Today I’m thrilled to be sharing my review of Four Minutes to Save a Life by Anna Stuart especially as today is publication day so congratulations Anna! Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton for the tour invite and for my review copy of the book.
There’s always time to help out a stranger…isn’t there?
Supermarket delivery driver Charlie enjoys his new job, because he doesn’t have to spend too long with people, who, he’s found, are nothing but trouble. But when he’s assigned the Hope Row street, he realises there are a lot of lonely people out there – and for some, he’s their only interaction.
The supermarket boss tells Charlie he’s a driver, not a social worker – but Charlie can’t abandon the Hope Row residents and he sets about trying to draw them out of their shells and back into the world. But will his helping hand make everything worse?
Four minute To Save a Life has such a dramatic title that I just had to get hold of a copy! And I’m so glad that I did as it was such an uplifting read, full of the sort of human kindness that I wish we could all take time out of our day to sprinkle over everyone we come into contact with. The world would certainly become a better place to live in if we all acted more like Charlie!
When Charlie starts working for a local supermarket as a home delivery driver, he is given the best and easiest route to start with…Hope Street. And as he delivers a variety of different shopping lists to the customers on his route, he becomes an integral part of their lives in ways he could never have imagined.
I adored this book from start to finish! The characters simply came alive as Charlie stepped into their homes to deliver their groceries one at a time, getting to know their stories at the same time us readers did. And each story that unraveled was very different but, strangely, also the same and the addition of Charlie was the catalyst for the change that they needed to make but just didn’t know how to. I was completely gripped by all of their journeys and there was some rather unexpected reveals along the way!
Anna Stuart writes beautifully as she slowly draws her readers into another world-one where people don’t expect anything from anyone anymore. So the small acts of kindness from one man really became the focal point for them to turn their lives around in this truly heartwarming tale. And when things conspire against Charlie and threaten his own happiness, that’s when this book became truly heartbreaking in its honesty and outcomes.
A fabulous feel good read!
Anna wanted to be an author from the moment she could pick up a pen and was writing boarding-school novels behind the sofa by the age of nine. She made the early mistake of thinking she ought to get a ‘proper job’ and went into Factory Planning – a career that gave her some wonderful experiences, amazing friends and even a fantastic husband, but did not offer much creative scope. So when she stopped to have children she took the chance to start the ‘improper job’ of writing. During the baby years she wrote in those gaps provided by sleeps, playschools and obliging grandparents, publishing short stories and serials in all the women’s magazines.
Her ultimate aim was to write longer fiction and several years ago she published a series of successful historical novels under the pseudonym Joanna Courtney. She will continue to publish under that name but is delighted, as Anna Stuart, to also be able to write Bonnie and Stan – a real-life romance set in both the present day and sixties Liverpool.