This is a lovely book, cleverly written by Seni Glaister. The main character Mr Doubler transforms from an anxious, lonely, nerdy potato farmer into a friendly, caring and not so awkward man who eventually tells his son that his not nice when all he is interested in is his father's money. This is down to his friendship with Mrs Millwood who he misses dearly when she becomes poorly and there telephone conversations become a bit of an escape for both of them. There is many themes running through this book, the need for routine, the need to really communicate by talking rather than texting or messenging, spreading kindness, the need for friendship and care, don't judge, a book by its cover (like the cover of this book, it read like a children's book to me) people are often misunderstood and if only we get to know them. What I love is the characters are anylased in the book so you get a good idea of why they are like they are, with thoughtful Doubter trying to bring out the best in people to report back to Mrs Millwood. Family is a huge part of this book although you can go through the motion like the Doubters family Sunday dinner but still not feel wholly close to them. They go through the same experience like the mum, Doubter's wife leaving but they have different views and experiences of it and of course Julian has empathy for no one but himself.
My main big take from this book is put down your phones and pick up the phone or meet up for a chat or coffee. Or this world will produce more Julians who are obessed only with themselves and of course with the click click of technology.
I would like to know: The book is left uncertain with the direction of Mrs Millwood and Doubter although we know he has asked her to be his wife, does she recover? Do they live happily ever after? Most of all I do think this is an ingenious way to leave the story because it's left to.the readers imagination and again when we know there is certainties in life there is also hope. A gem of book. Thanks for allowing me to read.