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You Can Thank Me Later

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  3,149 ratings  ·  364 reviews
A short and sweet audio novella that'll leave listeners wanting second helpings, You Can Thank Me Later follows an unforgettable family over the course of three Thanksgivings.

When the Dickenson clan sits down for Thanksgiving dinner in 2016, it is the last holiday when their tight-knit family will ever be the same. Oldest brother Pete and his wife are expecting their first
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Published October 31st 2019 by Audible Original (first published 2019)
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Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I listened to You Can Thank Me Later back in November 2019, it was timely for this Thanksgiving themed story. Unfortunately, since then, my Goodreads review has disappeared along with another Audible Original review, so this will be short:

I enjoyed the story centered around a family of grown siblings who experience great loss, then try to move forward with their lives following a tragedy. They are tested with competing desires and various emotions along the way. The narrator was very good a
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This has been my first ever story (novella) by author Kelly Harms & I really liked it. There is drama and emotions, but also lots of humour and insight of character to balance it. And there's an imperfect, but realistic and satisfying happy ending (or new beginning).

If I want to be very strict, I would rate it 3,5 stars.
Had I simply read it, instead of listening, it would be 3 only, but the story was very much enhanced by the listening experience. Narrator Lauren Fortgang did a superb job, becau
Jenny Baker
Dec 24, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I listened to the Audible Original production of “You can Thank Me Later” by Kelly Harms, narrated by Lauren Fortgang. I’m becoming a fan of listening to novellas. I find it amazing that a complete story containing fully developed characters can be captured in such a short time.

This is a sweet family drama full of quirky characters that centers around Thanksgiving. Yes, that one meal with expected family dysfunction and zany (if you have a sense of humor about dysfunction) action. The listener i
Elvira Smajlović
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Cute novella with a great start. Second part tough.... I don't want to be mean but it was like low budget TV afternoon movie with their recycled plots and characters. If you know what I mean 🤣 ...more
Sharon :)
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Listen to this as you prep for your meal tomorrow or while you chilax . A realistic depiction of the holiday not the Hallmark version
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I just loved this three hour absolutely delightful heartfelt novella! Its an audible original - you won't find it in the stores, but it should be there. Now that I think about it, it absolutely could be a movie!

Taking place over Thanksgivings over a five or so year period, we follow the Dickinson Family through the eyes of Sophie Dickinson. Not a spoiler to be found, but it's easy to fall in love with this crazy beautiful family and to see our heroine finally open her heart, as well as her
Nov 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Don’t be fooled by the cute cover, this novella made me cry! Set on several Thanksgiving Days, each two years apart, one family deals with loss, grief, and major life changes. There are happy moments as well including a feel-good ending, which was a relief. A solid way to spend a couple of hours.
Alan Teder
Reposting after the deletion of 12 Audible Originals Dec. 17-19, 2019.
Goodreads purged about 12 (that I could identify) Audible Original audiobooks at the end of the year 2019 as they apparently did not meet guidelines. Those audiobooks that have been converted from podcasts are apparently the main issue. Others that are short novellas or audio productions of theatrical plays may be restored. This current edition of You Can Thank Me Later is a restoration. Thanks to Goodreads and SuperLibrarians
Akira Makoto
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I almost feel bad only putting two stars on this. I feel like I'm being mean. It was a decently cute little novella. Just.... frustrating I guess? The beginning was great. Made me cry even. But the rest was frustrating as hell. The MC really is kinda a selfish oblivious bitch. If you want something to listen to to pass the time then its decent. If you're looking for a great listen that makes you feel good, this probably isn't it. ...more
Amanda Anger
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible, 2019, narrative
I really enjoyed this freebie Audible book, but unfortunately my well-thought-out review was deleted by Goodreads. Hopefully the reviews will be restored at some point, but for now, I'm posting this so it will remain on my "Read" books of 2019. ...more
Nicole R
3.5 (round up to 4)

When this novella popped up as an option for a free Audible original this month, I instantly snagged it for a Thanksgiving-themed read. It was short--a mere 3 hours long--but it was not lighthearted. It was actually kind of sad, but had a happy ending.

Sophie and Annette have been best friends since college. Annette also happens to be Sophie's sister-in-law, married to Sophie's older brother Charlie. But, when Annette is diagnosed with a terminal illness with little time left,
Jennie  Veazey
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great novella about life, love, family, and letting go. This was amazing! I thought the audible book was entertaining and wonderful.
Heather❀Kiss The Pages❀
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
A wonderful story about siblings and their family dynamics. This was perfect to read over Thanksgiving. There was a little heartbreak and some family dysfunction but overall it was a story of healing and it was beautifully heartwarming.
Gerardine  Betancourt
A good short audiobook. great for thanksgiving. 3.5 stars
Heather R
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Furious at Goodreads for deleting my review without warning. At least let me come screenshot the poor thing or cut n’ paste it to... apparently ANYWHERE BUT GOODREADS. Fellow reader-reviewers, I’d love to know where you suggest a good-hearted (if slightly ascerbic) unpaid reviewer go where she can feel secure in the knowledge that some corporate behemoth won’t just take down her reviews.

There. With that out of the system, I don’t have the energy to go back and try to rewrite my carefully though
Mary Ann
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
OMG the feels! The story starts at Thanksgiving with Sophie, a professional chef with her own restaurant, making the meal, the oldest brother Pete, and his wife are having their first child and the middle brother, Charlie and his wife have just received the worst news, her cancer is back and she won't survive this round. The news shakes them to the ground and Sophie is asked to help her brother navigate the loss of his wife and Sophie's best friend. It follows them for the next several years thr ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
“You Can Thank Me Later” by Kelly Harms (read by Lauren Fortgang) is an Audible Original that takes about three hours to listen to. I was laughing out loud within the first five minutes, crying after 10.

The story is told over a series of Thanksgivings spanning four years. I originally found the protagonist endearing and sympathetic, then unreasonable and selfish, but she pulled herself together by the end of the story and was redeemed. I was impressed with the author’s ability to immediately dr
RoxAnne Moore
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the audible version of this book. Despite the sadness at the heart of the story, there was enough humor throughout to help alleviate the sadness.
Nov 12, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a short novella that I received for free from audible last year, but just got around to listening to this year. There aren't a lot of bells and whistles to this story, but I think that it is a nice little story that hits the spot as I prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. This is simply the story of a family of siblings, a sister and two brothers, who gather together with their significant others each year for Thanksgiving dinner. The story is told through Sophie's point of view ...more
alisonwonderland (Alison)
Three siblings. Three Thanksgivings. And what it means to be a family through thick and thin.

I enjoyed listening to this holiday-themed audiobook during my Thanksgiving break.
Mahoghani 23
An endearing story about life, love, pain, healing, and moving on. A close knit family of 2 brothers and a sister, growing up and dealing with life and the curves it throw. A very touching story that reflects we sometimes think what's best for others is, in actuality, what is best for us. ...more
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audible
*potential spoiler alert*

While I do not like picking apart or negatively reviewing a book, I have also been wanting to write a bit about each book in order to better recall. So, quandary...

I admire another's ability to write, particularly to the point of being published, and also appreciate free, but again, in the spirit of recall and with a qualifier about disliking unkind reviews, a couple of things: I'm not sure a novella is enough space to cover such a big topic. The brevity did not lend to
Rheetha Lawlor
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Warning, do not listen to this while driving because there are some pretty sad parts (but they aren't like so sad that you can't keep listening). As a book that revolves around Thanksgiving with family, we follow along with someone who passes away, and how the family copes, especially two characters. It cut to the core with me this year, but it also shows how much life can go on, even though we don't want it to. It also shows how much we all grieve when someone dies- it isn't just the spouse. Ag ...more
Christle Southall
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable short listen from the Audible Originals collection. Goes to show how strong the bonds are between siblings and how fiercely protective sisters can be. Some humor and heartfelt introspection will occur.
Harley Easton
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly good and heartfelt. I wasnt sure what to expect but it did bring me to tears a few times and definitely made me smile. A view of what it's like to endure holiday traditions when family situations change. ...more
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
But oh so beautiful
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Each Thanksgiving the Dickinson siblings gather together for a traditional meal and watching of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles on VHS. Little do they know that their gathering in the fall of 2016 will see their yearly gathering begin to profoundly change. Whether it's the oldest brother Pete and his wife expecting their first child soon or middle brother Charlie's wife's latest diagnosis (it's not good) or youngest sister Sophie and her tradition of naming the turkey after her disastrous previo ...more
Barbara Hale
Feb 01, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible
This "novella" is a story about 3 siblings over a period of three Thanksgivings. Sophie, the youngest, and her two older brothers, Pete and Charlie, have an annual tradition to gather at Sophie's restaurant for the big meal. In 2016, Sophie learns that Charlie's wife, who also happens to be Sophie's best friend, has metastatic cancer. The story starts there and follows the changes in their lives in subsequent gatherings in 2018 and 2020.
It was a sweet story about adult sibling relationships. It
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Story about siblings/friends losing his/her wife/best friend. Goes through their grieving and overcoming the loss and moving on with their lives over a span of a few years and the story was always set around Thanksgiving each year. It was a cute short (only a few hours) story that brought tears to my eyes at times and laughter and a happy heart. In the end, all is well with all the relationships involved and gives you hope. I enjoyed it. 💗
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USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestseller Kelly Harms is the author of The Bright Side of Going Dark, The Overdue Life of Amy Byler, The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane and The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay. She worked with bestselling authors, Edgar, RITA, and Agatha award winners, and Indie Next List Picks in her time as an editor at a division of HarperCollins and later as an agent ...more

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