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Choices and decisions...,
This review is from: The Thoughts & Happenings of Wilfred Price, Purveyor of Superior Funerals (Paperback)
Life is a series of choices and decisions. Some of them are made by us and others are made for us. But no matter how they're made and by whom, our lives are the sum of those choices and decisions. British author Wendy Jones could have placed her book, "The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price: Purveyor of Superior Funerals", in any time and given us any character and have made her point about choices and decisions and their effect on a man's life.
Set in the Welsh countryside in 1924, the main character, Wilfred Price, has made something of his life. The son of a poor widower who has lost his wife in childbirth, Wilfred has apprenticed himself to a funeral director and learned the trade. He has returned to his home town and opened up his own funeral home and waits for the bodies to arrive. And they do arrive; Wilfred finds himself a man-on-the-rise. In the sixth year after the end of The Great War, England is a land of quiet sorrow. Men who didn't return from the war and those who returned but are damaged either physically or emotionally are mourned by those who loved and cherished them. Along with war, the influenza epidemic continues to take lives of those on the back home. Wilfred Price decides, now that his business is established, that it's time to take a wife. He impetuously proposed to a local miss - Grace - the daughter of the town's doctor. He soon regrets his decision to propose to this bride of choice and he breaks off his engagement. While on the job, Wilfred meets the daughter of a recently buried man who he falls in love with. Then, a decision is made by Grace's father - a decision totally at odds with what Wilfred wants - and he marries Grace.
"Thoughts and Happenings" is filled with what these choices and decisions. Some are made by people with full knowledge of whatever facts there are and some are made blindly. Some are good and some are...bad. Wendy Jones writes well of the those sad times in the mid-1920's and does an excellent job of giving her three main characters and the many supporting ones nuanced portrayals. It's a very good novel and may cause you to think of all the choices and decisions you've made that you wish you could - possibly - reverse.