Book Reviews, Marriage

The Year of Pleasures ~ A Book Review

year-of-pleasureby Elizabeth Berg

I wanted to like this book, and in some ways I did, but not thoroughly, the way I would have preferred. The author made me fall in love with the supporting characters but I didn’t care too much for the leading lady once I reached the book’s midway point. Before that point, I felt sympathy for her and I enjoyed the narrative format, but then her true personality (or, her newly acquired personality?) began showing and I didn’t like her much. I continued reading to the end because that’s how much I enjoyed all the other people! And I’m glad I finished as it has a satisfying ending. I don’t necessarily recommend it but I can’t claim that I disliked it either.


Betta ~ semi-likeable, it’s frequently hard to relate to her, though easy to feel sympathetic for her…she is a newly-made widow who moves across the country to start a new life

John ~ very likeable, he was kind, thoughtful and generous…he is Betta’s deceased husband

Benny ~ likeable, he is the boy who lives next door who becomes an unlikely friend to Betta

Matthew ~ very likeable, he is a financially-struggling young man who helps Betta with projects in her new home and also becomes her friend

Jovani ~ very likeable, he is Matthew’s Brazilian roommate who ends up going into business with Betta

Lorraine, Susanna, and Maddy ~ likeable, they are Betta’s old friends from college who come back into her life


Betta has just lost her husband to cancer and doesn’t know how she’ll carry on without him. She (quite literally) moves on with the plan they’d had to relocate to a town totally new to them and start over. And start over she does! New home, new (and old?) friends, and new challenges await her.

I really, really appreciated this book for giving me insight into grieving and the loss of a husband because it has been one of my biggest fears for a long time. My husband is a good many years older than I am so it’s not an unrealistic fear for me to have, though I also can’t live life to the fullest with it (fear) either. At any rate, there were bits of wisdom sprinkled throughout and I found them so inspiring that I began taking notes! So, yeah, for that reason I guess I do recommend it. Okay, so –

do I recommend it? yes!

…if you like reflective, introspective narratives

…if you like realistic fiction

…if you don’t mind moments of sorrow and solemnness

…if recovering from the death of a loved one and starting over are of interest to you

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3 thoughts on “The Year of Pleasures ~ A Book Review”

    1. I’m so sorry. I have no words except that you are in my prayers!!
      I am much more afraid and anxious when I don’t know what to expect, and don’t have a plan, so this book really made me feel a lot better.

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      1. Your prayers are sincerely appreciated. He’s doing well and I’m trusting God. I instantly started making plans when we got the diagnosis. Like you, I feel better with a plan.


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