Secret Life of Albert Entwistle

The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle

Thank you, Kensington Books, for the gifted copy of The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle. {partner}

Genre: Fiction
Format: 🎧
Pub Date: 5.24.2022
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆


“Albert Entwistle is a private man with a quiet, simple life. He lives alone with his cat Gracie. And he’s a postman. At least he was a postman until, three months before his sixty-fifth birthday, he receives a letter from the Royal Mail thanking him for decades of service and stating he is being forced into retirement.

At once, Albert’s sole connection with his world unravels. Every day as a mail carrier, he would make his way through the streets of his small English town, delivering letters and parcels and returning greetings with a quick wave and a “how do?” Without the work that fills his days, what will be the point? He has no friends, family, or hobbies—just a past he never speaks of, and a lost love that fills him with regret.

And so, rather than continue his lonely existence, Albert forms a brave plan to start truly living. It’s finally time to be honest about who he is. To seek the happiness he’s always denied himself. And to find the courage to look for George, the man that, many years ago, he loved and lost—but has never forgotten. As he does, something extraordinary happens. Albert finds unlikely allies, new friends, and proves it’s never too late to live, to hope, and to love.”


I decided to listen to this book through Libro.FM as I’d read glowing reviews for the book/narrator. I had no idea that Albert Entwistle would make me cry, no sob, on several occasions. His story broke my heart, and then slowly began to piece it together again. I loved the character growth that Albert and the other characters experienced throughout this book. It was sincerely a delight to read.

But, as I mentioned, this story had me crying several times. Some tears were shed out of pure happiness for such a lovable man, but others were shed because the story was heartbreaking. I followed along as Albert shared with me the secrets that had haunted him for the last fifty years of his life, the memories that he didn’t want to surface, and all the times that he never danced in public but instead with his sweet companion, Gracie. Unfortunately, Albert’s story is all too real for many of those within the LGBTQ community.

The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle filled me with so much hope and love; it brought a very bright spot to my day, and I’m grateful to Matt Cain for creating all of these lovable characters. Also, please read ‘conversations that inspired Albert Entwistle’ at the back of this book — thank you again to Matt for sharing these real-life stories with us.

🤩 Character Development
🥺 Perfect story if you’re in the mood for a good cry
💜 Circles around love & loss
📣 A character to cheer on from the first page
❗️Please read ‘conversations that inspired Albert Entwistle’ at the back of this story

Please note that there is some reasonably heavy content within these pages, and I know it can trigger some. If you want more information, please DM me.

The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle is the perfect read for those who enjoyed reading All the Lonely People.

Format: 400 pages, Paperback
Published: May 2022 by Kensington Books
ISBN 9781496737755
Free review copy provided by publisher, Kensington Books , in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and in no way influenced.

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