Three Things About Elsie – Joanna Cannon


“There are three things you should know about Elsie.

The first thing is that she’s my best friend.The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better.And the third thing… might take a little bit more explaining.
84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died sixty years ago?”


I read this book in June as part of a Buddy read with a friend on Instagram. A story with some very funny moments but some also very sad moments.

There were some wonderful quotes, which now sit among my favourites:

“The memories are always waiting, you just need to work out how to find them again.”

“we all are. every one of us is damaged. we need the faults, the breaks, the fracture lines””we do?” I Say”of course we do. however else would all the light get in?”

I really warmed to the characters and there was a mystery that kept the pages turning! I scored this read 4.5 stars out of 5.

A great book, which I would recommend!

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