The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett

Reviewed by: 
Mary Anne
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The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett

By Annie Lyons

 

Life has not been kind to Eudora Honeysett. At 10 years old, during World War II, her father marched off to war. Just before he left, he asked Eudora to promise that if anything happened to him, she will take care of her mother and baby sister. This is a heavy burden for a 10 year old, and when Eudora’s father is lost in the war, she takes responsibility for her family. Eudora’s mother never recovers and her sister grows up with a resentful heart.

 

Eudora finds love twice, but neither chance works out for her, and she sacrifices her life to care for her mother. Once her mother died, Eudora found that her life is empty and does not feel attached to anyone. At 85, she begins investigating how she can end her life on her own terms by contacting a group in Sweden that might help her.

 

This all seems straightforward until a 10 year old bundle of energy moves in next door. Rose Trewidney is a cheerful, glitter and rainbow covered sprite. At first she is overwhelming but Rose finds a friend in Eudora. They go for walks, and have tea and go to the swim club (Eudora is in very good shape for her age.) They make a trio with recently widowed Stanley and find that life is more precious with friends to share it with. Little by little, Eudora becomes more and more involved with the family next door, rediscovering what it means to matter to someone else.

The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett is reminiscent of A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman, a reminder that an older person still has a child inside, and re-discovering that child-like joy in life is a precious thing.

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