Where to begin? This book was a total surprise- part memoir, part fantasy and one way of dealing with loss, guilt and loneliness. And any book which gives a detailed description of the life and films of actor, Bill Nighy can’t be bad. Lorie Kleiner Eckert relates events during 2015, two years after the death of her long-term partner, Big Irv, via her diary entries, some of her “Slice of Life” newspaper columns and fan letters to Bill Nighy. She is witty and informative. Supported by good friends, Lorie shares regular visits to movies, prepares weekly dinners for her children and grandchildren and runs a craft day each Monday for her youngest grandchildren. Being of a similar age, I admire her energy tremendously, but she was aware that she had not come to terms with Irv’s death from cancer or her guilt at turning him out of her house. An amazingly creative lady she had previously produced stunning quilts with simple, important messages spelt out in the designs but now she felt unable to return to her craft. Then she responded to the suggestion of writing The Book of Irv with sections on Good Stuff, Bad Stuff and Ugly Stuff. Working through these topics she tells us about their relationship and how despite their love for each other he made life impossible by trying to keep her family away. Interspersed with the fan letters she sent to Bill and those she wrote but did not send, Lorie works out what she wants from the future but she also helped me, the reader, to see echoes in my own life when I had to deal with the death of my mother. The best thing about reading “Love, Loss, and Moving On” is that I have found a person to follow, whose blogs and motivational articles speak personally to me.
Lorie has a degree in Elementary Education. She has 3 children and 9 grandchildren. She has returned to quilting and now sells some of her creations on Etsy
She has published 4 books and writes 2 regular blogs. Love, Loss, and Moving on can be purchased at Amazon UK