I am not sure if any words I write will be enough to describe how absolutely wonderful The Spoon Stealer by Lesley Crewe was.
The characters were amazing. I must agree with author Genevieve Graham who said she was “emotionally attached to every character.” Yes. That is exactly how I felt. When something went wrong, my heart broke for all involved. Much like the secondary characters, I wanted Emmeline, the main character of this book, to continue reading her memoirs to a group of friends she meets at a memoir writing class at her public library so I can learn more about her fascinating life. But the life the goes on outside of her pages are equally amazing and you are left with a world that makes you wish you were in it. Throughout the book you meet so many people, who like me, are drawn to Emmeline for her kindness, wisdom and young-at-heart spirit.
While Graham found herself not wanting the book to end, I had mixed reviews about it ending. It needed to, how could it go on?, but at the same time, I mourn the loss of this story coming to a close.
Much like Amazing Grace, another fantastic story by Crewe, this book and the people within its pages will remain in my head.
“Born into a basket of clean sheets—ruining a perfectly good load of laundry—Emmeline never quite fit in on her family’s rural Nova Scotian farm. After suffering multiple losses in the First World War, her family became so heavy with grief, toxicity, and mental illness that Emmeline felt their weight smothering her. And so, she fled across the Atlantic and built her life in England. Now she is retired and living in a small coastal town with her best friend, Vera, an excellent conversationalist. Vera is also a small white dog, and so Emmeline is making an effort to talk to more humans. When she joins a memoir-writing course at the library, her classmates don’t know what to make of her. Funny, loud, and with a riveting memoir, she charms the lot. As her past unfolds for her audience, friendships form, a bonus in a rather lonely life. She even shares with them her third-biggest secret: she has liberated hundreds of spoons over her lifetime—from the local library, Cary Grant, Winston Churchill. She is a compulsive spoon stealer.”
The Spoon Stealer by Lesley Crewe is $24.95 and is from Nimbus Publishing for an honest review. The opinions are my own.