Thursday, May 5, 2016

Quick Pick: When I'm Gone

  • Opening linesIt was a beautiful funeral. How could it not be? Natalie planned the whole thing, and she always had a knack for entertaining. Luke and Natalie had visited the funeral home together, but Nat did all the work. From the donation basket for the National Cancer Society to the personalized video messages playing on a loop in the foyer, it was probably the funeral of the year in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
  • Reason I picked up the book: The plot sounded interesting. The story also takes place in the metro Detroit area, where I live, so it was fun to see the main character reference places like Farmington Hills - real cities that I've been to.
  • And what's this book about?
  • Dear Luke, First let me say—I love you…I didn’t want to leave you…

    Luke Richardson has returned home after burying Natalie, his beloved wife of sixteen years, ready to face the hard job of raising their three children alone. But there’s something he’s not prepared for—a blue envelope with his name scrawled across the front in Natalie’s handwriting, waiting for him on the floor of their suburban Michigan home.

    The letter inside, written on the first day of Natalie’s cancer treatment a year ago, turns out to be the first of many. Luke is convinced they’re genuine, but who is delivering them? As his obsession with the letters grows, Luke uncovers long-buried secrets that make him question everything he knew about his wife and their family. But the revelations also point the way toward a future where love goes on—in written words, in memories, and in the promises it’s never too late to keep.
  • Recommended for: Anyone who likes romances, in a weird way, or mysteries - there are some small mysteries here that are later uncovered. 
  • Something to know: This is the author's second book; her first one is called Wreckage, which I have not read.
  • What I would have changed: It ends a little abruptly, but it did still manage to wrap everything up. I overall really liked this book so I can't think of anything major that I would have changed in it. 
  • Overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
  • Where can I find this book? Click here to order on Amazon.
*Disclosure: I received an e-copy of this book from Netgalley for reviewing purposes. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

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