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Hannah's List By Debbie Macomber Review

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Thanks so much for joining me today on The Preppy Book Princess.

Today I'm going to be sharing a review of a book from my all time favorite author, and that is of course, Hannah's List by Debbie Macomber.

Hannah's List:

Source: Bought For Myself

Publisher: Mira

Publication Date: April 27th, 2010


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 cafe 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.

***synopsis from goodreads***

My Review:

Hannah's List was actually a reread for me. I first read this book back in the fall of 2010, but I had no idea it was part of a series at the time. Now that I've finally gotten around to reading the Blossom Street series, I decided to reread this book in its place as the seventh novel of this beloved Debbie Macomber series. Unfortunately, when I read it for the first time I remember thinking that I just didn't love it as much as I had loved all of Debbie's other novels, and that was the same conclusion I came to when I finished it this time.

I can't even imagine the selflessness of Hannah. To even begin to think about writing your spouse a letter encouraging him to find love once again, while you yourself are fighting for your last days, is almost mind boggling, and yet that's what this beautiful character did for the man she loved more than life itself. Michael's response is how I imagine anyone in mourning's response to be. How on earth could he even think about dating or falling in love when he'd already found his perfect match, and lost her far too soon.

However, with the encouragement of friends and family, especially his best friend, Hannah's brother Richie, Michael decides to give his beloved wife's last request a chance. By him doing so, the reader is soon introduced to three lovable characters who all need something in their lives for fulfillment, but Michael can only be that something for one of them.

My personal favorite parts of this book were Leanne and Winter's stories, as I found myself feeling for them in the midst of the personal tragedies they were striving to make it through, and also, I loved the little glimpses the reader is given into the beloved other residents of Blossom Street.

I didn't unfortunately find myself interested in Michael's own story, and I think that was the main reason for my disappointment in this book. He just seemed to be missing the spark that's usually present in Debbie's male protagonists, and I honestly didn't feel chemistry between him and any of the three women Hannah had chosen for him. As well, I couldn't really appreciate Macy's character that much as the way she went back and forth on every single decision, and chose to flee more often than not was slightly annoying, and had me extremely disinterested in the chapters about her.

While overall, I did still enjoy this book, and it's placement in the Blossom Street series, I only gave it three out of five stars, and it's definitely not my favorite of Debbie Macomber's novels. 

I'm glad I took the time to reread it, as it was definitely more enjoyable the second time around now that I actually knew who a lot of the surrounding characters were from previous books, but unfortunately, I don't think this one will be a reread for me in the near future.

Thanks for reading guys! I'll see you all again on Friday :)

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