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ARC Review: The Car Share by Zoe Brisby


A ninety-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s and a heartbroken young man end up sharing a ride to Brussels that changes their lives forever.

When Alex pulls up to meet “Max”, he expects everything but a ninety-year-old lady who has her heart set on getting to Brussels by carpool.  As for ‘Max’, who is actually called Maxine, she could not be more ill at ease when settling into the seat next to this young man with bloodshot eyes. God help her if he turned out to be a drug addict who hasn’t slept in days!  When it becomes clear that Maxine is suffering from Alzheimer’s and wants to take matters in her own hands while she still can, and that Alex battles severe depression, a wonderful friendship starts to form between the unlikely pair. Before long, their travel plans take an unexpected turn…


Alex advertises on a car share website for someone to share a car journey with him to Brussels.  His only applicant is Max (aka Maxine).  Little does Alex know that Max is a 90 year old woman showing the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s and likewise Max knows very little about Alex other than, judging by his disheveled and unhealthy appearance, is most definitely a drug addict.  Alex is in fact suffering from depression and is travelling to Brussels to try to turn his life around.  Max on the other hand has different reasons for travelling to Brussels and, let loose from the confines of the retirement home, is determined to have a whole lot of fun.

Although polar opposites they end up bonding and forming a close and unexpected friendship.  Max is a mischievous and fun loving lady and as a consequence they find themselves in a whole lot of trouble.  It’s hilarious and I loved following them and their shenanigans on their journey.  The policeman scene when Max segued into her alter ego, Rebecca, tickled me so much and I couldn’t stop giggling.  Also amusing are Max’s malapropisms and the Mary Poppins bag she carried everywhere, every time she delved into it a different item materialised and you name it she had it.  She really was the star of the show and my favourite character by far.  It was lovely seeing Alex’s character development, he’s initially a bit of a mess but his confidence grows as does his affection for Max, he sees her as the grandmother he never had and it’s wonderful to see. The story is simple and a little bit silly at times but it’s still highly entertaining, funny, heart-warming and quite emotional too.

The Car Share will warm your heart and is guaranteed to give you some belly laughs along the way.  The characters are charming and delightful and I found myself rooting for them all the way.  Light and easy to read, but really well written I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

Publisher:  Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date (UK):
27 March 2021 (Kindle)
3 June 2021 (Paperback)
Format:  eArc/eBook
Page Count: 322
Genre:  Women’s Fiction/Comedy
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy/eARC of this book to review.

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