Hannah’s List by Debbie Macomber

From Amazon ~

On the anniversary of his beloved wife’s death, Dr. Michael Everett receives a letter Hannah had written him. In it she reminds him of her love and makes one final request. An impossible request. I want you to marry again. She tells him he shouldn’t spend the years he has left grieving her. And to that end she’s chosen three women she asks him to consider. During the months that follow, he spends time with Winter, Leanne, and Macy, learning more about each of them.and about himself. Learning what Hannah already knew. He’s a man who needs the completeness only love can offer. And Hannah’s list leads him to the woman who can help him find it.

My review ~

It’s been a year since his beloved wife Hannah’s death and Dr. Michael Everett still grieves for as much today as the day he lost her.  He manages to get himself to the gym and to his practice, where he is a pediatrician each day, but nothing else much matters to him. And then on the one year anniversary of her death, her brother Richie gives him a letter Hannah wrote months before her death.  She asks him for one last favor – to not grieve for her forever. To find love again, to marry again and to have the family that they were unable to have. But Hannah goes one step further and gives Michael the names of three women she feels will bring him happiness and love again.

Winter Adams (from the Blossom Street series) and owner of The French Cafe is Hannah’s cousin.  She is a strong, professional woman trying to figure out where she and Pierre, her long time on-again off again boyfriend stand.

Leanne Lancaster was one of Hannah’s nurses who helped her through the last months of her illness. She has just gone through divorce, a decision she is now second guessing, and can empathize with Michael and his feelings of loneliness and grief as she is going through similar emotions over the loss of her marriage.

Macy Roth is the wild card. She’s young, impetuous, carefree, and counts her three cats, a stray dog, and a crotchety old neighbor as her family.  She is habitually late, stubborn, terrified of love and everything that Hannah is not.


Winter, Macy and Leanne each have issues in their private lives they need to settle before they can give romance with Michael a chance.  But each of these women also has something different to offer Michael in terms of learning to find his way back to the land of living and to opening his heart to love again.  Over the next few months Michael will spend time with each of them, getting to know them and often wondering what Hannah could possibly have been thinking when she picked each one.  But most importantly Michael finds himself again, and with some help from his beloved Hannah, he also finds love.  A moving story of three woman, each struggling to find their way in their own relationships and one mans struggle to realize that life does go on after loss and you can find happiness again.

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