Tuesday, May 4, 2010

HANNAH’S LIST: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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HANNAH'S LIST
BY DEBBIE MACOMBER

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Occasionally, we get an opportunity to change our lives --- whether it’s another chance at love, changing the path we’ve chosen or going back and making amends for the past. HANNAH’S LIST is the story of a widower who is given an unexpected letter from his wife on the first anniversary of her death. In a remarkable act of love, Hannah includes a list of three women for him to consider marrying. An unexpected letter. An impossible request. The gift of a second chance.

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.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Debbie Macomber, the author of 92 PACIFIC BOULEVARD, 8 SANDPIPER WAY, SUMMER ON BLOSSOM STREET and TWENTY WISHES, has become a leading voice in women’s fiction worldwide. Her work has appeared on every major bestseller list, including those of The New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly. She is a multiple award winner and won the 2005 Quill Award for Best Romance. More than a hundred million copies of her books have been sold worldwide.

MY REVIEW:

HANNAH’S LIST is touching story from Debbie Macomber who is one of the best when it comes to giving readers a satisfying and loving story filled with characters that one really cares about. This book is no different, although one that had my tissues out early on in the story. Readers meet the central character, Dr. Michael Everett, who is brokenhearted over the loss of his wife Hannah. It has been a year since Hannah died from ovarian cancer and her death nearly destroyed Michael along with all he lived for and their plans for a long future together. Knowing Michael so well and realizing that Michael would refuse to allow himself to let go of all they had, Hannah gives her brother and Michael’s best friend, Ritchie, a letter to hand to Michael on the first anniversary of her death. In her letter Hannah thanks Michael for all the happiness their relationship brought to her but pleads with him to now find someone new to share his life with. Knowing Michael would not respond to this eagerly or actively, she leaves him a list of women she truly feels he could be happy with and care for. Hannah had realized that Michael might consider eventually finding someone but probably never act on it and thus the reason she leaves the list.

The three women on Hannah’s list are interesting choices in various ways. Winter Adams is her cousin as well as her friend. She is the owner and head chef of the French Café on none other than Blossom Street. Winter had broken up with her boyfriend Pierre when Hannah wrote the letter. Since that time, Winter had tried it again with Pierre but was once again not seeing him since things hadn’t worked out.

One of Hannah's oncology nurses who she thought the world of, Leanne Lancaster, is also on the list. Once married, Leanne is now divorced from her husband who was an accountant that had gotten into some shady financial dealings with the hospital where Leanne actually works.

The third “candidate” is Macy Roth, who is an independent person that works as an artist, model, and actress. Macy was friends with Hannah but Michael didn't know about her. Macy is someone who is easy going and loves people and animals and has never been married.

Michael can’t ignore Hannah’s last wish, especially as Ritchie is there to keep after him, be Michael isn’t sure he is ready to date yet. Even so, over the next few months, Michael sees each of the women. Sometimes it is a planned “date” while other times they just run into each other. From each one, he learns something about himself and about different kinds of relations. Will one of Hannah‘s chosen three take to Michael and he in return find a new life with one of them?

Michael is a many layered character that takes time to get to know. In fact, all of the characters are ones that I found quite interesting, each with their own ‘baggage” and good and bad points, thus making them quite believable. In writing characters who experience a wide range of emotions, from dealing with the loss of a spouse to one’s expectations for a relationship, Debbie Macomber does not disappoint. Her observations of human nature and behaviors are what make her writing so appealing to so many. The setting, familiar to many, is appealing and even if you never read any of the Blossom Street series, you are fine as this is not necessary for this book. I hope you will read HANNAH’S LIST as well as some of the other wonderful books from the pen of Debbie Macomber. Reading Debbie’s books is like comfort food for the mind and heart, and it is always like coming home.

GIVEAWAY

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79 comments:

Mash1195 said...

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Mash1195 said...

Thinking I will need to stock up on tissue for this book lol.
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traveler said...

This book sounds inspiring, lovely and special. Thanks for this giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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scottsgal said...

I love her books - it'd be a little spooky to receive a letter like that though.
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Debbie F said...

I'm a follower!

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Debbie F said...

The idea of leaving a note for your loved ones after you die is confusing for me. On one hand it can be of great comfort for them or it could be very painful. How would a person know which way the loved ones would lean? I don't think I would do this, leave a note. I couldn't take causing more pain for someone I love, but if you know that it wouldn't, then I think this is a cool idea.

I'm really looking forward to reading this. I have all of Debbie's books and she is one of my favorite authors.
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misskallie2000 said...

I love Debbie's books and this one will be no exception. I can see how someone who loves her husband so much that she wants to help him find someone to love him, be his best friend and take care of him. I will have to have a box of tissue beside me so I can wipe my tears and continue to read..lol

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suburban prep said...

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suburban prep said...

As I have read other Debbie Macomber books each one displays human emotions and pulls at the heart strings. I have read the Blossom Street books and have enjoyed them.This looks good too.

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RachieG said...

I think the whole idea of a list is neat. This book sounds so non-ordinary and unique from what Debbie has done before and from traditional romance novels. I can't wait to check it out :)

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Margie said...

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Margie said...

Makes me want to know who won his heart! Sounds like you learn to know the main character bit by bit. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Kristin said...

I think this book will be slightly different than Debbie's other books and am intrigued that a wife would leave a note with suggestions for who her husband should consider to marry. I can't wait to read this!

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Kristin said...

I am a follower through google friends! I also have you on my blog roll.

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Renee said...

I'm a google friend connect follower

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Renee said...

I find it 'interesting' that a dh would suggest guys for his wife to marry upon his demise

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DarcyO said...

What a great premise for a book! It sounds like Debbie's written a winner.

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Wow, what a heartbreaking book this sounds like it would be! Sounds like I would need to take it in stages. Please enter me!
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Tore said...

This books sounds very interesting and sad. It just shows you that your family wants you to move on and be happy after they are gone. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Christine H said...

I love This author. I believe she's sold more than 100 millions copies. She's fantastic!

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Vera said...

I haven't read any Macomber books, and I will be prepared with tissues if I win this one! I don't see ovarian cancer discussed too often in fiction, so that's interesting and am eager to find out what Michael does with the list!

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Anonymous said...

I know this is going to be a great book. It'a already in my wishlist if I don't win it. It's sounds wonderful, like all her other books.

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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Me and my daughter will share this book, we're both widows pretty young in our lives, so I think we can really realte to this book. pleasewenter me.

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rubynreba said...

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rubynreba said...

Very interesting - how wierd that would be to receive a letter from your deceased spouse!
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Amy said...

I am interested in learning how he chooses from the three ladies.

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Isi and Jas' mom said...

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Isi and Jas' mom said...

I think it is interesting that the Hannah picks 3 women for her husband to consider after she dies. I don't know if I could do that.
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Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a really loving story.


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SueFitz said...

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SueFitz said...

Well what's not to like about a new Macomber book - Ilove them.

I always think it's wonderful when someone leaves a letter to be read later to let people now how they really felt.

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bison61 said...

wow-a letter on the first anniversary of her death, that had to be a shock

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Wickdogg said...

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Wickdogg said...

I think this sounds like a book that would make sense and also be very touching

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holdenj said...

This book sounds like a tearjerker because of the subject, but very hopeful as well! Thanks for the chance to win!
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Yvonne said...

I'd love to be entered into this one.

Just saying it's by Debbie Macomber makes it interesting :)

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Mash1195 said...

Sounds like a very moving, touching story with the selfless act of Hannah.
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CarolNWong said...

I think it is interesting that Hannah would write a list of women for her husband to marry after she passed away. If it was me, I would say, marry whoever you want to marry.

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Amy said...

I am a google friend connect follower! yay!

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Amy said...

I find the central plot of this story, a second chance, so interesting, (and odd/creepy). It's amazing, thoughtful but also disturbing that Hannah has chosen 3women she thinks Michael could be happy with after her death and she wants him to pick one. I've been thinking about this idea the last day or so because I recently saw an episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond" in which the idea about choosing someone for your spouse to marry should you die comes up! And then to read your review and find a similar idea echoed here floored me!

Thank you!

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Debi said...

I am very curious to find out which of the three women he picks...if any. She knew her husband needed a companion to complete his life and that he would not give himself permission to do this. It was a very loving act for her to write this letter to help him move on with his future.

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I found the subject of the book to be interesting & I think it provides food for thought.

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I have not read one of her books yet, so the entire thing sounds interesting.

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dag888888 said...

I enjoyed Debbie's Blossom Street novels best and there's nothing better than comfort food type reads so I already like this book.

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Wendy said...

I follow with GFC.

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Wendy said...

I think it is interesting that she left him a list of women she thought he'd connect well with.

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Shannon said...

It's so sad...

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Shirley said...

I like the idea of leaving a note for your loved ones should you die, It would be like the last thing you would ever get from that person.

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I'm an old GFC follower

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Arch said...

Sounds like a very touching and poignant story... shows how well the wife must know her husband for her to identify three women who could be his potential life partners and also shows how much she really must care for him!!

I would love to read this book.

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LAMusing said...

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The set up of the wife's letter with 3 candidates has so many possibilities in it, would love to read this.

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Edna said...

I have all kind of notes posted around in my things, and especially the Bible, when I read each night I may put the date, or what the weather is like, or if it is someone birthday I write that, and if the scripture I am reading relates to something in my life I put a little note there. I love my family and want to leave a special message when I am gone.

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