Monday, July 19, 2010

Hannah's List

My darling Michael, I know this letter will come as a shock to you….
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.

First on Hannah's list is her cousin, Winter Adams, a trained chef who owns a café on Seattle's Blossom Street. The second is Leanne Lancaster, Hannah's oncology nurse. Michael knows them both. But the third name is one he's not familiar with—Macy Roth.

Each of these three women has her own heartache, her own private grief. More than a year earlier, Winter broke off her relationship with another chef. Leanne is divorced from a man who defrauded the hospital for which she works. And Macy lacks family of her own, the family she craves, but she's a rescuer of strays, human and animal. Macy is energetic, artistic, eccentric—and couldn't be more different from Michael.

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.

I love Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street series and I've been patiently waiting for my turn to read the latest book of the series, Hannah's List.

Like all the other books in the series, I went through this book very quickly. I enjoyed the premise of the story, but at times I struggled with the idea of a sick woman deciding on possible replacements for her. Personally I think that would be the last thing I wanted to think of...but maybe that just me. I enjoyed the new characters, Michael, Macy, Leanne and so on, but I missed seeing the regulars.

I'm not sure how to rate this book, although I enjoyed it, I didn't love it. It was just an okay read. What about you, have you read Hannah's List?

Hannah's List by Debbie Macomber (3/5) General Fiction; Published: Mira (4/2010); Series: # 8, Blossom Street; Books 2010 (72);

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