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Something to Live For by Richard Roper @tr4cyf3nt0n #bookreview

Happy almost weekend all!

This is the UK title and cover for “How Not to Die Alone”. Different title, different cover, same great book! I thought this was a quirky unique story that really touched my heart!💕

My Thoughts

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Richard Roper has crafted a quirky and uplifting story packed with colorful characters and a unique storyline. The blurb of this book compares it to “Eleanor Oliphant”, Generally I’m not a fan of comparing books but I’d have to say this is an accurate comparison. SO if you loved Eleanor you will also love getting to know Andrew. Andrew is 42, a bit of a loner, and he works for the Ministry of Death. His job includes finding the next of kin for those who die alone, searching their home for valuable possessions that will help pay for their funeral, and then even though it’s not compulsory Andrew attends the funerals for these people who have no one in their lives to say goodbye. Andrew returns home every evening to an empty house, his model trains, and group of eclectic online friends who he met on a model train enthusiast website. However, because of an innocent slip up he made on his job interview his boss Cameron and coworkers believe he returns home every evening to a wife and two kids. When Peggy begins working with Andrew and befriends him and his boss Cameron wants the coworkers to have monthly dinner parties, Andrew is fearful that the truth will come out. Is living with this lie truly living? Will the truth set Andrew free or ruin his life?

Andrew was a lovable vulnerable character that I just wanted to give a big hug. Peggy was great a true breath of fresh air. The friendship that forms between these two was so lovely. Andrew had really got himself into quite the pickle, one white lie that snowballed into something involving spreadsheets. It really was sad to contemplate how these people died alone with seemingly nobody in their lives that cared. And then there was Andrew who had the opportunity to make some choices that would prevent him from being in the same position one day. I think Mr. Roper did an amazing job of showing us how we all have more people in our lives than we think, we just need to know where to look.

This was a feel-good story that made me smile. It’s kind of interesting that a story that features death so prominently could be so uplifting, but this book really was. Simply put this was a quirky tale bursting with heart, hope, and humor!

*** many thanks to GP Putnam’s Sons for my copy ***

About the Book

With the warmth of David Nicholls and the charm and humour of Nick Hornby, this brilliant debut explores one man’s attempts to let go of the past and start his life afresh.

 

‘Tender, funny, compelling – this wonderful book deserves to be huge!’ Lucy Foley, author of THE HUNTING PARTY

 

‘Funny, moving and thought-provoking – I loved this.’ – Clare Mackintosh

 

‘A charming, humorous and life-affirming tale about human kindness that strikes a chord in a world where loneliness is a growing problem’ BBC News Online, Top Fiction of 2019

 ‘I completely fell under its spell. It pulls you in, makes you laugh and breaks your heart – in short, does everything that you want a novel to do. While it is very much in the David Nicholls’ tradition of sympathetic quirk and comedy, it is, at the same time, so fresh and different. I loved the voice, the people, the world….. Who couldn’t? What an extraordinary debut.’ – Gill Hornby

 

‘Heart-breaking. Hilarious. Life-affirming. Some descriptions of loneliness took my breath away. This book deserves to be HUGE!’ Holly Bourne

 

‘Funny, moving and uplifting…I loved it.’Libby Page, author of THE LIDO

 

Sometimes you need to risk everything…

To find your something

All Andrew wants is to be normal. He has the perfect wife and 2.4 children waiting at home for him after a long day. At least, that’s what he’s told people.

The truth is, his life isn’t exactly as people think and his little white lie is about to catch up with him.

Because in all Andrew’s efforts to fit in, he’s forgotten one important thing: how to really live. And maybe, it’s about time for him to start.

 


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A Beach Wish by Shelley Noble @wmmorrowbooks @harperaudio @tlcbooktours #bookreview #abeachwish

Happy Friday all!

Yesterday was a holiday and it has me all thrown off! Excited to share my review with you today for this absolutely delightful perfect summer read! Thank you so much Lisa for my invitation to this tour!🎐

About A Beach Wish

My Thoughts

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Shelley Noble has crafted the PERFECT summer read. Intriguing well developed characters. A beautiful beach setting. Plenty of family drama. And even a dash of romance. I love stories like this that completely whisk you away into the lives of the characters in the book. Zoe finds herself in a small New England town. She is there to spread her mothers ashes, but why would her mom want her ashes in a place that the family has never heard of? We all know our parents had a life before we were born, but what happens when that life includes an entire different family?

Zoe was such a great character and I truly enjoyed spending time with her. She was so relatable and I really appreciated her quiet strength. The rest of the cast of characters were a true delight. The family drama was very reminiscent of the Hatfields and the McCoys. Two families with an age old dispute, and two kids in love. There was also a little magical element to the story, a beach called Wind Chime with an intriguing story of its own. This really is the perfect book to spend a lazy summer afternoon with.

🎧🎧🎧Vanessa Johannsson has a crisp youthful voice that really blended well to the story.

*** Big thanks to William Morrow and Harper Audio for my copy of this book ***

• Paperback: 384 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 25, 2019)

New York Times bestselling author Shelley Noble returns to the beach in her latest summer read about the family we create and the wishes we make that can shape us.

Zoe Bascombe has never said no to her family. When she blew her Juilliard audition, she caved to their wishes and went to business school. But when her mother dies and leaves instructions for Zoe to spread her ashes at a place called Wind Chime Beach, she defies her brothers and starts out for a New England town none of them has ever heard of and discovers a side of her garden club mother that her wildest dreams hadn’t imagined.

Zoe has another family.

Her first instinct is to run home. Instead she is caught in the middle of her feuding new relatives. With one family fighting among themselves and the other not speaking to her, Zoe must somehow find a way to bridge her new life with her old.

For the first time in her life, Zoe must make a stand for her family—both of them. If only she can only figure out how.

Her answer lies at Wind Chime Beach where for generations people have come to add their chimes to the ones already left among the trees. And when the wind blows and the air fills with music, their secrets, dreams, and hopes are sent into the world. There’s a message for Zoe here—if she has the courage to open her heart.

Purchase Links

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About Shelley Noble

Shelley Noble is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Whisper Beachand Beach Colors. Other titles include Stargazey PointBreakwater Bay, and Forever Beach—a story of foster adoption in New Jersey—and four spin-off novellas. A former professional dancer and choreographer, she lives on the Jersey shore and loves to discover new beaches and indulge her passion for lighthouses and vintage carousels. Shelley is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and Women’s Fiction Writers Association.

Find out more about Shelley at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.