The Red Address Book Review: Everything I Wanted from a Historical Fiction Book – Released 1/8/19


The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg was everything I wanted from a historical fiction book. Doris is a 96-year-old woman who on the surface is lonely and quiet, no friends or family left to care for her. But as Doris opens her red address book, time unravels, as well as memories of poverty, death, and heartbreak; intertwined within that though is a life full of love and unforgettable adventure.
The reader follows Doris through her many, hard years, from the very beginning as a child in Sweden separated from her family; to the streets of Paris, where she first falls in love and is a model for Chanel during the Jazz Age; to a long boat ride to America at the brink of World War II… and so on.
Doris experiences a long, full life that covers the entire spectrum of the human journey. The reader is able to experience this just the same through the incredible storytelling abilities of Sofia Lundberg.
In a way, Lundberg’s writing does have Fredrik Backman’s qualities, as she’s able to demonstrate raw human emotion and the realistic choices we as people make that can dramatically affect those around us. And sprinkle the great storytelling with quotes that stick — life lessons that are relatable and memorable.
Maybe I’m just a sucker for historical fiction and sappy, sad love stories, but this book was an easy five stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I only put it down because I ran out of words to read at the end… Sometimes I hate that about books. I won’t be surprised to see this book on top lists because it broke and comforted my heart all at once — and I’d do it all over again.
Cons: This one took about 50 pages to really suck me in. But once I got into the story, I didn’t want it to end. I wish this book were a little longer so I wouldn’t have to stop.
I’m so glad I read this after The Paris Wife — no book hangovers here. Give me all the books on Paris during the Jazz Age, please.

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