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Hannah's List by Debbie Macomber
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Jun 10, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: romance, series
Read from June 04 to 07, 2011 , read count: 1

"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 café 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."

This is, sort of, another in the Blossom St. series. The interesting, to me, part of this story is the process of change in Michael as he is forced to recognize , within himself, that his view of who he is and what he wants from life is really very different from what he thinks he should want and be. The focus of the story is supposed to be Michael's transition from grief to awaking the sense of life within himself. I found that part of the story unrealistic - rather as if the writer was writing what she thought he should have felt. But the people in the story and their lives where well done and interesting.
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