An epistolary debut audiobook about a farmer’s wife who begins writing letters to a museum curator and, as he writes back, gradually allows herself to find happiness and love again. In Denmark, Professor Anders Larsen, an urbane man of facts, has lost his wife and his hopes for the future. On an isolated English farm, Tina Hopgood is trapped in a life she doesnt remember choosing. Both believe their love stories are over. Brought together by a shared fascination with the Tollund Man, subject of Seamus Heaneys famous poem, they begin writing letters to one another. And from their vastly different worlds, they find they have more in common than they could have imagined. As they open up to one another about their lives, an unexpected friendship blooms. But then Tinas letters stop coming, and Anders is thrown into despair. How far are they willing to go to write a new story for themselves?
I’ve not heard anyone talking about this story and picked this book out on a whim. I was attracted by the calligraphy on the cover and the summary sounded pretty good so I decided to give it a go.
I listened to this story and I think this was the perfect story for audiobook format. The story is written in letters, written to and from Tina Hopgood and Professor Anders Larsen and each character has their own voice through two narrators.
The letters, and chapters, alternative between the two writers. Tina is a farmer’s wife in her mid 60s, living in the English countryside. Anders lives in Demark, working as a curator at the Sikleborg museum. I found both characters to be likeable and together they made for a really nice, quaint story. Both of these people are lost in some way and writing letters is a useful output for them. I can understand that myself, as sometimes I find writing something down often helps clear my mind and see things a little more rationally.
“Our letters have meant so much to us because we have both arrived at the same point in our lives. More behind us than ahead of us. Paths chosen that define us. Enough time left to change.”
I really enjoyed this gentle story of unlikely friendship and I’d recommend this audiobook for anyone looking for something undemanding and generally just something nice to read. The writing is lovely and the story is pretty lovely too.
Overall rating: “Meet Me at the Museum” is a beautiful story of unlikely friendship told through alternating letters. I enjoyed this cozy read and will be keeping an eye out for more work by Anne Youngson. This was a great 4 star read for me.