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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hannah's List by Debbie Macomber

Hannah's List by Debbie Macomber
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (412 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

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.
Debbie Macomber takes ordinary ingredients like doctors, nurses, chefs, and a wealth of other characters like people and animals we see in every day life and skillfully blends them with her special spices and flavorings of actions and emotions unique to each individual to create a delectable feast for the mind and the senses.

Dr. Michael Everett, after a year of functioning in a daze of grief over his wife’s death, finds himself faced with a list of “chores” his wife left for him to do. Knowing he could not imagine denying his Hannah her last wish, Michael drags himself out of his comfort zone and meets with Hannah’s cousin, Winter that is a chef and successful business woman, then he meets with her oncology nurse, Leanne, and finally with Macy, Hannah’s friend that showed up at Hannah’s funeral dressed in red. Even though Hannah is dead, she is a loving, encouraging force in the actions that takes place as Michael interacts with these three women.

As the reader vicariously experiences the happenings that help the healing of deep emotional wounds, the complexity of personalities emerges, tugging the reader into the hurts, deep-abiding longings, and loves of these amazing characters. How they cope with anger, grief, guilt, fear, self-doubt, and so many debilitating emotions becomes an evocative part of Hannah's List. Even though some of the obstacles in the characters seem monumental, there is a sense of humor that threads though the happenings that sparkles and enriches the story. Harvey, Snowball, Lovie, Peace, and Sammy are special in the sparkles.

The plot and sub-plots blend together to reaffirm the resilience of the heart and its capacity to love, making Hannah's List superb reading.

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