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Blog Tour Stop - The Wish List of Albie Young by Ruby Hummingbird

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for The Wish List of Albie Young by Ruby Hummingbird! I hope you'll join me in wishing Ruby a very Happy Publication Day as this little beauty hits shelves today!



What They Say:

Sometimes you have to hit the bottom before you can float to the top.

Maria Birch is seventy years old and, for her, every week is the same.

On Monday, she does her weekly shop. On Tuesday, she goes for a blow-dry. On Wednesday, she visits the laundrette. But Thursday is her favourite day of all – everything hurts less on a Thursday.

Every Thursday Maria walks to her local cafĂ©. Waiting for her at one of the red gingham-topped tables is Albie Young, a charming man with a twinkle in his eye and an impressive collection of tweed flat caps. Every week, the pair share a slice of marble cake and a pot of tea.

Except, one week, Albie doesn’t turn up.

When Maria finds out what has happened, her perfectly ordered life is ripped apart at the seams. Suddenly, she is very lonely. Without her Thursday friend – her only friend – she no longer has the energy to circle the weekly TV listings, she has no reason to leave her apartment, no reason to laugh.

Then she discovers that Albie isn’t who she thought he was, and she’s left wondering if she knew her friend at all. But Albie has left behind a legacy – a handwritten list of wishes he never got the chance to complete.

Maria is resigned to facing the rest of her days heartbroken and alone. But fulfilling Albie’s wishes could hold the key to her happiness – if only she’s able to look past his secret…

This life-affirming and heartfelt tale is for anyone who has ever looked at their life and wanted more. Fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and The Keeper of Lost Things will love this poignant story, which shows us that for the truest loves, the end is never really the end… 


Author Bio:

Ruby Hummingbird is a novelist based in the English countryside. She loves nothing more than writing uplifting and heartwarming fiction that gets her readers reaching for the tissues. When she isn't storytelling, she can be found tending to her beloved sunflowers or sipping on hazelnut lattes. The Wish List of Albie Young is her debut novel, and it promises to be a real heartbreaker. 



You can find Ruby on Twitter at @HummingbirdRuby, on Facebook at /ruby.hummingbird.58 and on Instagram at rubyhummingbirdauthor.  


What I Say:

Simply put, I was totally blown away by this book!

The character of Maria is just so likeable and relatable. I had a very clear image of her in my head from the very first page and she stayed with me long after I finished reading. Working with elderly people on a daily basis has opened my eyes to their lives and the monotony so many of them face, so I really related to Maria's lifestyle.

When her little world is turned upside down, my heart broke for her. I can't even imagine how lost she must have felt. I genuinely lived her fear, her confusion. Ruby has a great way with words and makes emotion come to life and leap off the page. 

I could blabber on for ages about how beautiful, sweet, intriguing etc etc this story is but I won't because I'm afraid I will give something away. I absolutely adored reading this book and I look forward to more from this author. 

Just gorgeous, heart warming and life affirming. 9/10

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Thanks to Sarah Hardy and the team at Bookouture for allowing me to read an early copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.


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