>> Friday, July 6, 2012
Hannah's List by Debbie Macomber
Publication Date: 2010
The Short Version:
A year after his wife Hannah’s death from ovarian cancer a letter from her encourages him to remarry and includes a list of three women he should consider.
Why I Read It:
I’ve enjoyed most of the books in Debbie Macomber’s Blossom Street series and this one was the next in the series.
Dr. Michael Everett is still healing from his wife’s death from ovarian cancer a year ago. On the anniversary of her death her brother gives Michael a letter Hannah entrusted to him to be delivered on the anniversary date. Michael is initially stunned to read that Hannah’s letter encourages him to move on with his life and to remarry. She gives him the names of three women he should consider. Hannah knew and liked each of them and tells Michael why she thinks any of them would be worthy of his consideration in developing and nurturing a new relationship.
Winter Adams is a chef who owns a café on Blossom Street. Leanne Lancaster is an oncology nurse. Macy Roth is a free spirited artist. While Michael has met the first two women, he doesn’t know Macy at all.
Over the course of several months Michael spends time with each of the three women and it will be no surprise to any fan of Debbie Macomber that everything works out for the best for all four characters.
The two Debbie Macomber series I’ve kept up with are this one and the recently completed Cedar Cove series. It has been a while since I read one of these and the fact that this fit perfectly in the “A book with something you'd carry in your pocket, purse, or backpack in the title” category for the What’s in Name 5 Challenge was the nudge I needed to read it now.
This book just barely connected to what I consider to truly be the Blossom Street books. The only character directly connected to the shops and familiar characters of that series is Winter Adams. The same thing happened with this one as happened when I read the similarly not really part of the series Susannah’s Garden. I found that I missed the familiar characters and locales of the shops on Blossom Street and the interactions both within and outside of the main story that makes a book feel like a Blossom Street book to me.
Macomber is predictable and this book is just as predictable as I always get from her books. I’m fine with predictable when it involves characters I’ve come to know over the course of a series but this one didn’t have that. I knew within a few chapters which of the three women Michael would choose for a lasting relationship. I never really connected to any of the characters and spent much of the book wishing it were less of a standalone and more connected to the series.
It was not among my favorites of the series and could easily be skipped if you are a Blossom Street regular. I was glad I was reading another book at the same time and skipped back and forth between the two.