This post includes reviews of Saving Missy by Beth Morrey and The Madness of Grief by The Reverend Richard Coles.
As reading is one of the ways I relax and I was feeling tired, I had a quiet weekend last month reading one book on Saturday and another on Sunday. I decided to start with the light read I had picked from a display of new books near the entrance to the library before reading the more serious book from the same area.
Saving Missy: Everyone deserves a second chance by Beth Morrey is a novel about a 79 year-old woman, Millicent. Her life is lonely at the beginning of the story, but chance encounters lead to all sorts of changes. The story unfolds with a few surprises right to the end. I really enjoyed it and will be looking out for Beth Morrey’s next book due out in 2022. There are reading group questions.
Saving Missy is also available as an e-book and an audiobook.
The Madness of Grief
The Madness of Grief: A Memoir of Love and Loss by The Reverend Richard Coles is a much more serious book. The Reverend Richard Coles is a well-known Church of England vicar, whose loss of his partner, David, was something I knew about from Twitter. The book covers the end of David’s life and the time following it, with reminiscences about their life together. There were many things I was unaware of concerning practices around the burial of C of E priests. I am not sure that what was described is universally the case. There were touching scenes where people offered friendship and kindness to Richard. (I reviewed a book which Richard Coles co-authored here.) The Madness of Grief is also available as an ebook.
A book in the same genre, which I read a very long time ago, is A Grief Observed by CS Lewis, in which the author wrote about the loss of his wife, Joy. There is no standard way to process grief; everyone deals with it differently