Geraldine Verne’s Red Suitcase | By Jane Riley
Narrative and Plot
With a compelling voice and an elderly charm, Geraldine Verne’s Red Suitcase is one of those stories that can easily touch your hearts with its simplicity. Grief is a powerful emotion. The book portrays it with grace and feeling.
The story is mostly character-driven. It is basically the journey of Geraldine Verne and how she overcomes a difficult phase in her life with a little help. This simple story is executed beautifully that it brings a smile to your face while reading.
Characters and Conflicts
While Geraldine Verne is the main character and the narrator of the story, there is enough room for other supporting characters who make an impression.
Mrs Verne is witty and feisty which makes the story all the more interesting. While she portrays this eccentric old woman, Lottie’s character creates a balance by being as grounded as possible.
The conflict of the book is one’s own inhibitions and fears which is quite relatable. To read about someone getting out of it can be quite inspiring even if it is fictional.
The only thing if I had to point out would be, we never get to know much about Lottie and where she is coming from. However, that is forgivable since this is mostly Geraldine Verne’s story.
If you’re looking for a heart-warming and uplifting book , this one is for you. The story is quite self aware of its limitations. It does not do anything grand and yet, it makes a point by reminding us to rejoice in the simple joys of life.
I received an e-ARC of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.