Hannah's List

Author: Debbie Macomber

Publisher: Mira

Release Date: May 2010

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: PRINT





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Dr. Michael Everett lost his beloved young wife, Hannah, to cancer.  In the year following Hannah’s death, Michael has hidden himself behind a wall of pain and grief.  But on the anniversary of her death, Michael received a letter Hannah had written when she realized her life would soon be over.  Hannah knew her Michael very well, knew that he would grieve, knew he wouldn’t find it easy or even possible to move on to a full life without her.  In the letter, Hannah urged Michael to search for love and happiness, and to find someone to build a life and family with him.  And she included the names of three women, friends she trusted to help Michael get beyond his grief and begin to live again.

The first woman on the list is Winter Adams, Hannah’s cousin.  Winter was involved in a troubled, on-again-off-again relationship that is now “off”.  Winter owns a small café that keeps her busy, and hasn’t been ready to look for someone new.  Leanne Lancaster, one of Hannah’s oncology nurses, is the second name on Hannah’s list. Leanne went through divorce a year before Hannah died.  Her husband was at the center of a charity embezzlement scandal, leaving Leanne too embarrassed to socialize.  Third on the list is Macy Roth, a model/actress/radio spokesperson/artist who sometimes worked with Hannah.  Macy is quirky, not always the most reliable person in the world, but she has a good heart.  She has a poor track record with men, though, so dating isn’t exactly a priority.  Will one of these women be the right match for Michael?  Hannah certainly seemed to think so.

 

Would Hannah’s letter give Michael the push he needed to begin to live a full life again, even if it’s just one small step at a time?  It won’t be easy, and he won’t be able to let go of his emotions overnight.  Of course he will never forget Hannah, and his love for her will always have a special place in his heart.  Will that love always be all-consuming, or can Michael let himself truly get to know the women Hannah chose for him?  I hope he can find a way to enjoy life again and maybe, just maybe, find someone special to share love, laughter, and life with again.

 

HANNAH’S LIST is an emotional read, from Michael’s nearly tangible sense of loss when he thinks of Hannah, to the deep love she must have felt for Michael as she wrote the letter that could change his life long after her life was over.  Hannah was remembered as a loving, giving person who enriched the lives of those around her.  I hoped Michael would see her list as the gift it was.  Each of the three women on that list meant enough to Hannah that she would trust any one of them to share their lives with her beloved husband.  Could Michael leave the worst of his pain behind and reach out to Hannah’s friends for companionship, or even love?  I hoped he would someday find contentment, peace, and even joy, and that Winter, Leanne, and Macy would each find the happiness they deserved.  Would one of them find it with Michael?  I had to keep turning pages until I knew the answer, and I thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of those pages.



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