Hannah's List (review and giveaway)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Title: Hannah's List
Author: Debbie Macomber
Pages: 412
Publisher: Mira (Harlequin)
Release date: April 27, 2010


Occasionally, we get an opportunity to change our lives—whether it’s another chance at love, changing the path we’ve chosen or going back and making amends for the past. Hannah’s List is the story of a widower who is given an unexpected letter from his wife on the first anniversary of her death. In a remarkable act of love, Hannah includes a list of three women for him to consider marrying. With a unique twist and intriguing element, readers will be in for a wonderful story of a love that transcends time, hope that is exceptionally unselfish, and the possibility of a future otherwise unfathomable. An unexpected letter. An impossible request. The gift of a second chance.

There is something comforting about this type of book. It's one that you know you can turn to when you need a light read that can take you away for a minute. I don't read this genre of book that often because I sometimes feel like it's too predictable and sappy. And in some ways it was. But I have to say I also was pleasantly surprised by some aspects of this. First of all, while this book is not in the Blossom Street series, it apparently has some of the same characters; readers of that series will get to re-visit some characters and learn more about them. Those who haven't (me) won't know the difference. Most of the book was written in first person from the point of view of the widower, Michael. Macomber's style of writing works best, for me, in first person because of the manner in which she inserts a lot of the character's thoughts. I thought she built Michael's character well; but there were approximately 2 times when I thought "okay, I don't care how great and sensitive a guy he is, a real guy would't do/think that". But then, I suppose 2 times isn't too bad. The three women in the book are narrated in third person. This works well, but I also felt that the women (especially two of them) had very similar voices and it was hard to tell them apart. But the one I could tell apart I really liked!

What I think Macomber does well is the dialogue between the characters. The majority of the book involves conversations, and I appreciated these parts of the book the best. I don't care for being told too much what someone is thinking. I liked the direction the story went and was really enjoying the book. But then at one point in the end the story became a little hokey for me... but, I will say it was in a way what I expected. What's important is the book kept me wanting to read more. I loved the character of one of the women (won't tell you which one!) and of Hannah. She wasn't really in the story except for when the husband referred to or thought about her, but she is the type of woman I hope I can/will be. This book was good for me, I think. Sometimes you need a book like this, sort of like you need a Lifetime movie every now and then for a good cry, even if it's not your typical genre.

Hannah’s List



One (1) Grand Prize winner from Take Me Away receives:

  • a $25 VISA gift card (that you could use to enjoy other Debbie Macomber books!)
  • Copy of Hannah’s List
Two (2) additional winners will receive a copy of the book!

The Giveaway will run from today
April 23, 2010
for 2 weeks. The winner will be announced on May 8, 2010. The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only. To enter, just fill out the form below. (Make sure you scroll down!!)

stop by the official website: www.hannahslist.com

FTC: I was given a copy of this book to review with an honest opinion for this giveaway promotion.


Miel Abeille said...

Hannah's List is a book that I have been eager to read! I usually don't enter giveaways, but I couldn't help myself with this one. Have a great day!

Mary said...

I think you pointed out everything I love about Debbie Macomber's books! Nice review, I'm looking forward to reading Hannah's List.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Amen! Very well said. I love how you used a Lifetime movie as an example and I'm anxious to learn more about the character you mentioned.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I like Macomber's books for the reasons you've given. They're cozy, memorable, and light. Like the Lifetime movies.

I seem to be watching a lot of those lately...wonder what that means??

Zibilee said...

I have been wanting to read something by Macomber for quite some time, but I wasn't sure I wanted to commit to a series. It's good to know that this one is out there and works well as a stand-alone. Great review! It sounds like even though it was a bit hokey, it was still a great escapist read for you!

Cleverly Inked said...

Looks like a good one. Woohoo.

Lifetime movie huh

Jenny said...

Melissa -- Good luck! ;)

Mary -- yeah, sometimes a nice, light read is what I need!

Juju -- I love lifetime movies, lol! yes, the character I'm talking about is fun!

Laurel -- haha! I think most women go through a lifetime movie phase. =)

zibilee -- have you read anything by her before? This was only my second book by her. definitely a good escapist read.

Liz -- why huh? do you not like lifetime movies? LOL

Tina said...

what a great contest...Ive never gotten a chance to read any of Macombers books. Ive been meaning too when it comes to a light read.

Stephanie aka The Stark Raving Bibliophile said...

I enjoyed your balanced review, and I may read this book for the dialogue. :-)

Jenny said...

Tina -- good luck on the giveaway. =)

Stephanie -- thanks!

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