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The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock ➺ [Download] ➶ The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock By Jane Riley ➻ – Liversite.co.uk His life is perfectly regimented Is there really room for something as unpredictable as loveOliver Clock has everything arranged just so A steady job running the family funeral parlour A fridge stocke His life is Resolutions of Kindle Ô perfectly regimented Is there really room for something as unpredictable as loveOliver The Likely PDF or Clock has everything arranged just so A steady job running the family funeral parlour A fridge Likely Resolutions of PDF ´ stocked with ready meals A drawer full of colour coded socks A plan of sorts to stay trim enough for a standard sized coffin And in florist Marie he’s even found the love of his life—not that she’s aware of itWhen a terrible tragedy takes Marie out of his life but leaves him with her private journal he discovers too late that she secretly loved him back Faced now with an empty love life a family funeral business in trouble a fast approaching fortieth birthday and a notebook of resolutions he’s never achieved Oliver resolves to open himself up to love—and all the mess that comes along with itBut with a habit of burying his feelings can he learn to embrace his lovability and find the woman who will make him feel whole.


About the Author: Jane Riley

Hi I'm Jane Resolutions of Kindle Ô Riley and THE LIKELY RESOLUTIONS OF OLIVER CLOCK is my debut novel The Likely PDF or I began my career in public relations before moving into publishing and later launching an online Likely Resolutions of PDF ´ e commerce business I have freelanced as a writer and editor and wrote a design blog interviewing makers and creators I volunteer as an English language tutor for the Adult Migrant English Program in Sydney and am learn.



10 thoughts on “The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock

  1. Melki Melki says:

    The first sentence in the book is I must eat less cake I almost stopped reading right there I mean why would anyone EVER make a cockamamie vow like that? As it turns out that's one of the few resolutions made in this novel that Oliver does NOT keep Let's meet Oliver shall we? A nebbishy funeral director about to turn forty he's spent his entire adult life obsessed with just one woman a woman who's married to someone else His funeral home is looking shabby and despite Oliver's attempts to ahem bring in new clientele he's losing out to the flashy new establishment that's just opened nearby Can Oliver save the family business and learn to enjoy life among the living? All while continuing to eat cake of course I had my doubts about this book when I started it; it seemed warm and fuzzy and not really my kind of thing at all But the author won me over with her sweet humorous story of a man finally becoming comfortable with himself All in all this is a charming worthwhile read


  2. Jayme Jayme says:

    375 rounded up Oliver makes resolutions in a yellow dog eared notebook whenever his life needs reviving or whenever he needs to unwind from his job as a funeral directorExcerpt I must eat less cake I must stop watching infomercials I must take up a hobby making model aeroplanes perhaps? I must go to the movies once a montheven if it means going alone I must find love Can I find love? He has loved Marie from afar for 14 years But now it is too lateShe has left him with a gift howevera diary which reveals that she loved him too Sometimes you just need someone else to see you in a way that you have never seen yourself to open your eyes to new possibilities This is Oliver’s story How at almost 40 years old he finally discovers what he wantsand what he doesnt wantas two women in his life will push him out of his comfort zone and force him to make some changes personally and professionally I am always looking for the next character who will bring me to tears While buddy reading this with my friend DeAnn SHE was able to articulate what we were feeling perfectlywe were enjoying this but we did not feel overly attached to Oliver as we did with sayEleanor OliphantAlthough I may not have needed tissues for this one it was a touching enjoyable tale and as we read on we found that we were rooting for Oliver to allow himself a chance to find love again Thanks for always reading these with me DeAnn it’s always fun to read with a friend 🤗This was my First selection for January If you love uirky characters as much as I do you can pick this up on Feb 1st 2020 or you can preorder now


  3. Ceecee Ceecee says:

    What a lovely gentle story Jane Riley has penned for her debut novel Oliver Clock is 39 years old he’s a funeral director at his family’s long established and traditional firm He has a yellow notebook in which he writes his resolutions which start with ‘Thou shalt’ He’s a lovely man he’s witty and funny uirky a natty dresser especially his colourful ties and he’s in love with married Marie but he’s far too honourable and gentlemanly to tell her and then it’s too late This delightful story is told by Oliver himself The novel is really well written there’s some good descriptions it’s lively a little bit different with some lovely touches of humour There’s possibly a macabre element to his job depending on your point of view and he talks to the cadavers well why not?? At least he won’t get contradicted or he can choose whatever response he desires Oliver is so likeable he’s easy going very ordered in his life a little bit shy he loves his food especially cake a man after my own heart and so he’s a tad on the chubby side Or is that cuddly? There are some other lovely characters too especially Edie with her candles I’ll say no other than it’s unusual but creative Oliver’s mum and receptionist Jean with her brooches Oliver realises from various incidents that he has to stop living in the past and start making choices for himself Overall a read entertaining read and it made such a pleasant change from my usual twisty genre Many thanks to NetGalley and Publishing


  4. Sarah Sarah says:

    For my full review visit me at of my personal reading goals for 2020 was to read books out of my usual comfort zone; to try new genres and narratives that seemed a little bit “different” Here Riley certainly achieves this with a story based on a funeral director and his very lonely lifeFor my full review visit me at


  5. DeAnn DeAnn says:

    375 uirky character starsuirky as in he runs a funeral parlor and sizes people up based on what size coffin they would fit in And he’s been in love with his friend Marie for fourteen years but he’s never told her Oliver likes things in his life in a certain way he’s a sharp dresser but does love his pastriesI must admit that when I read the description for this one I was hoping for an experience like “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” – but that’s such a high bar as I loved that book I did grow interested in Oliver but just didn’t have that deep emotional connection and response to his characterAs things fall apart for Oliver personally and the funeral business falters he decides to make some resolutions and changes What does the future hold for Oliver and can he find love? I was rooting for his happiness with the right person This was certainly an enjoyable read and the uest for the next Eleanor continuesThis was a fun buddy read with Jayme and my First choice for January


  6. Richard Propes Richard Propes says:

    I kept hoping that The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock would completely grab me but it just never did It was good enough that I hung in there until the end but it's one of those rare books where the 3 star rating was evident from beginning to end The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock was a pleasant enough read but tonal inconsistencies bothered me Was it about self improvement? Was it a romance? Was it a PG rated 40 Year Old Virgin? It never really completely nailed a tone and I never really cared much for Oliver Clock In fact the only character who completely grabbed me was Edie I also found at least a half dozen weird wording andor grammatical choices in the Kindle version they were significant enough that they actually pulled me out of the story While I can deal with that from an indie author from a book having an actual publisher I expect greater attention to editing Riley's writing seemed stronger with female voices Oliver especially in the first half of the book just never felt authentic to me and was left with dialogue that didn't feel natural It improved in the second half considerably but I still had an easier time buying into the book's female characters The entire first half really felt awkward to me and the resolution with Marie a bit too abrupt That issue with abruptness also plagued the end of the book Overall I don't regret having read The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock but I can't deny being somewhat disappointed with it


  7. Jeeves Reads Romance Jeeves Reads Romance says:

    Serious with shots of humorLast year I read a book called How Not to Die Alone and I couldn’t help but draw comparisons to it while reading this Both feature lonely middle aged guys working in industries that deal with death who develop feelings for married women and make the realization that they need to make some changes if they don’t want to well die alone In a lot of ways the comparisons end there but the tones of the book remain similar as serious and dark as they are funny and poignantThis story follows Oliver a 39 year old funeral director who has had feelings for a woman for years He waited too long to make his move and she ended up marrying someone else When that relationship shows signs of tension Oliver wonders if he might be getting another chance with the girl until life takes that option away from him He resolves to be better make changes in his life and hopes that might lead him to a future he can look forward to but there are plenty of stumbles along the wayThe blurb may have led you to believe that this is a romance; it’s much a story about self improvement Yes there are some romantic elements to the story but you’ll be sorely disappointed is that’s what you’re hoping the focus is I did really enjoy the humor in the book; it’s understated and the tone is often serious but there are definitely lighter moments to be found The writing itself is solid and easy to read though decidedly British I believe and the story is original and interesting throughout I found it to be a little dry and not as relationship focused as I was hoping but there’s certainly a lot to like about the book


  8. Annie Annie says:

    Like Oliver Clock I make Resolutions Thou shalt read your free Prime books the month you receive them This was the perfect New Years read Loved it It had moments when I was yelling at Oliver to run like crazy from that woman Great reminder Thou shalt not let other decide things for you So proud when Oliver stood up for Himself I can see myself reading this again Excuse me while I go try out my new portable Clothes Steamer Oliver inspired me to buy


  9. Marianne Marianne says:

    The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock is the first novel by British author Jane Riley Thirty nine year old Oliver Clock has a secret for fourteen years he has been in love with Marie the florist who supplies Clock and Son Funeral Home He had the opportunity before Henry came along and married her to tell her how he felt but he hadn’t built up the courage and then it was too late But now he wonders if there is a chance for him he resolves to ask her outEver since his father died Oliver Clock has run Clock and Son Funeral Home He’s good at his job reading his customers well and able to give them what they need during a difficult time Oliver is a methodical man some would say obsessive good at sticking to a routine He hasn’t changed much at Clock and Son everything runs well the way Andrew Clock organised itOliver makes lists of resolutions any time “my life needs reviving – jotting them down in a yellow dog eared notebook I’ve had for ages” Things like “Thou shalt not grow too large to fit comfortably into a standard size coffin I must start exercising” although most are soon abandoned if they are actually embarked upon But “Thou shalt find a way to ask Marie out”And then it’s once again too late Marie reveals that she is terminally ill; any chance for them is gone Marie dies and “I had to grieve on my own in private and hide the full extent of my grief in public For unreuited love and grief make awkward bedfellows” Poor Oliver “I was a burst water mains of grief expunging my sorrow for Marie pity for myself my unreuited love and the loss of my dreams – however fantastical they might have been”But then Henry angrily reveals the contents of Marie’s diary she secretly loved Oliver This pulls him up out of his grief a little and allows him to function something that is necessary when the business comes under pressure from competition He realises that “By the time I turned forty I could be an out of work loveless still grieving funeral director who had been unable to keep the family business afloat”Kind hearted Oliver is an easy protagonist to like despite his uirky ways and his very human flaws He’s the sort of person we would all hope could smooth the course through a stressful time It’s heartening to watch him step out of his comfort zone even if “It was draining trying to love things that didn’t love me back It suited me to keep my adrenal glands on energy save and my blood pressure simmering on low”The support characters that Riley creates are just as appealing even if sometimes they disappoint The memory candle concept is a fascinating one which would surely fill a niche Riley’s beautiful story features many timeless topics inheriting the family business traditional vs modern grief loneliness fear and guilt but also empathy and kindness A wonderful heart warming debut novel that will have readers eagerly anticipating whatever this talented author does nextThis unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Publishing UK


  10. Misty Misty says:

    I just turned the last page of this uniue novel and find myself ambivalent regarding its merits Whilst the writing is solid the structure well constructed there was just something missingOliver Clock is a 39 year old man experiencing his very own midlife crisis His name is significant insomuch as his clock is ticking and he has suddenly become acutely aware of his lot in life Oliver inherited the family business a funeral home that enjoyed reputable status within the community when his father uite suddenly passed away This unexpected loss thrust Oliver into the role of running the entire enterprise though his overbearing and rather abrasive mother retains 20% ownership and a highly coveted 99% of the decision making Oliver is alone and lonely though he fantasizes about a woman whom he professes to love from afar—the married florist who does the majority of the floral pieces for the funerals Oliver organizes The story follows Oliver through his 39th year of life as he faces tremendous personal loss becomes mired in his grief then seeks redemption through a reawakening of self It is this painfully slow journey toward self awareness that consumes the majority of the pagesThe story told is a straightforward first person narrative from Oliver’s perspective and so we must trust that he is a reliable narrator—even as we discover him to be a profoundly boring character I never felt invested enough to root Oliver on or to wish him ill will In fact the same held true for each of the characters—rather flat and predictable with a few even portrayed as cringe worthy stereotypes I found myself simply disinterested and reading to just muddle through in order to finish the book The single redeeming factor was the author’s generous use of both similes and metaphors figurative language that brought to life the colorful visuals There are no true stunning moments but rather a gentle integration of details that lifted the story from the pages and tickled the senses For example these few sentences when Oliver draws a bath and adds perfumed elements to the water “Instantly the water went yellow and fizzed like sherbet Purple cornflower petals swirled like tea leaves Steam aromatic with an oily fragrance curled up from the bath”Additionally for those who appreciate a very dry humor there are a few moments sprinkled throughout that tease a smile For the most part however it’s a painful drudge as the story stumbles toward a predictable conclusion without ever gaining any momentum This author is clearly gifted and as I’ve never read any of her other work I cannot attest to growth or movement in her abilities In the end however I’d leave this one on the shelf


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