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The Year of Pleasures

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  • Posted October 31, 2011

    To get thru the pain you have to find the pleasure

    I won this book years ago in a giveaway and have started to read it many times but couldn't get past the first few pages. Don't mistake it being hard to read but instead it truly captured the feelings of grief right from the get go. I lost my mom years ago and needed time before I could feel someone else's. Betta's loss was overwhelming but her strength gave her the ability to find the new path and the people to travel with. With nothing else to do she was able to move into a house based on a feeling, find old friends to help her through the grief, and create a new life. The lessons I took from this book are easy to live but also easy to forget. Firstly, each person should find a pleasure in each day. Secondly, explaining why you want something is unnecessary. "Because I like it" is the perfect answer to wanting something. And thirdly, trust your feelings. Betta found a town and a house based on a feeling. She found her way through a lot of soul searching and help from those around her. This book is an easy quick read full of many emotions. It lets me know that finding a new way is possible even in the darkest of days.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2007

    A nice story, but a bit treacly sweet

    This novel is about the first few months of widowhood for a woman in her mid-fifties. I won't dwell on the actual storyline, as other reviewers have already done that. The characters in the story, and the small town featured, all seem to be a bit 'June Cleaver'-ish, especially for the 21st century. However, the swing of emotions, thought processes, and decisions made/felt by the widow seemed very realistic. In my 50's myself, and in a happy marriage, I can imagine that I would go through much of what Betta Nolan did if my own husband were to die. The story is really a lovely 'and quick' read. Its characters, although a bit corny, were enjoyable to read about. I just finished another good novel by Ms. Berg, 'We Are All Welcome', and its characters and story were not nearly as perfect or impossibly sweet. So I am sure I will be reading quite a few more books by Elizabeth Berg.

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

    Awesome!

    This book is about learning what you love to do, and not being sorry for it! I loved it!

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  • Posted August 23, 2010

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    A good rainy day read

    It's always interesting to me to read about women of a certain age (though I'm nearing closer and closer there), and how they would handle life on their own...kind of like starting over again. I suppose this story made it a little exciting for me in that aspect. I have a little better sense of what life might be like moving to a new town and home...all on one's own. Making friends is key and I really enjoyed the new friendships that were built in this story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2006

    I found Elizabeth Berg again!

    The last Elizabeth Berg book I read was 'Say When' and just found this delicious newer book 'Year of Pleasures.' I liked it so much that I went right out to get 'Art of Mending.' She speaks in such a way that I feel I know her. Her books are so engrossing that I forget the housework for a few days. The only problem with Elizabeth Berg books is that when I try to read something by another author, I find myself comparing it to her's, and they aren't ever as good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2005

    Are women really like this?

    A reader of several of Elizabeth Berg's books, I looked forward to her new one. And I'll have to say I couldn't put it down as the more I read, the more I disliked Betta. What a narcissicistic, self-absorbed woman, who ditched her friends for decades and then expected them to rush to her aid, whose memories of her husband all focused on how he doted on her, and her using and ultimate humiliation of poor old Tom. What a creep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2005

    It's in the little things

    Personally, I had difficulty relating to the main character, Betta Nolan, who had just had her husband pass away, because I'm a few decades younger than she is... But still, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. True, as someone above said, the characters in the book are almost too good to believe, but in a way I liked it still, because it kind of showed how wonderful true love and intimate old friendships (as well as the new) can be. In the end, the novel made me feel like I could find more joy and happiness in the everday things in life. Corny, I know, but it's true.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2005

    Wonderful!

    After losing my husband unexpededly at 50, I was amazed where Ms. Berg wrote so many of the emotions that I experienced so perfectly from the pain to dating to discovering things about myself. Recommended as entertaining reading as well! Thanks!

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