Hannah's List by Debbie Macomber
|Hannah's List by Debbie Macomber|
|Category: Women's Fiction|
|Reviewer: Sue Magee|
|Summary: A stand alone book in the Blossom Street Series about a wife who leaves a letter for her husband asking him to remarry after her death and giving him the names of three women.|
|Buy? Maybe||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 416||Date: June 2010|
|Publisher: MIRA Books|
It was a year since Dr Michael Everett's wife Hannah died from ovarian cancer and his grief was still as painful as ever. He certainly wasn't ready for what his brother-in-law, Hannah's brother, handed him. It was a letter which Hannah had written some time before her death and not only did she suggest that he should remarry, she went on to name three women she thought would make a good wife for him. Winter Adams was the chef who owned the café on blossom Street, Leanne Lancaster had been Hannah's nurse, but who was Macy Roth?
Michael is not inclined to follow up Hannah's suggestion. He doesn't have any will to get into the dating scene again and Hannah is still too vivid in his mind and heart for him to consider a relationship with another woman. But – his brother-in-law persuades him that he perhaps ought to listen to what Hannah has said and give it a try. If it doesn't work out then nothing will be lost. Each of the women has her own problems. Two have failed marriages or relationships which are not fully resolved and Macy – well, Macy is just downright unreliable and different. Over the coming months Michael spends time with each of the women and in the process finds out a lot more about himself and the women Hannah has named.
It's a feel-good book and it's very easy reading. If you've read any of Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street books some of the characters will be familiar to you, but if not, don't worry. This book works perfectly well as a standalone. You do get that lovely community feel that you get with the Blossom Street novels and a real sense of just how attractive Seattle is as a city.
I didn't warm to Michael Everett. He struck me as a bit of a stuffed shirt with a tendency towards pig-headed obstinacy, but I did like the women Hannah suggested. She obviously had good sense and the stories about their backgrounds made for good reading. If you're looking for a relaxing easy read then this might be the book for you. Oh, and by the way - there is a picture which includes a slice of chocolate cake on the cover of the book. I want that chocolate cake now. Please.
I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to the Bookbag.
This book would be more than suitable for teens but if they're looking for a book with a similar theme then they might enjoy The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall.
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