Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review as part of the blog tour for The Museum of Ordinary People by Mike Gayle today. With thanks to Jenny at Hodder for the invite to join the tour and for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
Still reeling from the sudden death of her mother, Jess is about to do the hardest thing she’s ever done: empty her childhood home so that it can be sold.
But when in the process Jess stumbles across the mysterious Alex, together they become custodians of a strange archive of letters, photographs, curios and collections known as The Museum of Ordinary People.
As they begin to delve into the history of the objects in their care, Alex and Jess not only unravel heartbreaking stories that span generations and continents, but also unearth long buried secrets that lie much closer to home.
Inspired by a box of mementos found abandoned in a skip following a house clearance, The Museum of Ordinary Peopleis a thought-provoking and poignant story of memory, grief, loss and the things we leave behind.
This was such a stunning story! Mike Gayle has created a wonderful story filled with beautiful and a heartfelt moments. I will admit I did get a little teary on occasion and that is definitely down to the well written characters and their situations. I enjoyed every moment of this story and the way the characters personalities were revealed. Jess in particular is such a likeable character. The reader see Jess so determined about the museum but filled with doubt at the same time. I loved how the spark of an idea came to be and then getting to experience it blossom into something so special.
This isn’t just a story about loss and grief, it’s about many different things. The whole idea behind the museum was at times bittersweet but there was hope there too. It’s safe to say that this book ultimately had an uplifting feeling that shined through. I couldn’t help but care for the characters and their lives. As I turned the last page I felt sorry to let them go. I’m sure many people will take something away from this book. I know I did. The Museum of Ordinary People had a special, charming feeling throughout and it was a joy to read!