Rating: 5 Cups
It has been a year since Dr. Michael Everett lost his wife Hannah to ovarian cancer, and though he is no longer suffocating in a thick impenetrable fog of grief, he has yet to clear the gloomy mist. His beautiful loving wife was his heart and soul, and with every sunrise he awakens with a fresh wave of pain.
The love and adoration that Hannah had for Michael made it necessary for her to take steps to ensure he would not wallow in never-ending grief. She wanted him to have the children she could never give him, and a wife to grow old with, so she took steps to see that happen.
If Hannah were here right now, he would let her know in no uncertain terms that he has no intention of ever wanting or loving another woman, but Michael cannot bear to ignore his wife’s letter. To think that in the two weeks before her death she was more concerned with him than herself just goes to show what kind of woman she truly was. The three women she wants him to meet are as different as night and day. Winter Adams (Hannah’s cousin) owns a French café; Leanne Lancaster was Hannah’s oncology nurse, and Macy Roth (whom Michael has never met) is a model and artist. Hannah has reasons for him to meet each of these women, but only one will be the right fit for a man who is as loving, caring, and all too serious as her Michael.
I began reading this book with the uneasy feeling that it was going to be full of sorrow and tears, and while it breaks your heart to see Michael in so much pain, his journey is one of acceptance and joy. Winter, Leanne, and Macy are wonderful characters as well, and really enrich the story with their own struggles, losses, and triumphs. They are all bonded by Hannah’s love, her zeal for life, and it is impossible not to feel that energy as you read their stories. Hannah is the kind of person we should all aspire to be, and the love that she has for Michael is a beacon that guides him through tremendous anguish, and back into life.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More