#BlogTour: Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson @DoubledayUK #MeetMeAtTheMuseum #RandomThingsTours

Delighted to be taking part in the blog tour today for Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson. Published by Doubleday on 17th May 2018. My thanks to the Publisher for the review copy and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for the blog tour invitation. You can get your copy of the book here.

Sometimes it takes a stranger to really know who you are

When Tina Hopgood writes a letter of regret to a man she has never met, she doesn’t expect a reply.

When Anders Larsen, a lonely museum curator, answers it, nor does he.

They’re both searching for something, they just don’t know it yet. 

Anders has lost his wife, along with his hopes and dreams for the future. Tina is trapped in a marriage she doesn’t remember choosing.

Slowly their correspondence blossoms as they bare their souls to each other with stories of joy, anguish and discovery. But then Tina’s letters suddenly cease, and Anders is thrown into despair.

Can their unexpected friendship survive?

My Thoughts:

Meet Me at the Museum is a joy and delight and one of the best books I have read so far this year, I loved it . It is written in epistolary format and this really was the perfect way for this story to be delivered. It was authentic and the voices were real. 

Tina Hopgood originally writes a letter to Professor Glob after he dedicated a book to her and some other schoolgirls in the 1960's about The Tollund Man. Although not expecting a reply she was shocked to discover one from Anders Larsen the curator of the Silkebourg Museum in Denmark. Sadly Professor Glob had passed away some years previously.  What follows is a correspondence between the pair that spans all manner of things about their lives, past and present. 

The writing here is rich and draws the reader in to the lives of these two lonely older people. There is a sensitivity and warmth throughout that I found utterly charming. The blossoming of a friendship that allows these two characters to write without filter is unique and engaging. 

Meet Me at the Museum is everything I love in a book. The letter format here works extraordinarily well, Anne Youngson has managed to give Tina and Anders their own individual voices and they just came alive through their correspondence. An email will never be the same as a glorious hand written letter. 

A story of love in all its forms, of loneliness and being stuck in a rut. It is also a story of hope. 

Simple but powerful, this one really spoke to me. 

About the Author:
ANNE YOUNGSON worked for many years in senior management in the car industry before embarking on a creative career as a writer. She has supported many charities in governance roles, including Chair of the Writers in Prison Network, which provided residencies in prisons for writers. She lives in Oxfordshire and is married with two children and three grandchildren to date. MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM is her debut novel, which is due to be published around the world

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much Leah, delighted that you enjoyed it too x