The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock is a delightful novel of a man who has lost his way. He loves to make resolutions and has a notebook full of them, not that he does one thing to make them happen.

Oliver is approaching middle age and while he owns his own business (a family funeral home he inherited), he feels he has missed out on life, on having a family and children. He is in love with the florist, Marie, but by the time he realized he loved her, she was already married. He comes to believe she is unhappy, but before he can muster the courage to tell her how she feels, she tells him she is dying and soon.

When her husband angrily confronts him after her death and he discovers she loved him, the realization that he could be loved revitalizes his hopes for himself. While he falls into a funk, his friend and college roommate drags him out and somehow he finds himself making resolutions again, resolutions he might actually try to achieve.

The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock was a fun, short read. I liked Oliver Clock and his friends and family. I loved seeing his change and how his changes prompted others to change. There is a scene with his mother that was endearing and touching. There is this gentle wry humor in this book. There are no real laugh-out-loud moments. It’s not slapstick. It is a quiet humor rooted in human understanding an empathy.

The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock will be released on February 1st. It is available for pre-release through Amazon Prime