The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr
Elvira Carr believes in rules. She also strongly believes in crisp schedules, clear guidelines, and taking people at face value. Not that the twenty-seven-year-old sees many people. After several unfortunate incidents, her overbearing mother keeps her at home.
But when her mother has a stroke, Elvira is suddenly on her own. To help her navigate a world that is often puzzling, she draws up seven ironclad rules. Armed with these, a notebook full of questions, and guidance from a helpful neighbor, she takes charge of herself ? and realizes that something isn’t quite right about the life she thought she knew.
She’ll need all the courage, perseverance and curious charm she can muster to unravel the mystery of what happened to her family and to manager her own life, her way.
The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr is a novel which will stick in your mind long after reading, stalking your thoughts as you go about everyday life. One being, groceries shopping. I couldn’t help but think of Elvira while I was browsing the biscuits section in Tesco. (You’ll see why if you read this novel.) She really does stick in your mind. I loved her from the very first page. She is one of the sweetest, memorable characters I’ve ever come across. And when I finished the book, I couldn’t help but wish there was a sequel.
27-year-old Elvira Carr’s life takes an unexpected turn when her mother suffers a stroke and is taken into hospital. So far there has been no need for her to navigate the pitfalls and missteps of society but now faced with a frightening path stretching out before her, Elvira makes a list of seven imperfect rules. Along with tips and advice and the aid of her friendly neighbour, the rules will guide and ease her into a world where she will have to interpret life’s signs and signals on her own, all the while trying to solve a family mystery.
You can’t help but root for Elvira throughout this novel. At times touching, others heartbreaking, it will grip you right up to the end. Elvira is one of the kindest, loveliest characters I’ve ever had the pleasure to read about. Her personality will enamour you, her strength and courage fixing your eyes to the engrossing prose. A tender, beautifully told story that will leave an Elvira-shaped impression in your mind even as you begin to read the next novel on your To-Be-Read pile.
A story about casting aside the bonds of a old life and finding a new path, tailored to your wants and needs, hopes and dreams. Marvellous.
Charming. Moving. Clever.
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Huge thanks to Sam Humphreys for my review copy!