Hannah’s List, by Debbie Macomber – Book Review + Book & Visa Card Giveaway

Hannah's List, by Debbie Macomber

Michael Everett is grieving the loss of his wife Hannah, whose death from Stage 4 ovarian cancer destroyed the foundation of his life and the plans made of happily ever after for himself and his wife.  Knowing that he would wallow and resist moving on after her death, Hannah entrusts her brother Richard with a letter to be delivered to Michael on the first anniversary of her death.  In her letter Hannah expresses how happy she would be if Michael were able to find someone else with whom to share and live a full life. She wants him to remarry.

Knowing her husband as she does, Hannah doesn’t trust him to do this on his own.  She makes it as easy as possible for him to abide  by her wishes when she  provides him with a list of three women, each of whom she thinks would make a suitable wife.  There was something about the premise of this book that I found intriguing.  I hadn’t seen this particular take on moving on after the death of a loved one, and I was curious because I wanted to see whom the widower would meet, how he would go about dating and whom his choice would be in the end.

Reading Hannah’s List, was like watching a Lifetime movie.  (I should know because I have watched quite a few of these movies with my mom, and she will indeed probably be the recipient of my copy of Hannah’s List.) There is a certain type of nostalgia that I experienced reading this because it reminds me of being home from college and relaxing with my mom in front of the tv, one Lifetime movie inevitably leading to the next before you look up and realize that you have spent the whole day watching those movies.  You know exactly what to expect, the characters that you will meet, and with whom they will end up.  You know that they will somehow mess it up and that they will somehow find their way back together again – and somehow, that’s okay.  There is a certain comfort in that, and that is what this book had.

This was an easy read that tackled the issues of love, loss, and rebuilding life in a very straightforward manner.  The women in the novel seemed to be more fully realized than I found the character of Michael.  Grief  may have stricken the joy from his life and the character from his personality, and that could be why he was so blah all the time, but I enjoyed the stories of Leanne, Winter and Macy. All of the women have past entanglements that are preventing them from moving on fully to new relationships, and they were frustrating in the fact that they immediately ran off to tell their exes that there was a new man in their life.  I’m not exactly sure what they thought would be accomplished by that strategy, but there you go.

Macomber covers a wide variety of issues from coping with the loss of a spouse, our expectations of the grieving process of others, and the detrimental effects of the lack of trust and communication within a relationship.  She often makes wise observations through the characters about their own and others’ behavior, and while most times I wished for more depth to the story and for Michael to be more of a dynamic character, this just isn’t that type of book.  I did read Hannah’s List in little more than a day and found the book to be entertaining and light.  This is a comfort read, and there are no surprises.  If you are looking for something deeper – move right along, but if you sometimes have a bit of a sweet tooth when it comes to books, or like me have that leftover Lifetime movie habit that you just can’t shake, you might want to consider this for a treat.

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Book Information: Hannah’s List, by Debbie Macomber
Publisher, Publication Date & Other Info: Mira – April 27, 2010 – Hardcover – 416 pages
Author Website & Other Resources & Links: Hannah’s List Website Debbie Macomber’s Website
Source: Review Copy Sent By The Publisher

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Are you a Debbie Macomber fan?  Looking for a an enjoyable comfort read?  Then enter to win some of the Debbie Macomber’s books.  One luck winner will also get some of her books and a $25 Visa gift card, good for anything, including more books and snacks! See the details below.

One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive:

  • Additional titles by Debbie Macomber with a $25 VISA gift card
  • Copy of Hannah’s List

Two (2) additional winners will receive a copy of the book!

Simply leave a comment to enter from today until Tuesday, May 11th 2010.

This book giveaway is open to participants with a United States mailing address only (international readers can enter if they have a friend in the States who can accept their prizes by mail.) Books are valued at $24.95 each.  No purchase necessary to enter giveaway.  Winner will be drawn at random at the close of this contest and notified via e-mail.  Books will be shipped by the publisher or their agent.  Good luck!

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  1. I’ve read one or two of Macomber’s books, only because a friend of mine loves her and passes the books off to me, and I don’t want to hurt her feelings. They aren’t horrible books – perfect for a pool or beach read. But they are very Lifetime-y and predictable. I’m impressed that you gave it a go!

  2. I have read Debbie Macomber’s books for years. They hit just the right spot for me at times. Very sweet and touching. I couldn’t read a bunch of them back to back, but again, sometimes, just the right thing. Like Dove chocolate. 🙂

  3. I’ve never read any of Macomber’s books but I guess there’s always a first time for everything. That is if I win 🙂 If not, I’ll make a trip to the library.

  4. There are many forms of love. “Hannah’s List” is a sweet reminder from Debbie Macomber that true love evolves as life progresses. Even after it ends its physical life on earth, true love continues to comfort and nuture those it holds in its care. Please enter my name in the drawing.

  5. PLEASE enter my name in the Debbie Macomber contest….I just like her books sooooo much…they remind me of Hallmark movies too…and everything family, down home type reading.
    Thanks for the review.

  6. I’ve never read a Debbie Macomber book, but definitely know the name. I hope I win! I’d love to do a review on my blog!

  7. I’ve never read any of her books. This sounds interesting so it would be a good place to start. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks

  8. I’d love a chance to win. I enjoy Debbie’s books, I read an entire book on my vacation yearly.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

  9. I have not read Macomber for quite a while (I think my last title was a military family setting which I like more than the overcoming grief theme) but love what she is doing to promote her books at yarn stores.

  10. Oh boy oh boy…oh my goodness…this is one of the best giveaways…ever and I love her books…they are so relaxing…did you see the contest on her webpage…

  11. I would love to read this book—please enter me to win!!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  12. Sounds like a great read—please include me in your giveaway.


  13. I have never read any of Macomber’s books, but after your great review on this book, I would love to read it. Sounds like a very interesting book. Please enter me. Thanks!

  14. OMG! I love Debbie Macomber! I get her mailing list. She sends out a great newletter! Definitely count me in on this one! thanks!

  15. Great blog post! I just read my first Debbie Macomber book “Christmas Letters” and loved it! It really put me in the holiday spirit. Her books are always simple and sweet and are perfect to curl up with after a long day.