Synopsis: When a reaper comes to collect Wallace Price from his own funeral, Wallace suspects he really might be dead.
Instead of leading him directly to the afterlife, the reaper takes him to a small village. On the outskirts, off the path through the woods, tucked between mountains, is a particular tea shop, run by a man named Hugo. Hugo is the tea shop’s owner to locals and the ferryman to souls who need to cross over.
But Wallace isn’t ready to abandon the life he barely lived. With Hugo’s help he finally starts to learn about all the things he missed in life.
When the Manager, a curious and powerful being, arrives at the tea shop and gives Wallace one week to cross over, Wallace sets about living a lifetime in seven days.
Review: I had never tried a novel by the author and after hearing so much about him, I was curious to discover his pen. And I must say that on this side, I was pleasantly surprised. It is a very nice pen.
Wallace Price was an unbearable man when he was alive. The worst of all. So when he dies, no one is really sad about it to his surprise. But when he dies, a chance is offered to him: to spend a week in Hugo’s tea room, a man who helps souls in pain before crossing over. What for? To make Wallace realize what he has missed in his life and that he could have had much more than he has.
I was swept away from the first chapter and was curious to see what would happen. But as soon as Wallace finds himself living with Hugo and the others, I found that the pace of the story slowed down a lot and I had a little more trouble hanging on. That said, it was still an interesting read and I am thrilled to have discovered my first novel by the author. I now know I’ll have to get into the others he’s written that sound just as interesting!