The Thoughts & Happenings of Wilfred Price, Purveyor of Superior Funerals, Paperback Book

The Thoughts & Happenings of Wilfred Price, Purveyor of Superior Funerals Paperback

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Everyone has to make decisions about love. Wilfred Price, overcome with emotion on a sunny spring day, proposes to a girl he barely knows at a picnic.

The girl, Grace, joyfully accepts and rushes to tell her family of Wilfred's intentions.

But by this time Wilfred has realised his mistake. He does not love Grace. On the verge of extricating himself, Wilfred's situation suddenly becomes more serious when Grace's father steps in.

Up until this point in his life, Wilfred's existence has been blissfully simple, and the young undertaker seems unable to stop the swirling mess that now surrounds him.

To add to Wilfred's emotional turmoil, he thinks he may just have met the perfect girl for him.As Wilfred struggles in an increasingly tangled web of expectation and duty, love and lies, Grace reveals a long-held secret that changes everything . . . Wendy Jones's charming first novel is a moving depiction of love and secrecy, set against the rural backdrop of a 1920s Welsh village, and beautifully told.


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There is a lot to like about this book: it's charming and the opening scene is very engaging. My criticisms of it stem largely from what it *doesn't* do, rather than for things it does wrong.<br/><br/>It feels ungrounded in its setting - we're in 1924 but you'd barely know it, and the Wales we're given could be England. <br/><br/>It lacks tension in places. <spoiler>Wilfred and Grace don't speak. When a conversation would solve a character's problems (or move the plot forward) there needs to be a good reason why it doesn't happen - or more of an impact of it not happening.</spoiler><br/><br/>I felt it left one of the story lines dangling:<spoiler>Grace's</spoiler>. I'm not a reader who demands everything be tied up neatly, quite the opposite, but this felt rather *too* unresolved maybe because <spoiler> the major confrontation happens offstage.</spoiler><br/><br/>The first half was better than the second and I read the whole thing quickly, so it's three stars, but only just.