 year old Maria Birch who has isolated herself in grief since the tragic loss of her teenage daughter many years before. She has timetabled her life so that she has total control and rarely lets anyone behind her defences. All that
Susan Hampson
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Maria is seventy years old and very set in her routine so when her friend Albie, who has met her every Thursday for the last four years, doesn't show up at their regular cafe, she is concerned. When he doesn't come the following Thursday she is very upset and withdraws into herself in her flat. When her phone rings and it is his solicitor she has to accept that Albie won't ever be going to meet her again. When the solicitor asks Maria to go to their offices she finds out that there was more to ...more
Rachel Gilbey
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written debut novel from Ruby Hummingbird.

A journey of self discovery and learning to let the world in again for a woman in her 70s.

Maria had more or less closed herself off from the world except for a meeting every Thursday with Albie Young. and has no idea when he doesn't turn up one week.

We soon discover that Albie had been hiding things from Maria, and as they are discovered and come to terms with, Maria starts to come to life before our very eyes.

I loved seeing how Maria
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you love feel-good books, this is the perfect choice. The Wish List of Albie Young is a celebration of life, love, and friendship.
Albie dies and leaves behind a list of things he was doing and wanted to do for others. Kind of like a bucket list of tasks. Maria is shocked and saddened by his death, but takes it upon herself to accomplish the remaining items. I know, it sounds like something that has been done before, but it is such a sweet, fresh take on this. Maria is a somewhat timid
Maria’s world is very small, by design. After the death of her daughter, her world compressed into a series of days spent without interaction, a specific task for each day, friends and fun eliminated. Except for Thursdays – the one day she allowed herself a treat at the local café, a pot of tea, perhaps a slice of cake. Alone. Always alone. Until a man budged up to her table and her Thursdays became the highlight of her week. Albert (or Albie) was kind, made her laugh, and perhaps fall just a ...more
If your favoured reading material is a compelling tale with a good sprinkling of relationships, imperfection, hope, secrets and humour then The Wish List of Albie Young by Ruby Hummingbird is a must-read for you!

From the get-go there was so much happening in this wonderful, coming-of age-tale of friendship, happiness and life!

Septuagenarian Maria Birch has a rigid schedule: on Mondays, she does her weekly shop; on Tuesdays, she goes for a blow-dry; on Wednesdays, she visits the launderette. But
Karen Mace
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spoiler alert - books about old people always make me cry! And you'll have to have a heart of stone if you don't find yourself shedding a tear or two during this stunning debut from Ruby Hummingbird that captures beautifully those little moments that often end up meaning the most and how just a simple action can start a wonderful chain reaction off, bringing hope to those who need it.

It's set in Brighton, and we follow the story of Maria. She lives alone and has a weekly routine that she sticks
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Albie Effect took my heart by a storm and showed me how tender and caring some hearts were. Even after they were gone, their goodness remained forever.

Every Thursday, Maria Birch met Albie Young until one week when he didn't come and she got a call from the lawyers. Albie Young was no more, but the list with his wishes were still live and pending. And it was up to Maria to fulfill them, and in the process, find her joie de vivre.

My first book by Ruby Hummingbird, the blurb told me to carry
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
The whole premise for this story is so thoroughly lovely. Maria loses the one small moment of joy in her lonely life when Albie passes away. No more Thursdays at the cafe, sharing a slice of marble cake and a pot of tea, no-one to talk with about the books she’s read or the TV programmes she’s watched, no-one left who cares. But Albie has left a legacy in more ways than one – he had secrets, and a former life Maria knew nothing about. In an attempt to atone for some of the things he might have ...more
Sherri Lewis
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*** I received an advanced e-copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review

Maria Birch is seventy years old & lives a very mundane life. Every Monday she does her weekly shopping, Tuesdays she goes to the hairdresser, Wednesdays is laundry day. But Thursdays are her favorite day. On Thursdays she gets all dolled up and goes to the local cafe where she meets Albie Young. He is always there waiting for her with a pot of tea and a slice of marble cake and two forks.....
J_Mc 251
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The reader never gets to meet Albie Young but gets a full sense of the man he was through the people whose lives he touched. One of those people, Maria, is tasked with finishing his wish list. Struggling with life in general, Maria finds new purpose in trying to fulfill Albie’s wishes, both for her and for others. This is a heartwarming story that is a wonderful reminder of how little effort it can take to actually make a difference in peoples’ lives and how far simple kindness can truly go. A ...more
Renita D'Silva
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Wow! Wow! This book is absolutely beautiful! A heartwarming story of love and loss. An absolute joy to read. One that makes you think and question, to hold y0ur loved ones dear and to make the most of your life. A stunning story told with heart. Everyone should read this book. A masterpiece.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I read the book description for this I knew I'd enjoy it. The main character who, despite the title isn't Albie Young but Maria Birch, is 70 years old. Every time I've read a book (and there's been a few) with a more mature female protagonist, they've all been quite special and this one is no exception.

One recurring theme in these books featuring older people is that of loneliness. Of course loneliness isn't just associated with older people and can happen to anyone for a variety of reasons
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read the synopsis for 'The Wish List Of Albie Young' and it certainly sounded like an emotional sort of read. Something in the synopsis screamed 'read me' at me and so doing as I was told, I sat down with a cup of tea in one hand and the book in the other hand. 'The Wish List Of Albie Young' was certainly an emotional read and then some. Overall I did enjoy the book but more about that in a bit.
I did warm to Maria in the end but at times I found that she made me sigh and shake my head in
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If ever there was a story to remind us not to wait to tell the people in our lives that we love them but to do it right now, then this is most definitely the book! It’s a book about missed opportunities, ‘what if’s’, ‘if only’s’ and ‘I wish’s’. But far from being melancholy and depressing, this is an inspiring and uplifting story that will leave readers smiling and hopefully encouraged to go out and pursue all that life has to offer while making an added effort to make the time for others.

Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Maria’s life runs like clockwork, her week structured to get chores done. Her favourite day is Thursday when she meets Albie in a cafe. But one week he doesn’t appear and she discovers the sad truth that he has died.
Maria is utterly bereft and loses her sense of purpose. She is astonished to discover that she is Albie’s sole beneficiary and inherits two million pounds. On her first visit to his house she finds a wish list next to his bed and is determined to complete the list in his memory.
Karen Reeves
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

This is a warm book with interesting characters. Maria is an older lady, who at first is very unassuming, with low self-esteem, who for 4-years has had a weekly ”relationship” with Albie Young.

In these weekly visits, they meet at a local cafe and share a pot of tea and a slice of marble cake. These visits are the highlight of Maria’s week, we'll, life. She gets groceries on Monday, goes to the hair salon on Tuesday's, does laundry on Wednesday, meets Albie
Jacinda Literature Babe
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Without giving away too much of this heart rending and poignant story, get your tissues and start reading...

Maria has her back turned on the world. She exists in a solitary, withdrawn and almost friendless life-except on Thursdays.

On Thursdays it's the day reserved for a luxurious lavendar oil bath, makeup and a little perfume, a sweet outfit (that hopefully he won't notice that she wore it before) and a feeling of butterflies and giddiness.
Because on Thursdays its Albie!

Thursdays are what
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A four year friendship. A pot of tea and a piece of marble cake to be shared every Thursday. All week Maria looked forward to sharing that with Albie Young. “Everything hurts less on Thursdays.” Imagine losing that one thing that brought some measure of joy into your life even if was only for a few hours each week. Imaging living a small life, believing you deserve nothing more and perhaps not even that. Imagine losing that little bit as well. Imagine finding the inner strength to beat back your ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Maria meets Albie every Thursday at the same place, same time for the same tea-time treats. Its the highlight of her week until one Thursday he doesn't arrive.
The reason why he doesn't show sends Maria down a path she normally wouldn't voluntarily go down - meeting and interacting with strangers.
This book is beautifully written - so poignant and honest - you are swept along on Maria's highs and lows as she attempts to complete Albie's wish-list. The hidden story of Maria constantly teases -
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Terrifically touching and inspiring

This story won me over hook, line and sinker despite its slow, sad start. Persevere past the first quarter of the story, with all its grief, depression and rued lost chances and you'll find a poignantly positive tale of the power of love and good deeds. Maria is such a tragic figure but, as the story enfolds, it's clear her own withdrawal from society after a devastating loss has kept her in a staid funk. Cue Albie Young to come to her rescue and get her
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
When something devastating happens, it’s not easy to pick yourself up and move on. Some people still suffer sometimes many years later. You build a wall around you and you only feel good in your little bubble.

It’s only when you have to go through something that turns everything upside down again, that you realise how little you are living.

Based on a piece of paper, left by a very special person and with the help of another special one, you dive into the challenge head first. While you might
Caroline Venables
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful heartwarming book, filled with so many emotions.

Maria lives by herself and her days and weeks pass by like clockwork. Everything the same. She has no visitors and goes out once a week, on a Thursday to meet Albie. This is her life.

One Thursday Albie doesn’t turn up and Maria’s life is turned upside down, the highlight of the week is gone.

Through Maria, we meet Albie Young and his secrets, and a list he has made. Armed with this list Maria makes a decision.

It was really
Laura Peterson
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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