Title You Can Thank Me Later
Author Kelly Harms
Description from Amazon
When the Dickenson clan sits down for Thanksgiving dinner in 2016, it is the last holiday when their tight-knit family will ever be the same. Oldest brother Pete and his wife are expecting their first child. Youngest sibling Sophie is too busy running her restaurant, The Little Plum, to bother with any kind of social life. And middle child Charlie’s happy, uncomplicated life as a Midwestern science professor is upended when his wife Annette is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Knowing this will be her last Thanksgiving, Annette asks Sophie to look after Charlie after she’s gone. Which would be a lot easier if Charlie didn’t show up with an insufferable new girlfriend at the next holiday meal.
Last month, I didn’t use any of my Audible Free Title credits. They are usually themed around the month and I really don’t like Halloween. This month, however, this title stood out to me. So, if you’re looking for a Thanksgiving recommendation, look no further.
Some Things I Liked
- All the feelings. This was a super short listen (under 2 hours at the pace I listen) but it packed such a punch. It was raw, emotional, and unexpectedly nostalgic.
- Narration. This is an audible original so there is no print book that goes with this title. That being said, I’d expect nothing less than a top notch narrator and this audiobook did not disappoint.
- Thanksgiving. This book was all about one of my favorite holidays. I literally can’t think of any other books that center around Turkey Day so this was an exciting premise.
I loved all of the characters in this book. I’d also love to see more about any of them. I suspect this is a standalone short story, but I’d read (or listen to) more about any of them in sequel novellas or full length novels.
This was a one sitting kind of listen. I wouldn’t have been able to stop even if I had to. It was so full of emotions and the story was masterfully told. It was an emotional rollercoaster but it was superb.
Recommendations for Further Reading
- The Last Note by Grace McGinty – if you want a book that makes you feel all the feelings, give this book by Grace McGinty a try.
- Sisters of Shadow and Lights by Sara B. Larson – if you liked the complex family dynamics of this story and want a fantasy setting, give this new release a try.
- Maybe This Christmas by Susannah Nix – if you liked the way the story was told over the same holiday on different years, and you like feel good holiday stories, give this novella by Susannah Nix a try.