Abigail Mann comes to the blog with a lovely debut story about finding (and redefining) your life and choices with
The Lonely Fajita
Elissa is stuck: a dead-end internship with a super-creepy boss, a boyfriend who is at best, inattentive, no money and questioning her relationship – all triggered when her birthday went flat. Of course, it was building long before that, but Elissa was truly unable to dig out of the funk, not able to see other choices. But, fortuitously when she’s close to being turfed out with no money, fewer prospects and an ex-boyfriend situation that is the least of her problems – she finds an advert for a companion.
Annie is a widow, a bit lonely herself, and looking for companionship and friendship through a service that places live-in help with elderly folks who just may need a hand. Here Elissa has found much of what she was missing: no singleton meals for one, a roof and, most of all, a sense of belonging. All because of Annie and her perspective, her gentle existence and ability to help Elissa sort through her own issues, all while finding some answers of her own.
Such a sweet and gentle book that keeps the inter-generational friendship at the forefront, and allows us to see how people can (and do) provide support, entertainment and caring to one another despite (or in spite of) their different ways of viewing the world. Both Elissa and Annie are witty, caring and cleverly drawn, feeling organic and natural, and their relationship, while orchestrated at first, is soon skipping along happily. Moments to laugh, some truly witty dialogue and plenty of heart, this is a great summer / cabin fever / tired of everyone and everything sort of read: one that will leave you with a smile.
Title: The Lonely Fajita
Author: Abigail Mann
Genre: Coming of Age, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Friendship, Setting: Britain
Published by: One More Chapter
Published on: 14 May, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 14 minutes
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Lonely Fajita: a person who is suddenly and unwillingly single.
It’s Elissa’s birthday, but her boyfriend doesn’t seem to care much – and she’s accidentally scheduled herself a cervical smear instead of birthday drinks.
Then there’s her borderline-psychotic boss, the fact she’s not making but losing money at her internship, and her sinking feeling she might not really be in love.
At least you can’t be lonely if you’re not alone. Right?
But Elissa’s just-good-enough existence is about to change, with single life, redundancy and homelessness all on the horizon. Signing up to live with an elderly person in return for free bed and board suddenly looks like her best option.
Elissa has no idea that Annie will turn out to be a woman of secrets and swearwords, and that living with her is about to shake up everything Elissa thought her twenties should be…
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.