I love reading. I love books, the feel of a book, the making progress page by page. I wasn't sure about a Kindle. I didn't quite 'get it'. It didn't quite look 'right' to me.
But, I got a Kindle, and I love it. I love the freedom to read whatever and whenever. I can choose from (I feel a list coming on but I'll hold back) non-fiction, novels, short stories... I can choose to match my situation... half-an-hour to spare, an evening with my feet up. I also download items that I wouldn't normally pick up in a bookshop.
And so to the review. As a book in a shop I may well have by-passed 'Minnie', it may not have been on 'my' shelves. But as a download, there it was, and with the cover shouting an obvious San Fran connection, why not give it a go?
I read it, all of it. From beginning to end. I encountered people I liked and people I didn't. There were scenes that made me laugh and scenes that touched me. There were some beautiful lines, beautiful moments. There were parts that brought back happy memories of San Fran, I liked that. And I must confess that along the way I fell in love with Minnie too.
So what is it about? Well, it's about Minnie. It's about getting something wrong and trying to put it right. It's about actions, events and consequences. Do I recommend it? I can't think of any reason not to. However, one person's Paddington is another person's Ulysses. We're all different.
But Helen MacArthur wanted to write it, and she did. I couldn't have done that. So for the moments and the scenes and the ideas and the sheer drive I give it 5 stars. My choice. If you think you'd like to read it... your choice.