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Dying isn’t just hard on the ones left behind, the regret of unfinished lives weighs heavily on the terminally ill. That’s where Dire’s Club steps in, a specialty travel agency that takes a small group of dying people on one final adventure—so they can be free of guilt, be more than a diagnosis, and find a way to confront life…and death.

Life Coach Charlotte Claybrooke bui
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Kindle Edition, 326 pages
Published March 23rd 2021 by Abalos Publishing
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Jenn Belden
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This SHOULD be a depressing book. Its main characters are dying, after all: cancer, brain tumor, liver failure, Alzheimer’s. But there is something a little magical about this story of what is really people reclaiming their lives, even for a moment, from the death sentence they’ve been given. I don’t think I’d given much consideration to what Jimmy Dire, who runs the Dire’s Club, refers to as “dier’s guilt”. The worry about those left behind, the things left undone, along with the pressure that ...more
Jennie Rosenblum
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Everyone dies and everyone is dying, some just sooner than others. Jimmy Dire gives a last chance at life to those with a terminal illness.

While written with a light heart, this book can lead to many philosophical thoughts. Are we so busy surviving that we forget about living and just get through our days? What if you had an expiration date? Would you change how you spend your days? The characters in this book as doing just that. As they re-evaluate their lives, they also rethink what it is tha
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C.S. Kjar
Mar 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
An amazing story about a topic rarely discussed, dying. Jimmy Dire has a club where terminally ill people go on one last great adventure. Twists and turns will keep you reading way past your bedtime. It's an exciting tale. However, I didn't like all the profanities in it, including all the F-bombs. It would have been just as exciting and more readable without them. ...more
Ruthie Jones
"Adventures were for coloring outside the lines. For facing danger and living through it. For being so scared dying didn't seem so terrifying."

No one person has cornered the market on death because all living things die. Death can be a cruel thief, but knowledge of impending death can provide the opportunity to pull out all the stops and live life to the fullest, even if for just a little while.

In Dire’s Club by Kimberly Packard, Jimmy Dire and his assistant, Darla Steele, offer the terminally i
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Maryann
Apr 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main plot of this book centers around the members of the group that take this Dire’s Club trip and how their lives get bound together with many threads of entanglement. Some good, and some not so good, but always with a growing sense of loyalty, even though that loyalty is tested at times. Just when I thought the story might go in one direction in terms of how different relationships were playing out, the author would surprise me. That was such an honest, and delightful, way to handle life a ...more
Mike
Apr 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Dire’s Club is a story about a group of strangers who draw close together due to their common denominator: they’re all dying. I initially thought the story was like a contemporary Fantasy Island episode, but it actually goes much deeper.

For a number of reasons that come out later in the story, Jimmy Dire begins a business that provides a last grand adventure to terminally ill people. In a little play on words, Jimmy’s Dire’s Club is for people who are dying, or diers as he calls them.

Jimmy’s lat
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Melissa
Apr 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Gathering a group of diverse strangers to go on a journey together has been a literary conceit since Chaucer gave us The Canterbury Tales, and there’s a reason for that: it’s a setup that is extremely effective. Kimberly Packard latest novel Dire’s Club, uses a modern twist on that setup, but it does so in a way that is completely new, and results in a story that is fresh, compelling, and surprisingly thought provoking.

The idea of a a club for terminally ill adults to share in each other’s ultim
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Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This story packs a powerful punch and I pondered what I would do if diagnosed with a terminal illness. Would I want a service like Dire's Club to live out one last wish?  It also shines a light on depression and how events can trigger a spiral downward that can last for years.

This novel is full of flawed characters. No one is perfect and they each have their own battles to face and we are lucky enough to be on that journey to watch them work to resolve their issues. It is not an easy task for th
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Christena
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author Kimberly Packard at the end of Dire’s Club mentions to readers that this was a hard book to write for her. After finishing her book, I certainly empathize with her. Writing about death in any form is tough.

Dire’s Club took me on a journey I was not expecting. When you think you are going to read adventures about people’s last dying wishes, which you do with some of the characters, the story becomes a self-reflection of the main character, Charlotte. Charlotte has been dealing with the pai
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Mallory (Book Club Bites)
With so much heaviness in the world, I was unsure about signing up to read a book about people facing death, but I'm so glad I did!

This was really an exceptional read--and I say that as someone who normally only reads highly rated book club fiction. The author took two difficult subjects (mental health and death) and somehow turned them into a book that was fast-paced, exciting, and ultimately hopeful.

If you've read Anxious People, this book had a similar tone and theme. Other books I thought
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Kimberly
Mar 09, 2021 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Despite the rather dark premise, this might be the book of my heart. The idea came to me in a dream. It was the strangest thing - I was talking to Jimmy (one of the characters) and he says to me, "Everybody dies, the lucky ones have fun doing it."

I woke up and grabbed a journal and just let it flow.

The more I got into it, the more the emotions swirled with each of the characters. Especially Charlotte. I started putting words to paper the same week that Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain ended the
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Angela
Apr 10, 2021 added it
A novel promise -- strangers meet to share one last adventure before their terminal illnesses claim them -- and memorable characters made it hard for me to put this book down. For a book for which death is the constant theme, "Dire's Club" is a heart-filling and joy-filled excursion. ...more
Chelsea Sullivan
Page turner!

This is one that is hard to put down! Couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. Definitely recommend to everyone.
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Kimberly Packard is an award-winning author of women’s fiction. She began visiting her spot on the shelves at libraries and bookstores at a young age, gazing between the Os and the Qs. Kimberly received a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, and has worked in public relations and communications for nearly 20 years.

When she isn’t writing, she can be found rollerblading, doing a
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