When Elsie Gormley leaves the Brisbane house in which she has lived for more than sixty years, Lucy Kiss and her family move in, eager to establish their new life. As they settle in, Lucy and her husband Ben struggle to navigate their transformation from adventurous lovers to new parents, taking comfort in memories of their vibrant past as they begin to unearth who their future selves might be. But the house has secrets of its own, and the rooms seem to share recollections of Elsie’s life with Lucy.
In her nearby nursing home, Elsie traces the span of her life—the moments she can’t bear to let go and the places to which she dreams of returning. Her beloved former house is at the heart of her memories of marriage, motherhood, love, and death, and the boundary between present and past becomes increasingly porous for both her and Lucy.
Over the course of one hot Brisbane summer, two families’ stories intersect in sudden and unexpected ways. Through the richly intertwined narratives of two ordinary, extraordinary women, Ashley Hay weaves an intricate, bighearted story of what it is to be human.
I’m very torn in the middle when it comes to A Hundred Small Lessons. The story focuses on two women, Elsie and Lucy. Both have lived in the same home but at different times. I’m going to start with the things that I absolutely loved about the book. It’s beautifully written. This is my first book by Ashley Hay and I definitely look forward to reading more of her work. There were some lines that I couldn’t help but highlight because she made such relatable and exquisite comments about being a women and moving through life. The characters were interesting and I personally found Lucy to be very relatable. I especially enjoyed her portions of the story.
The issue I had with this story is the lack of plot. Not a whole lot happens throughout the story. I’m an avid reader and I usually get through stories fairly quickly but this one took me a while to get through. It just couldn’t seem to keep my focus. I definitely think you need to be in the right frame of mind and mood for this kind of story. If you are looking for a face paced novel then this book isn’t for you. However, if you are looking for a slower sweet story about life and love then I would say to give this book a go. The characters and the writing really make for a beautiful read.