The Likely Resolutions of #OliverClock #Review #blogger @janerileyauthor @amazonpub @ed_pr

Huge thanks to EdPr for inviting me to take part in Jane Riley’s blog tour for ‘The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock, and for the ARC – here is my review:

His life is perfectly regimented. Is there really room for something as unpredictable as love?

Oliver Clock has everything arranged just so. A steady job running the family funeral parlour. A fridge stocked with ready meals. A drawer full of colour-coded socks. A plan (of sorts) to stay trim enough for a standard-sized coffin. And in florist Marie, he’s even found the love of his life—not that she’s aware of it.

When a terrible tragedy takes Marie out of his life but leaves him with her private journal, he discovers too late that she secretly loved him back. Faced now with an empty love life, a family funeral business in trouble, a fast-approaching fortieth birthday and a notebook of resolutions he’s never achieved, Oliver resolves to open himself up to love—and all the mess that comes along with it.

But, with a habit of burying his feelings, can he learn to embrace his lovability and find the woman who will make him feel whole?

What does TWG think?

If you have a dark sense of humour and aren’t easily offended by death related jokes, then this novel will be right up your street. However, if you’re a person who believes in decorum when it comes to funerals and what not, either take this book in the way that its intended, or don’t read it. I’m not saying that the entire storyline has death related innuendos, ‘inappropriate’ suggestions for a funeral etc, because it doesn’t, its just definitely appropriate given the fact that the book is set in a funeral parlour….

Oliver Clock is a quirky character. A man who is very set in his ways, and one that has such a huggable personality. Some may say that he is too nice, yet I felt that he was quite misunderstood. Oliver Clock likes a list….or ten. He prefers having his thoughts laid out where he can see them instead of being jumbled in his head like a cake mixture. We all have our own little quirks, right?

Working in a funeral parlour and aside from the death of his father, Oliver has only ever been on the other side of death and not fully immersed. He knows the right thing to say to a loved one of the deceased. He knows how to give them a send off worth celebrating. But does he know what to do if death literally stares him straight in the face?

Despite having many responsibilities, Oliver has quite an immature edge to him and, even tho it was quite endearing at times, it was also frustrating as I just wanted to tell him to grow up.

From the outside looking in, this novel can seem a little macabre, however the humour was absolutely brilliant and kept the storyline away from the dark depths of grief, and kept it under the more charming header. I appreciated the fact that the author enables her readers to look at death and grief from an alternative point of view, and I thought the way in which many emotions were contested throughout the book, was very sensitively brought to life in a relatable way, especially as grief is something that people deal with in their own ways.

‘The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock’ is a unique tale of life, loss and the aftermath. I enjoyed this charming, endearing read and I truly believe that a lot of readers will be able to appreciate the authors humourous delivery of topic filled with such finality.

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