On first impression, Britt-Marie is almost insufferable. She's obsessively organized, honest to a fault, humorless, and prim. At sixty-three-years old, she has just left her unfaithful husband and is entering the workforce for the first time in her adult life. She winds up working as the caretaker of a recreational center in the tiny town of Borg. There, she begins a long overdue journey of self-discovery, as she befriends the eclectic group of misfits who live in this dying town, falls in love, and becomes a reluctant soccer coach to a group of enthusiastic children. As Britt-Marie finds her place in the world, she's revealed to also be a kind, gentle, and loyal person. It's impossible not to cheer for her in this heartwarming novel that proves most people are worth a second look.

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