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Sometimes it's impossible to part with the things we love the most...

When Amy Ashton's world came crashing down eleven years ago, she started a collection. Just a little collection, just a few keepsakes of happier times: some honeysuckle to remind herself of the boy she loved, a chipped china bird, an old terracotta pot . . . Things that others might throw away, but to Amy
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Paperback, 308 pages
Published February 9th 2021 by Hachette Australia
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Home.

Amy felt better just seeing her front garden. Her beautiful pots guarded the house faithfully. She held her keyring tightly in her hand as she finally slid her key into the lock. Amy went in and closed the door behind her, ready to forget that the evening had ever happened.

She stepped forward into her hallway and tripped. One of her giant stacks of newspapers had fallen over. Again. Newspapers were mingling with unopened mail and dried petals. The debris lined the floor like autum
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Ceecee
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come nearer to publication in February 2021
Tina
Mar 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
Bravo on this wonderful debut novel!
I did get a little bit of "Eleanor Oliphant" vibes here although Eleanor was more endearing to me and Amy is a more serious character.

I was engrossed in this book from start to finish. I loved the writing style and could not put it down.

Amy Ashton has been suffering for a long time. Her boyfriend and best friend just disappeared one day and she has not seen or heard from them in over ten years. She lives a sad and lonely life and her coping mechanism is to "c
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Alayne Emmett
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was truly wonderful, I simply loved it, the descriptions in this book bring it alive, I could picture Amy in her cluttered house with all her “treasures”. This book had similarities to Eleanor Olliphant but it was just as enjoyable, especially the twist near to the end. I do hope that this author writes more books like this. My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for an honest review.
Susan's Reviews


The first half of this well written story had my full attention! Amy is a hoarder - she can barely make her way from one room to the next in her small house, located in a town just outside of London. She has stacks of newspapers, boxes, bottles and bric-a-brac EVERYWHERE! Amy is indulging in shopping therapy. As the story progresses in its leisurely way, we are given hints that Amy suffered a great and unexpected loss.

Out of the blue, Amy's beloved boyfriend, Tim, ghosted her. On the very same
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Susan's Reviews
My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
The first half of this well written story had my full attention! Amy is a hoarder - she can barely make her way from one room to the next in her small house, located in a town just outside of London. She has stacks of newspapers, boxes, bottles and bric-a-brac EVERYWHERE! Amy is indulging in shopping therapy. As the story progresses in its leisurely way, we are given hints that Amy suffered
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Anu
Feb 05, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who have loved and lost.
3.5 stars.

I'm a virtual hoarder. I have no real emotional attachment to most of my material possessions, but I like to cling on to my the photos, texts, and emails, and anything else I can save on my phone. I almost never have space to save new things on my phone, and I pay Google every month so I have their 100GB plan. Because I'm a virtual hoarder. I like the nostalgia of what was, and sometimes, of what could have been. What I'm trying to say here, is that in my own way, I get a little of wh
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Eleven years after Amy Ashton was encouraged to gather a selection of precious memories in a shoebox, her home is filled to the brim with keepsakes. Bundles of newspapers tower in the hallways, boxes block the stairs, wine bottles cover the floor, coffee mugs and cookbooks clutter the kitchen, ceramic birds perch on every flat surface, vases hold dead bouquets of honeysuckle, and lighters and ashtrays (even though Amy doesn’t smoke) are stacked in teetering piles.

Told in alternating chapters bet
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Rachel Hall
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amy Ashton has spent the last seventeen years working as an administrator for a firm of financial advisors and when readers are first introduced to her she is trying to escape an after work drink and ‘rescue’ an empty wine bottle destined only for the bin. All becomes clear when Amy arrives home and her hoarding problem becomes evident, with boxes, lighters, wine bottles and newspapers even blocking the stairs. Amy does not see her many accumulated items as junk however but treasures to be taken ...more
Tabassum Irin (whatirinreads)
OMG you guys. Everything Is Beautiful was just so….beautiful. Since the book’s blurb said that it was perfect for fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, I was immediately hooked. I know a lot of you guys didn’t like how Eleanor Oliphant’s story was narrated, but Everything Is Beautiful is so, so much better. Eleanor Ray’s writing style is so addicting, you can’t help turning the pages to discover what happens next in the main character, Amy Ashton’s life. 💕

Amy’s story explored themes of gr
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Jill Dobbe
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I find myself drawn to female characters who are sweet and good-hearted, but a little quirky. Amy Ashton was just that sort of character. Hurt by her best friend and boyfriend who she'd assumed betrayed her and disappeared together, she lived a hoarder existence, believing that "things" couldn't hurt her the way that people could.

This book engaged me from the very beginning. I couldn't get through the pages fast enough, wanting to know the truth behind the disappearance of Amy's best friend and
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Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
Sometimes it's impossible to part with the things we love the most....
“When Amy Ashton's world came crashing down eleven years ago, she started a collection. Just a little collection, just a few keepsakes of happier times. Things that others might throw away but to Amy, represent a life that could have been.
Now her house is overflowing with the objects she loves - soon there'll be no room for Amy at all. But when a family move in next door, a chance discovery unearths a mystery long since burie
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Caroline Kerdouci
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating 4.5 stars

In Everything is Beautiful the reader is welcomed into the world that belongs to Amy Ashton, a woman who spends her working life at Trapper,Lemon and Hughes and her spare time adding to her hoard of treasures, many of which serve as a painful reminder of a happier past life. In one fell swoop Amy lost both her boyfriend Tim and best friend Chantal, their sudden disappearance eleven years ago still a mystery to this day. With her house fit to bursting but unable to curb her
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Anika  | Chapters of May
Everything is Beautiful reads like a sentimental story. And although it contains emotional chapters of calamity and sorrow, its overall message is one of hope and acceptance.

The protagonist, Amy, lives in a home full of accumulated treasures, trinkets, and articles from her past. What most would see as a hoarder’s den, Amy sees as a trove of memories, with each item linking to a different experience. When a family including two young and adventurous boys move in next door, Amy’s piles of junk b
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Emma Shaw
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"We all have baggage. No one travels lightly anymore."

Amy Ashton is not your typical literary heroine. Standoffish and strange, Amy lives alone in a house that resembles an episode of hoarders. But to Amy her house is perfect; full of the treasures she collects and protects. But I soon discovered that beyond that spiky outer shell is a nuanced, vulnerable and caring woman whom I adored. The story itself was also full of surprises. I was immediately enamoured by the author’s prose and quirky tale
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Emma Reid
I'll be honest - while reading this book, I decluttered my house. And it was cathartic and so fitting with the book's theme. Taking on an issue like hoarding with a focus on the grief behind it rather than painting a caricature of Amy was so refreshing. I loved having the alternating timelines and getting to see what the past was like for Tim, Amy, and Chantel. While parts of it were a little predictable, it was still overall an enjoyable book.

*Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for the AR
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Jade bishop
Apr 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adored this book, the story was heartwarming with a great amount of twists that I didn’t see coming, one of my top 5 reads to date ♥️
Rachel
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Missing Treasures of Amy Ashton by Eleanor Ray is an excellent contemporary fiction/women’s fiction novel that kept me interested throughout.

Amy Ashton has always had a beat to her own drum, however a traumatic experience involving her long-time boyfriend and whom she thought was her loyal friend and their out-of-nowhere disappearance, sends Amy into a pitfall of isolation, confusion, and hoarding. When she ends up meeting a wonderful man, Richard, with his adorable kids, is she able to self
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Helen
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
‘He gave her a sympathetic smile and handed the bag back. ‘It’s good that you have this,’ he said, his voice gentle. ‘You need memories.’

How do people deal with a huge loss, something that really changes one irrevocably? In this moving tale, Amy shuts her home life away so that she will never be hurt again. In fact, years go by and she may go to work every other day, yet Amy’s house gets full to bursting. This is how she has learnt to cope - reminders of what once was. Heartbreaking when you sto
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Fay Flude
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A moving and tender novel full of sorrow, mystery, acceptance and moving on.
Everything is Beautiful is the story of Amy Ashton, a woman in her late thirties who cannot let go of the past. The past is full of harrowing losses and in order to make up for the huge gaps in her life those losses have left, Amy collects beautiful things.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and Amy sees things in objects which her neighbours do not. Rachel doesn't, Nina doesn't and the Council certainly don't. Things t
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Janet
Date reviewed/posted: November 16, 2020

When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is once again closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today.

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and
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Corinne Rodrigues
If you’ve ever watched the television show Hoarders, you, like me, may have wondered why people hold on to things and accumulate more stuff than they know what to do with. Watching the show and reading about hoarders has never really got me feeling so empathetic towards them as I did reading this heartbreaking story.

When people can’t deal with heartbreak and when they lose control of their life, they often try to control other things. Hoarding too, is a form of coping with pain that a person can
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Kerry-louise Jones
This is the story of Amy who, after a traumatic event begins to hoard items and shut herself off from the world but when two little boys move in next door and start to explore their new surroundings they knock over some of her much loved possessions and uncover some items that might help her give her the answers she has been looking for.

Everything about this book is beautiful! I absolutely adored this book, it was so much more than I thought it was going to be. I thought it was paced perfectly,
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Rachel
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Missing Treasures of Amy Ashton by Eleanor Ray is an excellent contemporary fiction/women’s fiction novel that kept me interested throughout.

Amy Ashton has always had a beat to her own drum, however a traumatic experience involving her long-time boyfriend and whom she thought was her loyal friend and their out-of-nowhere disappearance, sends Amy into a pitfall of isolation, confusion, and hoarding. When she ends up meeting a wonderful man, Richard, with his adorable kids, is she able to self
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Jewels
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As usual in my reviews, I will not rehash the plot (plenty of reviews like that out there already!) - my advice is to read this for yourself!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, a definite page-turner for me as I wanted to get to the bottom of the mystery myself!

Amy is a somewhat spiky and defensive character, but I can fully appreciate how she came to be that way. As someone with a natural tendency to squirrel away some types of items myself, I felt very sympathetic towards Amy. The book explained
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Kathleen
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always been drawn to stories that involve people and their obsession with stuff. Any kind of stuff - lost, broken, abandoned, and in this case - hoarded. What I think really draws me to these types of books are the characters collecting the stuff. Generally, I would say they are usually quirky, stubborn, broken and in some way incredibly endearing. While this main character had a lot going for her, in terms of character building I wanted more from her. I think the author really could have ...more
Vicky
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Amy's life changed 11 years ago when her best friend and boyfriend disappeared on the same day. Since then, she's starting colleting things that remind her of what she had, things that other people might throw away. When she gets new neighbours, it prompts a discovery that brings the mystery front and centre and Amy needs to find out what really happened.
I felt so sorry for Amy - I recognised myself in her - and found it hard to leave her, I had to keep reading t
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Ellie (bookmadbarlow)
At what point does collecting things becoming hoarding? Well Amy has definitely tipped over into the latter category.
11 years ago her boyfriend and best friend go missing, Amy starts to collect little trinkets that remind her of certain times in her life in the run up to this event, but it kind of gets out of hand.
Told in alternating chapters between present day and the past which is told through the trinkets she collects, we learn about Amys life with her boyfriend and friend.
I love a slightly
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Sylvia
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so enlightening. I have watched quite a lot of programmes about people hoarding but never really understood the psychology behind it. Until I read this book which although a novel still has an explanation. Amy's best friend and boyfriend both disappeared at the same time 13 years ago and she is convinced they were together. The story goes between the past and the present. Amy reads as a middle aged character during the book but by the end you realise she is still young enough to st ...more
Heather Howarth
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this heartwarming novel. Amy starts collecting beautiful, often broken things, after her life is changed 11 years ago. Her home is overflowing with things she loves so much so that she cannot open her front door to let anyone in. A new family move in next door and Amy begins to find a new focus and makes a discovery which starts her thinking again about the events leading up to the disappearance of both her best friend and her boyfriend. As she finds out more she is forced to fa ...more
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Eleanor Ray has an MA in English Literature from Edinburgh University and works in marketing. She lives in London with her husband and two young children.
Eleanor was inspired to write her debut novel by the objects her toddler collects and treasures – twigs, empty water bottles and wilting daisies. She is currently working on her next book.

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