Sincerely Me by Juliet Henderson is a brilliant read. Although the story contains alcoholism, depression, loneliness, and grief, it is also a story of relationships. It includes family, friendships, coming to terms with the past, second chances, forgiveness, and moving forward.
Danny Mulberry is 39 years old. He is the first to admit that he could do better in life – responsibility is not one of his finer points.
He is living in his best mate Dom’s garden shed in an upmarket London suburb.
Danny is frequently unemployed and his second home is at the bar at the Lamb and Flag Hotel.
After a heavy night at the Lamb and Flag, Danny wakes up on the footpath, halfway through their front gate. Next to him is a can of red paint, a paintbrush, and some words of wisdom painted in large red letters on the footpath.
With no recollection of anything from the night before, Danny pleads guilty as he is arrested.
While pondering if he was even capable of such a philosophical statement, plus he doesn’t even write that neatly when sober, he notices Ray, their nosy neighbour, hiding in the bushes with a camera. It doesn’t take much to work out that Ray has dobbed him into the police. Danny feels quite justified in giving Ray a two-finger salute from the back of the police car.
Ray captures this moment on camera, and passes the photo and story on to the local newspaper. They run the story unbeknown to Danny.
The article sets in motion events that will change Danny’s life.
Wolfie is the 15 year old teenage daughter of Danny’s estranged sister, Lou. Lou and Danny last had contact 16 years ago and Wolfie has never met her uncle. Quite by chance, Wolfie finds the paper in the waiting room at the dentist. She recognises the photo from her mum’s photo album, although Danny obviously looks older.
Lou needs help. Wolfie sets out to find her uncle. It isn’t difficult as his address is in the paper.
The newspaper article and advice has appealed to the public, with readers writing in with their problems, hoping Danny has more words of wisdom and tips to help them.
The newspaper employs Danny to reply to the letters.
Danny is the first to admit he is not an enlightened guru. It is while pondering replies to the letters, Danny realises that his father has given him great advice in his early years and he draws on this advice to reply to the letters.
Danny is successfully helping strangers, but will he be able to help his own family?
The characters are wonderful and the story heartwarming. The unresolved issues between Lou, Danny, and Wolfie keep you engaged.
Dom’s patience as Danny’s friend is truly amazing. Six-year-old George, Dom’s son, is priceless with his observations and comments. Gentleman, Danny’s dog, has a humorous input with his wonderful expressions.
The book is easy to read. The chapters are narrated, often with humour, by Danny and Wolfie.
I thoroughly recommend Sincerely Me.
Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Penguin Random House Australia for the opportunity to read this excellent book.
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I love to read, any book on any topic. I now love ebooks as they are easier to store, I was running out of bookshelves! My other interests are family, gardening and our beautiful King Charles spaniel dog who is my reading companion.