Everything is Beautiful: the most uplifting, heartwarming read of 2021
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‘This book took hold of me and wouldn’t let me go until I turned the final page’ BETH O’LEARY
‘Funny, tender and uplifting’ BBC RADIO 4
‘Beautifully written and thought-provoking’ KATIE FFORDE
‘This is one of those books you just want to gulp down in one’ GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
When Amy Ashton’s world fell apart eleven years ago, she started a collection.
Just a few keepsakes of happier times: some honeysuckle to remind herself of the boy she loved, a chipped china bird, an old terracotta pot . . . Things that others might throw away, but to Amy, represent a life that could have been.
Now her house is overflowing with the objects she loves – soon there’ll be no room for Amy at all. But when a family move in next door, a chance discovery unearths a mystery, and Amy’s carefully curated life begins to unravel. If she can find the courage to face her past, might the future she thought she’d lost still be hers for the taking?
Perfect for fans of Eleanor Oliphant and The Keeper of Lost Things, this exquisitely told, uplifting novel shows us that however hopeless things might feel, beauty can be found in the most unexpected of places
Everyone is talking about Eleanor Ray:
‘A charming debut novel with a loveable heroine’ People’s Friend
‘Perfect for fans of Eleanor Oliphant’ Candis
‘A total treat of a read – warm, enchanting and intriguing’ Holly Miller, author of The Sight of You
‘Like the objects Amy collects, this novel is a treasure all of its own’ Woman
‘A joy to read, and very beautiful indeed’ Lisa Dickenson, author of The Twelve Dates of Christmas
‘Uplifting’ Sunday Express
‘Beautifully written and full of compassion, kindness and hope’ Irish Independent
‘A gorgeous, warm hug of a novel’ Sinead Moriarty, author of A Perfect Match
‘A tonic for the soul’ Lesley Kara, author of The Rumour
‘Charming’ Claire Kendal, author of The Book of You
‘Eleanor Ray has perfectly captured how it feels to not quite fit in’ M W Craven, author of The Puppet Show
‘A wonderful celebration of the power of kindness’ Hannah Tovey, author of The Education of Ivy Edwards
‘Heart-warming and thought-provoking’ Andrea Mara, author of The Other Side of the Wall
‘I relished it from start to finish’ Amanda Robson, author of Obsession
‘Dazzling’ My Weekly
‘A wonderfully huggable and uplifting debut’ Love Reading
‘An uplifting read full of mystery and heart’ Yours#
‘5 Stars…a charming debut with a loveable heroine’ People’s Friend
A gorgeous, warm hug of a book about a damaged woman with a lifetime of baggage who slowly and painfully tries to piece herself back together. A stunning debut novel * Sinead Moriatry, author of Seven Letters * I loved every bit of it. I think the term in book reviewer lingo is 'utterly captivated' - and I was, as it was not only so beautifully written but the story was so good, too. -- Fliss Chester, author of A DANGEROUS GOODBYE My book of the year! An absolute must read. EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL is everything you'll want in a book. I was pulled into this story from the very first page and didn't want it to end. -- Lauren North, author of THE PERFECT BETRAYAL This book is a tonic for the soul. -- Lesley Kara, author of THE RUMOUR I loved this charming, endearing novel...it will melt even the hardest of hearts...If ever there was a time for a book like EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL to lift us above the every day doom and gloom, it is now. -- Joanna Nell, author of THE SINGLE LADIES OF JACARANDA RETIREMENT VILLAGE This book quietly took hold of me and wouldn't let me go until I turned the final page. I loved stepping into Amy's world, with all its treasures, and it was a joy to see her beginning to make space for herself. -- Beth O'Leary, author of THE FLAT SHARE A gently absorbing entry into the mystery-uplit canon. -- Vaseem Khan, author of THE UNEXPECTED INHERITANCE OF INSPECTOR CHOPRA A truly remarkable book that had me hooked from the start and racing to the end. Beautifully written. -- Jenni Keer, author of THE HOPES AND DREAMS OF LUCY BAKER EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL is heart-warming and thought-provoking, a mystery with a difference. It's beautifully constructed around the everyday items its central character hoards, as she slowly uncovers the secrets of her past. I loved it. -- Andrea Mara, author of THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL is a truly beautiful book, and wonderfully written. The title is perfect too. Amy is an enchanting character, and I found her story deeply moving. Ray's portrayal of her hoarding in response to grief and trauma was convincing and original, both tender and funny. The novel manages to accommodate so many qualities that might be presumed to be in tension, but in Ray's hands are brought together powerfully, so that it is charming and thrilling, romantic and gripping. The mystery of what happened to Tim and Chantel is compelling and immersive. -- Claire Kendal, author of THE BOOK OF YOU An intriguing mystery with a quirky but lovable protagonist - funny, sad and perceptive. This will appeal to fans of The Girl on the Train and Elizabeth is Missing. -- L C Tyler, author of A Cruel Necessity I absolutely loved EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL - a novel filled with beautiful things, mystery and Amy, one of my favourite characters of the year. I couldn't put it down. Book grief when I had to leave Amy behind. -- Rachael Blok, author of UNDER THE ICE EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL is a stunning book - intricate, beautifully written and thought-provoking. Packed with psychological realism, Eleanor Ray has perfectly captured how it feels to not quite fit in, to live with emotional baggage, to not know how to let go of the past. It's heart-breaking in parts but ultimately delivers one of the most poignant and heart-warming stories in recent years. Absolutely brilliant and a must-read. -- MW Craven, author of THE PUPPET SHOW, CWA Gold Dagger winner
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