Review: Hannah’s List by Debbie Macomber
On the anniversary of his beloved wife’s death, Dr. Michael Everett receives unexpected letter. In it, Hannah reminds him of her love and makes one final request: to marry again. She tells him he shouldn’t spend the years he has left grieving her. And to that end she’s chosen 3 women for him to consider. 1st on Hannah’s list is her cousin, Winter Adams, a trained chef who owns Blossom Street’s French Café. The 2nd is Leanne Lancaster, Hannah’s oncology nurse. The 3rd is Macy Roth, a vivacious artist. 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.
This book is the reason that I read romance novels. Like most readers, I love a happy ending, but it’s the ride along the way that makes the ending worth it, and this ride is full of soul searching and heartwarming moments. This story has plenty of character development, as you get to learn about the lives of Michael, Winter, Leanne, and Macy, in their own words. I like the fact that Michael (not Mike) speaks in first person, whereas the ladies’ stories are told in third person. You get to feel Michael’s sadness and pain straight from the source and, due to the first person perspective, it feels like he’s talking to you throughout the book. Each character is going through something personal, and Debbie gives each of them enough time to work through their problems. Although some loose ends are tied up a little too neatly, this touching story is more than worth the time and emotion that you’ll feel while reading it. ~ Monica, www.ireadromance.com