Book #2 Was:
Britt Marie Was Here
This book is about a woman who does not like disorder or mess. She is a socially awkward busy body who finds out that her husband has cheated on her with another woman. She had actually known for awhile, but it wasn't until the other woman called her from the hospital after her husband has a heart attack, that her suspicions are concerned.
She leaves her husband and goes to the unemployment office to find a job. She has not worked for 40 years, so she is not really employable. The office finds her a temporary - 3 week - assignment in a small town called Borg. She will run a soon to be demolished recreation center. The town has been shutting down slowly and now the pizzeria near the recreation center is also the grocery store and the post office.
Britt-Marie soon becomes involved in the lives of these small town folks that come to the center each day. The children in the town want nothing else but to play soccer, but they are without a coach. Britt-Marie finds herself being just what this town was looking for in more ways than one.
This book reminded me a lot of "A Man Called Ove" (and it is the same author). The character is equally set in her ways that Ove was, and under that hard exterior is a warm heart. I found my self giggling at some of the things Britt-Marie did. She was overly frustrating and immovable in so many ways that you just had to laugh.
I enjoyed this book for the most part. Honestly, I didn't love the ending. I think it was because I was set for it to end a certain way, and it didn't. The ending was a bit of a mystery to me. I am still not 100% sure where he was going with that - it seemed to get jumbled. I may have to re-read the last chapter because it didn't seem to make a lot of sense.
I would not toss it aside because of the ending. The rest of the book was wonderful, and sweet.