Title: Hannah's List
Author: Debbie Macomber
Publisher: MIRA Books, May 2010
Hardback, 412 pages
Genre: Women's Fiction, Relationships
Source: Review Copy from Big Honcho Media
Description from Debbie Macomber Website:
On the anniversary of his beloved wife’s death, Dr. Michael Everett receives a letter Hannah had written him. In it she reminds him of her love and makes one final request. An impossible request. I want you to marry again. She tells him he shouldn’t spend the years he has left grieving her. And to that end she’s chosen three women she asks him to consider. During the months that follow, he spends time with Winter, Leanne, and Macy, learning more about each of them . . . and about himself. Learning what Hannah already knew. He’s a man who needs the completeness only love can offer. And Hannah’s list leads him to the woman who can help him find it.My Thoughts:
For me, Hannah's List is about second chances and moving forward after one has lost a loved one. I liked the idea that Hannah leaves a letter for her husband Michael to read after her death and encourages him to marry again. Michael is caught between grieving for his wife and his inability to move forward and live his life without the love his life. How hard would that be for anyone in that situation? Grieving is such a personal process and those around you want you to move forward while your heart is still in the past with the one you've lost. Sometimes, a nudge in the right direction can open your heart and mind to new opportunities. Hannah chooses 3 women that are all very different for Michael to consider marrying. In meeting these women Michael is taken out of his comfort zone and forced to look at his life and where he wants to go.
I found this story a bit predictable and slow. I just didn't connect or relate to the characters as I have in most other Macomber books and I'm a huge fan of her work. I've read all of the books in the Blossom Street series (which Hannah's List is part of) but this is more of a side story with a weaker plot than most in the series and only a mention or two of the main characters of Blossom Street. This does have a happy ending as most of Macomber's books do so there is comfort in that at the end.
You can read an excerpt of Chapter One, here.
Check out Debbie Macomber's Website, here.
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