I love reading! I wish I had more time to sit down with a cup of tea and get lost in a novel, but with two little ones I haven’t had the chance lately.However I couldn’t resist Hannah’s List, by Debbie Macomber. I had read good things about her books so I carved out some time, and yes poured myself some tea. Unfortunately the tea went cold and I could only read a few pages here and there (so much for my carved out time!). But I eventually got through it and as I expected, I loved the book.I don’t want to give away too many details or surprises, but Hannah’s List starts out one year after a widower’s loss of his wife (Hannah) from cancer. She knows him so well that when she dies, she knows he will not be able to stop wallowing in his grief. So when she comes to terms that she will die soon, she writes him a letter to encourage him to stop dwelling on the past and mourning her, because he has so much of his life left. He wasn’t to read it until one year after her death. One regret is that they could not have children, so she includes a list in the letter. What’s on the list? I think you’ll like it more if I let you read the book and find out for yourself! But the book goes on to tell us about how he tries to fulfill his wife’s wishes and the lives with which he intersects in the process.
Hannah’s List is an easy read, however, it does address serious topics like the loss of a spouse, something I cannot even imagine. But the book got me thinking about how much do I really love my husband and what would I do in a similar situation. I like it when books make me reflect upon my own life.I received other titles by Debbie Macomber and I can’t wait to read them all. One I’m looking forward to reading is The Shop on Blossom Street, about a yarn shop owner who teaches a baby blanket knitting class to three strangers. Debbie Macomber is a crafter herself, as am I. What is great about crafting is that working with your hands, teaching one another and a shared goal of creating something lovely can bring people of different backgrounds and personalities together. I can’t wait to find out the stories behind these four knitters. So that one is definitely next on my list of reads!
About Debbie Macomber:
Debbie Macomber, the author of 92 Pacific Boulevard, 8 Sandpiper Way, Summer on Blossom Street and Twenty Wishes, has become a leading voice in women’s fiction worldwide. Her work has appeared on every major bestseller list, including those of the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Publishers Weekly. She is a multiple award winner, and won the 2005 Quill Award for Best Romance. More than a hundred million copies of her books have been sold worldwide. For more information on Debbie and her books, visit her Web site, www.DebbieMacomber.com.