"All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape."
--Author Christopher Benson



Friday, April 16, 2010

Hannah's List by Debbie Macomber

Hardcover Release April 27, 2010

Dr. Michael Everett's wife Hannah died after a very short battle with ovarian cancer.  She was stage 4 when she was diagnosed.  Her husband has carried an enormous burden of guilt thinking that he was a doctor, he should have known sooner.

On the anniversary of her death, her brother, Michael's best friend, gives him a letter Hannah wrote to him shortly before she died.  It was a heartbreaking letter that reminded him of her love and the wonderful years they had together, but it also had one final request.  She wanted him to marry again and not spend his years grieving her.  She even included a list of three names of women she thought he should consider.
Her cousin, Winter Adams, who is a chef and owns a cafe on Blossom Street.
Leanne Lancaster, who was Hannah's oncology nurse.
And Macy Roth, an artist Hannah had met.

Over the next few month's he spends time with each of them, learning about them, but also learning quite a bit about himself.

This is a true love story although the list idea is not entirely new.  I remember an old episode of Everyone Loves Raymond where this idea was dealt with using a great deal of humor.  Debbie's version really tugs at the heart strings.  The good thing is that you know that when your are reading a Debbie Macomber book you are almost assured of a happy ending. While this book does take place around Blossom Street and a few of the characters from that series make an appearance, this is definitely a stand alone book.  Although I do hope Dr. Michael Everett shows up in some way in the Blossom Street series, so we can see how things continue in his future.  He is truly an endearing character.  This was a truly enjoyable read for an early Spring day.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free.. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Ovarian cancer is often called a silent killer, Debbie included this website in her introduction, which explains how to identify the symptoms www.mayoclinic.com .  

Also be sure to check out Debbie's website at www.DebbieMacomber.com


1 comment:

Natalie said...

I LOVE Debbie Macomber's novels. I remember I used to visit her blog before. Her novel was one of the very first few romance novel I've read, which was introduced to me from a special friend of mine. But this story? -- this got to be a tear jerker! And knowing DM has a smooth and convincing way of using words to show emotions, I'm sure I'll be touched too by this story. Adding this for sure on my TBR. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.