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The Story of Arthur Truluv

A Novel

by Elizabeth Berg

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The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg
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    Nov 2017, 240 pages
    Jul 2018, 272 pages

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  • Amy W. (Annapolis, MD)

    Delightful Story of Friendship
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found myself stoping from time to time, re-reading sentences and looking for a pencil to underline them. The insights of both Maddy and Arthur were so profound that I wanted to make sure I could find them again when I went back to the book.

    I wish the book was a little bit longer and that Berg spent a bit more time on Maddy's story between the time when she left her father's house and found Arthur. However, I think the take away from the book was the Friendships between Maddy, Arthur and Lucille and how it is never too late to let love into your life in all forms: Romantic and Friendship.
  • Amy E. (Delaware, OH)

    The Story of Arthur Trulove
    After reading the Story of Arthur Trulove and perusing the list of other books by the author, I was surprised I had not read any of her books. I definitely plan to in the future.
    This book while being very readable addresses the issues that can either separate us or make us into a family.
    Arthur Moses, a recent widower renamed Truelove by Maddie, a teen he meets in the cemetery, and Arthur's neighbor, Lucille find themselves drawn together in an unlikely situation. Elizabeth writes with humor and compassion about the lives of these characters. I enjoyed reading their stories.
  • Jane D. (Cincinnati, OH)

    Good Summer Read
    While the subject of Berg's book is not new, her characters make the novel a lovely way to spend an afternoon on your porch. 85 year old Arthur Moses and troubled teen, Maddy, have more in common that you would imagine. They first meet in a cemetery where each has gone to combat the loneliness they feel. They end up rescuing one another and the intertwining of their lives and the development of their relationship is what gives this book a sweetness we don't see much in our world today. A nice respite from things we are exposed to daily.
  • Lil C. (Chestertown, NY)

    Young adult find
    'The Story of Arthur Truluv' is not 'A Man Called Ove'; it is not 'The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper'; it is not 'The Little Paris Book Shop'. It is a short novel with engaging characters that the young adult reader may find they want to learn more about.
    I struggled to stay with the novel. The writing style is simple without that hook that I need. Tweens may identify with the story line.
  • Shelly B. (Staten Island, NY)

    The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg
    This was a sweet story about three lost souls and how they find each other and mend and meld together. It is standard fare about love, loss and second chances given to all three characters, each in their own way. It is a little repetitive concerning Arthur and his going to his wife's grave every day. it was also a little predictable. it was an okay novel.
  • Darrell W. (Hillsboro, OR)

    The Story of Arthur Truluv
    Arthur Truluv is my introduction to Elizabeth Berg's writing. Her straight forward, unencumbered prose drew me quickly into the disparate lives of Arthur, Maddy and Lucille. By the end of the story, I felt rather well acquainted with the featured trio of characters. The plot allowed each one to develop as an individual and to grow into warm, loving relationships with each other. Lucille's persona jumped off the pages. Arthur's gentle nature and insight into the needs of others became a major theme. But Maddy overcame her troubled childhood with such alacrity I deemed too good to be true. I enjoyed reading the book. But without malice, I feel as if Elizabeth Berg for me is one and done.
  • Jo B. (DeRidder, LA)

    Not typical of Berg
    I enjoyed the light hearted book by seasoned author Elizabeth Berg. I've read almost all her previous books and didn't find that this one had the depth that the others did. She does a good job of having three people who are each alone and somewhat unlikely to have connected with each other, form a family unit that supports each characters needs. I would call it a light feel-good read. I think the take away is that we can all be a friend to someone and that we all have different strengths and needs. We need to be aware and open to what life brings us.

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