The Year of Pleasures

The Year of Pleasures

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Year of Pleasures 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful read, the kind of book you want to curl up with on a lazy, rainy afternoon next to the fire...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this based upon all of the stars but how could it be that, after having read it, I could not agree with everyone. I do agree Berg writes well but she lacks the ability to create dialog. In order for you to get her point, she makes statement after statement about the same thing totally boring, making it necessary to skip paragraphs because she beats the horse to death. She also uses "I" constantly, over and over and over. Do not be fooled by the stars; the book is not worth it. The ending was flat, like she just tossed it together to get the book completed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Berg owes me a box of kleenex and a night's sleep. This book was touching and delicious. Berg has the uncanny ability to touch your soul and speak to you through her words. Her characters are people you know or wish you knew. I routinely find myself picking up her books, knowing that I will use a whole lot of kleenex and an entire night's sleep - I just can't put her books down - even if I want to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book for bookclub and enjoyed it. Women that were grieving said the book was spot on for how they felt after there losses.It was nice how she was able to reconnect with her college friends but a little too convenient. Also nice that she had a lot of money. Many widowed women do not have that conevience.
VirtuousWomanKF More than 1 year ago
I always find Elizabeth Berg's novels to be very thought provoking. How would I find myself after many years of marraige to be alone, trying to find my way? Great book for bookclubs, should spark some great discussions.
BevE More than 1 year ago
This is the second time around for me in reading, The Year of Pleasures and I loved it as much this time as the first. Elizabeth Berg has a style of writing that makes you feel like your coming home to a place that you've never been before. Many of her books are written with the older woman in mind, women who are coming to terms with the inevitable of losing their life long partner. It's part of a game many women play, the 'what if' game. What if he goes first, what if I do? Ms Berg, takes the reader through the grieving process, the coping, and the surviving, all with a happy ending that makes her stories so endearing to women of a 'certain age'. The Year of Pleasures is a reminder that starting over is never easy but when done with an open heart anything is possible.
kimberouch More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent read for young widows who are struggling to deal with their loss. It is also a good book for her friends to read to help them understand the feelings she is going through.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unlike some of the reviewers of The Year of Pleasures: I did NOT find the characters 'or the setting' ¿June Clever-ish¿ I DON¿T think Betta ¿selfish¿ nor did I find the characters too ¿Goodie-goodie¿. A recent widow myself, I admired her tenacity in starting a new/different life and not lolling in her grief. Death is a part of life, and life goes on¿..why not LIVE it? I agree that Elizabeth Berg DOES speak to one¿s soul. The psychology/philosophy she ¿slips¿ into her stories adds so much to her characters and speaks volumes as to the kind of person the author is¿¿kind, compassionate, and insightful. I just discovered her less than a month ago, have read five of her novels and have two ¿in the wings¿ waiting to be read. I was torn between reading the book slowly, to savor it, and reading it quickly, to see how the story developed. I have recommended it to many, and plan to re-read it after I finish ¿The Art of Mending¿. I hope Berg has many more stories where her others came from¿¿..I am an ardent fan. Thank you for ¿hours of pleasures'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author does an excellent job of delighting the reader with wry humor,while telling a story of bullying,scandal, and a dysfunctional family in turmoil The main character,the precocious twelve year old boy,Christopher,is thoroughly engaging You will want to know his story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Throughout this story, I found it difficult to find believeable. The main character makes some unlikely friends and does some things that I couldn't relate to. A 50 year old widow hanging out with 20-somethings? The book started out well but seemed to lose the thread of what could've been a more interesting story, almost as if the book was started and finished by two different people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Completely unbelievable. Poor writing, unrealistic, choppy sentences, Not worth the time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another terrific book by Berg. This is the second time I've read it, and I enjoyed it even more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It always amazes me how some authors can make everyday events so enjoyable to read. There is sadness, but I found myself unable to stop the outbursts of laughter. What a wonderful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Berg's books are so well written and characters so well developed. Intended to read a few chapters and get some housework done. Read the whole book and the housework can just wait!
love2readallday More than 1 year ago
I've loved every book she's written that Ive read. They are so real. Just wish this story went on forever - although the ending was not at all disappointing.
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Really enjoyed this book. A few tears were shed, but a truly enjoyable read. Great story.
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