I have to say that I enjoyed it more than I expected. This is the story about a retired math teacher from a small town in Maine. Each chapter is a story about some of the townspeople and how Olive comes into their lives. I found that to be a bit frustrating because you do not get to have an ending to each of their stories.
I liked the book and I definitely would recommend it as it seems to be very well written and the characters are well developed. Olive seems to come across as a very mean spirited person, however, she doesn't think that she is. She is very no nonsense and does not consider that other people are not like her. She raised her very senisitive son with an iron hand and doesn't understand why he has to love her from a distance. We do get to see Olive soften throughout the book as life experiences and the aging process start to take over.