Twenty year old Grace is a reluctant volunteer at Rosehill Gardens. She's only there to fulfill the new criteria for her welfare payments. Self conscious and uneasy her hope is to slip in and out each week without any fanfare. Volunteer co-ordinator Sylvia has other plans though and pairs Grace up with much loved resident Edith, assigning the young woman the job of reading and discussing a different story each week.
I really enjoyed Room 46. Helen has brought the characters to life vividly and I liked that they are everyday people we can all relate to. While there is sadness within the storyline there is also a lot of hope and a sense of healing.
Subtly but carefully plotted Room 46 is a touching read and delivers a surprising twist or two along the way.