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The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett

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It's never too late to start living.

Infused with the emotional power of Me Before You and the irresistible charm of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and Be Frank with Me, a moving and joyous novel about an elderly woman ready to embrace death and the little girl who reminds her what it means to live.

Eudora Honeysett is done with this noisy, moronic world—all of it. She
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Hardcover, 372 pages
Published September 8th 2020 by William Morrow
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Lux This has very little in common with "Me Before You" (aside from a minor common theme of assisted suicide).

If I were to compare this to other books, I…more
This has very little in common with "Me Before You" (aside from a minor common theme of assisted suicide).

If I were to compare this to other books, I'd say it's Frederik Backman's "A Man Called Ove" with Gail Honeyman's "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine." It is neither as romantically inclined nor as maudlin as "Me Before You." (less)

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MarilynW
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons is a special book. We meet eighty-five year old Eudora Honeysett as she is so very aware of her mortality and absolutely sure she does not want to have her last days in a hospital, on machines, kept alive well past the time she is ready to go. She has seen this happen to her mother and to other people and she wants no part of it, especially because she has no friends or family. If she doesn't take control of her death and the timing of her de ...more
Jayme
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general-fiction
If you have been needing a cathartic cry....for any reason..this is the book for you! 😭🤧

There are happy tears 👵🏻 and sad tears 😿 but, I don’t think you can read this without shedding some tears!

First, let’s dispel with the comparisons.

This is the same book as Eudora Honeysett is Quite Well, Thank You.
(Which is actually a fitting name, because that is always her answer if asked)

But, I was afraid that title was a play on “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” and I wasn’t sure that I liked that,
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Michael David
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All the stars for this book that states, “It’s never too late to start living.”

Eudora Honeysett is an 85-year old who is alone in life, with the exception of her seemingly grumpy cat, Montgomery. 🐱 She wants to embrace death on her terms, and is looking into an assisted death via a clinic in Switzerland.

Then, 10-year old Rose Trewidney and her family move in next door, and Rose barges into her life. Rose, along with recently widowed Stanley, push Eudora way outside of her comfort zone. As they
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: When Eudora Honeysett hears the flip-clunk of her letterbox on this particular Thursday morning, her heart skips before she pulls it back down to earth like a rapidly descending hot air balloon. It will be junk mail as usual. Unsolicited junk. As she struggles to a standing position, retrieves her stick and anchors herself to gravity, Eudora marvels, not for the first time, at humanity's ability to fill the world with unwanted junk. The oceans are stuffed with plastic, the landfills wit ...more
Larry H
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-tour
4.5 stars, rounded up.

The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons is one of those books that makes you feel like you're getting a big hug even as you may be tearing up.

Eudora Honeysett is 85 years old. She’s lived alone since her mother died 13 years earlier, and she has only a cantankerous cat to keep her company. She’s very particular of things, including the way people behave, and she doesn’t have friends. That’s just fine with her.

She’s decided she’s ready to die, and has found
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DeAnn
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
5 Unicorn Stars

This is a terrific book! I truly enjoyed being part of Eudora’s life and watching her change through the book. Eudora is 85 and ready to leave this world and she’s found her path to do just that. She’s no nonsense and prefers her solitary life.

It’s funny how life sometimes gets in the way of your plans though. She gets a new wonderful neighbor family with 10-year-old Rose who in in close competition for my favorite character in this book. Rose loves fashion and dressing in amazing
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Marilyn
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I can’t begin to tell you how much I loved The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons! If you are looking for a feel good book with lots of valuable lessons you should definitely read this book. It was a character driven book with several very likable characters. I fell in love with Eudora, 10 year old Rose and recently widowed Stanley. The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett will put a smile on your face. This book focused on the ideas of friendship, family, keeping promises, dealing ...more
Katie B
Every once in awhile I fall in love with a fictional character and that's definitely the case with Eudora Honeysett. She's at the twilight of her life and as the reader you get to see some of the events that shaped her as a person. If you liked Maurice Hannigan from When All Is Said by Anne Griffin, I definitely recommend getting to know Eudora as well.

Fair warning, the story explores the topic of assisted suicide so it might not be the right read for everyone. In this case, Eudora Honeysett is
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Javier
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Life is precious and as long as we have a reason to continue, we should follow that path"

Do you know how there are some books that while you're reading them you immediately know are gonna stay with you for a very long time? Well, "Eudora Honeysett is quite well, thank you" was that kind of book for me. Although it deals with some deep issues, it does it in a such a natural way that it was a delight reading it.

Eudora is 85 years old and done with this world. After many sufferings and with her h
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Victoria
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Eudora Honeysett is ready to pull the plug on her life if only the irrepressible little girl next door and the widower who shares his feelings too willingly wouldn’t take up so much of her time.

Eudora doesn’t have time for this. She has a death to plan and can’t allow the distraction of human kindness to stand in her way.

This is a charming, witty and wise story with equal measures of joy and heartbreak. The present day adventures of this unlikely trio are interspersed with flashbacks of Eudora’s
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Dana
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful book! I completely fell in love with these characters. All the stars!

Huge thank you to Sweetreads Box for another fantastic book choice!
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
This book was a fantastic read! I liked Eudora. Rose was a great character as well as Stanley. Loved those carefree days where Rose just invited herself into her neighbor's house that she just met and made herself at home. It was hilarious when she invited her two neighbors: Stanley & Eudora to her house for tea and calling each other by their last name. Eudora's attitude to spite Stanley was funny. Just as the present day was full of humor, the past will tug at your heartstrings. Eudora was a g ...more
Jane
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

You can read all of my reviews at Nerd Girl Loves Books.

I absolutely loved this book! It is so sweet and life affirming-I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend you read it.

Eudora Honeysett is 85 years old and is done with life. She wants to leave on her own terms and sets a plan in motion to do just that. Of course, when we make plans, God laughs... Enter 10 year-old Rose Trewidney.

Rose is a whirling dervish of energy, sparkles and color. She has an endearing enthusiasm for life an
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Diane Barnes
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book manages to be entertaining without being cute, inspiring without being preachy, and a good lesson for everyone without trying to serve up moralistic mumbo jumbo. We get the story of Eudora's life from 1940 on right alongside her life in the present as an 85 year old woman, ready to die. The characters were so wonderful and real. I would love to have a 10 year old Rose in my life. Recommended for young and old. ...more
Jessica | JustReadingJess
Eudora Honeysett is Quite Well, Thank You is an enjoyable and comforting novel. Eudora’s life has been difficult and lonely. The story switches between present day and the past with Eudora’s family. The past ranges from childhood to young adult. Eudora’s family treated her bad. Her sister betrayed her. I felt bd for Eudora reading about her past especially as she was living a lonely life. Rose livened up Eudora’s life. Rose is so full of life and an entertaining character. Rose isn’t afraid to d ...more
Pauline
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Eudora is an 85 year old who is very set in her ways and feels that she has had enough of life.
When new neighbours move in next door Rose a ten year old girl decides to form a friendship with her and Eudora’s peace and quiet is now a thing of the past.
A feel good story to lift your spirits with some laugh out loud moments.
Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Collins - One more Chaper for inviting me to read this book, I enjoyed it immensely.
Meagan (Meagansbookclub)
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review ▫️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I haven’t read a book like this in awhile. My heart grew about 100x by the time I finished. It was as if A Man Called Ove and a WW2 historical fiction book had a baby? I’m not even sure if I’m allowed to say that Eudora might be better than A Man Called Ove (because Backman), but I’m not not saying that, get it?

Anyway, grab a box of tissues, and cozy up with a blanket. You won’t be disappointed! (But don’t tell me if you are disappointed 😆).
Susan Z
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If your heart can smile then that is exactly what happened to me while reading this book.

Eudora is 85 years old and feels like she is done with living. She lives alone but is not lonely. Or depressed. Or even sick. She just feels like she's done, it's time to go before she does get sick and ends up in a home.

She is content with life and doesn't need anything more from it. Or so she thinks. When she crosses paths with Stanley, a silver haired gent who recently lost his wife and Rose, her 10 year
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Jenna | JennaStopReading
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story! It was so sweet and beautifully woven. The characters were charming and funny. The story was believable and hit hard, but still had felt hopeful and inspiring. It was an excellent debut and I look forward to more from Annie Lyons!
Morgan
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 - 1/2*

Eudora Honeysett at 85 years old is seriously done with life and is in the process of arranging her own demise. With no family or friends she sees no reason why she should not make her own arrangements with a clinic in Switzerland.

Eudora is a bit grumpy (but never rude) and lonely (although she won’t admit to it) that is until a new family moves in next door and she meets the exuberant and very unique 10 year old Rose. Rose’s personality is as vibrant and unconventional as her style in f
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Corina
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bittersweet ending always make me cry 😭
Jodie (That Happy Reader)
Some authors have an ability to take a delicate, complex subject and make it enjoyable and meaningful. Annie Lyons does just that in Eudora Honeysett is Quite Well, Thank You.

Eudora Honeysett is an eighty-five year old woman who lives alone. Physically, she does quite well swimming regularly and getting around to the shops. But emotionally, her life has been one filled with challenge. Eudora has always been so very responsible, always putting others’ needs ahead of her own. She is full of despai
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Stephanie
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.

Don’t mind me as I sit here at 1 AM with tears streaming down my face.

I won’t forget Eudora and Rose and Stanley for a long, long time.

This book is just magnificent. Full of tender moments , life lessons, and an undercurrent of the importance of being kind, this book reaffirms the reason that “old folks up lit” is my favorite genre on earth.

This book is just pure and gentle and full of goodness and love and light
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Nursebookie
The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett (US)
Eudora Honeysett is Quite Well, Thank You (UK)
By: Annie Lyons

This is one of my best reads this year and will rank as one of my top three books of 2020.

Eudora Honeysett is 85 years old and is so done with the world - the noise, anger, disrespect from others she has found herself having lived a full life and want to exit the world with dignity having no family or friends left. She will not pass away as her own mother did, with multiple hospital visits be
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Mo
Why am I reading this when I'm not enjoying it at all? It is completely predictable and feels like a poor man's Ove.

A Man Called Ove (The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett)
by Fredrik Backman (Annie Lyons)

A grumpy yet loveable man (woman) finds his (her) solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Meet Ove (Eudora). He's (she's) a curmudgeon, the kind of man (woman) who points at people he (she) dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his (her) b
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Fiction Addition Angela
When I started this story I knew nothing about it really. One more chapter asked if I would like to read it and I jumped straight in. I immediately thought of the books A Man called Ove and Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine.
The main character a cranky, older, grumpy elder who has just had enough!
After a few chapters I was hooked.

Annie Lyons has created a moving novel that is about an elderly woman nearing the end of her life and is ready to embrace death her way and in sharp contrast a littl
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Michelle
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eudora Honeysett is 85 years old and lives in Cornwall alone with her cat Montgomery. She has had a long life but now she is ready to die on her own terms. She has contacted a clinic in Switzerland to discuss ending her life. She has had enough of life and wants to end it peacefully without any fuss. Not in a hospital where there is a lot of strangers hooked up to a machine. Nobody will miss her. Her family a long ago dead and she only has acquaintances not actually friends.
One day a young famil
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Alayne Emmett
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a brilliant book, it was such a refreshing read!! The main character Edudora reminded me so much of my feisty mum who also wouldn’t allow help from anyone even when she was in her ninety’s she still refused help. This character was the same, determined and stubborn. I loved it.
Katie (katieladyreads)
This one missed the mark for me, felt like A Man Called One knock-off. I wouldn't say I didn't enjoy it but it didn't feel authentic to me and was more of a Lifetime movie. ...more
Marianne
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“This little girl is like a grenade packed full of joie de vivre and Eudora has no idea why she has been chosen as a friend. Eudora is everything Rose isn’t: old, disillusioned and able to keep her emotions in check. Yet it’s not unpleasant having the child around. She is infuriatingly persistent but unrelentingly kind.”

Eudora Honeysett Is Quite Well, Thank You is the seventh novel by British author, Annie Lyons. Eudora Honeysett’s eighty-fifth birthday is sombre and solitary; it’s just her and
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After a career in bookselling and publishing, Annie Lyons published five books including the best-selling, Not Quite Perfect. When not working on her novels, she teaches creative writing. She lives in south-east London with her husband and two children.

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“Eudora stands back and appraises what’s left of her life. It doesn’t look like much, but then what are humans when it comes down to it? We arrive with nothing, accumulate far too much, and leave with nothing.” 1 likes
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