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Synopsis: Change is hard for Mitzi Miller, a spunky, elderly widow who misses her house and the way things used to be. After her husband dies, she regretfully sells the fixer-upper she owned for half-a-century. Mitzi is still homesick nearly five years later.
On her seventy-sixth birthday, she grants her own wish to return “home” with a bizarre request for an old pencil sharpener she left behind. There she embarks on a nostalgic journey led by her memories and the new owner’s bouncy dog.
Can this visit bring Mitzi the closure she needs to help her move on?

My review: A whimsical short story of a woman reclaiming her independence and life after the death of her husband.  Returning ‘home’ to ask for the return of a pencil sharpener left behind when she moved she ends up volunteering as a baby sitter, dog sitter and finally embarking on her new life after breaking away from her son and his overbearing new wife.

The book packs a lot in within it’s few short pages including many memories of the good times the family shared in the old house. It’s very saccharine but ultimately a pleasant short read

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