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Since the listener knows going in that the story deals with the death of a young husband, he/she should be prepared for grieving. The sweet touch here comes in the form of family and friends prepared to go the distance with the widow in some funny and unusual ways brought about by a list written and left by the dying husband. The story takes place in Ireland and the reader does a commendable job of communicating both the lilt of the language and the subtlety of meanings. Widow, Holly, is a character for whom one wants to root; her friends are funny, devoted people one wishes would populate her own life; her family is open and supportive; and there is a depth of young love demonstrated here that's refreshing. Well done!
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This is a book about loss and growth. The author touchingly portrays young Holly's grief at the loss of her husband, credibly drawing on the listener's sympathy. Where the book really shines, however, is the relationships between all the adult siblings and the extended group of friends. The listener feels a part of the twenty-something lifestyle. The narrator is fabulous. If you've family in Ireland, this book feels and sounds like home.
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