Five toasts. Five people. One lifetime.
At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He’s alone, as usual -though tonight is anything but. Pull up a stool and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story. Over the course of this evening, he will raise five toasts to the five people who have meant the most to him. Through these stories – of unspoken joy and regret, a secret tragedy kept hidden, a fierce love that never found its voice – the life of one man will be powerfully and poignantly laid bare. Heart-breaking and heart-warming all at once, the voice of Maurice Hannigan will stay with you long after all is said.
Did I love this book? No. I liked it and it was an easy enough read. At one or two points, I won’t lie, there were a few tears shed but I guess it just didn’t blow me away even though I fully expected it to, based on reviews and testimonials I’ve read. Maybe my expectations were too high.
Let me know what you thought though because I feel like this book will be the start of many discussions at book clubs everywhere over the next while.