I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for Death and other Happy Endings by Melanie Cantor as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for the invite to join the tour and to the publisher for my lovely review copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
ABOUT THE BOOK
Jennifer Cole has just been told that she has a terminal blood disease. She has three months to live — ninety days to say goodbye to friends and family and put her affairs in order. Trying to focus on the positives (at least she’ll never lose her teeth) Jennifer realises she has one overriding regret: the words she’s left unsaid.
Rather than pursuing a frantic bucket list, she chooses to stay put, and write letters to three significant people in her life: her overbearing, selfish sister, her jelly-spined, cheating ex-husband, and her charming, unreliable ex-boyfriend finally telling them the things she’s always wanted to say but never dared.
At first, Jennifer feels cleansed by her catharsis. Liberated, even. But once you start telling the truth, it’s hard to stop. And, as she soon discovers, the truth isn’t always as straightforward as it seems, and death has a way of surprising you …
Oh this book! What can I say I loved it! Sometimes I pick a book up and everything just works perfectly for me from the story to the characters and I can safely say that this book is one of them! By the way sorry for the exclamation marks 😉
Death and other Happy Endings follows Jennifer as she discovers she has a rare blood disease giving her 3 months to live, in other words 90 days to prepare and get her affairs in order. Jennifer is my hero, I loved how she wanted to get a few things off her chest before her time is up and to do this she decides to write three letters to the people who have had the most significant impact on her life. This sets off a chain of events that kept me glued to this book, there are a few surprises and a few things that I saw coming but the beauty of this book is the uplifting and positive feeling that I got while reading. I was wrapped up in a bubble and even though I wanted to reach the end to see how it would all turn out I was also enjoying spending my time with the characters so much so that I didn’t want to leave them behind!
You would think due to Jennifer’s prognosis that this book would be more down beat but the author has put a wonderful uplifting spin on things. Once Jennifer let’s go of past hurts by writing those letters it changes everything for her and those closest to her. Bringing new experiences that Jennifer could never imagine 😉 This really is a story about love, friendship and life along with a lovely dose of heartfelt moments and giggles perfectly placed. I have to say that I especially loved the focus on Jennifer and her sister Isabelle showing how turbulent their relationship was and how the letter ends up bringing about a change for both of them. After all wouldn’t we all want to tell someone what really bothers and upsets us but are fearful of doing so because of the upset it might cause.
Now Jennifer isn’t perfect but I liked that, I have a soft spot for flawed characters as they always feel more realistic and even though Jennifer makes mistakes I still felt like being her cheerleader! Jennifer goes on quite a journey and I loved being right there with her. It really is the type of book where I want to talk about everything but I won’t because, well spoilers. What I will say is that for me this book was the perfect escape from every day life and it has definitely worked it’s way into my top book picks for 2019!
Death and other Happy Endings is a warm, witty and uplifting story, loved it!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Melanie Cantor was a celebrity agent and publicist for over thirty years. Her clients included Ulrika Jonsson, Melinda Messenger and Melanie Sykes.
In 2004, she hosted a makeover show on Channel 4 called Making Space and in 2017 having just turned 60 she was scouted on Kings Cross station, subsequently appearing as a ‘real model’ in the most recent Dove campaign.
She turned her hand to writing in 2008. Death and other Happy Endings is her first published novel.