The Helpline by Katherine Collette. (2018).
**3.5 out of 5 stars**
Germaine loses her job as a senior mathematician and eventually gets work on a council’s Senior Citizens Helpline which isn’t ideal; people aren’t exactly Germaine’s best skill. Then the Mayor offers Germaine a secret interesting project – dealing with the problematic senior citizens centre and their feud with the golf club next door (owned by the attractive Don). Don and the Mayor want the seniors shut down and so does Germaine until she actually gets to know the seniors…
This was an enjoyable book. Germaine was an interesting lead character. She appeared to have characteristics which some would refer to “being on the spectrum” – she could be blunt to the point of being insensitive and rude, didn’t seem to pick up on some social clues, and so on. If you have read ‘Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine’ and ‘The Rosie Project’, Germaine had a similar feel to Eleanor and Don. There were moments where I laughed (particularly at the very end) and moments where I cringed. Overall this was an entertaining story where Germaine had personal growth after being taken advantage of (which wasn’t the first time) and the ending had a ‘feel-good’ heartwarming feel about it – lovely!